This school is NOT for boys. The teachers and administration shame normal active & spirited boys unnecessarily. There is very little social interaction encouraged between boys and girls in middle school. No advanced classes to get ready for preAP or AP high school classwork. There is too much group think going on with the administration and the school desperately needs some fresh ideas by someone from the outside. Everyone (parents and teachers) seems afraid to voice a concern or express a negative opinion so nothing ever changes.
This is just an amazing school! I am so happy to give my kids the opportunity to get a high quality education in a safe and nurturing environment where values are foremost important! Lifetime friendships are being built, along classmates and parents. They have a great menu of extracurricular activities including sports and arts. Every year you see things improving. There is not a "we are we are there" attitude, there is always a "how can we do things better" attitude. Great PTO and plenty of volunteer opportunities. You become part of a family when your kids go to JP2.
Academics are average. My A-B student was not well prepared for high school math or writing.
The teachers and staff are... how you would say.... quite..."pedestrian." Multiculturalism is foreign within the curriculum. This school is great for white socially conservative families that want to send their children to texas A&M. Very average.
Certainly one of the most affordable private schools in Houston, however the academics are woefully average. Extemely week in math and does NOT offer any advanced or pre-AP coursework. Academics seem out of date; definitely no out of the box thinkers here. On the plus side the extracurricular activities are very strong and religion seems to be the driving force behind this school. Of concern is a school board whose members do not cycle off the board.
I see the students, staff, teachers, and parents as some of the finest people I have ever met. Students are polite, hardworking with INTEGRITY. Teachers and staff are well organized, with high standards for the people they come in contact with. I have been in the school several times, substituting in several classrooms. Any negative comments seen below are unfair, in my opinion.
We love this school!! Our children are happy and motivated everyday. The teachers and staff are truly wonderful and very loving. It is a very family oriented environment, very organized, and well planned. The academics are strong and challenging, there are lots of activities (sports, band, journalism, and excellent art and music programs to name a few). The children who attend this school are taught responsibility and respect for others at an early age. This is evident throughout the school - excellent, well mannered young ladies and gentlemen. We feel that our children will be well prepared for middle and high school by attending JPII.
I have 3 children and we have been a part of this awesome school for 7 years, we love the learning atmosphere, the daily religion and the manners of all the children. This school has such a warm environment which is what I want for my children. The value for the awesome education they are receiving is incredible!
The teachers are very dedicated and caring. The academics are strong and the school teaches excellent social/mannerism skills.
My child attended this school for 9 weeks. The child was 4 at the. It was a horrible experience! I received phone calls telling me, although my child had "normal" 4 year old behavior, it was just "too much" for them. First it was a short visit to the office, then a long visit to the office, then a half of a day to the office (for not wanting to be in mass!) and then my child was sent home (3 times)! The teacher and assistant principal kept telling me that my child was not the only one receiving this treatment and that it was a "challenging" class/year. I offered to come help (whenever they knew the teacher would be at a meeting, which occurred at least once a week) when I found they had lost another 4 year old when out on the playground because the teacher was in a meeting and the teaching assistant had to watch 18 children by herself. The principal told me that "it has always worked this way in the past" and that they did not need my help. Needless to say, we pulled our child out of that school!
great school, but it does not go through 11th grade..it stops at 8th grade!!!
This is an excellent school that exposes its students to a great education (National Blue Ribbon of Excellence); extracurricular activities including sports, science and others; good morals and teaches them how to become good citizens with the humanitarian work. John Paul II is an all around school.
John Paul II Catholic School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007 (for the 2nd time).
I graduated from Jp2 a couple of year ago, and am now in high school. I am very prepared compared to many of the other students in my classes. JP2 is not a demanding school, yet you are so advanced when compared to other private schools in the area. The school has declined a bit since Mrs. Haney left, but the teachers are fantastic in all areas: Theology, math, science, and especially english. English classes at JP2 are so much more advanced in terms of writing and literature analysis, prepraing me very well for high school. The school provides many extracirricular activities. Led by Mr. Griffin, I would venture to say that JP2 has, by far, the best middle school band in the city of Houston, and a better band than some highschools. I disagree with the 9/28/07 post. Middle school Theology with Mrs. Hartfiel is amazing--she should be the principal.
This school is amazing. It prepare its students for the future (often with merit scholarships to private schools); it also provides a challenging Catholic curriculum. Teachers are dedicated! areadedicexperienceed in
This school supposedly accepts students of all faiths, yet they make you feel like an outsider if you aren't Catholic. The school will hire ANYONE. If you are not Catholic and want a good education for you child, this school is NOT for you.
This is an awesome school. My daughter loves it there. It gives the children good moral values plus a great education. They have sports, drama, choir, art, etc. The parents are very involved.
This is a great school, however, they keep the children in school for too long and give short breaks!
This is an exceptional school! A quality, Catholic education that provides excellent academic as well as extracurricular activites. The teachers are fabulous, and I have four kids, so I have seen my share of teachers! The parents are involved in many aspects, including the PTO, the Annual Auction, and Art A La Carte. The school provides my children with a safe learning environment where they can excel. Catholicism is a part of every day there, from the way that the teachers model behavior to the weekly masses.
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