John Paul ll High School in Plano is undoubtedly the best College Prep School in the city of Plano!!
I'm a freshman here this year and it is definitely a big transition from public to private school. It can either be wonderful and amazing or just terrible. the public school kids hang with the public schoolers and the private schoolers hang with the private schooolers. There are a lot of kids who smoke and drink but if you dont get under that influence, then the school is really great. the small class sizes are good and the teachers are decent i would say. the cirriculum is about the same as if you took all higher level courses in public school.
This school infinitely prepared me for college. The superb staff prepped my mind to intellectually understand broader concepts and be able to think at a higher level than my college peers. If you challenge yourself by taking the AP courses, and actively participating in classes it pays off. I developed study habits that are definitely not traditional but that work for me and I learned how to establish a relationship with your professors. Honestly, college is a breeze compared to JP2
Hi! I'm a freshman at JPII (Class of 2017!) if you're thinking of sending your kid(s) here, you should. Depending on what classes you have, they can be rigorous. If you're a freshman DO NOT pile on tons of Pre Ap classes. I have two-English and world geography and cultures. World geography and cultures is rigorous, you have to study for this class whenever you have time or else you WILL fail. For an example, I have 6 pages of outline notes on 26-page chapter and oral report due on Tuesday and its Sunday and I'm done. JPII academics is not for the faint of heart. Sports are also tough at times. I'm in basketball and Our coach is looking for the 'creame de la creame' Over the summer, you need to do something athletic. Run a mile every other day and join a camp at John Paul: stay in shape or else you will pay for it in strength and conditioning. So if you're looking at creating a schedule, it might look like this: your core classes in College Prep, Pre ap, and Ap and three electives. If you earned some credits in ms or another hs, JPII will NOT COUNT IT. Anyway, I hope I gave you some info and honestly, it's a great school and really accepting! I hope to see you next year!
Teachers are unreasonable and expect you to know everything already. The new dress code rules are ridiculous. Saturday school + 30 bucks for forgetting a blazer. I'm sorry but that's a little much.
I have two children at JPII and am very pleased with the teachers, coaches, academic and athletics offerings, facilities, etc. While no school is perfect, it's apparent that the teachers and staff go the extra mile. My kids are challenged academically and will be well prepared for college. Teachers are more than willing to provide the extra help to those students that may need it (which is way different than our previous high school experience where teachers rarely showed up for their tutorials). There is an emphasis put on morality, character and respect which is sorely lacking in many schools. There is also a friendly atmosphere at the school and the kids and parents go out of their way to welcome newcomers. Would highly recommend JPII and they are more than competitive with any of the other area Catholic and private schools that we considered.
I will be a senior this year at JPII and I can assure any parent considering sending their child to schools such as: Jesuit, Bishop Lynch, Ursuline, PCA, TCA, or a public school, that JPII should be at the top of their list. I have had two siblings already graduate from JPII. Both have told me in complete honesty that they were prepared for their separate prestigious colleges. Not only academically, but socially, JPII has been the correct fit for me. I have been taking numerous honors courses, which have led to a challenging but manageable curriculum throughout my years. I strive to better myself in high school and no other school could support me in the way that JPII has. From the amazing teachers that always push aside their personal time to assist students before and after class, to the awesome coaches that lead the school in discipline and strength, both mental and physical, to the rest of the staff who truly care for the well being of every single student, John Paul II is the school that will provide your child with the necessary tools to succeed in college and in life. Side note- JPII has the most wonderful Dining Hall with fantastic food that is very reasonably priced.
I transferred to John Paul this year, and can honestly say that this is in no way a college prep school. The kids are slackers who aspire to do nothing but the bare minimum required of them, the faculty and staff cater to this mindset and discourage the hardworking students from setting high goals for themselves, and the work is all useless busy work. This year, even though I have always worked very hard in school, I have become lazier because of the pervasive careless attitude in the school as well as because of the lack of challenging curriculum. Additionally, the school has anything but the "family feeling" they talk about so much: the students are very clique-ish and talk to no one outside of their social groups. The kids are not motivated at all; their parents are mostly helicopter parents who constantly speak with their kids' teachers trying to make their kids pass. This school is a waste and is not worth the tuition at all. It's a huge investment, only to have most of the grads go to schools like Arkansas and Tech, because better colleges recognize that the school is not a good one. You'd get the same education in Plano or Frisco public schools for free.
Been there since the beginning...2 kids graduated from JPII and 3 more to come. Wouldn't choose any other school for our kids!!!
I attended John Paul II High School and graduated in the class of 2011. I entered John Paul as a shy freshman who was looking for an identity and John Paul helped me find that. MY classmates were very nice and a wide range of classes are offered to find the classes that most interest me. I matured quicker and learned the the value of time management. Thanks to John Paul II, I currently attend the University of California Berkeley with an intent to go into the business school. I greatly appreciate John Paul II HS because they truly prepped for the difficulties of college and taught me the study habits I needed to know for college.
We loved this school. Our child was not going to make it to high school graudation. He always struggled with his classes and his teachers. If we did not have JP2, I do not know where we would be now. He attended there and fit right in. He is graduating this year and it is a day I never thought we would see. I highly recommend this school for any child who is at-risk.
As a parent of a graduate I would like to say that my experience at JPII was awesome! I had children graduate from 2 other top catholic schools so I had plenty to compare with. I feel my daughter was challenged in all areas. I feel that the staff was well qualified. My daughter had a high school experience that we all want for our children... not all fun and games either! She took with her skills and foundations that have made her experience in college easier than many students from other institutions have expressed. As far as seeking colleges and universities in distant states many of these kids choose to stay close to home. It is not that they are not qualified or properly prepared educational wise to go there. There is a very tight family feel that these kids develop amongst each other that often dictates their choices. The sky is the limit! Go for it!!
it's easy to get sucked into the pitch but when you judge this school objectively it falls woefully short. 1. SAT Scores below public school averages (JPII SES should automatically get them higher) 2. Core curriculum fails to prepare kids for advanced education 3. ask them what colleges their students end up going to (mostly Arkansas!) 4. high teacher turnover 5. Catechism (re-branded as Theology), and I'm catholic too 6. lots of homework as a mechanism to learn, not teaching -- think about that one because you won't realize until your child is halfway through sophomore year. The school environment is awesome however and the zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol is what it should be so it's not a total loss here. But if you want your child to be able to go somewhere better than Arkansas, and be able to afford it because you didn't waste your money
Absolutely Fantastic describes this school! My child is now a Sophomore at JPII and excelled his Freshman year as well as this year so far. I was concerned about the laptops because I had heard they were either not used or were a distraction. My child uses the laptop to complete homework even when away from home. Within Freshman year while home sick from school my child was able to log into the classroom during class time and see exactly what the teacher was teaching and was able to complete the assignment. My child uses the laptop to the full extent while at school and to complete homework. My childs counselor started speaking to him the middle of his Freshman year regarding his college choices based on what he wanted to study in college and what his grades were in high school. My child has received great direction and I belive will be extremely prepared for college. i do know students that have left JPII for other schools and they left because the student caused problems and were asked to leave or just could not handle the rigerous workload and high expectations the school has. JPII's adademic standards are high and continue to ruise every year.
Its a good school with good teachers. Academically it can get intense especially if you are taking AP classes but manageable. Most of the teachers are great especially the AP ones and all of the teachers try to help best they can. One of the only complaints is the technology push. They like to advertise that they are a laptop driven school when in reality most of the classes don't use them as much as they should. They do a great job with helping with college choices and admissions. The counselors are great with working and building a relationship with the students. All in all the past graduates say they felt prepared for college and i feel that i will be prepared when i graduate.
I'm going to be a sophomore this year at JPII and I can honestly say that I couldn't ask for a better high school.Freshman year I drove an hour and a half every single day. If this doesn't tell you something, then reading the rest of this review is pointless. The teachers genuinely care about you. If you take the initiative to ask for help or attend tutorials, your teacher will do anything (short of going to your house) to teach you and help you. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a high class education and a lovely learning environment.
I went to Plano I.S.D schools before here. When I walked into it I could tell it was already better. People were nicer and the staff was way more concerned about the student body then my old teachers. There's a stronger sense of community in this school I like. It has a large variety of AP classes that are good for college. However the laptops prove distracting and dim focus, even though we're being monitored, some kids get away with playing games when the teacher isn't looking.
I'm an alum of John Paul II, Class of 2010. Left with a ton of AP/college credit and I had my pick of colleges with academic scholarships. Any parent saying public school is better than JP2 - your child must keep you in the dark about JP2, or is unwilling to work and wants a scapegoat. I attended public school for a year before transferring to JP2. My public school friends had few college plans compared to my classmates and myself. JP2 sends over 98% of seniors to college every year. Most of my college friends who went to public school are overwhelmed by course loads; many have dropped out already. I've been completely prepared because I'm used to the work. I was on the Dean's List my first year as a Pre-Med student. JP2's curriculum is rigorous and asks a lot, but they make no apologies. You WILL succeed in college. The teachers here also care about you. I have received more support personally and academically than I can ever thank them for. Petty complaints about sports and cliques are bad reasons for keeping your child from this great education. What's really important is preparation for college and academics. John Paul II is by far one of the best private schools in Dallas.
For my child with learning disabilites, this school was great. It was not too challenging, he had a lot of fun and made friends, something that has always been hard for him. But for my academic child, who is a year younger, the school just was not a good fit. The classes really are made to keep the children happy, therefore, keep the parents happy. I would consider this school for the kind of child who might not graduate otherwise. But classtime was too much playtime for a serious student to get much out of it. My son was happy though!
As the parent of a freshman (just finished finals) I will tell you that my overall impression of JPII is positive and worth the money. It stacks up against the Plano High Schools, not just East and Senior but also West in all areas but fine arts and sports. The teachers are inconsistent. Some are world class, some just really like their subject, but are so-so teachers, but all care deeply for their students and will bend over backwards to help them attain their best. My child is pre-AP so the experience was more academically focused, with less exposure to clich s. There is some feeling of haves and have-nots so if your child does not have a strong sense of self any Plano school might be hard, but especially a private school like JPII.
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