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9-12
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Plano, TX
Students enrolled: 660

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900 Coit Road
Plano, TX 75075

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(972) 867-0005
(972) 867-7555
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December 03, 2014
As a former student I must say the only good thing about this school was the friends I made there and that has nothing to do with the school itself. The years I spent here were hell and the work load and unreasonable teachers left me extremely stressed out every day. Administration doesn't care about the immense pressure they put on their students. They tell you "if you don't like it, leave." ...and as the years went by many did. I showed up at JPII a happy stress-free freshman and by sophomore year I was an emotional wreck and began having anxiety attacks from the stress of school. The anxiety got so bad I had to go on medication and I still deal with it today. Honestly it wasn't worth destroying my mental health to go to a "college prep" school.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2014
We have to chalk this one up as one of the worst decisions we ever made. The admissions staff paints a very different picture than what the actual culture of the school believes. Very few are happy here, including the staff, which has a large turnover. We lasted two long, horrible years at JPII. The president is completely unapproachable and the students have zero respect for him and the top heavy administration. In addition, the students are not allowed to leave the building to get any fresh air or sunshine except for sports. The few classrooms that do have windows, the blinds are always kept shut. The student body for the most part seems lifeless and pale. I feel for each one of them, not to be able to have a great HS experience. Run, don't walk away from this prison of a school!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
My daughter is finishing her Junior year at John Paul II high school and has flourished here after a very difficult elementary and junior high experience at a neighboring Catholic elementary school in Plano. The teachers are knowledgeable and really provide thought provoking education. The student body is diverse and welcoming of all types of students. My daughter is involved in a number of extracurricular activities and loves them all. I have seen my daughter grow into a well rounded young lady and I thank the faculty and staff at JP II for their care of my daughter. I believe she will be well prepared for her college years.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
Don't....it's a scam of a school! The teachers have zero teaching experience. So imagine the level of education your kid will get on a daily basis when the best they have to offer are workbooks and YouTube!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
John Paul II High School is only an average school based on academic challenges to students. The problem that I have encountered is the school is very much clic driven and numerous students are alienated for one reason or another. However, in my opinion the biggest problem at John Paul II despite only having 660 students has a president, 6 deans and numerous other administrative staff including a "student advocate" that have ill defined roles that often are muddled. The rules laid out in their handbook are not enforced uniformly. It seems like the handbook is only used on an exception basis and then only to punish specific students. Additionally, there are items that are not called out as being a school violation but the various deans are given the authority to arbitrarily make up punishments. I personally know students that have been sent to psychiatric clinics for arbitrary lengths of time that such punishments are never listed in their handbook. Then upon return by the student from these mandatory stays at these clinics they are harassed for not knowing subject matter & test poorly on material covered while they were forced into a program where they cannot attend the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
First of all this is written by a current student. This school epitomizes the attitude of wastefulness. There is an inordinate amount of busy work and the teachers are slackers just like the students. The students are required to take 4 years of theology which still counts towards the child's GPA. This only holds the child back from getting into the university of their choice. The majority of graduating seniors either go to Tech or Arkansas which are the underbelly of the American college system. I guess it fits since school is the underbelly of the Catholic education system. I honestly don't care if I were to get in trouble for this review because it is honest, however it is not above this school to expel a child for expressing his/her opinion. Most of the reviews on this page were most likely posted by administrators presenting themselves as parents or students. Please do not send your child here, save the money and invest it in something worthwhile such as a college fund.

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2013
John Paul ll High School in Plano is undoubtedly the best College Prep School in the city of Plano!!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2013
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

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2013
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!

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2012
Been there since the beginning...2 kids graduated from JPII and 3 more to come. Wouldn't choose any other school for our kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
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!!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2011
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

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
As a student at John Paul i can say all of the people who say there is no contact between teachers and parents did not give the school enough of a chance. My family has troubble paying for the high tuition but it is well worth it. I love the enviornment and all the technology in this school. Our teachers are great and i can honestly say i look forward to going to school every day.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2010
I have been a teacher at JPII HS for five years. The best recommendation I can give is that I am saving money to help my grand children attend this school in the future, but I suspect that any superlatives I mention about the school will be viewed with suspicion and appear self-serving. Let me provide an objective fact that can easily be verified. As a new starting school JPII HS competes in the 'small' school category during the annual Academic Decathlon. A few months ago during the 2010 regional contest JPII HS took first place competing against small schools. However, had they competed against the large 5A schools, who were at the same competition, they would still be in first place. They continued to win the Texas State Championship and are now preparing to compete at nationals.

- submitted by a teacher
March 07, 2010
Withdrew our son after one semester. With as much as we were paying, we thought he'd be getting an amazing, college prep-education. Plano ISD, Richardson ISD and Frisco ISD's public schools are much better than this waste.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
Sending your child to this school is a waste of the money. It seems that some of the teachers were no better then the ones in public school. Students are not treated equally by some of the teachers. As a parent, I would expect my child receives a better education and attention at John Paul II but I was very disappointed. There are very few communications between teachers and parents. Unless your child tells you what is going on in the school, you don't hear much from the teachers. The $1800 laptop price is way too high compare the market price of laptops.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Not only teaches, also educates!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2009
as a former student i can honestly say it was an amazing experience and i believe it is an amazing school. 5 stars. the teachers are truly there to teach and not to just get paid. i am now a proud allumni if Jp2 and i am attending princton university. Jp2 has well prepared me for the rest of my life.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2009
Our son has just finished 4 years at JPII. It has been a most amazing experience not only for him but for our entire family. If you are willing to be involved in your child's life, you will find many wonderful families who will become friends for life. Our son excelled academically, athletically and spiritually at JPII. We have been blessed to have been a part of the beginning of this high school. Mr. Poore is an outstanding, dedicated leader who has made this school possible. There have been, and continue to be, many generous parents who have given of their time, treasure and talents to get to this point. The laptops are a reality of life and many public school friends are envious of the fact our child has been exposed to technology at this level. We highly recommend JPII!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
Strongly recommend this school. The teachers are outstanding, and the technology program is a real asset to the curriculum - great strides have been made in this area. I am extremely pleased with the balance of the spiritual, academics, and extra-curriculars.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I have been involved with school since it's opening 4 years ago and still have children at the school. We have had an overall great experience - but not without some bumps in the road. The quality of the education is exceptional and your child can learn at the highest level in the AP courses. The college prep curriculum is rigorous yet fair. Extracurricular activities are improving each year as the school matures. I find the teachers/coaches to be well trained, caring and fair. The school's leadership under Mr. Poore has been exceptional. I am not extremely active at the school, but have not had any negative experiences with any parent. Overall - very good to excellent. The only criticism I have is that expense $$$, poorly run development dept. and less than expected assistance with college guidance counseling.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
I went to JPII until '08. The school is filled with great, knowledgeable teachers. It is a wonderful opportunity for any child, but only if they are willing to work. You have many privileges by attending this school, but you also have a lot of responsibility. The only kids that complained about going to JPII were spoiled brats that never experienced anything other than private school, so before listening to any bad rep, make sure you know who is talking. But yes, it's a wonderful school, and I recommend it for anyone, no matter what religion. Every race and religion is accepted.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2009
As a former student, I had a ton of problems with this school and would not recommend it to anyone. Average teachers, subpar administration and sports programs and a not very diverse, cliquish student body.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2009
My daughter graduated from JPII and was well prepared for college. Most of the teachers were excellent. The counseling department needs some work. I think the student body will get better every year, but for the first few years there were a lot of troubled kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
Awesome location. Amazing facilities and adding more every year. (go check out the new football field and track) Technology is top notch! Prepares students well for college. Amazing front office staff. Great teachers. Outstanding principal! Great coaches. Watch JPII for more and more future successes and greatness. The other private schools in the Dallas area better watch out...JPII is on the rise!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
Our son was accepted to the 'other' 2 Catholic High Schools in Dallas and he chose JPII. That says a lot. Great school with amazing potential to be even greater. Very new (only 3+ years old) and already doing great. Awesome location. Parents are plugged into the school and teachers and staff are great. JPII IS the school of the future in Dallas. only a few negatives.... Mandatory lap tops and athletes are not allowed to overlap sports.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
Been there for 3 years and LOVE IT! Dedicated teachers and staff. Dedicated coaches. Great parents. Students are involved in the community. Mr. Poore is awesome! Well worth the money! We will have 2 kids there next year. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
JPII is a very good school. We have been happy there for the last 3 years. Lap tops are a reality today and JPII does a great job of keeping them safe and blocking any illicit web sites while they are on school property . What your kids do in your home with their computer is really up to you. The sports are getting better every year and the coaches are dedicated. Teh WILL be a powerhouse in time. Counseling and preparing for college need to start earlier. (sophomore year) The building is beautiful and the new football field and track will be really nice. the classes and teachers prepare the kids very well for college. Overall...JPII is a very good school. We are lucky to be there. The brightest star at JPII??? Mr. Poore. You will NOT find a more dedicated and upstanding man in Dallas schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
JPII is a good school. It is new so it is still adjusting to the demands of change. Mr. Poore is an outstanding principal! Coaches are good and dedicated to making the athletics great. That WILL come in time. Most of the teachers are good with the exception of a few. Counseling dept needs some fixing. Building is beautiful and new. Office staff is great! Many clicks within the student body and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
One huge draw back for JPII are the Lap Tops. They are not optional so if you do not want your 14 year old to have a $2000 lap top and unlimited access to the internet...you are out of luck. The Principal is a wonderful man who cares a lot about JPII and has worked very hard to make it a success. We agree...lots of strong clicks among the students and parents. Athletics will be good there in the near future. Very good coaches. Teachers are good with the exception of a few which is pretty typical with any school these days. The counseling dept needs some major overhauling. Many students don't meet with their counselor until Junior year. Counseling staff waits way too long to kick start college plans. Very expensive.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
We agree! Mandatory lap tops are a definite negative at JPII. (we actually hate them) They are way more expensive than anything we would have chosen for our son and they do very little actual school work on them. Principal is outstanding, Offic staff is great, teachers are 'ok'. We also agree...many strong clicks among the students and parents. Athletics will come along in time.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
The biggest issue we have with JPII is the MANDATORY $2000 lap tops! (plus a $300 technology fee) We have been there from the beginning of the school and the lap tops are the bane of our son' existence! They are used for playing video games, my space, face book and looking at very inappropriate things on the internet. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Teachers are 'ok' but not the greatest. Athletics are coming along and they will be very good in several years. Many many clicks within the students AND the parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
The caliber of the teachers and staff at JPII is what automatically attracted me to the school. Subsequently, as a student, I realized that the learning environment at John Paul II is one that truly fosters individual growth and academic ability. The most profound positive aspect is the Catholic Christian morality that is taught and experienced within the school's walls. The value of all students is respected, and we are all encouraged to achieve our absolute best!

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
This is an excellent school. The acedemics are amazing, the courses offered are fantastic, and the teachers really put their efforts into their jobs.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2007
I find John Paul to be an excellent learning environment for my child. It is certainly an academic challenge but not one that can't be met by the average and above student. The teachers are fair and the administration is supportive. As a new school, we find that the extra curricular activities are not as plentiful as an established school but they've improved every year.

- submitted by a parent
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John Paul Ii High School
900 Coit Road, Plano, TX  75075
(972) 867-0005
Last modified John Paul Ii High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
John Paul Ii High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top