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John Paul Ii High School

Private | 9-12 | 660 students


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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted May 19, 2014

Don''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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted September 8, 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!

Posted August 31, 2013

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.

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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!!
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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 31%
Hispanic 12% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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