I have a graduating senior who spent all four years at JPII HS. We are a non-Catholic family but were welcomed with open arms. I found the staff from the administrators to the teachers and the secretaries to be helpful, kind, and willing to go the extra mile when my child needed it. My senior got into many top colleges and ended up receiving a FULL academic scholarship to the college of her choice. Thank you, John Paul II HS! Even though I teach in a secondary school in Plano ISD, I chose to send my child to JPII because of the academic rigor and the opportunities available across all areas - sports, fine arts, community service etc. My child's younger sibling opted to attend a high school in Plano ISD and we acquiesced. We plan to send her to JPII next year, however, because I feel the education she received this year in the public school system was sub-par.
We have a rising freshman that was just accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. We chose JPII over moving our kids to Highland Park Independent School Ditrict, which is ranked highly in the Dallas area. After visiting JPII several times over a 2 year period and seeking out families on our own for references on JPII, we chose JPII. Every family has had wonderful experiences to share with us. We are not Catholic and have spoken with non-Catholic families and Catholic families to learn more about JPII. I really wish all those wonderful family experiences we have learned of, were posted to this site.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.