John Paul is such a good school. Great teachers and staff work so hard to make sure the kids are happy and succeed. My children LOVE it here. What I don't like, however, is that JP no longer observes Veterans Day. I realize that many public school systems don't celebrate it either but there are many problems I have with this decision. My husband served in Afghanistan for a year. I had to pray so hard that he would come home safely and that everything would be OK. I had to rearrange my schedule so that I could drive my kids to and from school and practices while he was gone. I had to reassure the kedus that Dad would be alright. We wrote letters to him almost every day and Skyped every so often. Last year, they held an assembly on the Friday before Memorial Day reminding us what it is really about. I find it ironic that they do that and then take away Veterans Day. And to cap it off they did not even tell us until I looked at my child's 3-week calendar for one of his classes. We planned a family outing for that day. After learning that we are robbed of this privilege, we planned on skipping and going on our outing. How convenient that my child has THREE tests on that one day we should've had off. I realize that it was announced towards the end of the year that they were going to rob us of Veterans Day but it wasn't made clear that they were really going to follow through with that. We carpool with another family who has a freshman and a another family with a junior and they were not aware of the calendar confusion. I would've thought that they would send a reminder email to parents EARLIER in the year, especilally for new families. . Thank, John Paul for honoring my husband and all other military families. And this, everyone is the thank you we receive for my husband's service. It's sad, really to think about unpatriotic this country is now.
My son is a freshman this year, my daughter just transferred as a junior from the local public school. While I understand that no place is perfect, thus far my wife and I have been very pleased with the school. The teachers are always willing to help and tutoring (peer tutoring as well) is readily available if you need it. The football and cheer coaches (the only coaches I encountered thusly) understand that school comes first, and go out of their way communicate this to the kids. The administrators, including the school's priest, have been immediately supportive when I've had a question or issue. My kids have a lot of homework, but it's been manageable so far. I would recommend this school without reservation, particularly to any family (whether Catholic or not) that values a traditional Catholic education. Do I think I'll some issues over the next four years? Of course, that's just life, but from what I've seen so far, it's a great school.
The atmosphere at JP is amazing. It is such a pretty school. My favorite part about it is the chapel which is located in the center of the school.
However, good looks don't make a school great. My children have some great friends and teachers there. I truly believe they have learned a lot, but other people need to know the real truth. First of all the bioethics program is really kind of interesting, except the grades your kid will receive. Unless your answer is WORD FOR WORD based on what Sr. Terese says it is FLAT OUT WRONG. The course load and the amount of homework is atrocious. Yes, it is a true college-prep school, unlike public schools, but it is incredible to see how much my kids have to do (even in academic level courses!). But the real thing I do not like about this school year so far is that the teachers don't put in any grades! I'm not kidding. My children have done countless homework assignments, papers, and tests, and only about 1/3 of them have been posted on PowerSchool. It's truly amazing really. You would think teachers would want to get all these papers out of their lives. If it's too much to grade, then don't assign it. All in all, JP is a very pretty, neat, clean, and safe school. The academics are good, despite the amount of excess homework. Most teachers are professional and qualified. I know that my kids will be ready for college (that is if we can all make it out with our sanity). But before anyone else enrolls here, take one more hard look at the other Catholic schools.
John Paul is simply amazing! The school faculty truly cares about the students and their development in all areas. Academics are second to none. There are vast opportunities to excel in academics, drama, sports, music, etc. Each year they add more and it just gets better and better. The preparation my children have received at JP will serve them well in their endeavors at college and in life. Judging by the number of families who travel long distances to have their children attend JP there must be something good going on behind those doors. I feel very blessed as a parent knowing my children are in good hands there.
I can't think of a better place to attend high school. I have been a part of the school community as a parent since the second year after the school opened. The faculty at the school is involved, caring and willing to help students as needed. Many staff members have moved to Virginia specifically to work at this school because of the school's reputation and ideals. The principal is a strong manager who listens to parents as appropriate but is sensible enough to make the best decisions for the entire school. School administrators have always been available to listen to and address my concerns. The curriculum is exactly what my family was seeking - strong college prep school where the true Catholic faith is a part of each class, every day. My first child to graduate was accepted at all three Virginia colleges to which she applied, with scholarship offers. My second child is graduating this year - he has been accepted to a military service academy, UVA and several other top colleges, most with offers of scholarships. My youngest child will be entering JPHS this fall - I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the school community for another four years.
John Paul the Great has provided the perfect high school experience for our children. It provides a true college preporatory program to ensure its graduates have the tools to succeed at the university level. More importantly, it provides a culture where students are encouraged to grow in their faith and to understand right from wrong. Like any school, your child will get out of the school what they put into it. John Paul the Great has many athletic and extracurricular activities that have extremely high participation rates which fosters amazing school spirit. The universities that this year's seniors have been admitted to is incredible: multiple acceptances to military service academies, Princeton, UVA (over 8% of the class has been accepted there), William & Mary, Virginia Tech and many more. If you want a school that will prepare your child for college as well as give them the spiritual tools needed as they enter adulthood, then John Paul the Great should be at the top of your list.
This school is such a joke! My children are almost being killed with the amount of stress and homework that is assigned just before the quarter ends. I know this is high school and that no one can really do anything about it, but come on! My children are almost ready to go insane! My favorite thing about these teachers is that they assign all of the major tests durning the last week of the quarter so that when the quarter closes and the kids get their grades and are dissatisfied with them the teacher says: "Sorry. There isn't anything I can do." This school is a real joke. The other Catholic high schools in the area have graduating classes with better or the same SAT scores and more military appointments and Ivy League school acceptances. I would strongly recommend going to another school.
if you are looking for a cheerful, energetic, and safe environment for your teens to develop into adults with integrity who possess the emotional and academic intelligence to make the world a better place, then send them the St John Paul the Great. Two of our three children have thrived there. One is excelling in college because of JP the Great, the other is about to graduate and has been awarded a big scholarship for university. Can't wait to send the youngest next year. The demanding academic and moral foundation available to families at St John Paul the Great makes this not just the best school in the area but the nation!
The school is everything we imagined! The curriculum is both challenging and conducive to helping the students succeed. Although it may be inconvenient to some, the school teaches the truth of our faith. The bioethics curriculum helps the students learn to think and apply their faith to the worldly views of others.
The school is great with academics. Most teachers are nice and cooperative. My children have been really happy for the most part. I feel like my kids are receiving a quality education. The only problems with JP are these: 1. If your child wants an academic scholarship or a pride scholarship be very prepared for a rejection letter. You are more likely to get an academic scholarship if you got nothing wrong on the HSPT and your grades in middle school are no less than 100. As far as pride scholarships go, don't bother applying unless you participate in every sport and club and maintain a 4 point. Being one of eight kids and recieving financial aid is also very helpful in getting a scholarship. 2. Be extremely careful of what math class your child is in at JP. One teacher in particular is extremely rude to the kids. My kid is always telling me that this certain teacher is never nice to them and gives unreasonably hard tests. The same situation happened with my other children.