About JPII

  • knightFounded in 2002, accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
  • JPII has 555 students in 2016-2017 (60% Catholic, 40% non-Catholic, 82% Caucasian, 7% African-American, 6% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% other). There is a strong regional outreach: Students come to JPII from 111 different feeder schools and live in 56 different zip codes and two states.
  • JPII features a classical, liberal arts curriculum, requiring 4 credits of Math, English, Theology, 3 credits of Science, Social Studies and Innov8 Courses, 2 credits of Foreign Language and Fine Arts (in chorus, drama, visual art, or band) and 1 credit of PE and Christian Service Internship. Students earn 33 credits for graduation, allowing them to take multiple advanced classes in the disciplines of their choice.
  • Students attend a school-wide Mass every Thursday. As a result of their Christian Service requirement, they donate over 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the middle-Tennessee community every year.
  • JPII sponsors three exchange programs with Catholic schools in England (St. Edmund’s, Hertfordshire), France (St. Riquier School, Amiens) and Germany (St. Mauritz School, Muenster). Ten to 15 students in these schools spend two weeks with our families, and 10-15 of our students, in turn, spend two weeks with their families. For more information, go here.
  • JPII offers a tutorial program available during the one hour lunch break for students seeking extra help in each core subject. In addition, faculty may hold office hours before and after school by appointment.
  • 2016 graduates were accepted to over 183 different colleges and universities. All total they were offered just over $16 million dollars in scholarships.
  • The top quartile of the class of 2016 scored an average of 32 on the ACT, with the top decile at 34.
  • In 2016, JPII students took 567 AP exams in 21 different subject areas and received 103 AP Scholar Awards, including 8 “National AP Scholar” awards. Over the last five years (2012-2016), JPII students have received 477 “AP Scholar” awards as designated by the College Board for their test performances, including 38 “National AP Scholar” designations. All JPII students are encouraged to participate in the AP program. Four out of five students will take at least one AP exam during their high school career.
  • In the last four years, more than 50 students earned the highest distinction of being selected for the All State Choir and 20% of those students earned positions in the top 10. The Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir also consistently earn “Superior” ratings at District festival competitions in performance and sight-reading.
  • JPII’s Model UN team has won 555 awards in 53 conferences since 2002, and has been nationally ranked among the top high school teams in North America three times by BestDelegate.com.
  • JPII offers a full athletic program, featuring 27 varsity teams which compete at the highest level of competition in Tennessee, Division II-AA. Since 2002, JPII has been state champion in hockey (‘07, ‘08), women’s soccer (’05), men’s bowling (’08) and men’s lacrosse (’09, ’11). Six students have been named “Mr. or Miss Tennessee”, “All-American”, or the equivalent in their sport: Megan Forester (soccer, 2005), Golden Tate (football, 2006 and 2007), Paige Baechle (basketball, 2010), Mary Leonard (lacrosse, 2011), Chelsea Gettelfinger (cheerleading, 2012), and Grace Lascara (lacrosse, 2016). About 65% of the student body play at least one sport.
  • JPII sponsors the “Hand in Hand” program which serves students with intellectual disabilities with a full time, certified teacher. To learn more about the program go here.
  • In 2016, JPII developed the Knights Success Program to support students with diagnosed learning disabilities who have average to above average intelligence. The Knights Success Program strives to support students with learning disabilities as they progress through JPII’s college preparatory curriculum. To learn more about KSP, go here.
  • Because of the school’s “Christian Service Internship” program, JPII students give over 20,000 hours of volunteer service to 50+ local charities each year.
  • JPII is blessed to have beautiful facilities to support its academic, athletic, and fine arts programs. For aerial photographs of the campus, go here.

For more quick facts, see the school’s wiki page here.