About JPII

  • knightFounded in 2002, accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
  • JPII has 558 students in 2017-2018 (60% Catholic, 40% non-Catholic, 76% Caucasian, 6% African-American, 6% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 9% 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 weekly school-wide Mass. 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 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.
  • 2017 graduates were accepted to over 177 different colleges and universities in 36 different states, DC, and two foreign countries. All total they were offered more than $15 million dollars in scholarships.
  • The top quartile of the class of 2016 scored an average of 31 on the ACT, with the top decile at 33.
  • 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.
  • From the opening of Pope John Paul II High School, the choral program continues to excel. Choirs at JPII have consistently earned “Superior” ratings in District and State adjudications. Over the last four years, over 40 students have auditioned for, and have been placed in, the Freshman and Mid-State Honors Choirs. Of those students, approximately 10% have been selected to move on to the prestigious Tennessee All State Choir.

  • JPII’s Model UN team has won 675 awards in 61 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), men’s lacrosse (’09, ’11), and dance (’16). Seven 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), Grace Lascara (lacrosse, 2016), and Ben Brooks (baseball, 2017). About 65% of the student body play at least one sport.

  • JPII sponsors the Hand in Hand Options 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.
  • 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.