Academics

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The academic program at JPII is designed to immerse students in a classical liberal arts curriculum, anchored by core requirements in English, Science, Mathematics, Theology, History, the Arts, and Foreign Language. Students take these courses at either the college preparatory, honors, or Advanced Placement levels, depending on aptitude. In addition, students have the flexibility to pursue additional electives in the areas of their interest.

They earn eight classroom credits each year and an additional .25 credit each year for Christian Service Internship for a total of 33 credits over their four years of high school. In the words of one student, “it’s like getting an extra year of high school before the college entrance exams!” Graduation requirements are as follows:

  • English 4 credits
  • Social Studies 3 credits
  • Mathematics 4 credits
  • Theology 4 credits*
  • Science 3 credits
  • Fine Arts (Visual, Choral, Instrumental Music, or the Dramatic Arts) 2 credits
  • Foreign Language (Latin, Spanish, or French) 2 credits**
  • Physical Education/Wellness 1 credit
  • Christian Service Internship 1 credit***
  • Innov8 Courses 3 credits
  • Elective courses 6 credits

TOTAL:  33 credits

* Transfer students will be expected to complete one theology credit for each year of enrollment at Pope John Paul II High School.  (Theology courses required before the year of enrollment at Pope John Paul II High School are waived.)

** Both foreign language credits must be taken in the same language.

*** Each year, students are asked to complete a number of hours (determined by class) of Christian service outside of school time and earn .25 credit each year.

Students must earn 8.25 credits per year to advance to the next grade level. Students may not repeat a grade level or retake a course during a subsequent school year. For those who fail classes, the credit must be restored at JPII in our summer school credit restoration program in order to be eligible to advance to the next school year at JPII.