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John Paul II Catholic School

John Paul II Catholic School
1400 Parkway Plaza Drive
Houston, Texas, 77077
 United States
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Pope John Paul II
Established 1988
Authority Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston
Principal Janie Hengst
Vice principal Rebecca Bogard
Asst. Principal Dan Courtney
Chief custodian Mario Garcia
Staff 23
Faculty 52
Grades Pre-K8
Enrollment 721 [1] (2010)
Average class size 21
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Navy Blue, Burgundy, White             
Sports Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball
Mascot Bernie the Dog
Team name Saints
Newspaper John Paul II Times
Yearbook The Spirit
Tuition $7,835
Athletic Director Mary Beth Hewitt
Counseler Dorothy Tiedt
Nurse Jeanne Aertker
Admissions Director Kathy Rieder

John Paul II Catholic School (commonly abbreviated to JPII) is a Catholic private school for grades Pre-K through 8th grade in western Houston, Texas. The school is within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. As of 2008 it serves over 700 students.[2]


  • History 1
    • Opening 1.1
    • National Blue Ribbon School Awards 1.2
    • Expansion 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



The logo for the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, awarded to JP2 in 2008.

John Paul II Catholic School was established in 1988 as a private independent Catholic School and is fully accredited with the non-profit corporation in the state of Texas with a corporate Board of Directors.[4] John Paul II opened with 56 students in Pre-Kindergarten through third grade in the fall of 1988 having temporary trailer buildings as classrooms/offices.

National Blue Ribbon School Awards

During the 1996-97 school year and again in 2008, John Paul II was named a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary School by the U.S. Department of Education,[5] one of only fifty private schools to be so honored nationally. Poised for future growth, John Paul II moves forward as a unique Catholic school. Its graduates are currently enrolled in many of the private high schools in the area including Duchesne Academy, Pope John XXIII, St. Agnes Academy, St. Thomas High School, Strake Jesuit, St Pius X, and Incarnate Word Academy.


As the student population has grown, new programs, facilities and staff have been added. A new $1.2 million-dollar classroom building was opened in the fall of 1994. Additional classrooms and a gym/cafeteria were opened in the fall of 1998. In January 2005, new construction added more classrooms, three computer labs, a library, a band hall, and two classrooms dedicated to fine arts. Early in 2011, construction began on campus in order to expand the school adding a new office workspace, separate cafeteria, theater stage, theater arts/music classrooms, art room, and a chapel. A mosaic of Blessed John Paul II was made for the school. The date to place the finished artwork was in July. It was put near the entrance of the chapel. Building was completed at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.[6]

See also


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  2. ^ Bailey, Todd. "Pupils place well at 4-H competition." Ultimate Memorial (Houston Chronicle). April 15, 2010. Retrieved on October 16, 2011.
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  6. ^ "John Paul II Catholic School - About Us". 

External links

  • Official School Page
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