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St. John Paul II Catholic School- A National Blue Ribbon and Catholic Honor Roll School

 

 

St. John Paul II Catholic School is an independent Catholic school located in West Houston near Eldridge Road and Briar Forest Drive. The school was established in 1988 as a private independent Catholic School. The School is a registered, non-profit corporation in the state of Texas with a corporate Board of Directors. St. John Paul II opened with fifty-six students in Pre-Kindergarten through third grade in the fall of 1988. Today enrollment approximates 700 students in grades PreKindergarten through eighth grade, with three homerooms per grade level. St. John Paul II is committed to academic excellence while focusing on traditional Catholic values. St. John Paul II is dually accredited by the Texas Conference of Catholic Education Division of the Texas Education Agency and AdvancED (formerly SACS) and is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

As the student population has grown, new programs, facilities and staff have been added. A new classroom building was opened in the fall of 1994. Additional classrooms and a gym were added in the fall of 1998. In 2004-2005, we opened the next addition to our facilities with more classrooms, a library, and a space dedicated to fine arts.

In August 2011 we added another phase to our facilities with over 20,000 square feet. Our new student activity center has a full kitchen, cafeteria, stage, and choir classroom. The gym was remodeled with a PTO workroom, PE offices, and storage, and girls and boys locker rooms. New offices, a science lab, and art room, now connect the main building to the gym. Construction included covered walkways along the front of the campus for carpool. In 2012 our campus was completed with the addition of our chapel.

St. John Paul II has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education three times: 1997, 2008, & 2018, making it the first school in Houston to receive this coveted award three times. In 2020, StJPII was recognized as a "Catholic Honor Roll School" by the Cardinal Newman Society, the only school in the Houston area with this distinction. These honors place StJPII in the top 1% in the United States and validate that StJPII excels in both academic excellence and outstanding Catholic spiritual formation. St. John Paul II moves forward as a unique Catholic school. Its graduates are currently enrolled in public and private high schools in the area including Duchesne Academy, St. John XXIII, St. Agnes Academy, St. Thomas High School, Strake Jesuit, St Pius X, and Incarnate Word Academy.

In 2014, John Paul II was canonized a Saint by Pope Francis. The name of our school was officially changed to St. John Paul II Catholic School.