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FAQ

1. When are tours available during the school day?
2. What test do you give to prospective students? How long does it take? Who administers the test?
3. What happens after I complete the entire application?
4. What are your school hours?
5. Do the students wear uniforms and, if so where do you get them?
6. What does it mean to be a Blue Ribbon School?
7. Why are the dates for Blue Ribbon only for 1997, 2008 and 2018?
8. What are your class sizes?
9. What textbooks are used at St. John Paul II?
10. Can you tell me more about your auxiliary classes or electives for students.
11. Do students take the TAKS test? How do St. John Paul II Catholic School students compare to the national norms on their standardized test?
12. What after school activities do you offer?
13. What athletic programs do you offer?
14. Do you have before and after school care?
15. Do you have a sibling discount?
16. Are parents required to do a certain number of volunteer hours per year?
17. What are the fundraising requirements for parents? 
18. Do you offer financial assistance?
19. Where is the parish? What parishes come to your school?
20. Do you receive any subsidies from outside sources?
21. Do you have a cafeteria?
22. Do you have buses?
23. What is the immunization policy as mandated by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston?
24. What methods does StJPII use to communicate with parents?

 

 

1. When are tours available during the school day? Please check the "Visit" page under the "Admissions" tab on our website to sign up for a tour or contact our Director of Admissions at admissions@jp2.org

 

2. What test do you give to prospective students? How long does it take? Who administers the test?

All students are given a Nationally normed entrance exam for admission into the school. PreK and Kindergarten students take a test, which is a developmentally appropriate screening device that assesses a child’s gross motor, fine motor, language, and conceptual skills. Both Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants are screened for language development and math concepts. Students in grades 2-8 are given an abbreviated standardized test and are asked to complete a writing sample. Testing for PreK and Kindergarten takes about 90 minutes. First grade takes 45 minutes to an hour and 2nd through 8th grades should allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours. On our testing date in the Spring, certified teachers and assistants administer the test to students. Due to the large volume of students being tested, extended testing time may be necessary. After the testing date, our assistant principals, and at times a classroom assistant, will administer the test.

 

3. What happens after I complete the entire application?

After you complete the application process, you will be given a testing date and time. When the test is completed and all paperwork has been reviewed, families will receive a decision letter notifying you of your child's acceptance or non-acceptance.  Due to the volume of applicants in March, the school is not able to make personal phone calls regarding acceptance results.

 

4. What are your school hours?
 

Primary School (PreK/Kindergarten) 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lower School (1st-5th Grade) 8:00 AM – 3:20 PM
Middle School (6th-8th Grade) 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

 

5. Do the students wear uniforms and, if so where do you purchase them?

Students at St. John Paul II Catholic School are required to wear a uniform. The official uniform must be purchased at MillsWear (our school code is 720). Other optional uniform items can be purchased through the StJPII website link in August for September delivery, November for January delivery and in May for August delivery.

 

6. What does it mean to be a National Blue Ribbon and Catholic Honor Roll School?

The National Blue Ribbon is an award given by the US Department of Education to public and private schools. In order to apply, schools must not only have high test scores but also show that they offer exceptional programs, electives, and community involvement. StJPII is the only elementary school in Houston (only the 7th in Texas) to have won the National Blue Ribbon Award three times.

The Catholic Education Honor Roll (CEHR) helps schools strengthen their Catholic identity by evaluating internal policies and practices and recognizing schools committed to the Principles of Catholic Identity in Education.  

 

7. Why are the dates for Blue Ribbon only for 1997, 2008 and 2018?

Schools may apply for this award every 7-10 years based on the terms of the program.  St. John Paul II has been recognized three times.

 

8. What are your class sizes?

We strive to keep student counts at these levels

Pre-Kindergarten          18 students per class, with full-time aide in each class
Kindergarten                 22 students per class, with full-time aide in each class
1st - 5th                         24 students per class, with a full time aide in 1st grade
Middle School               25 students

 

9. What textbooks are used at St. John Paul II?

Textbooks are chosen from the Texas state adopted list. Religion texts are chosen from a list of approved religion books from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  Parents may view textbooks during Catholic Schools Week.  

 

10. Tell me about your auxiliary classes or electives for students.

PreK and Kindergarten: Students participate in weekly classes for Library/Storytime, Music and Movement as well as Spanish. Kindergarten also attends P.E. all year and computer in the second semester.

1st – 5th grades: Students participate in the following classes each week:

Physical Education – three times per week

Music and Spanish – twice per week 

Art, Computer, and Library – once a week

 

6th grade: Choice of one elective, either Beginning Band or Elective Wheel.

The wheel allows the student to ‘sample’ four of the following introductory courses, each of which is taken for a nine-week period: Art, Choir,  Computer, and Spanish.

 

7th grade: Choice of one elective

Advanced Band, Art I, Chorale, Intermediate Computer, Journalism, or Spanish

 

8th grade: Choice of two electives

Advanced Band, Art I, Chorale, Intermediate Computer, Advanced Computers and Robotics, Journalism, Spanish, Robotics, Artisans or Theater Arts

 

11. Do students take the STAAR test? How do St. John Paul II Catholic School students score on their standardized test scores?

Our students do not take the Texas state STAAR test. Our students take the IOWA and CoGAT nationally normed tests every year. The national average is 50%. StJPII averages between 80% - 90% each year in the various academic subjects as a grade level. Our students perform approximately 8 points above their predicted level of ability. We continue to see improvements each year. For the last several years, over 60% of our 7th graders have been selected by the Duke University talent search (based on IOWA scores in 95th percentile or above).

 

12. What after-school activities do you offer?

Each year the activities that are offered after school vary, depending upon the interest of students and those that provide the activity. Currently, we offer Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Art Club, dance classes, Conquest and Challenge Clubs, Chess Club, Robotics.

 

13. What athletic programs do you offer?

Our Elementary students play in the West Houston Christian Sports Association (WHCSA). Sports include soccer, basketball, softball and baseball, as well as Spring volleyball for 6th graders. 4th and 5th graders are offered an opportunity to participate in the middle school cross-country and track program. 

Our Middle School students participate in the Greater Houston Christian Athletic Association (GHCAA). Competitive athletic programs include soccer, football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and field, lacrosse,  softball, baseball and cheer. 6th grade students may participate in some WHCSA sports.

 

14. Do you have a Before and After School Program (BASP)?

Yes, our program is available only to StJPII students. The BASP hours are:

  • Mornings from 7:00 – 7:40 AM

  • Afternoons from 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Registration papers for BASP will be available after a child is accepted at StJPII. Please see the BASP Handbook online under "Community" and then "Handbook" tab for fee schedule, sibling discounts and more information. 

 

15. Does StJPII offer a tuition sibling discount?

Yes, we have discounts for multiple children. Please see the chart under Admissions, Tuition. 

 

16. Are parents required to volunteer a certain number of hours per year?

No, parents are not required to do a certain number of volunteer hours. However, we encourage all parents to get involved and share their talents. In order to volunteer at the school, CMG Safe Haven training is required, background check must be completed, and a "Code of Conduct" signed. "StJPII Volunteer Guidelines" are under "Community" and then the "Volunteer" tab online. 

 

17. What are the fundraising requirements for parents?  What fundraisers can be used to meet those dollars?

There are several fundraisers offered during the school year. All fundraisers are voluntary.

 

18. Do you offer financial assistance?

The school provides tuition assistance to families who are committed to Catholic education and who have demonstrated financial need. Additional information is available on "Admissions" and then "Tuition Assistance".
 

19. Where is the parish? What parishes do your students attend?

We are not a parish school. St. John Paul II is a private Catholic independent school under the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. We have students that come to us from the surrounding parishes. The majority of our students attend the Catholic parishes of St. John Vianney, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Epiphany of the Lord, St. Justin the Martyr, St. Bartholomew, St. Faustina, and St. Edith Stein.

 

20. Do you receive any subsidies from outside sources? No

 

21. Do you have a cafeteria?

Yes, our cafeteria is located in the student activity center. We have a catering company that prepares a hot lunch on site for students. In addition, many students bring their lunch to eat in the cafeteria. You can view the lunch menu on our website under the "Parent Corner".

 

22. Do you have buses?

No, all students are transported to school by car, or they walk to school.

 

23. What is the Immunization Policy as mandated by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston?
The record must include a date for the immunizations and a doctor’s signature or stamp. 
A “My Chart” record must be signed by the doctor.
An “Immutrack” record must be signed by the doctor.

The TCCBED policy regulating Immunization Requirements is applicable to all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and states the following:
“Every student enrolled in a Catholic School in the state of Texas shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted the Texas Department of State Health Services.
A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exception to the foregoing requirement is a medical exemption singed buy a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) authorized to practice in the state of Texas, including the physician’s license number.”
The statement from Rome regarding the use of Immunization Vaccines:
“Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. When nothing else is available, as is the case currently in the U.S., Catholics may use these vaccines. The moral principle that applies in these cases is that of remote materials passive (not active) cooperation with evil.” These vaccines deter rampant outburst of viral disease in the population. Immunization is not in conflict with the Catholic faith.
Statement from Texas Attorney General:
“Conscientious objections of waivers, which may be permissible for attendance in public schools, do not qualify as an exemption in Catholic Schools in Texas. A private school that does not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a child who has received an exemption for the immunizations required by the Texas Health and Safety Code” (Atty. Gen. OP GA-0420)

 

24. What methods does StJPII use to communicate with parents?

StJPII communicates through a variety of formats. Every Tuesday you will receive a link for the Saints Weekly, our school newsletter. IRIS – Immediate Response Information System is used to dispense important information within minutes to a group or the entire StJPII community using home phones, cell phones and / or e-mails. Our website, JP2.org contains a wealth of information and is updated continually. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.