JPII Selected to Offer Distinctive AP Program
St. John Paul II High School is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide selected to implement AP Capstone — an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication.
The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement courses and exams.
Because the program is a result of feedback from education professionals, it is not surprising that several colleges and universities have confirmed their support of the program.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of both college-level academic and research skills. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments only (but not on four additional AP Exams) will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
St. John Paul II High School will introduce AP Seminar in the fall of 2017.
[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]“I am particularly impressed with the program’s sharp focus on critical thinking and research skills that complement and enhance the strong content-based approach we have implemented for years. The capstone program gives teachers and students more leeway with curriculum choices so that these skills complement their acquisition of rich content knowledge,” said Christopher Keavy, Head of School.
The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students with the ability to investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials — articles to research studies to foundational and philosophical texts — students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. Education, innovation, sustainability, and technology are examples of themes or topics covered in AP Seminar.
JPII teachers will have the flexibility to choose subject content based on student interests, whether local, regional, national, or global. By tapping into students’ personal interests, AP Capstone gives students from a wide range of backgrounds an entry point into stimulating coursework more than ever before. Students are assessed using a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by incorporating research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing information to build, present, and defend an argument.
“We are proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction at the College Board. He adds, “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups—the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”[/read]
One of the Most Important Investments You Can Make
The benefits of Catholic education are widely known. The overall value of a JPII education – academic achievement, spiritual formation, opportunity, community – is an investment in the adult your child will become.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $11,375.
There is a $500 fee due upon acceptance. $325 is applied to tuition. $175 is a non-refundable registration fee.
While considering St. John Paul II High School as an educational opportunity for your child(ren), remember that it is our goal to make it possible for great students to attend a terrific school.
Therefore, we seek to enroll bright and engaged children of working parents who might only be able to pay a portion of the JPII tuition. We look for evidence of a family’s strong commitment to a St. John Paul II High School education.
St. John Paul II High School’s history has shown a commitment to accept students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Some of our families are able to afford very little of the tuition, while others can pay the majority of tuition. As such, our assistance program is need-based.
Need-based aid is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend St. John Paul II High School and a family’s ability to pay. While we attempt to meet a percentage of need, no family receives full-tuition assistance.
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At St. John Paul II High School, we understand that affordability is relative, and each family situation is unique. For this reason, we use a personalized assessment process to calculate your financial need.
The Financial Aid Committee uses FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, a service used by numerous Catholic and private schools, to assess your individual need. We take into consideration if you pay tuition elsewhere, or care for an elderly parent, or face other legitimate expenses.
For the 2017-18 academic year, JPII awarded nearly $600,000 in financial aid. Approximately 50-60% of students received financial assistance. While we are generously funded for financial aid, we are unable to offer assistance to all families who apply for aid.
We welcome and encourage you to contact us about financial aid – particularly if you assume you will not qualify.
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1. Should we apply for financial aid?
Catholic school tuition represents a significant investment for any family. There is no specific income level at which a family no longer qualifies for tuition assistance. The following items are taken into consideration:
- Assets (investments, home equity, automobile, etc.)
- Family size
- Commitment to Catholic education
- Number of children attending tuition-charging institutions
- Age of parents
- Current debt (credit cards, mortgages, other loans, etc.)
After an allowance is made for basic living expenses, the remaining funds are considered discretionary income, a portion of which is assumed available for education.
Although we would like to provide firm guidelines to help you decide whether or not to apply for assistance, we have found that each family’s combination of circumstances is unique. If you are unable to afford tuition, you should apply for financial aid.
2. Who determines eligibility and financial aid awards?
The Financial Aid Committee, comprised of the Head of School, the Principal, the Director of Admission, and the Business Manager, uses the recommendation of FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment in addition to supplemental information to determine eligibility and awards. Additionally, for middle school families, information provided to the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) is reviewed.
3. Are allowances made for siblings attending religious elementary or secondary schools, independent schools, or post-secondary schools?
Yes. We make allowances for siblings in religious or independent schools through college. However, we do not make allowances for siblings in graduate school.
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4. If we pay full tuition initially, can we apply for financial aid in subsequent years?
Yes. We realize that family situations change. Understand that in these situations you must apply early enough (winter) to be eligible for financial aid disbursements for the following academic year.
5. Does financial aid cover other school expenses?
No. Financial aid is intended for tuition purposes only.
6. Will financial support continue in future years?
Need-based financial aid is awarded annually, and renewal is not automatic or guaranteed as your family’s financial situation may change. In allocating our budget, priority for financial aid goes to returning students who currently receive awards. If your circumstances do not change significantly, you can expect your contribution to remain about the same from year to year.
Your family’s level of contribution is reassessed each year to assure that we are meeting current demonstrated need. If your financial profile improves, you may be expected to contribute a a greater proportion of the tuition. Likewise, if your family experiences a financial setback, your tuition contribution may be adjusted to take your new circumstance into consideration.
7. Will we be expected to pay back the financial aid award we are given?
No, financial aid is an award, not a loan. We do hope that you will make St. John Paul II High School your philanthropic priority when you consider charitable donations.
8. What about separated, divorced, or never-married parents?
JPII considers the income and assets of any adult who plays a significant role in a student’s life. Each household should submit a separate FACTS Financial Assistance application. All adults (mothers, fathers, step-parents, guardians, etc.) are required to submit all forms to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
9. Will my application for financial aid affect my child’s chances for admission?
No. Admission decisions are based on individual merit, not on the ability to pay. However, due to a limited amount of financial aid dollars, JPII is not able to award grants to every family who qualifies.
10. How can I get more information?
To be considered for school-based financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year, please complete an application through FACTS Grant & Aid.
February 15, 2019: To be considered in the first round of awards, applications must be completed with all necessary documentation
March 1, 2019: First round of awards begin
Applications are available through FACTS Grant in Aid Assessment (click to access).
Please call 508-771-7200 ext. 124 or email Sandra Eager, Student Accounts Coordinator, with any questions.
Entrance Exam Scholarship
The top twenty (20) individual scores on the Placement Exam will qualify for a one-time scholarship of $1000.
The Placement Exam must be taken at St. John Paul II High School on the designated test dates in order to qualify.
Sibling discounts are applied across the entire school, grades five through twelve. The oldest child will be charged full tuition and a 5% discount will be applied to each subsequent child. Families receiving the sibling discount are eligible to apply for financial assistance.
Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha Brazilian Catholic Leadership Scholarship
Develop your leadership qualities. For Brazilian Catholic students who demonstrate leadership and achievement may now apply for half-tuition scholarships to attend St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.
FACTS Payment Program
St. John Paul II High School is pleased to offer FACTS Payment Program by FACTS Management Company. Through FACTS Payment you will be able to arrange:
- One-time payments
- Monthly payments from your Checking or Savings account (US Bank Accounts Only)
Additionally, if you are enrolling in the FACTS Peace of Mind (POM) Benefit, the $14.00 non-refundable POM fee will be automatically deducted from your account within 14 days of the agreement being completed by the institution and posted to the FACTS System.
Click to learn more about FACTS online payments.