Typical Four-Year Curriculum

Typical 4-Year Program

This is a typical four-year plan. Your courses may vary according to level placements (advanced placement, honors, college preparatory) and course offerings.

View the 2019-2020 Course Description Book.

Freshman Year

  • English 9
  • Revelation of Jesus Christ
    Who Is Jesus Christ
  • Biology
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • World History
  • French I or II; Spanish I or II; Mandarin Chinese I or II
  • Performing or Visual Arts Elective
  • Health

Sophomore Year

  • English 10: World Literature
  • The Church
    Prayer and Spirituality
  • Chemistry, Marine Science or Earth Science
  • Geometry or Algebra II & Trigonometry
  • World History (1st Semester)/ United States History (2nd Semester)
  • French II or III; Spanish II or III; Mandarin Chinese II or III
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Electives

Junior Year

  • English 11: American Literature (AP Option)
  • Sacraments
    Christian Morality
  • Chemistry (AP Option), Biology (AP Option), Physics (AP Option), Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Science or Marine Science
  • Algebra II/ Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Statistics (AP Option)
  • United States History (AP Option)
  • French III or IV, Spanish III or IV, Mandarin Chinese III or IV
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Elective(s)

Senior Year

  • AP Literature and Composition
  • Social Justice
    Mission and evangelization
  • Chemistry (AP Option), Biology (AP Option), Physics (AP Option), Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Science, or Earth Science
  • AP Calculus AB, Statistics (AP Option), Pre-Calculus, Calculus, College Mathematics Survey
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, or Contemporary Issues
  • French IV or V; Spanish IV or V; Mandarin Chinese IV or V
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Elective(s)


Course Levels

The curriculum is designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education. Course levels are weighted to determine grade point averages. Some courses are not offered at all levels. Please consult the course descriptions for each department in this catalog for information about course level offerings.

The placement of students in appropriate levels is a collaborative process that reflects our desire to create the best possible academic experience for each student. The goal of level placement is to have each student sufficiently challenged by a rigorous academic program while ensuring that he/she has the aptitude and skills to be successful in the classroom.

Courses are offered at the following levels of depth and pace to address the needs of students with varying aptitudes and learning styles.

Advanced Placement

Advanced students are offered the opportunity to engage in college level study in several disciplines as part of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. In order to participate, students must demonstrate superior aptitude and achievement and a willingness to commit to considerable independent study. Admission to these courses is by application. All students in these courses are required to take and pay the fee for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. Some colleges award credit to those students who receive a satisfactory score on the examination.


Honors level courses are designed to challenge students who have demonstrated a high level of academic aptitude and achievement. The pace of instruction is rapid and topics are explored in greater depth than in the College Preparatory level. School recommendation is required for enrollment in honors courses. Students are expected to complete independent research, group work, and long term assignments. Assessments emphasize the development of critical thinking skills, originality and creativity, and the ability to make connections within the subject area as well as with other academic disciplines.

College Preparatory

This level provides students who have demonstrated above average/average aptitude and achievement with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the subject area and the application of concepts. Emphasis is placed on fine tuning skills as well as developing the capacity for more critical thinking. Students are expected to complete daily homework assignments as well as some long term assignments and projects. Frequent and varied assessments characterize this level.

College Preparatory 1

Emphasis is placed on developing a strong understanding of the course fundamentals, the capacity for independent and critical thinking, and the learning skills necessary for more advanced study. Daily homework is assigned to provide students with practice in working with new concepts, review of previously learned material, and structure in their learning process. Long­-term assignments are frequently broken down into several components. This level is placed by school recommendation only.


Graduation Requirements

Theology 4.0
English 4.0
Mathematics *3.0
Science *3.0
Social Studies 3.0
World Language *3.0
Health .5
Fine Arts 1.0
Electives 4.5
Total Credits 26

*Minimum required for graduation, however more are recommended for college preparation.

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AP Capstone 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.

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Leadership Studies


This innovative program introduces leadership theory and develops leadership skills necessary for current and future leaders in society.

The course is open to seniors who seek to develop and enhance leadership skills.

The course is taught by the Director of Leadership Studies and “co-taught” by community leaders who contribute to class lectures.


Fall: The fall component of the class is classroom-based. Students meet daily as a class to study communication, ethics, and the philosophy of leadership.

Spring: In the spring semester, students demonstrate leadership development through the completion of a practicum within a professional context in the community.

Practicum: Students are required to complete an independent practicum assignment in the professional context of the community in the spring. Students meet weekly in the spring semester to discuss challenges, successes, and reflection as a group. Students meet individually with the program director to ensure progress. Completion of the practicum includes a written reflection and oral presentation.


Dual Enrollment


We strive to offer robust elective courses for students, irrespective of the size of our school. Toward this end, we have entered into a dual enrollment agreement with Stonehill College whereby select Stonehill College100-level and 200-level courses, taught by Stonehill College faculty members, will be offered at JPII for JPII students. Students who complete these courses will receive high school credit (JPII transcript) and also Stonehill College credit (Stonehill College transcript).

For 2019-2020, two courses are now offered.

In the Fall semester, Introduction to Digital Media Production, a 200-level course will present video principles and elements: the camera, lighting, direction, editing, sound, including practice in video composition. 

In the Spring semester, students may elect Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice, which offers an introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. This course examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of sociology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and raise questions for critical analysis.