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Our Foundations

Our Foundations

Mission Statement

The school is a caring community that embodies the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaches the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

An educational ministry of the Diocese of Fall River, the school serves students and families of all faiths across Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts who seek distinctive co-educational middle and high school Catholic education.  Through strong relationships and worthy example, the school recognizes students’ gifts, develops their potential, and inspires their pursuit of truth through faith and reason.

Our school embraces the teaching of the Catholic Church, which recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. As such, it is important to articulate the mission, philosophy, and vision of the school so that parents can understand our approach and determine if the school best fits their family goals.

Our school philosophy is based on five fundamental values.

A Community of Care and Concern
School culture and environment are premised on the idea that people learn best through relationships that are positive, encouraging, respectful, and professional. Therefore, the school retains qualified faculty and staff members capable of forming healthy relationships marked by mutual respect and shared goals.

Full Personhood under God
From Grade Five through Grade Twelve, we know that our most important charge is the full human formation of our students, who are created in the image and likeness of God. Such formation requires a program of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social-emotional experiences that help students realize their worth and the central role of God in their creation, lives, and destiny.

Academic Excellence
Students deserve both robust academic challenges and robust support to meet them. The school offers a thoughtfully-developed curriculum based on the Catholic liberal arts tradition and inclusive of evolving STEAM approaches. When expectations are set high, and relationships of respect prevail, students tend to meet those expectations. In equal measure, support and appropriate accommodations are provided for student success.

Opportunities to Grow and Thrive
The school’s philosophy of challenge and support is equally operative in the athletic, performance, artistic, and other co-curricular endeavors. Students are provided opportunities and encouraged to explore new dimensions of themselves in an environment designed for appropriate risk-taking and growth. We believe in maximizing options and activities so that students are not “waiting in line” and as a result, more readily grow through new endeavors.

Spiritual Life and Christian Service
The school program is rooted in the Catholic Faith. We strive to know, love, and serve God, as Jesus taught, through prayer, worship, and service. In order to educate the whole child truly and to live our pilgrim journey on earth, developing habits of prayer, regular worship at Mass, and meaningful acts of Christian service are of ultimate value. Through prayer, worship, and service, students develop their spiritual dimension, actively engage with other persons in need, and prepare for their ultimate destiny.

"...this profile describes a real, lived description of the skills, qualities, attitudes, and knowledge resulting from the St. John Paul II High School educational experience."

Consider the following description a profile of the St. John Paul II High School graduate. Not an idealized vision of the “perfect” students, but rather this profile describes a real, lived description of the skills, qualities, attitudes, and knowledge resulting from the St. John Paul II High School educational experience.

The profile is comprised of five key facets of the human person; Intellectual Formation, Character Formation, Leadership, Christian Service, and Catholic Faith.

Profile of Grad at Graduation

For years, families have wished for high-quality, Catholic secondary education on Cape Cod. On September 4, 2007, thanks to the efforts of Cape residents and the support of the Diocese of Fall River, that dream became reality. Bishop George W. Coleman dedicated the school on September 25, 2007. In 2013, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School joined with St. John Paul II High School as one school under the direction of the Diocese of Fall River.

"The teachers help students realize their true purpose in life, make a plan to reach their goals, and place their plans in God's hands and trust in His Providence."

John Hufnagle, '12
John Hufnagle '12

"Catholic education gives children a boost and strong footing for life."

Rick and Lois Wrightson,
Rick and Lois Wrightson founding donors of the school

“JPII laid the foundation for my future. The best gift they gave me was the life experience.”

WenLan Wang, '19
WenLan Wang '19

"Coming to JPII was the best decision I could have made. It provides you with a close-knit family, amazing friends and staff, and prepares you for your college experience. Whether on the field or on the stage people from the whole school support you, leaving the school with a united bond that lasts beyond high school."

Celine Naoum ‘19

"JPII provided me with everything I could ever have needed. While it is small enough that no student can ever be forgotten, this does not diminish, but increase the academic and extracurricular opportunities. Truly it's a place full of people who care not just about going to good schools, but being good people. I could not recommend it enough. I attended two other high schools as well, and so I know that JPII truly is above the rest."

Mikayla Barreiro, '17
Mikayla Barreiro '17
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