Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average of ALL your semester grades during high school; it is recalculated at the end of each semester with new final grades. Your GPA reflects your academic performance in your classes and is an important factor in college admissions and many scholarship award decisions.

Advanced academic challenging courses designated “Honors”, “Advanced Placement (AP)” and “Dual Enrollment (DE)” courses are “weighted” when calculating a student’s GPA. At John Paul II, Honors classes are awarded an additional .50 per semester and AP and DE classes are weighted an added 1.0 value points.

You should keep a record of all classes taken and grades and credits earned. Each semester class you pass (for example, August – December, or January – May) you earn ½ credit. You must pass with a D or above to earn credit for that class.

Credits are points earned toward graduation. You need a certain number of credits in specific courses to graduate from high school.

To earn a high school diploma from John Paul II Catholic High School students must complete the following credit requirements: (Also posted in JPIICHS Agenda and Student Handbook).

4 credits of Religion
4 credits of English
4 credits of Math: minimum requirements: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
3 credits of Science: must include Biology
3 credits of Social Studies, including World History, American History, American Government and Economics.
2 credits of the same Foreign Language
1 credit of Physical Education/Health (HOPE)
1 credit of Arts/Technology
2 credits of Electives

For a total of 24 credits

College Toolkit

The Parent Action Plan will help to keep your students on track for college readiness (select your students’ grade for more information):
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

Other Guidance Links:
College & Career Counseling
College Scholarships

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our College Advisor, Sara Bayliss.


Sara Bayliss
Sara BaylissCollege Advisor

Contact Your Enrollment Team
With Any Admissions Questions:

Jillyann McGowan
Jillyann McGowanDirector of Enrollment
Dianne Conroy
Dianne ConroyBusiness Manager

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