Guidance

“We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” – St. John Paul II (Angelus given in Adelaide, Australia, November 30th, 1986)

The High School Counseling Office at St. John Paul II Catholic High School offers many parent and student services. We address academic, college, and personal issues, and provide information related to these areas. We are here to guide and lend a helping hand when needed, and we look forward to working with students and their families throughout their high school career.

Below is a list of some of the services that our department provides:
– Course Selection and Scheduling for the Academic Year
– College Admissions and Scholarship Applications
– Financial Aid Information
– Career Options and Planning
– Time Management and Study Skills Information
– Student/Teacher Relationships and Conflict Resolution
– ACT and SAT Information and Assistance
EXPLORE, PLAN and PSAT Administration
– AP Testing Information and Administration
– In-State and Out of State College Tours
– Scheduling of College Representatives on Campus
– Letters of Recommendation for College Admission, Scholarships, and Special Programs
– Confidential Personal Counseling
– Special Programs on College and Career Planning

FAQs

What is a GPA?
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.

How are classes weighted, and what exactly does that mean?
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.

How many credits do I have?
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.

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

What Classes are REQUIRED to Graduate?
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

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 Guidance Counselor, Susan LaVoy.