St. John Paul II Catholic High School (SJPII), located in Tallahassee, Florida, is a private, co-educational college preparatory institution offering classes for grades 9 through 12. SJPII enrolled its first students in 2001 and in 2004 graduated its first class of 5 seniors.
SJPII is a ministry of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. It is the only Catholic high school between Jacksonville and Pensacola. SJPII educates students from diverse backgrounds in a nurturing, Christ-centered, Catholic environment.
At SJPII, we are committed to ensuring the continued academic excellence of our students. We strive to serve our community by increasing enrollment and providing some type of financial assistance for all qualified students. As a faith-based organization, we appreciate the support of our Christian community. The example displayed by the broad support of this community has served to encourage and foster within our student body a desire to “pay it forward” to those who need it most.
The capital city of Florida and home to Florida A & M University, Florida State University, and Tallahassee Community College, much of the Tallahassee economy centers on state government and higher education. The greater Leon County area has a permanent population of 272,500 with an additional 52,000 college students during the school year. Our primary area of service is Leon County and the region around it; however, our reach extends to the surrounding counties and encompasses students who come to us from foreign countries such as Spain, Germany, China, and Korea.
SJPII is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). We received notable commendations through re-accreditation in 2003 and 2008. Our student body includes families with diverse backgrounds and experiences from the larger Tallahassee community, surrounding counties and various foreign countries.
Currently, the enrollment is 158 students in grades 9-12 making the current student to teacher ratio 9:1. A small teacher-student ratio creates a classroom environment where creativity and the open exchange of ideas and a respect for learning co-exist. Our students are involved and highly successful in a wide variety of activities. Around 80% of our students participate in one or more of our 17 athletic teams and 20 extracurricular clubs. Community service and the reinforcement of community values are integral components of our educational program. Year after year, a significant number of our graduates receive Bright Futures Scholarships to Florida universities and earn an average of more than $3.1 million in scholarship funds.
Graduating classes have students attending some of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, including: