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. A ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, SJPIII enrolled its first students in 2001 and in 2004 graduated its first class of 5 seniors.


We are a ministry of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. It is the only Catholic high school between Jacksonville and Pensacola. John Paul II educates students from diverse backgrounds in a nurturing, Christ-centered, Catholic environment.

John Paul II is 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; 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.

John Paul II is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 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 167 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, as well as, a respect for learning co-exist. Our students are involved, and highly successful, in a wide variety of activities. 80% of our student body participates in one or more of our 19 athletic teams and 24 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 over 3.1 million dollars in scholarship funds.

Graduating classes from the past eight years have students attending some of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, including:

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Eastman School of Music
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Florida State University
University of Florida
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
King’s College
Louisiana State University
Massachusetts Inst of Tech
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Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Princeton University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
St. Vincent University
Savannah College of Art & Design
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U.S. Naval Academy
University of Dallas
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The University of the South
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