Academic Excellence


Our goal is to provide your child with a quality education that will prepare them for high school, college and beyond. Our curriculum includes the Common Core Standards and the curriculum guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago. These standards are in accordance with State of Illinois. Follow the links below for more information:

Common Core Standards
Archdiocese of Chicago Curriculum

Pope John Paul II Catholic School believes that fine arts are also an essential part of learning. In addition to their academic classes, students attend Spanish, Physical Education, Music, and Technology classes once or twice a week.


PJPII believes that Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are integral to an excellent education and increase student learning and outcomes. PJPII offers the following programs and resources for its students:

  • Music and technology classes are taught once per week for grades K-7
  • iPads are utilized in grades K-5
  • Alpha Typing provides keyboarding skill development in grades 3-5
  • Defined STEM is a comprehensive science and engineering program where students build real world problem solving skills in grades 6-8
  • Chromebooks and Google Classroom are used in grades 6-8
  • Grades 4-8 participate in the Mathletics program which enriches and practices math fluency at school and at home
  • PJPII classrooms host interactive white boards and Technology Centers with desktop and internet resources
  • PJPII has 2 computer labs
  • Art is incorporated into homeroom classes and religion
ACT Aspire Results

Total scores for Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Chicago are consistently above their public school counterparts. PJPII scores on the ACT Aspire test are no exception!

A few highlights from the 2016-2017 test results:

  • Our 8th grade students are growing at or above the national average in reading and math (85%)
  • Students that return to PJPII grow at or above the national average in reading (79%)
  • Students in grades 3 through 8 grew 9 National Percentiles in writing taking them above national grade level averages.
Academic Services

PJPII is working to expand its inclusive education program, and we have more resources available this year to support our students with diverse learning needs! Take a look at our supports.

  • A significant increase in students receiving reading & math one-on-one support
  • Independent functioning support
  • Speech therapy
  • Applied behavior therapy
  • Reading & math one-on-one support
  • Aspire for Kids consults our teachers to further support diverse learners
  • Aspire for Kids provides evaluation and speech/OT therapy resources
  • Teachers attend professional development to learn new strategies for diverse learners
  • Academic coaching and counseling through United Stand
Title I Program

Title I is a government funded program under the No Child Left Behind federal education program, focusing on supplemental reading and math. Because it is supplemental, the program adds to the work already going on in the classrooms. Students in Title I work in small groups, building skills and self confidence. Our Title I teachers work closely with classroom teachers to ensure students are making academic progress. The Title I teacher reinforces what is taught in the classroom; it is not a homework help program. Students who attend Title I do not miss new material taught in the classroom. If your student is recommended to take part in Title I Services, there is no cost to you.

If you have any questions about the Title I Program, please contact Ms. Yinka Ade at

United Stand

United Stand provides PJPII with academic coaching, counseling and testing services. Spaces are limited. If you feel your child may benefit from these services, please contact the school.

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