Academic Excellence

Terra Nova Results
Total scores for Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Chicago are consistently above public school counterparts. PJPII scores on the Terra Nova test are no exception! At the following grades, PJPII students scored at or above grade-level peers:

  • PJPII third graders scored higher than 78% of national peers
  • PJPII fifth graders scored higher than 54% of national peers
  • PJPII seventh graders scored higher than 76% of national peers

Further, Catholic school students in Chicago also scored above national norms in science and social studies:

  • Third Graders = 69th percentile in science and 71st percentile in social studies
  • Fifth Graders = 63rd percentile in science and 64th percentile in social studies
  • Seventh Graders = 62nd percentile in science and 73rd percentile in social studies

Our goal is to provide your child with the best education possible. Pope John Paul II Catholic School offers students a quality education. Our Curriculum encompasses many high level standards including the Common Core Standards, and the curriculum guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago. These standards are in accordance with State of Illinois and incorporate a religious aspect. Follow the links below to take a look at our curriculum:

Common Core Standards
Archdiocese of Chicago Curriculum

Pope John Paul II Catholic School feels that fine arts are also an essential part of learning. Classes attend Physical Education, Music, and Technology Classes once or twice a week depending on their grade level. Students also do art in the classrooms.

We offer special assistance programs through various tutors and counselors. Please speak with your teacher or principal if you think your child may need extra help.

Academic Progress in the Archdiocese

Please visit the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools website for more information on Catholic school achievement and attendance. Click here

Grading System & Honor Roll

We at Pope John Paul II Catholic School believe in recognizing our hardworking students for their efforts. Below is an outline of our honor roll. Each quarter, students are nominated to the honor roll based on teacher recommendations and grades. These students are presented with their awards during a special ceremony.

The following grades are eligible for these quarterly awards:

Perfect AttendancePre-K through 8th Grade
Effort Awards3rd Grade
A & B Honor Roll4th through 8th Grade
4.0 Honor Roll4th through 8th Grade

Students that qualify for the A Honor Roll have a GPA between 3.70 and 4.00
Students that qualify for the B Honor Roll have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.69

Grading Scale

We push students to strive to reach their highest potential at Pope John Paul II Catholic School! We value all students’ abilities, and challenge them through differentiated teaching techniques to become better learners. Below is our Grading Scale:

A93—1004 points
B85—923 points
C77—842 points
D70—761 point
U69 or below0 points

Title I Program

Title I is a government funded program under the No Child Left Behind federal education program, focusing on supplemental reading and/or 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, helping students build self confidence and ability to learn. Our Title I teacher 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, or if your child is currently a Title I student and you would like to speak to someone about your child, please contact Ms. Susan Boone, Title I Teacher.


Homework is a useful way for students to practice skills and learn independent study habits. It is the student’s AND parent’s responsibility to be sure that all homework is completed every night! Students in grades 2 through 8 will receive an assignment notebook in which to write down each assignment as it is given. It is the parents’ responsibility to supervise a child's homework time and check to see that assignments are finished and done neatly. Without doing the assignments, parents should encourage the child to spend the necessary time to be neat, look up the spelling of unfamiliar words, and to use correct punctuation. Parents are encouraged to help children in these ways so that the children will acquire the self-discipline required for doing homework. On most school days, children will be asked to do homework. Reading assignments that do not require writing are as important as written work. PERSONAL READING IS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED for students to expand their learning power.

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