Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is the newest addition to the proud tradition of Catholic education in the Diocese of Arlington. Our new 40 acre campus in Dumfries, Virginia, is more than just an impressive state-of-the-art facility, it is a place where students are challenged and nurtured academically, socially, and spiritually.
Our doors opened August 25, 2008 to our very first freshman and sophomore classes. We added a class each year, and in June of 2011 we celebrated our first graduating class. Our first full, 4-year class will graduate in 2012.
Our Mission Statement and Philosophy
Rooted in the Dominican tradition of prayer, study, community and service, Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is committed to the formation of youth with special emphasis on the ethical development of the students. We strive to provide an environment where students can grow in the image of Jesus Christ while developing intellectual, theological, and moral virtues.
In order to carry out this mission, the faculty and staff are committed to:
- Providing an environment in which the profound dignity of every student is affirmed, thus enabling them to grow in the knowledge of their worth as creatures made in God’s image and invited to share divine life with Him.
- Providing an environment in which the Catholic faith is vibrant so that students can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and are motivated to take an ever more active role in his Church.
- Cooperating with the parents and families of our students, recognizing them as the primary educators of their children.
Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P., Principal of Pope John Paul the Great, is the seasoned educator and administrator chosen by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (also known as the “Nashville Dominicans”) to work with Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde to provide an excellent Catholic institution of learning for the families of Prince Williams County.
The Congregation is presently in 32 schools across eleven states, teaching children and young adults from pre-school through college level. It serves in suburban, inner city, private, and diocesan schools.
To learn more about the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, please visit: www.nashvilledominican.org.
To learn more about Bishop Paul S. Loverde and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, please visit: www.arlingtondiocese.org.
We are guided first and foremost by The Most Holy Trinity –Father, Son and Holy Spirit— and through the example and intercession of the Blessed Mother.
We are inspired by our beloved namesake, Blessed Pope John Paul II. By his example, and through his intercession, we embrace the call to live lives of joyful holiness, to teach and celebrate young people, and to respect the life and dignity of each person.
We are guided as well by the spirits of Saints Dominic and Cecilia, as experienced through the congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.
With gratitude, we walk with the wise shepherd of our diocese, Bishop Paul Loverde. The vision and dedication of Bishop Loverde, and the Diocesan team he has worked with for years, has made the dream of opening a Diocesan Catholic high school in Prince William County a reality.
To learn more about our school, or to apply for admission, please continue to browse the pages of our web site. Thank you for your interest in Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School!
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Location: Some electronic map sites or GPS systems do not give accurate directions. Please see below for accurate directions and/or View the map on our Campus page.
From Interstate 95 take exit 152-A toward Dumfries.
Travel .5 miles and turn LEFT at Jefferson Davis Highway
Travel .7 miles and turn RIGHT at River Heritage Rd. (There will be a Walmart on the right)
Travel 1.7 miles. The school is located at the end of River Heritage Rd, which turns into Dominican Drive.