The Office of Guidance and Counseling devotes considerable time and resources to the process of advising students in the college preparation process. During freshman and sophomore years, students are introduced to a number of interest assessment exercises as a way of determining areas of study that may be suitable for them. Students are also required to take the PSAT/NMSQT exam during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. In addition, freshmen will also take the ACT Explore test, while sophomores take the ACT Plan test.
John Paul offers students access to the Naviance software system. Naviance is an essential tool that will assist students with exploring their college and career interests. With this tool, students can create a post-secondary plan, create an electronic portfolio, take inventories to increase self-awareness, research career opportunities, research college options, search scholarship listings, review scheduled college representative visits and communicate with the guidance counselor.
The Naviance website is https://connection.naviance.com/jpthegreat. Only current JP students and parents have access to certain functions.
The College Readiness Program
Ever mindful of the goal to prepare students to succeed in college, The College Readiness Program is implemented over four years of high school at Saint John Paul the Great. Highlights of the College Readiness Program include:
- Introduction to High School Summer Workshops
- 1:1 meetings with academic advisors
- PSAT and ACT (Explore & Plan) tests given each year
- College readiness and search presentations for parents
- College representative visits to our campus
- Naviance college and career planning tools
- Academic support and study skills workshops
- Summer enrichment programs
- SAT and ACT test prep courses
- Military academy and ROTC presentations
- College admission and financial aid workshops
Though Saint John Paul the Great high school is still relatively new, our results speak for themselves:
- Student SAT scores are consistently higher than national and state averages, and competitive with other college prep schools in the nation.
- John Paul students have earned recognitions and awards from the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, including a finalist, semi-finalists, and commended students; Students also recognized in the National Achievement Scholarship and National Hispanic Scholar Recognition programs.
- Combined, our first 4 graduating classes earned more than $20 million in academic scholarships.
- John Paul graduates attend the finest colleges and universities in the nation, including Ivy League schools, Catholic institutions, all top Virginia schools, military academies, and others.
These students took full advantage of the tools and opportunities provided to them by John Paul the Great and exceeded the challenges set before them. Our graduates have set the bar for success and helped to create an expectation of achievement.