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Mission statement

In accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church and in the Dominican tradition of prayer, study, community, and service, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is a college preparatory school committed to the ethical formation of youth in the pursuit of Veritas (Truth).
In order to carry out our mission to pursue Veritas (Truth), we:
Center all we do on Jesus Christ, “the way the Truth and the Life”(John 14:6). 
Pray together as a school community and deepen our personal relationship to Jesus Christ and his Church.
Study with academic rigor, preparing our students for college and life, discovering the beauty, goodness, and truth in God’s creation.  In particular, through the study of Bioethics, we teach the implications of the fundamental truth of the dignity of each human person, created in the image and likeness of God.
Based on these truths, we build community and serve one another in imitation of Christ.
Saint John Paul the Great is a high school of the Diocese of Arlington, founded under the leadership of now-retired Bishop Paul S. Loverde. To learn more about the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, and our new shepherd, Bishop Michael Burbidge, please visit:

Recent news

St Lucy Project

JP Houses Contribute to the St. Lucy Project

John Paul students concluded Catholic Schools Week with an amazing food drive! The students collected assorted canned goods and dry foods all week for their respective Houses. The donations supplied Catholic Charities' Saint Lucy Project with food for their food pantry network throughout the Arlington Diocese.
Bioethics Seminar

Spring Bioethics Seminar (click here for more information)

Have you ever wondered what students are learning in the four-year Bioethics Curriculum found only at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School? Join Sister Malia Grace Reed, O.P., Bioethics Department Chair, at our Spring series of talks based on the first course, “The Human Person ~ A Philosophical Perspective.”
Drama Award

Congratulation to Mr. Paul Hope!

Mr. Hope received the Virginia Thespian High School Theatre Teacher of the Year Award at a ceremony on Friday, January 6, 2024. Antonio Rene Gutierrez, a student at John Paul introduced Mr. Hope during the award ceremony.
The award is, "a beacon of recognition for educators who embody the transformative power of theatre."
Purple Star Designation

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Receives Purple Star Designation!

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children recently awarded John Paul the Purple Star Designation for 2023-2024. The Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.