Principal's Message

 Thank you for your interest in John Paul II Catholic School. We continue to educate children in Union County and surrounding areas as we begin the 2020-21 school year.  Catholic education first came to Union County in 1820 when the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth opened St. Vincent Academy.  Since that time students in Union County have received a Catholic education, resulting in the graduation of thousands of successful alumni, making a difference in their communities across the country.

The 2019-20 school year brought about so much creativity for our teachers, students, and parents as the Coronavirus swept through the United States and our world, closing schools across the globe.  Non-traditional instruction was embraced by JPII teachers and learning began at home under the supervision of amazing parents who worked daily with their children to ensure the valuable Catholic education continued.  What will 2020-21 school year bring for the staff and families of JPII, we are unsure, but we will be ready!

We strive for academic excellence. Our students consistently score well above national averages on standardized tests such as the ACRE, NWEA, and ACT Aspire. But perhaps more importantly, we try to create for each child the ability to choose their own future, by fostering intellectual curiosity and the development of critical thinking skills.

We believe it is our obligation to cultivate spirituality, build character and impart a duty to serve others. We seek to give students the tools – faith, knowledge, and compassion – to succeed in all future academic, professional and personal endeavors.

When you come to our school, you will see happy students who care about their classmates, teachers and other school staff like family. Our students often develop lifelong friendships. Parents, likewise, tend to be very involved in their children’s academics and extracurricular activities, and develop close bonds among each other. We enjoy a close-knit, caring school community. Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) works with our school and teachers to provide programs, supplies, and activities for our school.  Our program challenges students not only to achieve high academic performance, but more importantly, to care for and serve one another as brothers and sisters.

We are continually refining and improving the Catholic school experience. The most recent additions of:

  • Portable Chromebook labs
  • Wireless Chromebooks
  • Mac computers for computer lab
  • Installation of Barracuda Internet Filtering System
  • Concourse Book System for cataloging all library materials
  • TCI History Alive online curriculum for middle school social studies
  • Houghton Mifflin Language and Journeys Literature for grades 3 – 5
  • Houghton Mifflin Language and Holt McDougal Literature online curriculum for middle school students
  • Open Court reading curriculum for grades K – 2
  • Go Math curriculum for grades K – 5
  • Newly adopted science curriculum for both elementary and middle school
  • Ignatius Press religion curriculum for all students
  • Adoption of the Bring Your Own Device program and Digital Driver’s License program

are just a few examples of our continual quest to enhance our students’ learning.

Call us at (270) 389-1898 and we will be pleased to send you information and schedule a personalized tour of our beautiful John Paul II campus.

I commend you for considering Catholic education. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance as you continue on this journey.


Mrs. Beth Hendrickson