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About This School

Pope John Paul II is a private middle school in New Britain. 156 students attend Pope John Paul II and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Pope John Paul II is 12:1. House of Arts Letters and Science (Hals) Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Hispanic 8%
White, non-Hispanic 63%
Multiracial 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school is disciminatory and bias towards non Polish children. Do not let your child go to this school unless Polish is their first language and English is their second. My child was singled out because he wasn't Polish by students and faculty. This is not a christian school this is a show me the money school. The faculty could care less about teaching children morals that you would expect from a Christian school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school now is much much better the principal is amazing and leading the school for its best. I have 2 kids in this school and thinking of having my third later after 2 years from now my kids are simply happy and learning respect. The parents are more involved the teachers never let any kid left behind with his/her studies. You go go Holy Cross/Pope John Paull II now.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in 3rd grade and was in public school for kindergarten & 1st grade I love this school They are great my daughter is so happy there it is worth it . The new principal is doing a great job. The website is always updated & keeping you informed . Her 2nd grade teacher was the best . I am very happy with them.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 kids now attending in this school. Itt is an amazing school comunity and have wonderful communication withh parents and kids. They are always up to date with you concerning your child safety. I love how the parents are involved in their comunity I just love the teachers there Mrs Dorsey will be one of my kids teacher witch I love and admire a lot she is full of life and always up to date with new stuff she is a wonderful PreK 4 teacher I wish she is the Kindergarden teacher as well terrific. I love this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child completed Kindergarten through 2nd grade at Holy Cross and is now enrolled at another catholic school for 3rd grade. He was a very good student as indicated by his report cards last year - never any indication or hint that he was behind in any aspect. However it turns out that he is not at the reading level you would expect for 3rd grade and is requiring extra help to catch up. I am extremely disappointed that this deficiency was not exposed until enrollment at another school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I honestly can say I know the school because I've gone to that school from k-7 and I'm currently in the 10th grade. The academic performance of that school was soo low that I had such a hard time catching up in public schools. The teachers tried but it seemed like the same thing over and over again. Also the parental involvement was very low in all extra activities. The school had hit rock bottom so please choose another school for your kid.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have my child attending this school from kindergarten until now. He is is grade two. I can honestly say that with the teaching it is very good and I would not swap it for no other. My only concerns are the expenses. As lon as I can afford it he will be there.

  • (8 years ago)

    My first words are this - if you are thinking about Holy Cross School for your children - think again! Spend your hard earned money elsewhere. I have watched the school go down hill in the last several years and reach rock bottom this year - as tuition increased. There are several teachers at the grammar school level that are simply going through the motions without any enthusiasm for teaching and need to be replaced. There are several excellent teachers at the middle school level but by the time students reach the 6th or 7th grade the damage has been done - the foundations for academic excellence are sorely lacking. Parental participation in any extra curicular activity is minimal and limited to a very small group. Class sizes for specific grades are also too large for the teacher to handle.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school and principal / awesome leadership / instills decent life ethics to live by/ positive thinking and encouragement/ the young blood isn't always the best blood/strong parent councils and genuine interest in childrens well being / i attended my children and grand child is there now - sister marlene the principal has earned her wings / god bless her

  • (9 years ago)

    Strong principal Leadership. Excellent basketball and cheerleading programs. Great Catholic Curriculum. Strong work ethic. Children are greatly rewarded for their academic hard work. However you may discover that they are behind in the times in both their teaching methods and technology. It has become necessary to 'clean house a little' teachers are getting on in years and the older they get the harder it is to identify with their students and to make learning fun. They need some new younger blood!

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