Saint John XXIII High School
|Saint John XXIII College Preparatory|
1800 West Grand Parkway North
|Motto||Parare Mente et Corde|
(To Prepare in Mind and Heart)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint John XXIII|
|President||Fr. Steve Sellers|
|Chaplain||Fr. Jonathan Mitchican|
|Average class size||27|
|Student to teacher ratio||23:1|
|Campus size||35-acre (140,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Crimson and Gold|
|Athletics||TAPPS 6A Division 1|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Dean of Students||Matt Oelkers|
|Dean of Academics||Andrea Smith|
|Athletic Director||Billy Jackson|
Saint John XXIII College Preparatory, formerly Pope John XXIII High School, is a Catholic independent, non-profit, coeducational, private day school in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States, near Katy. The school serves grades 9-12. The academic year consists of two semesters extending from approximately August to December and January to May. Student leadership development through the Works of Ministries program is a distinct characteristic of the school, and leadership principles are integrated into every course at Saint John XXIII. 'SJ' is accredited by/a member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (RCAGH), led by Archbishop Daniel DiNardo. SJ is also the newest private day school in the Katy area for over fifty years, effective 2004. It is located at 1800 West Grand Parkway North.
The Houston real estate company Westside Ventures Inc. donated the land used for the school, which first opened in the fall of 2004; the initial construction had a cost of $8 million and included classroom and athletic facilities. It was the first Catholic school to be built in Greater Houston since Strake Jesuit College Preparatory opened in the 1960s. Pope John XXIII initially had only the 9th grade, with 47 students enrolled in its first year of classes. As time passed, the school added more grade levels.
Circa October 2007 Lynn Veazey, who was serving as the principal, resigned. Don Lupton served as the interim principal until April 2008, when the school appointed the position to Tim Petersen, who previously served as the principal of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, Nevada. At that time Lupton became the dean of students.
In 2008 the school had 165 students, and in the spring of that year the school held its first graduation. By April of that year the student count was 206. The student body increased to 270 for the 2009-2010 school year and then 314 for the 2010-2011 school year. The second phase was scheduled to start construction in early 2011, and in January 2012 the phase opened. The school had 400 students in the 2013-2014 school year. The school held its 10h anniversary celebration on October 11, 2013, and the canonization of Pope John XIII was expected the following year.
Saint John XXIII serves the west side of the Houston area in the Greater Katy Area. Students from the Katy, Spring Branch, Cypress, Memorial, Rosenberg and Sugar Land areas attend the school. As of 2013[update] it also served the Spring area.
As of the 2013-2014 school year there were 10 students per teacher, and the average class size was 16. Upon admission, students are sorted into one of five houses, much like the Oxford colleges system. These houses are Aquinas, Borromeo, Lisieux, Loreto, and Neri, each named after an important saint of the Catholic church. Each house has its own form of internal student government, senior house captains, and has faculty and staff associates who work with the members of their house. Each house competes in Academic and Athletic competitions to earn points towards the Roncalli Cup as well as earning points from other ways such as coin drops at various sports events and competitions regarding charity donations such as who has donated the most items. The Roncalli Cup is named after the original last name of Pope St. John XXIII. As of 2018, each house except Borromeo has won the Roncalli Cup at least once. This house system is the first to be implemented in Catholic high schools in the state of Texas.
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Saint John XXIII High School is located on a 35-acre (140,000 m2) parcel of land at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and Franz Road. Initially a smaller gymnasium with attached locker rooms served the school's athletic needs. The first phase included 19 classrooms, a cafeteria, and an office. The current gymnasium, built at a cost of $4 million, opened as part of the second phase of construction. It is on the eastern end of the campus. In addition to the new gymnasium, there was also a student center building that had a chapel, five classrooms, two laboratories, and a fitness center and attached locker room. The school is preparing to continue expansion after the newly constructed[when?] Crosthwait Student Center and a Competition Gymnasium nicknamed by the students the 'New Gym.'
In 2012, the school was honored by the Cardinal Newman Society for Excellence in Catholic Identity as a part of the Catholic High Schools Honor Roll; it was one of only seven schools in the nation to receive such a distinction, and it was the only one in Greater Houston to do so.
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The school's mascot, nicknamed PJ, is the lion. The school offers 14 different athletic teams, including football, volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, tennis, boys' and girls' soccer, cross country, track and field, golf, lacrosse (offered by an offcampus club) and cheerleading. The women's swim team won the state title in TAPPS 4A in February 2012 and 2013. The girls' soccer team won the state title championship in TAPPS 3A in 2010. The TAPPS 4A Men's Cross Country champion has been from Pope John XXIII High School in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. In 2013, the football team went to the TAPPS 4A State title game, and in 2014 the Boys' Golf team won their first state title. In 2018, the Girls' Softball team made it to the finals in TAPPS and ended the season in second place.
Notes and references
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- Weber, Rick (2013-11-04). "Pope John XXIII High School turns 10". The Katy Rancher at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- Castaneda, Katiana (2004-07-22). "Catholic high school prepares to open". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-25. - Alternately published as "Catholic high school prepares to start class near the Katy area" on Thursday August 5, 2004.
- Weber, Rick (2008-04-17). "Tim Petersen new principal at Pope John XXIII High (w/photo)". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- Aboudaher, Hala (2010-11-22). "Pope John XXIII high school to expand". The Katy Rancher at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- "Pope John XXIII High golfers take second place". The Katy Rancher at the Houston Chronicle. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- "Cardinal Newman Society".
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