How is Pope John Paul II Preparatory School different from other middle schools?

Pope John Paul II Preparatory School (grades 6-12) is the first of its kind in the Catholic Diocese of Nashville. Opening in August of 2002 as a high school, Pope Prep quickly became one of the state's best private academic institutions with its innovative programs.

Middle school students will have access to courses not offered in the traditional middle school setting, such as innovation and entrepreneurship, a 1:1 iPad program, several foreign languages, an extensive arts program, access to high school level courses, and athletic teams led by high school coaching staff. Middle schoolers will have seven years to develop academically, artistically, athletically, and spiritually. Students will have leadership opportunities that will build confidence and effective communication and problem-solving skills. They will have access to our Student Support Team, designed to assist academically, socially, and emotionally. For full course descriptions, see our Course Catalogue.


What is the cost of Pope John Paul II Preparatory School?

For the 2021-2022 school year, we are pleased to announce that there will not be a tuition increase for the high school (grades 9-12). For Catholics who are registered and active at a parish, the high school tuition is $14,900, and for others, the tuition is $16,900. For middle school students (grades 6-8), the rate for Catholics who are registered and active at a parish is $9,700, and for others, the tuition is $11,700. All students pay an annual fee of $725, which includes the school iPad fee and an annual $300 registration fee due with enrollment contract to secure their spot.


Do you offer financial aid for middle school?

Yes. To make Pope Prep affordable to as broad a range of families as possible, we provide tuition assistance to families who demonstrate financial need. A separate application for financial aid is necessary and is reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee, which is independent of the Admissions Committee. Please visit our Financial Aid webpage for information.


Are middle school students separated from high school students?

Most middle school classes will be located in classrooms reserved for middle school only on the bottom floor of the academic wing, including a dedicated middle school science lab. Middle school students will have access to the school's art, innovation, and athletic facilities outside of this dedicated area. Qualified students will have access to high school courses, particularly in math, science, the arts, and foreign language, with parent permission.

Middle school students will access the shared areas of the academic wing, arts, athletics, and innovation space, at times when they are not in use by high school students. Likewise, middle school students will have a different lunch period and separate locker rooms/changing rooms than high school. See the Course Catalogue and the weekly schedule for more information about middle school courses, electives, art, and athletic offerings.


Can my students play on Pope Prep sports teams if they attend another school?

No. Students must attend Pope Prep to be eligible for athletic teams since the practices for these teams occur during the school day. Since its foundation, Pope Prep has opened its facilities to club teams/parochial teams and will continue to do so. With permission from parents and the Athletic Director, the exceptional middle school athlete may be granted permission to practice and play on high school athletic teams in accordance with TSSAA guidelines.


Will middle school students have separate student life and ministry programming?

Yes. Pope Prep will run separate programming for middle school students, particularly in our Student Life and Campus Ministry programs. Although middle school students will be part of the six Houses at the high school, grades six through eight House meetings, House games, and days of service will be separate from the high school students. Similar to the high school, students will have annual faith retreats for each grade level, and middle schoolers will have a separate weekly Mass from the high school. As with other middle schools, we will hold class trips, separate graduation, and design developmentally appropriate assemblies and counseling programming.

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation will be conducted at Pope Prep.


If I do not attend the middle school, will there be spots available at the high school level?

Yes. By design, the middle school will be smaller than the high school; therefore, no more than half of any class will be filled with students enrolling from Pope Prep middle school to high school. Middle school students in good academic and student life standing will be guaranteed a high school spot.


How will Pope Prep supervise students after school?

Pope Prep will provide diverse middle school-specific after school programs and clubs available to middle school students for free. Additionally, students will be supervised in the library until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our bus system helps support working parents or those who live far away with bus pickups in Gallatin, Bowling Green, Clarksville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Hermitage, and South and West Nashville.


How can I learn more about the middle school at Pope John Paul II Preparatory School?

In addition to the Course Catalogue and Middle School Viewbook, we will hold a series of information sessions in 2021. These sessions are designed for students and families seriously considering enrolling a student in grades six through eight for the 2022-2023 school year. Please visit the Admissions webpage for more information. 


When do applications open for Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, and what information will I need to gather to apply?

Interested families can enter an email address to begin the Admissions Pre-application Process here. To complete the application, middle school students will need to provide their most recent report cards and a standardized test score (Iowa test, ASPIRE, TCAP, etc.). Students and parents will be invited to an interview to complete the application process.

Pope John Paul II Preparatory School does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, or gender. Although our priority is to serve the Catholic community, we welcome students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.