Future Campus Plans
Over 20 years ago, a group of individuals dedicated to the dream of a Catholic high school in the Lowcountry of South Carolina embarked on a feasibility study to make it happen. That study forecasted the population growth of Beaufort and Jasper Counties that would enable a growing Catholic community to support such an ambitious endeavor. The vision was for a high school to be built that would accommodate 500 students.
Following the opening of a third Catholic elementary school in 2007, St. Gregory the Great, the planning for John Paul II Catholic School began in earnest. Despite the economic downturn that temporarily delayed and downsized the plan, the school opened to 57 students in grades 7-9 in August of 2013 in the Okatee Baptist Church. The current building was not ready for occupancy until January of 2014. The vision had become a reality, albeit smaller than first planned.
Fast forward to 2022-23, the 10th anniversary year of John Paul II Catholic School, and the school has now grown to more than 330 students in grades 6-12. With a rapidly growing enrollment expected to peak at 500 students in the next three years, the time is now to complete the dream first developed so many years ago. Temporary modular classrooms are in place to accommodate the immediate growth, but they are just that, temporary. There is no choice but to launch the third capital campaign in the school’s history to complete that vision.
The Where Faith and Innovation Meet Campaign allows the school to remain true to its Catholic traditions while creating a cutting-edge teaching and learning environment to prepare our students for their future. The construction of a 42,000 square foot Innovation Center and black box theater, to serve as the primary high school building while the current building becomes the middle school, will accommodate 340 students in one of the most forward-thinking educational facilities in our state. Not only will our students graduate as scholars with a soul but they will be well prepared to be the innovative problem-solvers and ethical leaders of tomorrow.
As our patron saint famously stated many years ago, “Nolite Timere”, or be not afraid. We ask you to join us on this exciting journey. An investment in John Paul II Catholic School is an investment in the future of our school, the region, the state, and, ultimately, our world. For the students of today are the future. No matter how much you contribute to this campaign you contribute to the education of a child, a child who someday might find a cure for cancer, or help to end world hunger, or invent the next technology to improve our lives. Prayerfully consider how you might bring the vision to reality, and be not afraid to help us create the school…
WHERE Faith AND Innovation MEET