School News Breadcrumb


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Every student at John Carroll is part of an Advisory group of 10 to 12 students from all grade levels.  The group meets with the same faculty or staff advisor 7 out of 8 days in the cycle. The main goal of Advisory is to help form the family atmosphere so that students have an adult advocate and friends and support from every grade level. 

Bella Voce

John Carroll's a cappella choir which sings at both school and community events. Membership is by audition only.

Black & Gold Award

The highest honor given to one female and one male in each graduating class is the Black & Gold Award.

Brown Room

A meeting room outside of the Upper Gym named in honor of Freeborn Brown, who was one of the early Trustees of the School.


Mass is celebrated at least once a week in the Chapel. Shaped to model two hands holding anyone inside, the doors to the chapel are always open for students to find a quiet spot to pray and feel the hands of God surrounding them. The shape also is representative of a bishop's mitre, since John Carroll was the first Catholic bishop and archbishop of the United States. The school logo, also called the mitre, is in the same shape as the Chapel.

College Center

Students can do college-related research and meet with college representatives in the College Center. It is located next to the Media Center.

College, Conversation, and Coffee

An informal chat for parents with the college counselors regarding any questions parents have about the college search process.

College Counseling

A service provided to every John Carroll student to help them through the college search and application process. College counselors meet individually with students to guide them through the process.

College T-Shirt Day

On this day, all seniors wear the t-shirt of the college that they have chosen to attend in the fall.


On nice days, you can often find students studying or eating their lunch in this outside space in the center of the second floor.

Diversity Committee

A group of faculty and students who meet regularly to discuss, promote and plan events which promote understanding, acceptance, and growth regarding diversity.

FACTS Management

To make investments in education more manageable, FACTS offers 2, 4, 10 (monthly), and 20 (bimonthly) tuition payment options.

FLEX (Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurial Exploration) Program

A division of the Social Studies Department offering both course work and additional educational experiences like field trips, guest speakers, clubs and entrepreneurial contests.

Freshman Dinner and Auction

The major fundraiser for the freshman class in which families have dinner and bid on donated items and baskets. It is usually held in October and the proceeds benefit the freshman class.

HARCO Credit Union

In partnership with John Carroll, HARCO is a local credit union that issues students debit cards that can be used to purchase food in Patriots Cafe' or items in the Patriots' Corner school store. Deposits may be made at any HARCO location or in the deposit box located in the Business Office.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

An annual day of commemoration of the Holocaust featuring area Holocaust survivors, their descendants, and death camp liberators as speakers. Many alumni look back on this day as their most meaningful day at John Carroll.

JC Kickstart

John Carroll's annual retreat for freshmen is called JC Kickstart. This takes place in August before classes begin.

Lower Pond

This pond is located below the enclosed track.


Usually 55 minutes long, a mod is a term used to describe a timed period of class for students.


Student-produced yearbook that comes out in the late Spring and covers all of the "stories" of the school year, as well as photos of all the students. Available for purchase by students from September through April.  

PAL (Parent-Administration Alliance)

The Parent-Administration Alliance (PAL) is a forum for communication of information and ideas between parent representatives and the administration, and to advise the administration, as requested, on ideas regarding the academic, arts, and athletics programs and overall student life at John Carroll.

Patriot Acts of Students Serving (PASS)

JC ministry of students giving voluntary service.

Patriots' Corner

School store located inside the main entrance that sells wearable merchandise, uniform polo shirts and sweatshirts, school supplies, and John Carroll gift items.


John Carroll's student literary magazine which accepts submissions in the areas of writing, photography, and art. The magazine is published in early May.


The pond that sits behind St. Joseph's Hall and is the site of the "famous" canoe races and ice hockey games.

Reverend Charles K. Riepe Alumni Award

An award that is presented annually in recognition of an alumni who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and community service, and is an exemplary role model consistent with the Catholic values and philosophy of The John Carroll School. This award is the highest honor that can be given to alumni of The John Carroll School. 

Review Board

A disciplinary group consisting of faculty/staff/administrative personnel that hears student disciplinary cases and provides recommendation to the principal regarding student dismissal or retention with conditions for re-entry.

Science Olympiad

An extracurricular activity dedicated to enhancing interest in science and creating a technologically-literate workforce. Student teams prepare for and participate in regional and national tournaments.

Science Quiz Bowl

The regional competition for the National Science Bowl, held at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD in January; students are required to answer questions based on all areas of science and mathematics in an academic team-style format; JC has a team that practices weekly, answering questions and reviewing science topics.

Senior Banners

Banners the Parent Association sells that families can purchase with personalized messages and that are displayed in the School in early Spring to congratulate graduating seniors.

Senior Class Trip to Washington, D.C.

An annual alumni sponsored class trip for seniors to visit the Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Senior Classroom

A classroom adjacent to the library where Senior Project classes are held and that is dedicated for seniors only during free mods for studying, relaxing, and community time.

Senior Project

A capstone graduation requirement occurring during grade 12 where seniors develop, complete, and present for evaluation an independent project focused on creativity, career exploration, or pursuit of a passion or dream.

Senior Showcase

An event held at the end of the School year that showcases the results of all Senior Projects, and the awarding of Senior Project scholarships and Black and Gold student awards.

Senior Unity Day

An annual event on the opening day of school for seniors to begin solidifying the graduating class.

St. Joseph Hall

Previous convent, IA, International Dorm

Student Service Trips

National and international mission-oriented service trips that give students an opportunity to put faith into action. Trips currently are held each year to West Virginia, Oklahoma, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Student organization which promotes positive decision making (formally called Students Against Drunk Driving).

Success Skills

A motivational study skills class that offers students support with the transition into high school.

The Glen

The field in between the Tennis courts, Track-Field, and Baseball Field.

The Inside Scoop on College Admissions Night

An informative night for parents and students where a panel of 5 or 6 college admissions counselors speak candidly about the college admissions process.

The Oval

The one-way road in front of the School.

The Patriot

JC's award-winning student-run newspaper. The Patriot and its individual staff members have received numerous national and international awards for the online and print editions - the full list of honors can be viewed at The Patriot Online.

Upper Gym

The gym located on the main entrance floor of the School and the site of volleyball, wrestling, and basketball practices and contests. 

VIRTUS (formerly Shield the Vulnerable, STAND)

An Archdiocesan educational tool that brings volunteers to the current level of awareness in protecting our youth. Each individual learns to recognize signs of child abuse, when and where to report suspected abuse, and ensures the behavioral expectations defined in the Archdiocese's Code of Conduct and Statement of Policy.