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About the Program

Course of Study

The John Carroll School offers a strong college preparatory program. Many courses are offered at the college prep level as well as the honors level. In addition, 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 52 honors courses are taught at John Carroll. John Carroll students consistently score above state and national levels on the SAT and are accepted at many of the best colleges and universities across the nation.

International students attend most of their classes with American students. There are also three courses specifically designed for our international students: English for International Students (ESL), Introduction to Christianity and U.S. History for English Language Learners. After school, international students join teams and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

ISP Course of Study        List of AP Courses

Where Students Live

All of our female international students live with local host families; male international students have the option of residing in St. Joseph Hall, our newly renovated dormitory which is located on campus, or with local host families.

St. Joseph Hall

Our International Student Residential Life program supports and furthers the mission of The John Carroll School in developing students of moral integrity and preparing them to serve responsibly in shaping a more just and compassionate global society. On-campus residential life reflects a community of different cultural and language backgrounds. The dignity of each person is honored and students are encouraged to embrace and celebrate diversity. We believe that developing respect and appreciation for other cultures and faiths fosters the spiritual development of all students. The school’s dedication to developing students in a Gospel-based moral code is inherent in residential life.

The St. Joseph Hall houses 13 international students as well as two dorm supervisors. Each student has his own room which is fully furnished with a single bed, dresser, study desk and chair. The dorm also has a lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities. Residents eat together in the evenings and on the weekends and participate in special activities throughout the school year.

Host Families

The majority of our students stay with local host families, many of whom have children attending John Carroll. All host families undergo a very thorough screening process which includes a criminal background check, driving record check, host family training, letters of reference and a home inspection. Host families are responsible for transporting students to and from school each day and providing meals. Host families are dedicated to sharing American culture with their students and eager to learn about the cultures of their international students.


Extracurricular activities play an important role in the John Carroll School experience. We offer 17 sports for men and women and 68 percent of the student body participates in a sport. The School also offers more than 20 different academic and social clubs. 85 percent of the student body participates in at least one club.


Academic Team

Campus Ministry Programs

Captains’ Committee

Creative Writing Club

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Film Club

Foreign Language Honor Societies


German Club

Mock Trial Team

Music Clubs: Chorus, Band, Strings, Jazz Band

Music Ministry

National Art Honor Society

Lighting Crew

National Honor Society

Pacificus (yearbook publication)

Spanish Club

Student Affairs Council

The Patriot (school newspaper)

The Pinnacle (Literary Arts Magazine)

Theatre Productions


Badminton (girls)

Baseball (boys)

Basketball (boys and girls)

Cheer (girls)

Cross Country (boys and girls)

Equestrian (co-ed)

Field Hockey (girls)

Football (boys)

Golf (boys)

Lacrosse (boys and girls)

Soccer (boys and girls)

Softball (girls)

Swimming (boys and girls)

Tennis (boys and girls)

Track and Field (boys and girls)

Volleyball (boys and girls)

Wrestling (boys)

College Planning


The School has a dedicated two College Counselors who provides students and their parents with the resources they need to make an effective, informed choice about the colleges and universities that best fit their personal interests and abilities.

International Parent Teleconferences

The objective of the parent teleconference with the College Counselor is to inform the parent of their student’s progress in the college search and application process, and answer any questions the parent may have about their student’s college process. Each teleconference will be up to one hour in length. In each teleconference, you can expect the following:

(1) An overview of your student’s grades, current grade point average and SAT scores

(2) An explanation of your student’s progress in their college search

(3) A list of colleges your student is interested in and/or plans on applying to

(4) A description of the interaction between the College Counselor and your student

(5) A description of any concerns, suggestions or advice the College Counselor has at that point

(6) Ample time for the parent to ask questions they may have

Where Graduates Go

Listing of JC Acceptances Colleges Universities

(1) 99% of John Carroll students are accepted into a college or university.

(2)John Carroll acceptances over the past 10 years in US News and World Report National Universities


Name of College or University

Number of John Carroll Students Accepted


Yale University



University of Pennsylvania



Johns Hopkins University



University of Notre Dame



Carnegie Mellon University



University of Virginia



New York University



Georgia Institute of Technology



Case Western Reserve University



Pennsylvania State University



Boston University



University of Florida



Ohio State University



Syracuse University



University of Maryland



American University



University of Delaware



University of Alabama


*2013 US News and World Report National Universities