John Carroll Catholic High School

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Why Choose John Carroll?

John Carroll Catholic High School is a Catholic school that calls its students, faculty, parents, and alumni into an active partnership for learning.  We value the development of the whole person through spiritual growth, academics, the arts, athletics, and discipline in the context of a Christ-centered environment. Together, we strive to deepen our sense of conviction that our faith in God can bring about a just world.
  • Founded in 1947 and is a member school of the Diocese of Birmingham
  • Settled and thrived on Highland Avenue in Birmingham, AL; moved to Lakeshore Parkway in 1992
  • A co-educational college preparatory school with an enrollment of approximately 550 students
  • Motto:  Pro Deo Et Patria
  • Colors:  Kelly Green and White
  • Mascot:  The Cavalier
  • Accredited:  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Member:  National Catholic Education Association; Alabama High School Athletic Association
  • Students have the opportunity to attend an all-school Mass every Thursday
  • Ever first Friday of the month, all students spending their Theology class period in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation from area priests if they desire.
  • Once a year, each class attends a day-long retreat that is held off campus.
  • During students' senior year, they have the option to attend a 4-day retreat called Kairos where they grow in knowledge and love of self, others, and God.
  • Every day at John Carroll, we begin and end the school day with prayer over the intercom.
  • Each January, John Carroll takes a group of students to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.
  • Every student at John Carroll is expected to not only know their faith but to put it into practice by engaging in our service program by completing 75 community service hours before graduation.
  • John Carroll is proud to have many alumni pursuing religious vocations and gives students multiple opportunities to visit convents, seminaries, and speak with those called to different religious vocations.
  • Students engage in a rigorous and thorough religious curriculum and have the opportunity to choose their Theology elective in their senior year.
  • We engage in understanding and celebrating the liturgical calendar of the Church by gathering for all school assemblies like Stations of the Cross during Lent and Advent program. 
  • 100% of the Class of 2016 is enrolled in four and two-year colleges.
  • The Class of 2016 was awarded over $12.3 million in academic scholarships and grants.
  • Average class size is 16/1.
  • Academic Placement – Academic, College Prep, Honors.
  • All faculty members of John Carroll hold Bachelors’ degrees. Nearly half hold Masters’ degrees and two have Doctoral degrees, while others are currently pursuing advanced degrees.
  • There are two Dominican Sisters on the faculty.
  • John Carroll is respected for its fall drama production, spring musical, Marching Band, Honors Chorus, Chamber Choir, Men’s and Women’s Choir, and jazz band.

  • Student use of laptops, notebooks, iPads, and other approved electronic devices allowed.
  • New Mac computers throughout the Library.
  • Two new mobile labs.
  • Apple Lab for Journalism, Graphic Design and Yearbook classes.
John Carroll’s beautifully maintained campus covers forty acres on Lakeshore Parkway in Birmingham, AL. The grounds outside the main school building include a football field, baseball and softball fields, a practice field, and ample parking. The school building includes a gymnasium, an art room, a choir room, a band room, thirty-eight classrooms, four science laboratories, a chapel, an auditorium, and two technology labs.

John Carroll’s approximately 550 students come from more than twenty communities throughout the Birmingham region.  The students represent all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  There are nine Catholic elementary partner schools and over fifteen transfer high schools represented.

  • Offered to those who meet the Financial Aid Criteria.  Online Application process after Registration is complete.
  • The Guardian Angel Society provides additional financial aid for school year emergency-related circumstances.