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New Teacher at SJPII and CA

Today, we’d like to spotlight the new Grades 6-12 Latin teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School, Mr. Henry Brunton! Learn more about Mr. Brunton below.


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

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New Grade 8 Teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School

Today, we’d like to spotlight the new Grade 8 teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School, Ms. Katie Westhoven!


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

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New Grade 1 Teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School

Today, we’d like to spotlight the new Grade 1 teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School, Ms. Faith Mertzig!


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

CA performance

Canticle of the Sun

The juniors at Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II Classical School are performing “Canticle of the Sun,” a play based on the early lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. The performance will take place in the Our Lady of Lourdes gymnasium on Friday, May 10th, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 11th, at both 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

See you there!


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

Chesterton Academy of SJPII

Class of 2025 Graduation Mass

Save the date! The class of 2025 from Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II classical School will be holding their Graduation Mass on Saturday, May 31, 2025! The Mass will begin at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow. It will be taking place at the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

We are so proud of our upcoming graduating class and cannot wait to celebrate their success!


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

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New Teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School

Today, we’d like to spotlight the new Grade 5 teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School, Ms. Eleanor Blair!

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St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

Spring concert

Chesterton Academy’s Third Annual Concert

Fidem sicut granis sinapis -Matthew 17:20

Join us for our third annual spring concert! The concert takes place on Saturday, April 27, at the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

No RSVP is needed, so feel free to attend! See you there.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
140 S. Monroe Ave
Green Bay, WI


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

Comets team at basketball tournament

GRACE Students Take On State Basketball Championship

The Holy Family Comets 8th grade boys basketball team traveled down to Madison last weekend to compete against other Wisconsin school teams in the State Basketball Championship. The team was made up of students from Holy Family and St. John Paul II. Our first two pool-play games were against much larger teams from the southern part of the state, Evergreen (Kenosha) and Dodgeville. The Comets persevered from falling behind in both games, sometimes by as much as 15 points, to taking the lead with under two minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, but were unable to hold onto their lead. To see the fight from these boys was impressive.

With the two losses on Saturday, the Comets were placed in the consolation bracket where they played two teams. After the team sacrificed and sat in an ice bath for 10 minutes each, the boys had fresh legs and were ready for the next opportunity to play together. Many of the boys on the team have been playing together since 3rd grade, so we mentioned in the huddle that this was going to be the last two games that they would all play together – the boys did not disappoint. They played incredibly well and played the type of basketball that they have been known to play: fast, up-tempo, scrappy, and opportunistic defense with incredibly unselfish passing. They went on to beat Watertown before losing their final game against Pardeeville.

Besides basketball, all the families had such a great time spending time together. Whether it was watching the boys make diving catches in the pool, saying a team prayer after our last game, or everyone hanging out in the lobby to eat tacos that we all combined to make, it was a joyous celebration of our time together and watching the Comets end their Holy Family basketball career.

Tournament Results

  • Pool Play
  • vs. Evergreen, L 52-58
  • vs. Dodgeville, L 48-51
  • Bracket Play
  • vs. Watertown, W 58-44
  • vs. Pardeeville, L 28-51

St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

Teacher spotlight for SJPII

Teacher Spotlight: Monica Daos

Miss Monica Daos teaches music at St. John Paul II Classical School. She brings a depth of knowledge to our Ward Method-based music classes and the strings program, which is new this year! The students are drawn to her beautiful singing, humor, and kindhearted nature. Her many God-given talents are always on display at SJPII!


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.

Headmaster Search

St. John Paul II Classical School/Chesterton Academy seeks a Headmaster to lead Green Bay’s only Catholic Classical school to help lead our strong and growing school community. Our school strives to help parents form saints of the new millennium through the Catholic Classical tradition, seeking what is good, true, and beautiful. 

Established in 2015, with its doors opening in fall 2016, St. John Paul II Classical School has grown steadily, adding one grade each year and has now attained the full spectrum of offering preschool through grade 12. Graduating its first eighth grade class in spring 2021, our school expanded in fall 2021 to ninth grade and officially launched the high school, named Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II Classical School. Chesterton Schools Network is the basis of the high school curriculum, and we are excited for our first high school graduation and pilgrimage to Rome in the 2024-25 academic year. 

Classical education always seeks what is good, true and beautiful, recognizing that God is truly at the center of everything. Knowing this reality, we model, cultivate, and teach those three transcendentals to our littlest ones in Montessori preschool through all ages and grade levels to our seniors, preparing students to continue in their personal and professional endeavors as servants of Christ in the world.  We seek to accompany parents in the deep learning needed for children to flourish into the fully realized people God has created our students to be.

There is much to be excited about in this school, which was named by our own Bishop David L. Ricken after St. John Paul II,  known for fearlessly and passionately proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ, invigorating young people, and ushering in the New Evangelization.

Our school is located within the vibrant Catholic community of Green Bay, WI, supported by parishes with rich traditional liturgies and near the only Vatican-approved Marian Apparition Site in the United States, The National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion. Our school is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System, a nine-school system supported by 23 parishes. GRACE benefits from a design involving centralized key support services and resources (i.e., human resources, etc.) enabling our schools to focus on faith-filled teaching and learning.

Learn more about our school and system online at sjpclassicalschoolgreenbay.org and gracesystem.org

The position description and application process for the Headmaster position is available through our GRACE Employment web page. Questions may be directed to GRACE Human Resources at 920-499-7330 (option 4) or via email


St. John Paul II Catholic School and Chesterton Academy are of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. They are private Catholic schools serving Preschool and Elementary through high school, adding one grade per year. They have with open enrollment and provide an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. Learn more by scheduling a visit.