John Paul Regional Catholic School was founded in 1979 to serve the educational needs of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Lawrence parishes. Both are located in Woodlawn, Maryland, a suburban and commercial area west of the Baltimore City Line. Prior to forming John Paul Regional Catholic School, each parish maintained its own school adjacent to the respective churches. These schools were largely staffed by religious orders who maintained a convent at each parish. It was determined that the religious orders would no longer be able to staff the individual parish schools after the 1978-79 school year. Thus, John Paul Regional Catholic School was established on the site of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. It was staffed with lay teachers.
In 1990, in response to the needs of the community, John Paul Regional Catholic School reopened the St. Lawrence campus to provide the preschool and extended school programs for our families. In 1997, the parishes of St. Lawrence and Our Lady of Perpetual Help joined together to form St. Gabriel Parish. The church is located on Dogwood Road. The Catholic Korean Community is now at Security Boulevard. Because of this, the campus names were changed to the Security-Preschool Campus and the Dogwood Elementary Campus. In the fall of 2000, the Preschool relocated to the Dogwood Campus. John Paul Regional Catholic School relies on sound long-range planning to maintain and improve its programs. We are firmly committed to the continuation of quality Catholic education in our community.
The fundamental purpose of John Paul Regional Catholic School is to offer a Catholic, Christian education to all children of both parishes, and to other children who can participate in the faith and liturgical life of John Paul Regional Catholic School and benefit from its educational program. Religious education is an integral part of the John Paul Regional Catholic School curriculum.