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St. Peter The Apostle Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 114 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $312,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,165.

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2011:
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Posted March 5, 2014

We started going to St.Peter's part of the way through the year this last January. My daughter is in Kindergarten and my son is in Pre-K. I love the flexiblity of the Preschool/Pre-K hours and my kids started improving in a month. I was really surprised that they actually grew closer to each other going to the same school as I hadn't really thought it was possible for a 4 and 6 year old. My daughter is allowed to "check in" on her brothers at lunch and that is their favorite part of the day. We were talking about how many days to put my son in Pre-K next year and my daughter said she wanted to up him from 3 to 5 days so that she could see him at school. Priceless! I can't say enough good things about this school and I have felt so completely welcome by parents and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

We began SPACS in January in the PK program. We were looking for a faith based education, nurturing environment, and rigorous academics. SPACS has meet our every request. Our daughter loves school, loves her new friends and really loves her teachers. She is thriving in every way a parent hopes for. Thank you St. Peter for being that place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

My son went to SPACS for preschool and now my daughter. When I placed my son it was after I had left a violent marriage and he had emotional problems. After a few months I noticed his behavior had improved and he was happy, I owe that to SPACS. Unfortunately my son had to switch to public school because SPACS doesn't offer speech therapy and I noticed there is a huge difference! The public system is good but my son just doesn't strive as much in a class full of 30 kids and he was sad for a while. The preschool teachers are very patient, calm, caring, and extremely loving. I plan on switching my son back as soon as he graduates from speech. The money is well worth it you get more what you pay more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

St Peter's is a wonderful Catholic community. The students attend Mass weekly, and all the teachers are Catholic. The teachers are dedicated and hard-working. The principal, Linda McCotter, has brought many improvements to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

I have two children currently attending SPACS. I have one child who attends the preschool and the other is participating in their Pre-K program. I am highly impressed with both programs and feel that they do an excellent job of finding a balance between social and academic skill building. My children love going to school everyday and come home with stories about fun lessons and amazing friendships. The classrooms and staff are very welcoming and I am confident dropping them off that I am making the best choice for their education. I plan on continuing to send them through the primary years and highly recommend to any parent to tour the school and enroll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

SPACS is such a blessing! The atmosphere is loving, caring and educational. The teachers are amazing. My son is getting to not only go through school with what is almost a one on one education but is also becoming more familiar with his faith as well. He is in the lower grades and I hope to keep him at this school through 8th grade. As a parent I could not ask for a better education for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

Up thorough the 6th grade my son was doing well. FUESD does a good job. During 7th grade, at Potter Junior High, he stopped thriving and went from honor roll to failing. Our son was falling through the cracks, despite our efforts with some excellent teachers. There are simply too many students to give one student the attention needed. Our family was miserable and fearful. We enrolled at Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School. The pastor, principal, and teachers were excellent. My impression is that the teachers at SPACC are not only working at a job, but a ministry. The best benefit is the community. The community at SPACC is priceless. It was no longer an option for our son to become invisible. He presented challenges to his teachers, and still has not realized his full potential as a student., but he got two solid years with a strong community that knew him, accepted him, and met his challenges with high expectations and compassion. Teachers, the principal, the pastor and the entire community found his strengths and built on them. It cemented his Catholic faith and gave him a chance at solid footing for high school. That outcome was better than straight A's!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

Very Happy with the new Principal and all she has done to promote Catholic Education. These have been exciting time with new teachers, technology and leadership. My son is in his last two years and I will surely miss this school when he graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

We have 5 kids that have either graduated from St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School or are still attending it now. We will be there for 22 years, non stop. It has been THE BEST 22 years!!!! We have been blessed with not only outstanding educations for our children, but teachers, staff, fellow students, and families that have touched all of our lives in SO many wonderful ways. Our older children have graduated from or are now attending the following schools: U.C. Berkeley, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and U.C. Davis. Excellent School! Excellent Choice for Successful Kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

Our daughter is in her final chapter at St. Peter s and we have been pleased with the school all these years. Its biggest shortfall, to us, was the technology but that is no longer the case. With a community effort led by dedicated parents/teachers, St. Peter s is all revved up for the 21st century. It has a state-of-the-art computer lab and the classrooms are equipped with new hardware. We WISH that the school was K-12 but no matter where our daughter goes, we know she ll thrive because of the foundation that St. Peter s has afforded her both academically and spiritually. A personable pastor, proactive principal and dedicated teachers truly take on an integral role in helping to shape and develop the students to reach their potential. We have not been disappointed and encourage YOU to come and take a look for yourself!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

Sent two children here. Unbeatable Catholic education. Close, one-on-one attention. Responsive teachers and administration. Worth every penny.
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Posted March 11, 2012

I love our school! We've been there since our oldest was in preschool, she's now in the 5th. We have two other children, one in 1st and the other in PK. Families know each other and their children. The 8th graders know the preschoolers. The school is a true community. The curriculum is challenging - and, most important, the Catholic teaching is true and strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

I have two children currently attending St. Peter's. We returned to the school this year after leaving six years ago due to our dissatisfaction with some aspects of the school at that time. The recent changes in administration paired with the dedicated staff have made us beyond thrilled with our decision to return. It is clear to us, at this point in the school year, that our kids are receiving a challenging education and that the current leadership is focused on building a truly great school. The communication with parents is good as are the opportunities to help on campus and with extra curricular activities. Overall, my husband and I are impressed and looking forward to continuing our childrens' Catholic education at St. Peter's.
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Posted April 7, 2011

I have 2 kids attending St. Peter's and there is no other place in Fallbrook I would consider. They have been attending for the past 8 years and I have 6 more to go. They actually want me to take them early and pick them up late. (They can stay until 5:30 PM in "Aftercare"). The quality of teachers, the new programs offered, the spiritual guidance and support of their older "Buddy" has proven to be an atmosphere of protection that cannot be attained in a public school. We all have a choice in life, and grooming my children to walk with the Lord and experience the quality of education that prepares them for the corporate world can be achieved and surpassed at St. Peter's. Take a tour for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I have 3 kids attending St. Peter's Catholic School. My kids all started at the pre-school and have loved every minute. All three of my children love their teachers and hate to miss a day of school. I love the community and the quality education that my kids receive at St. Peter's! I am impressed with the quality of work that is expected from them and the love tht each of their teachers give to them daily. My favorite aspect of St. Peter's is the family atomospere. Each child in the school is known by name and they take care of one another. My children not only receive an excellent education they are in a great environment. For me, there was no other choice than St. Peter's!
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Posted April 7, 2011

My daughters have absolutely THRIVED since we moved them from another private school to St. Peter's. My Kindergartener is reading her sister's 2nd grade books, and my 2nd grader is at 4th grade level.It is obvious that each of these teachers treats her role at St. Peter s Catholic School as a vocation, not just a paycheck. I believe the support and encouragement from Mrs. Anne Lewis, the principal, plays a significant part in how positively the faculty impacts the students they teach. The faculty take a personal interest in my daughers' growth and development and as a result, both of my girls have experienced a fulfilling, rewarding and fun school year. Come and see what a difference St. Peter's can make in your child's life!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

A year ago we moved from Los Angeles to Fallbrook and enrolled our daughter at St. Peter's Catholic School. My daughter then a third grade, student loved the school the first day she visited it.. We couldn't have found a better and safe environment for our daughter. The warm loving nature of the teachers helped my daughter and us during our transition from the big city. Coming from a private school in LA., we found that St. Peter's not only had great teachers, academics and programs, but also a beautiful spirituality that has nourished all our lives. St. Peter's teachers and principal embrace each child and their family oriented approach have allowed us to feel very much at home. We love St. Peter's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

We have a boy in Kindergarten. We are very pleased with his and our overall experience. In fact, our son reached 1st Grade entry reading after only 6 months! The teachers & staff are experienced, qualified & enthusiastic about their work. It is our understanding that the school ranks high on testing scores. The parents are very involved & are quick to volunteer to help make the school even better. The facilities & campus are clean & well maintained. Althought enrollment declined a few years ago, the school is actually growing again because our new Pastor has placed the school as one of his highest priorities. Thus, there are many positive changes and there is a new spirit at St. Peter's Catholic School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

St. Peter's summer homework program is very impressive. On the last day of school each of our children received a packet of academic activities to work on this summer in preparation for the upcoming year. The packets are so well organized and include fun activities in addition to reading assignments, and projects. The children will be prepared and more confident going into their next grade level. The teachers did a wonderful job with this. St. Peter's Catholic School gets better and better every year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

My son has only been going to the school for a few months. I see the teachers interacting with the students and helping them learn not only curriculum but also how to make good choices (pre-schoolers). My son is going through his 4 year old stage and testing waters but the principle and teachers were quick to sit down and have a meeting with me about how to best work together to curb his behavior. I have to say, this school already has exceeded expectations and is willing to work patiently with children and keep the parents involved in the decisions that they make. The outcome of the meeting had nothing but good results! Thank you SPCS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 43% 52%
White 30% 26%
Two or more races 26% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Fr. Ramon Marrufo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (760) 689-6240

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of San Diego
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
170
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
25

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Fallbrook HIgh School
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450 South Stage Coach Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028
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Phone: (760) 689-6250

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