It's a well rounded school. Teachers care. Parents are involved. My son has been here since kindergarten and is now in 7th grade. I'm actually already missing the SSPP community and my son still has a year and a half left.
It's a great school community. Staff and parents really care about the kids and work together beautifully. Nothing pretentious here, just down to earth people who care about the education and well being of the children. Our daughter is very happy here, too.
Our son has been at Saints Peter & Paul school for over a year now; starting at Kinder.
We included Catholic schools in our kindergarten search along with private and public. At the end of the search, I wasn't comfortable committing to the $30k/year tuition for 2 kids at private, yet I wasn't satisfied with just any public school. In short, I wanted a hybrid - the committed parent community and resources of a private school, with the relative affordability and student diversity of a public. Making things a bit more complex, my wife and I are not Catholic, though we saw parochial schools as an environment that provides kids with a moral compass.
We really like Saints Peter & Paul. It's a solid education, great parent community, a principal that truly listens to the parents, a couple terrific STEM education initiatives recently launched, and a plethora of after school programs. Better yet, given that we are not Catholic, we don't feel any 'pressure' on the religious front. That was probably one of my larger concerns going in.
All in all, our son is thriving, his classmates are all from good families, the school provides a diverse community (both socioeconomic and ethnicity), and my wife/I really enjoy being a part of the school community.
I love this School. It's so embedded in the community and feels authentic to the neighborhood. The staff really cares about the students and parents. The teachers are experienced, focused and many are super connected to the school. The school offers a structured, organized environment with a lot of great programs such as Art in Action, Computer Learning etc and extra curricular activities that you can opt into such as Chess and Dance. And, a big plus - it's K-8 (no Middle School Stress).
If you want a real North Beach experience with an 'old-school' vibe and awesome, unpretentious environment you should check out SSPP. This school is a true gem and offers something that, in a lot of San Francisco, feels like it's slipping away....community.
I think it helps that the Catholic teachings are very much in line with compassion, caring and empathy and they do a good job of teaching this without it being about religion as much as it being a way of life.