"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." This is the theme for the 2015-2016 school year. We work each day to incorporate this into our interactions with each other.
We have made significant progress on our Five Year Strategic Plan that was finalized in January of 2015.
*We have added Junior Great Books in First through Fifth Grade for more critical thinking.
*Teachers have received training in Classroom Instruction that Works.
*Teachers are receiving training on Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works.
*We have purchased 40 Chromebooks and 20 iPads for mobile technology in the classrooms.
*The Exploratory Options include Newspaper, Drama, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Rocketry.
*We are raising funds for our new playground. Our goal is to have the playground installed during the 2016 summer!
Please contact the school to see first hand that we are committed to providing an enriching, Christian educational experience for all children.
February 22, 2016
This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
I disagree with the comments regarding no challenge for the gifted students. My kids have been at St. Peter for 3 years, both are extremely bright, and they are challenged and working on academics that are 1-2 years ahead of their grade level. The school also has a Reading Interventionist and Math help for any students who need extra assistance. For a small school, they have lots of resources. We also have a brand new playground for K-8. The students at St. Peter have no problem using their imaginations and creativity on the playground and at any recess. Our kids get more recess time and lunch time than many of the public schools.
When reading reviews on this page, be mindful that the same person can post 8 reviews and make it look like they are from different families. This website is not the best place to get information to help you make your decision on schools in the area. You should tour the schools in which you are interested and make up your own mind.
The curriculum at St. Peter's feels very hodge-podge. We are new to this school, and we are not off to a good start. We really wanted our kids at a Catholic school, but this one is disappointing so far. My children are bored, confused, and frustrated. The school's curriculum is well behind our kids' last school's. There is no gifted program here, and the teachers & kids don't seem able to accommodate gifted learners very well. My sweet kids really haven't made any friends yet, two months into school. It is very sad for our family. Also, there's no playground, though the school keeps promising one. My kids miss having a fun recess. We are re-thinking our choice of St. Peter and are looking at the D-38 schools. All of our neighbors speak highly of the local public schools.
Teachers need to help build friendships among their students. Also, a new student orientation should be offered and should be nurturing. That was, new kids don't feel so confused and lost and left out.
The curriculum here is narrow and small-worlded. Please do read all of the comments here and take the critical ones seriously. The children at St. Peter's have almost no opportunity to explore their own interests or to express themselves through creative writing, poetry, art, or music. Reading for fun is practically forbidden; it must be done only for AR tests or worksheets. The foreign language curriculum is pitiful. Children likewise can't express themselves at lunch, which has long periods of mandatory silence. Nor can they express themselves in the hallways, which must be silent and where their own creations are rarely on display. Likewise, they can't express themselves at car pick-up time, where they must stand silently. Nor can they express themselves at recess, as there is no playground for them to play and move on. Parents are right to desire faith education for their kids, but the overall stifling environment here is too negative. Faith education can't possibly make up for all of the negativity in the curriculum and the discipline style of this school.
I'd rather see more creativity in the classroom. I haven't seen my elementary school children do any poetry. They haven't done much, if any, expressive writing. They haven't created any art in their classrooms. They don't have any free time to read. The classrooms here are structured so tightly that children have no opportunity for self-expression or for pursuing their own interests. I'd like to see the teachers learn how to allow children a bit of the freedom to make learning truly fun and interesting.
Honestly, I think there is way too much homework in the lowest grades at St. Peter. Kids that age need to be outside playing after school, not spending hours each evening at the kitchen table doing homework.
No. While this school tries to introduce character education, I believe a Responsive Classroom approach would better serve the children. Responsive Classroom, which you can google, is a kind, warm, welcoming way for celebrating children, making them feel welcomed, and disciplining them gently but effectively when needed. Teachers need to be trained in it.
We love the faith education. Our children come home and tell us the Bible stories they learned in at school. We also love the small class size because our children receive individualized attention from their teachers.