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St Peter The Apostle School

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

Our school is best known for our rigorous academics and faith based education.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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Posted August 21, 2009

With the new principal (who has already turned the school around in a most positive way in a very short period of time), I been more than thrilled with the leadership, teacher quality, and family-like environment at this school. My boys have never loved school, and had been at the alledgedly the most prestigous school in Savannah for several years. However, since attending St. Peter's, they look forward to going each day and relish in the opportunities to thrive, without the pressure of fitting to a general expectation to please the local news station and fundraising efforts. The boys always did well, but this is the first time I have seen them grow to their full potential. The individual attention to each of my boys' learning styles has been wonderful and I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

My children were enrolled at St. Peter's. I pulled them out and enrolled them elsewhere as the principal and former priest only cared about collecting the tuition and not the children's education. After almost 6 months now of playing catch-up for them to get to the grade level they are in, it is apparent that St. Peter's did a grave injustice to my kids. We have had to literally go into overdrive just for them to catch up academically with their peers at their new school. Just one example is: reading levels were 2 grades lower than their current grade and have already increased to grade level in just the 6 months since we left. St. Peter's used to have one of the best reputations in Savannah but is now literally the butt of jokes around the Catholic community.
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Posted November 24, 2008

I have children at St. Peter's and I could not be more satisfied. Most of the teachers have masters degrees and several years of experience. Having moved from out of state, and comparing the education to our last, excellent, private school, I can honestly say that I am getting my money's worth. Also, our last school had a policy of benching the children who were not the best athletes. St. Peter's coaching staff let everyone play. I have one athletically gifted child and one not so. They both play and have a great time! My children came in without knowing anyone and made good friends quickly. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

I think that St. Peter the Apostle School is the best Catholic School in Savannah. I feel that the new principle has made a huge impact on the school. She is young and has new up to date ideas about how a school should operate. The teachers are highly qualified and show great support to teh students. I could not have picked a better school.
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Posted November 1, 2007

we have found the school lacking in administration, the teachers also seem to be very clickish and lean towards the families who have been there a couple of generations or who donate alot of money, the priest has way to much influence over the school while the board has very little. kids seem to be picked on if not in the clicks, however my children did well there they did better when attending Marsh Point the local public magnet school, I only moved them due to grades not offered at marsh point above 5th. I still regret moving my younger child at the same time my older child moved. The sports teams are coached by volunteers who will play their chidren and their friends before better athletes and tend not to work with those they do not know the parents of.
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Posted May 18, 2007

My children have been at St. Peters for 5 years. They will not be returning next year as the class size is too large, there has been a high turnover rate among the teachers with many just out of school teachers coming in and the gossip among teachers with the labeling of children costing the kids emotionally and psychologically. With a young new principal there has not been the leadership that is needed. Some of the teachers go above and beyond to help the children but most want you to pay them personally to tutor your child. I think by paying for a private school education that it is obscene that the school allow teachers to compensate their own wallets by tutoring after school for an additional cost. It also bothers me that we do not know until the day before school how many students will be in each class.
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Posted May 18, 2007

St. Peter's has strong parent involvement but much of that is because it is necessary to supplement what the school is failing to do for our children. The school will allow up to 34 children per class. About half of the teachers are seasoned veterans but in the last few years there has been an extremely high turnover rate with the new teachers coming in with little or no experience. The school does have some very fine teachers but with class sizes being so large, they can only do so much. The 2006-07 school year brought us a new principal. She is a young, former teacher of the school who has not shown the leadership that is necessary. I feel St. Peter's fails in its mission to provide the best quality education.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 44%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 37%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Helena Russell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA; Accredited by SACS and FCC

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Visual arts
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Savannah
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School in Savannah, Georgia exists to provide a quality Catholic education based on Gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Following the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, the school educates through a strong academic program and instills in its students a spirit of mercy, justice and loving concern.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Vincent's Academy
Benedictine Military School
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7020 Concord Road
Savannah, GA 31410
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Phone: (912) 897-5224

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