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Saint Peter Lutheran School

Private | K-8 | 401 students

 

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Posted January 28, 2014

I absolutely love St. Peter's. They firmly believe in putting God first in everything and teaching the children that same logic. I have had two children at St. Peter's and I can't say enough positive things about this school. The teachers are attentive and form wonderful lasting relationships with the students. They are the first to notify the parents if they notice the child struggling with work and are quick to remedy any issue that comes up. I have heard of some clique issues throughout the different grades, which happens in every school, but we were fortunate that neither of my children's classes had that issue. My daughter is now in high school and her class ended up split between 4 schools, but they are still close. St. Peter's has done an amazing job building friendships that last way past elementary and Jr. High. I would highly recommend St. Peter's to anyone looking for a great Christian oriented school with outstanding academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

St. Peter's is... complicated. For the younger grades, it can be great academically. Class sizes are small compared to the public schools, parents are generally involved, and much individualized attention is given to those who need it. Most of the faculty is delightful. HOWEVER, in the upper grades, there are some serious problems. FIrst: the social aspect. St. Peter's student body is composed of grades that have about 40 kids each in them. Many of these kids stay in school together for a full 9 years, meaning that rivalries get rehashed, year after year. This is also a relatively small social pool, and if a kid gets evicted from the well-established cliques, they have no friends. Any report of bullying often leads to worse treatment of the victim by there peers. Besides this, academic opportunities are better in the BCSC public schools when kids get older. For instance, St. Peter's kids can't take a foreign language in the 7th grade or high school biology in the 8th, both of which they can do in the public schools. As someone who completed ACE, the academic challenge program, I can assure you that as of 2011 it was all busy work. In short: choose very carefully.


Posted February 4, 2013

Academically, St. Peter's is a good school, but there is a serious problem with bullying here. The administrators refuse to address the problems, then blame the victims. Yes, their enrollment numbers are up, but only because of a new voucher system in our state. The new transfers from public school mask the numbers of families that have left St. Peter's because of bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2010

St. Peter's is an OUTSTANDING Christian school. Great academics, great leadership, great teachers, great parents, and great students, all operating under the umbrella of Christ, truly make St. Peter's a great place for my children to attend. I wouldn't have my children attend anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

I'm sharing what I have observed the past 7 yrs. that my child has been at SPLS. ~ critical thinking academics with high ISTEP scores and students who are well prepared to excel in high school ~ daily use of technologies such as MOBI's, clickers, smart boards, etc. ~ sports such as basketball, cheer, the only school program in the city for volleyball beginning in 5th grade, football and track coordinated with CMS ~ extra curricular activites - band, choir, math and spell bowl, legos, academic summer camps, etc. ~ highly trained caring staff, many with masters degrees ~ open and loving environment where your child is known by the principal and most teachers ~ Christian based program where faith is applied daily ~ always available principal who knows all students and continues to guide and lead the school in a positive way ~ team who consistently prays for every
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

It is hard to quantify what St Peters means to my children and my family. I will attempt to do justice to St Peters with my literary skills but I fear that my attempt will fall short. St Peters is a Lutheran based school that is committed to the educational and spiritually needs of its students. I have found that the curriculum is geared around these fundamentals and that the mix of these is near perfect. The school is staffed by state licensed teachers and administrators who share a passion for a Christ centered education. Communication between the staff and parents is exceptional. We receive emails about what is going on weekly if not daily. I could go on and on but the bottom line is this, St Peters is a school for those committed to Christ and the best Education and experience possible for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I have had several opportunities to move over the past few years, but have chosen to stay in Columbus because of St. Peter's Lutheran School. There is no other place that I would like my children to attend school. The love of Christ is intentionally shared every day. Outstanding academics and teachers who really care are also hallmarks of this fantastic Lutheran school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

St. Peter's is an amazing Christian school both spiritually and academically. The teachers are passionate about caring for and educating the students. They communicate well with parents and are increasingly using differentiated education to meet each child's needs. Wonderful pieces of technology are used in the classrooms. Curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly. This year there is an amazing new math curriculum which is sure to better prepare my children for the real world of math. The principal is VERY visible, approachable, and easy to communicate with. He works very hard and is extremely dedicated. The extra curricular activities are OK, coaches are hardworking volunteers. There is a wonderful relationship between St. Peter's and the public Central Middle School for some junior high academics and extra curricular activities as well. You'd be hard pressed in most communities to find a Lutheran school of this caliber. We are blessed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

At one time St Peters was a truly wonderful school to attend. The school is no longer a true Lutheran school, it is turning into a charter school. Bullying gets brushed aside and the ones targeted get blamed. Others get punished when the teachers become overwhelmed due to other students poor behavior. My kids would cry everyday because they hated going there and begged to not go. There are several other families whose children were the same way due to things going on there. Take a look at the enrollment numbers, that should give you a good idea on when the problems started getting worse. The numbers don't lie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2010

A wonderful school! Excellent teachers who bring their hearts and souls with them and embrace the diversity of the children and their learning techniques while encouraging their faith and their love of one another. The principal is hands on and completely available to the parents. The parents are involved, supportive, and creative forces supporting the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

My daughter will be starting her third year at this school, and I have to say they are doing an excellent job. I have been in some of the public elementaries, and my daughter brings home the same homework as the public school kids that are a year advanced. Academics are great. Extracurricular programs are good, personally I would like more options available. The teachers are all very nice, and it is a privilege to be able to send my daughter to learn from them.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

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77%

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 74%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian N/A 0%
Black N/A 12%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 6%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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