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St Peter The Apostle School

Private | PK-8 | 215 students


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Posted November 27, 2013

I am writing to recommend St. Peter the Apostle School. My daughter attende this school fro Pre-K through the 8th grade. I want to commend the school for the education she received. It prepared her for high school and gave her the skills she would need for the workforce. She is a well rounded individual who appreciates and respects cultures other than her own. She cares about those less fortunate and this goes back to the religious and moral education she received at St. Peter's. I would like to thank Sr. Rose and all of her teachers who touched our lives in so many ways. St. Peter's is not just a school but an extended family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2013

This is the WORST school to send your child to. The principal yells at the children for everything, the teachers barely pay attention, Ms. Bartley (the fifth grade teacher) does nothing but talks about her problems more instead of educating the students, and the seventh grade teacher acts more like your friend than a teacher. Ms. Meck (the sixth grade teacher) specifically I feel has the most dirtiest classroom in the whole school. The principal is just plain out rude. One of my nieces got kicked out because the principal thought she wasn't good enough for the school. She didnt even give my niece a chance to stay there ! But Dont be surprised if she does this to one of your children. She might be a nun and apart of the parish but she does not act like a nun. THIS IS A BAD ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR CHILD. YOU WERE WARNED!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2013

My son was a student at St. Peters and I am so glad he is no longer there, should have pulled him out sooner. The principle is extremely rude, and has the worst disposition as one of the leaders at the school. The teachers, are not very informative. This is not a good school for your childs self esteem, there is something not right at the school, not sure but glad my son is in a more caring, activity based school. This school, is a total disaster and would not recommend sending your child or grandchild.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2012

I think that the school is a great school, my only concerne is that the 5th grade teacher gives out to much homework. The kids are in school from 8 am till 245 pm and then to do homework for 2 to 3 hours is a bit much. Writing for 2 hours at home is a bit much. Again the school is great, but lets not burn the kids out. Thanks

Posted November 4, 2010

I attended St. Peter the Apostle School and graduated in 1990. When I arrived to Philly from Puerto Rico in 1980, I began St. Peter's. I started the first grade and I didn't speak any english and I remember my teacher (which is now the principal) had a lot patience with me. So now 2 of my children attend St. Peter's, and my oldest one graduated this June 2010 and is now at Roman Catholic High School. I know there was no doubt in my mind to send my kids there. Sr. Rose was always there to help us and so where the teachers. It was like having your own family there to help. They know who everyone is by first and last name and what grade, how they're in doing class. The teachers and principal want every child to do their best and they are to make sure they are.
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Posted March 4, 2010

Moving to Philadelphia from the southwest was scary when it came time to pick a school for my two children. Growing up in a close nit community was wonderful and naturely I wanted the same for my kids. I knew I found it at St Peters from the moment I walked into the beautiful building. Bright, open and clean with the students acomplishments and goodwill on the walls. The principal, teachers and staff know every childs name and who their parents are. I never have to worry about the safety of my children while they are at school. Not only are my children recieving the greatest education possible they are getting it from people who truly care.
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Posted March 3, 2010

When the time came for my wife and I to decide where our two girls would attend school, St. Peter the Apostle school met and surpassed all of our expectations. The school is dedicated to providing the tools with which all students can reach full maturity as caring, intelligent and faith-filled individuals. The school building itself, built in 1916, is nearing a hundred years old but the first thing you ll notice is how well maintained it is and how it has kept up with modernization. The hallways and classrooms are all brightly lit which is conducive to an educational environment. The school has numerous dedicated computer laboratories as well as computers in each classroom. We chose St. Peter for our two girls and would highly recommend this school to all parents seeking the same advantage in the investment of the future of their children. -the Gonzalez People
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Posted March 1, 2010

I attended St Peter the Apostle school and gradutated in 1986. I can honestly say that the school has left a lasting impression on me as an adult and as a parent. Ms Armstrong and Ms Meck who are still teaching at St Peter's taught me while I was there, and Sr Rose was actually a teacher at St Peter's then and has now become an OUTSTANDING principal. I now reside in New Castle, DE and work in Bala Cynwyd, PA and everyday I drive my daughter to school at St Peter's. I am most impressed by the caring nature of the teaching staff. I know that when I drop my daughter off in the morning she will be not only in a conducive learning enviornment but in a safe one as well. I know my daughter will carry St Peter's with her the way I have with myself.
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Posted February 25, 2010

St. Peter's has the best Parish, Teachers, Community, Parents and Students. I am glad we found this school for our daughter.
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Posted February 25, 2010

I cannot say enough positive things about St. Peter the Apostle School. The principal, teachers and staff are professional and caring. Every single adult in the school knows my sons' names and treats them with such care. My second grader has some special needs - those needs are met and then some. My kids' teachers really work hard with me to help both boys reach their full potential educationally and spiritually. The school day is a great mix of old fashioned teaching and cutting edge technology and teaching principles. As an educator, I know I cannot find a better place in Philadelphia for my kids to learn and grow. We are truly blessed.
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Posted February 2, 2010

My daughter is currently in eight grade at St. Peter the Apostle, this is a wonderful school with a caring and nurturing environment. The school also has a free-lunch or reduced meals program, the tuition is economical and the education is superior, this school will teach and guide your child into a better understanding of the principals of Christianity and the curriculum will allow your child to prepare for high school and succeed in life. Mrs. Vazquez
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Posted December 28, 2009

My nephews age 11 and 7 are both students at St. Peter's and both have been there since PreK. We adore this school, the staff as well as students all seem like family. This was a wonderful choice for my family.
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Posted June 23, 2009

I was a student at St. Peter the Apostle School many, many years ago. My daughter just finished her first year at pre-K. She absolutely loved her teachers and was so excited about all her new friends. I think this school is an awesome choice because you can tell everyone there are truly in it for the children. I couldn't feel more satisfied.
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Posted November 5, 2008

I love this school. My son just graduated from the eighth grade and my daughter is now in the pre-k class. They have the most lovely principal and teachers. I also love the school because it is right next door to the St. John Newmann shrine. xoxox
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Posted October 16, 2008

I was a student at St. Peter the Apostle School. From start to finish, I have learned a great deal from the people at this school. The principle, the teachers, the lunch ladies, the faculty, have all had a great impact on my life. I am who I am today because of these wonderful people. I recently graduated from my high school. I did not cry like i cried at my graduation at St. Peter's. St. Peter's was like a family to me. It will always have a big place in my heart.
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Posted August 28, 2008

This school is excellent. It small, diverse, and disciplin. My oldest has been there since kindergarten and my youngest is now going to 1st grade. Though Catholic education is expensive it is worth it. The teachers and principle encourage the kids to succeed and when help is needed they are there to support you and your kids. My children love it. S. Cruz
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 85% 9%
Black 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
White 2% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1009 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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