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St. Peter School

Private | PK-8 | 220 students

We provide an education characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $499,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,320.

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Posted September 4, 2014

St. Peter School is a terrific school, with incredible teachers and faculty. Our family has children in third and PK and we could not be happier with our decision and have greatly enjoyed our first 5 years at the school. Not only do we enjoy the strong academics our children are receiving, but we greatly benefit as a family from the "community" that is the school. We knew we made the correct decision in sending our kids to St. Peter School when the school was named a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education last year which was one of the top 200 schools in the nation based on test scores and strength of the school administration and faculty. I highly recommend St. Peter's to anyone looking to place their kids on the Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

I agree with many of the recent reviews. St. Peter s is an outstanding school that is academically challenging and doesn t just educate the children s minds, but nurtures their spirit. The entire faculty is fully invested in the children and they are constantly striving to make the school and academic experience even better. A few items to highlight: 1) 2013 Blue Ribbon Award winner; 2) Student Families (a student family is one kid from each grade K-8) these families are tasked with service projects. It allows older students to mentor and younger students someone to look up to - while teaching the importance of giving back to the community. 3) St Peter s has good families that raise good kids. Less time teaching respect and dealing with behavioral issues means more time focusing on educating. You have never met a more polite student body. 4) The school is just getting started. The relatively new leadership of the school puts a real emphasis on continuous improvement. 5) Value you won t find a better school in DC and the cost, especially when compared with other local schools, provides exceptional value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

St. Peter's is a small Catholic school with excellent academics and a strong community. Our two children get individualized attention and everyone in the school knows their names. There is a robust accelerated reading program, a competitive science fair, and math and geography bees. Our oldest daughter is active in the school's music programs and is looking forward to the next spring musical and her ability to participate in the drama production this year. There is regular physical education and time for outdoor play. The thing we enjoy most is the strong grounding in faith, the emphasis on community service and social justice in the student families program, and the connection to the church.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

High academic standards, great little school community, caring teachers, in a unique Capitol Hill neighborhood, St Peter's is a true DC treasure. It has a values-infused culture inspired by its Catholic faith, and it doesn't shy away from that culture. Your child will emerge from St Peter's with a solid education, but just as importantly, an exceptional character. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I am a parent of three at St Peter School and we love the holistic education that our kids are receiving. It starts with the academics, which have improved significantly over the past 5 year culminating in St Peter being awarded a DOE Blue Ribbon School designation last year. This is awarded to only 50 private schools nationwide each year. But more importantly, St Peter's teachers and staff educate the whole person with a focus on making our kids good and decent human beings. It really does feel like a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I am a parent of three at St Peter School and we love the holistic education that our kids are receiving. It starts with the academics, which have improved significantly over the past 5 year culminating in St Peter being awarded a DOE Blue Ribbon School designation last year. This is awarded to only 50 private schools nationwide each year. But more importantly, St Peter's teachers and staff educate the whole person with a focus on making our kids good and decent human beings. It really does feel like a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

St. Peter School is a true treasure & we are thrilled to have our 3 children here! SPS is a small Catholic school (PreK-8) located three blocks from the nation's Capitol. DOEd recently recognized St. Peter s greatness by naming it a National Blue Ribbon School. Caring teachers create an academically challenging learning environment with a holistic approach to ensure students gain a love of knowledge as well as strong character. We have been at St Peter School over 5 years now and we feel blessed to have this wonderful school and the community of life-long friendships that go along with it. If you are looking for a school to offer a great education in a warm, caring environment with excellent teachers, involved parents and well-rounded students then take a look at St. Peter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

I'm a parent with three kids currently enrolled at St. Peter School. Our oldest child has been at St. Peter School for seven years. We couldn't be happier with the outstanding academic education our children are receiving, as well as the strong moral grounding they get from a Catholic-based education. The principal, teachers and faculty are top notch, and the parent community is committed and engaged. We are grateful to have this special school in our Capitol Hill neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

St. Peter School is an amazing community of dedicated teachers, a strong administration, supportive parents and dynamic students from top to bottom. A faith based education that leads to the top area Catholic High Schools including Gonzaga, Visitation, St. Johns, Dematha and Elizabeth Seton to name a few. Students leave St. Peter School well prepared for high school, are grounded in their faith and strong in their academic grade school basics. Its the longest running Catholic Grade School in Washington DC and you can see the Capitol Dome from the top floor- its a pretty amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

This school is phenominal. We could not be more pleased. St. Pete's recently won the Blue Ribbon Award by the Department of Education (very prestigious acknowledgement of quality only given to exceptional schools). The teachers, the administration, and the school community as a whole is very welcoming and all pulling in the same direction for our children. I genuinely thank God for St. Pete's, we were very worried about raising our daughter on Capitol Hill with the school situation so confusing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

We have been a part of this school community for 7 years. It has been a real gift for our entire family. Our children are challenged academically -- the teachers are top notch, the resources available to the kids are cutting edge, and the school's proximity to myriad learning opportunities in the Washington DC/Capitol Hill area make it an extraordinary learning experience. But academics are not the only thing St. Peter School has going for it. It is a spiritually robust environment that fosters a real sense of connectedness to God, to fellow students, and to community. When you walk through the halls of St. Peter School you hear laughter, you hear conversations and lessons in which the kids are really invested, you see the kids exhibiting an eagerness to learn, helping one another, and you sense a confidence among the kids that they are securely planted in a loving and supportive community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized St. Peter School as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School!!! St. Peter School was nationally recognized as Exemplary High Performing, a category in which private schools are recognized among the nation s highest performing schools. This award reflects our commitment to high standards and climate of high expectations; the outstanding dedication and talent of our faculty and staff; and the positive work ethic of our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I'm a current parent with 2 children at St. Peter School. Every year we are happier and more confident in our family's choice to send our children here. The faculty, staff and families actively work together to create a supportive school community. High expectations, strong parent support and motivated students are the norm for St. Peter School. This year, St. Peter's was awarded a national Blue Ribbon for exemplary high performance, further evidence that this school is one of the best in the entire country. We are incredibly thankful that our children have the opportunity to attend St. Peter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I currently have a student at St. Peter school and one who graduated several years ago. I am extremely happy with the education that they both have received and certainly my older child was well prepared going off to high school. St. Peter's community is strong and the current teacher base is a very strong group of educators. They truly teach the standards required while providing a values based education. The results speak for themselves, self-confident, respectful and strong students. The school administrators have brought in a great deal of technology and also made physical plant improvements to help the students have a safe and very "current" learning environment. Parental involvement is key to the success of this program with fundraising and commitment to help out where we can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

St. Peter School is an Incredible School. I have two children in St. Peter School in the lower grades. Our family has found it to be an outstanding school for them to learn and gain a high quality education in a loving and caring environment. The teachers, administration, and faculty all are laser focused on making our children smarter, well rounded individuals in a safe environment. The academics are well refined for the students and each child is challenged according to their level and abilities. Our family has also found the additional benefit that the school is as much about academics as it is also a "community". The friendships and bonds across families are incredible and it has been a very friendly/welcoming environment for us as in our 4 years at the school. It should be noted that the school has gone through a transformation starting 6 years ago with a new principal and administration. The change has been significantly for the better from what we have seen. We would not want our children in another school on Capitol Hill nor anywhere else for that matter. If you are looking for a good school for a child this would be a great place to start your search.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

St. Peter School provides an excellent education for the whole child - mind, body and spirit. It's a small, close knit community that cares for one another -- a little slice of Mayberry in a big city. My kids have been students for 5+ years at SPS and have benefited from excellent teachers, engaging curriculum and all the "extras" that seem to be vanishing from other schools -- PE, Health Class, Music and Art. Most of the teachers have a true love of and gift for the profession; watching them is amazing and my children have grown to love learning. The school administration is excellent upgrading technology and the academics constantly. We consider ourselves to be a very fortunate family to belong to such a terrific community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Our children are enrolled in kindergarten and pre-k at St. Peter, and we couldn't be happier. The environment is nurturing, positive, and consistent - which we value greatly for young children. Through programs like Student Families and Safety Patrol, older and younger children get to know one another. This provides the older kids with tremendous leadership opportunities while modeling good behavior for the little ones. The little ones feel safe, respected, and empowered working with older children (a unique opportunity made possible by the pre-k-8 range). From an academic perspective, our pre-k child enjoys the center-based curriculum that is anchored in play and socializing, while our kindergartner is ready for the excitement of advancing toward literacy and math skills. St. Peter School has made huge strides in the last few years to deepen science, math, and technology offerings, and those changes are having an impact on even the youngest students - just yesterday my son was wide-eyed talking about measurement! Finally, as practicing Catholics, our family has appreciated the organic way that religion - and the value of being a good, thoughtful person - is integrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

St. Peter Interparish. My child went to this school and it is somewhat overrated. Most of the teachers are beginning teachers with limited experience. Class instruction is jumbled and home work is poorly defined resulting in parents having to scramble around to find out the assignments. School has an excellent reputation however that reputation does not describe the current administration. I would choose another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

St. Peter School provides an excellent education to elementary and middle school students. The parent/teacher/school community is one of the most active and supportive I have ever seen. I have two children there who are doing very well both academically and socially as a result of the wonderful teachers and staff along with the involvement of the parent community to provide a strong learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

St. Peter's is all and more than what I had hoped for in an elementary school for my daughter. From the very start I was pleased with St. Peter's and four years later I couldn't be more satisfied. Each year I have witnessed significant improvements, the most important is our new principal, Mrs. Jennifer Ketchum and our new pastor, Father William Byrne. The leadership both have demonstrated conveys strength of conviction, dedication to academic excellence, and a committment to improving all facets of the school. In addition to a strong administration, St. Peter's has a talented and committed faculty. We just had parent/teacher conferences and I have never enjoyed such a thorough review of my daughter's progress. Parental involvement in their child's education is a proven factor in his or her success; you couldn't find a closer and more committed group of parents than the one at St. Peter's.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 67% 1%
Black 1 17% 1%
Two or more races 1 10% 57%
Hispanic 1 4% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2 N/A 0%
Source: Manually entered by school official
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Special education 5%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/AN/A
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Regional Science Bowl (2011)
  • Regional Science Bowl (2012)
  • Regional Science Bowl (2013)

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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Ketchum
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • CEC
  • NAEYC
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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
  • Latin
  • 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)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • 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.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School colors
  • navy, white
School mascot
  • panthers
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$9000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Application fee
No

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic High Schools
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422 3rd St SE
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Phone: (202) 544-1618

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