Best value on the Hill! St. Peter's stresses the education of the "whole" child -- academically, socially and spiritually. There is a strong sense of community among the older and younger students which is lovely to see. Each year my daughters claim their current teacher is their "favorite". My kids are both reading above their assigned grade level, and their math skills are solid. In addition, the new Art teacher has sparked both my kids' imaginations. My older daughter couldn't wait to tell her teacher about a recent family trip to the Met's Egyptian wing, because they had been studying that period at school. The new Music teacher assigned student groups to research different genres of music around the world -- the children enjoyed collaborating and sharing their knowledge. We've been very happy with SPS.
I have two children at St. Peter School and we have had an excellent experience. The teachers have been outstanding. My children have been challenged academically and encouraged to grow to be the best people they can be. The school takes behavior and respect very seriously.-- which I also like.
St. Peter's is an investment in our children's future. When we were considering the pros and cons of sending our eldest here, we looked at the high schools that accept their eighth graders, and were pleased to see top notch local high schools were consistently on the list. We further investigated and found out that St. Peter's students are some of the best prepared at these high schools. This sold us, because acceptance and success at a competitive high school will greatly assist our kids' college admissions opportunities. We now have both of our children enrolled, and St. Peter's has exceeded our expectations. Our children are happy here and love the school community. We like that St. Peter's puts emphasis on community service and social justice as part of the religious education curriculum. One of our children's academic and behavioral turnaround this year is nothing short of a miracle. The faculty and administration are constantly striving to improve the school as well. In short, we are very pleased with the school.
My husband and I consider ourselves so fortunate for the opportunity to send our daughter to St. Peter School. The teachers are top notch and really care about each child. The school doesn't just address academics, but also stresses character-building, leadership and respect. It has been a truly nurturing environment and our daughter has thrived. She cannot wait to get up each morning to go to school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.