"We provide an education characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence"
Students enrolled 220
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:15 AM
School leader Jennifer Ketchum
Transportation options None
Type no info
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

4 stars
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 08, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
September 05, 2009
It's a new school year and Mrs. Ketchum, the principal, really patched it up well. There's tons of new young teachers who know what to do and how to do it. It really is a great school. I get a great education, and I know everyone here!

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
I love it here, I have praticipated in the school musical! Which really helped me get over my shyness, and learn how to sing. I have so many friends in so many different classes. Since the school is so cozy and small, I know everyone in the school. I learn more than five things each day. Go!!

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2009
St. Peter's has a very loyal following and a long and durable tradition on Capitol Hill. It is a classic, small Catholic school in a cramped urban setting. So it doesn't have a gym, or vast playgrounds, or much in the way of amenities. What it does have is community and a strong cadre of devoted teachers and parents. At a very reasonable price, the school manages to educate hundreds of kids every year who go on to great high schools and colleges and to prosper in their adult life. It is also a school almost entirely absent of controversy of any kind, which is saying a lot in itself. With few exceptions, the students are well-mannered and respectful. And the school's new principal, Ms. Ketchum, is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
My son recently graduated from St. Peter's, and on the whole I was quite displeased. Some of the teachers were excellent, but their skills were offset by the poor behavior of other teachers. The administration was poorly operated, with little direction or supervision of teachers AND students. I would not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
I am very displeased with St. Peter's. It seems that the children's education does not come first at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
St. Peters is a small, neighborhood elementary school that seems to attract an unusual number of parents with lofty expectations (as some of these comments suggest). The academics and teachers are fine, and in some cases surprisingly excellent, but the school's culture is what makes it unique. Many students walk to St. Peters; their friends all live within blocks; they go to school with the same kids for years, forming sibling-like relationships (the same goes for the parents). No, it doesn't have a cafeteria or much in the way of sports or clubs. But it's a lot cheaper than other private schools that do, and the strong sense of community more than compensates. A great choice if you live on Capitol Hill and don't expect private tutoring for your little genius.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2007
I moved from to Mississippi, but I lived in D.C. first. The sports programs are weak, the teachers aren't as compassionate as they should be, and the principal isn't the best leader. I though loved the school and its events. Its okay!

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2007
My child just completed his first year at St. Peter's. I have to admit, I expected a more rigorous education and for him to get more out of his first year. Since we love the community and the parental involvement, we are hoping this was just a bad first educational experience and are giving it one more shot. If things don't improve, we will most likely seek other alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
I have two children who attend St. Peter's, and I must say that I am not pleased. The principal has poor leadership skills, which is not at all helpful to our children (the future leaders of tomorrow). Many of the teachers follow suite in this area. The principal and Vice Principal are rude and disrespectful. They often do not address the students or the parents whenever they come in contact with them or even in passing by. This is not a good Christian value to teach our children. There are a few good teachers, who are not valued like they should be. Christian values are not taken serious, therefore not effectively being taught to the children. Academics are not challenging enough. Discipline is a problem. Parent involvement is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
St. Peter's is an outstanding school. Our thee childrenlove to go to school. The teachers are good role models while being attentive and engaging. The parent community is supportive and involved in constantly improving the school. Recent technical advances like up-to-date computers and white boards keep the education competitive. This year, St. Peter's implemented an environmental science program to study the Anacostia River. Students from Pre-K through 8th grade participated in field trips and science projects about the River. The After Care Enrichment program is one of the best in Washington, DC. All types of dance, sports, theatre, art, and science programs are included for after school students. Even parents teach enrichment programs as volunteers. Two top trial lawyer parents taught rhetoric and debate to 5-8 graders. Another parent teaches Latin. We have only positive things to say about St. Peter's, an oasis of great elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
The academics for middle school are ok, and the middle school teachers are not open to change. Example, when a child takes a math test, the first grade the child receives should be the final grade. The middle school math teacher allows them to fix the problems they got wrong and give them a 1/2 point for each (this does not help). Tuition is going up by alomst $3,000 for the school year 2007-2008 and it is not worth it. Sports are non existent. I am pulling my son out of the school as the tuition price does not meet the academics being taught.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2006
This was our first year at St. Peter's. My daughter absolutely loves the school and is eager to start the first grade. She's comfortable and loves to read books by Dr. Suess and 'An I Can Read' books. She now will attempt to read the newspaper. She's comfortable with addition and subtraction. The teachers were great and made school (in my daughter's words) FUN! She can't wait to see her friends and constantly talked about sharing and caring for others and how to respect others. I can honestly say our first year has been great at St. Peter's. -- Kyndall's mom

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
My husband and I are somewhat displeased with this school. In the early grades, when most kids are learning reading fundamentals and basic math concepts, our child is instead being taught social principles. While there is some value to that, we would have been happy to know that more (or any) emphasis was placed on ABC's, sounds of letters, etc. Our child is in the beginning stages of reading and is adding but none of this is being reinforced at school. I also was not extremely pleased with the administration. We will not be returning in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2005
Our daughter has attended the school for 6 years, and will not return next year. The school is poorly administrated, with the principal having little incentive to work with the parents when issues arise with teachers or the academic program. Additionally, the academics are not challenging, and many of the teachers who have been at the school for a long time are apathetic and resistant to change. The newer teachers, however, are energetic, use a variety of teaching techniques, and encourage individual growth.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2004
Last year(03-04), the academics for the middle school were horrible. But now most of the jr. high teachers have been replaced, and I am challenged and working very hard. It is good preparation for high school. But the teachers are too strict on uniforms, I am constantly getting warned for ridiculous things like the wrong socks. And physical education needs to be improved.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2004
Our son is getting an excellent education here...He is challenged in Mathematics (Saxon) and Language Arts. Good extracurricular program but sports program is weak..Be prepared to open the books and burn some lamp oil here!!! Tuition is about $5K per year.

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St. Peter's Interparish School
422 3rd St SE, Washington, DC  20003
(202) 544-1618
Last modified St. Peter's Interparish School is a private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Peter's Interparish School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews.