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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My family has been at St. Peter School for five years. The curriculum is strong and the standards are high. The environment is energetic. The faith-based culture is nurturing, and the community of parents and students is vibrant. St. Peter School is a wonderful place to give your child an outstanding and well-rounded education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
I am very displeased with St. Peter's. It seems that the children's education does not come first at this school.
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.
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!
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.
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