Academics at St. Peter's School
St. Peter’s School, as one of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, is rooted in Gospel values and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. St. Peter’s School is a learning community of faith and service dedicated to educational equity and excellence for all students.
The Archdiocese of Washington develops academic standards for students to achieve in subjects offered in the Catholic schools of the archdiocese. Curriculum, instruction and assessment are based on national standards set by professional organizations and focus on the individual growth of each child. St. Peter’s School strives to meet or exceed these standards.
Curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten at St. Peter's is based on recommendations from the National Association for Education of Young Children.
Accreditation and Affiliations
St. Peter’s School is an Archdiocese of Washington Catholic School. It is accredited by the Advanced Education Incorporation. St. Peter’s is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
The St. Peter’s Pre-K is a full day program that follows the normal school day schedule 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. The class is comprised of 20 children with one certified teacher and one instructional assistant. The Pre-K program focuses on personal and social development, language and literacy, scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, social studies, introduction to Spanish, art, and physical development. Most importantly, we create a spiritual atmosphere in which a positive self-image can be built.
We begin our day by unpacking and working on various table top activities until 8:45 a.m. We officially begin our school day with morning prayers and Circle time (review of the months of the year, days of the week, current date, current year, seasons, shapes, weather, jobs, patterns, and sight words), phonemic awareness (letters and sounds). We than have our snack and bathroom break followed by our daily “special”. Students engage in “specials” once every day for 30 minutes. The “specials” include computer, library, Spanish, music and PE. Each student is placed into a group that is appropriate based on their reading readiness level. Wednesdays and Fridays we work together as a class to complete art projects, science experiments, or a cooking project.
We begin our afternoon with a 30 minute lunch. After lunch, we have a 30 minute recess before our rest time. Every student has their own rest mat that is used daily from about 1:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. Once rest time is over, students move to their assigned developmental center.
Developmental centers are extremely important for this age because students are able to work with their peers on socialization, team building, problem solving, communication, and having fun! If you have specific questions regarding the Pre-K program, please email Miss Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report Cards and Interims
For students in grades 4-8, you may log on to our online grading system and track your student's grades by following this link. Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will have hard copy report cards sent home every semester (2nd and 4th quarter) and first, second and third grade report cards will be sent home every nine weeks.
In Grades Pre-K through 3, grades are based on student performance and teacher observation. Grades Pre-K through 3 are graded as follows:
|EE= Exceeds the grade level expectations at this time|
|ME= Meets the grade level expectations at this time|
|AE= Approaching the grade level expectations at this time|
|NE= Not approaching the grade level expectations at this time|
|X= Not assessed at this time|
Please note that Pre-K and Kindergarten report cards will be issued at the end of each semester in the second and fourth quarter. Grades 1, 2 and 3 report cards will be issued every nine weeks.
|Grades 4 – 8|
|Report cards are issued every nine weeks.|
|A = Excellent – 93-100|
|B = Good – 85-92|
|C = Average – 77-84|
|D = Poor but passing – 70-76|
|F = Failure – Below 70|
Students in grades 4-8 may earn the privilege of being named to the "High Honors" or "Honor Roll", at the end of each grading period. Both honor rolls are based on the grades earned in all academic subjects: Religion, Reading or Literature, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, Physical Education, Music, and Science.
Guidelines for Honor Rolls
High Honors: The student must earn a GPA of 3.7 or higher with no D's or F's in any subject. Honor Roll: The student must earn a GPA of 3.0 to 3.6 in all academic subjects listed above with no D's or F's in any subject.
Interim reports are sent to all parents of students in grades 4-8 via email at the mid-point of the marking period. These reports are extremely important in notifying parents and making them aware of any academic deficiencies or of progress being made.
In these tough economic times, extracurricular activities are often the first thing to be cut at public schools. This is not the case at St. Peter's. We believe that you cannot educate a child solely with the core curriculum. Children need sports and extracurricular activities to help them grow and learn.
From band to art club to team sports, these activities allow our children to grow in ways that they cannot within the classroom. It encourages them to develop different ways of thinking and provides increased self confidence and team-spirit. These lessons are critical as the child grows into an adult.
St. Peter's is proud to offer the following extracurricular activities:
- Art Club
- Sports including: volleyball, softball, track and soccer
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Standardized testing is one of the many tools the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools used to measure our students' mastery of important concepts and skills. The primary purpose of testing is to improve students' learning and teachers' teaching by identifying both strengths and areas of improvement. Test scores are an important measure of performance, but they cannot and should not be the sole criteria upon which a family decides which Catholic school best fits their unique circumstances.