School Details

St. Peter School

422 3rd St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1618

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 220 students 5 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

St. Peter School is a private middle school in Washington. The principal of St. Peter School is Jennifer Ketchum, whose e-mail is 220 students attend St. Peter School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Peter School is 5:1. Stuart-Hobson Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% %
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 17% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 months ago)

    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.

  • (3 months ago)

    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.

  • (5 months ago)

    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.

  • (6 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    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.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (10 months ago)

    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!

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

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