Award Year: 2013

St. Peter's School

422 Third Street SE
Washington, DC, 20003-1930

(202) 544-1618

Jennifer Ketchum, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

School Website


St. Peter School is a Catholic elementary school committed to providing an education founded on love of God, service to others, and academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

St. Peter School opened in 1868 with a faculty largely comprised of nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, Indiana. One of the oldest continuously operating Catholic elementary schools in the original city of Washington, DC, St. Peter School serves the Capitol Hill community and the surrounding DC region. Students take part in a rigorous PreK–8 academic program, learn how to be contributing members in a global society, and are prepared for the future with a solid, well-rounded education. Instilled in each student is a foundation for lifelong intellectual growth and spiritual formation.

A culture of reading is a strong tradition at St. Peter School. The curriculum is enriched with a wide range of novel units, daily independent reading, and school-wide thematic reading events. St. Peter School incorporates state of the art technology across the curriculum, and utilizes hands-on, inquiry-based math and science resources.

Standards-based assessments inform school-wide and classroom decisions about instruction. Assessment data is a critical component in identifying student learning needs and ensuring progress, high performance, and student achievement.

As part of its Catholic identity, St. Peter School fosters the development of concern for others. Students engage in service activities designed to promote social awareness, carried out under the leadership of the Student Council.

The school is situated in the heart of an urban residential community and is within walking distance of historic buildings, museums, monuments, a theater, and two subway stations, providing a wealth of learning opportunities right outside the door.