Award Year: 2019

Saint Peter School, Capitol Hill

422 3rd Street SE
Washington, DC, 20003-1930

(202) 544-1618

Ms. Karen L. Clay, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

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St. Peter School is a Catholic elementary and middle school committed to providing an education founded on love of God and service to others, characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence and dedicated to addressing each child's unique talents and abilities.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Sixth grade students learning Latin.

Sixth grade students learning Latin.

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Notre Dame, Indiana, St. Peter School is one of the oldest Catholic lower schools in Washington, DC. Today, the mission of the Sisters still drives our school. Respect for all, a commitment to hard work, and a desire for lifelong intellectual growth and spiritual formation are the bedrock of a St. Peter School education.

St. Peter School offers a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade program with a student body averaging 230, one class per grade. Approximately 80% of our dedicated faculty and staff hold advanced degrees, and all faculty participate in regular professional development conferences, workshops, and coursework. Together with our three resource instructors and school counselor, teachers employ differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students and to allow each child to reach his or her maximum potential.

Our well-rounded curriculum, based on Archdiocese of Washington standards, includes reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students also participate in foreign language, art, music, physical education, health and wellness, and religion classes. State-of-the-art technology is integrated across the curriculum.

Catholic faith and values are integral to instruction at St. Peter School. A Catholic virtues program is central to the culture of the school, and all students participate in service projects at least once each month as an expression of the school's mission. At St. Peter School, faith becomes living, conscious, and active though instruction and participation in prayer, worship, and sacraments.