Kids in Church

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School

At Saints Peter and Paul School, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. We form partnerships with parents and families to provide an exceptional education for each student.

Our mission is to provide academic excellence while proclaiming, celebrating and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to educating the whole child, emphasizing Catholic identity, advanced academic instruction, individual attention, community values, moral development, and spiritual growth.

We have a rich tradition of offering a quality academic curriculum and a faith-filled community, enabling our students to be successful in middle school, senior high school, and post high school education.

Our Core Commitments

A Safe and Welcoming Environment

When you choose Saints Peter and Paul, you’re joining a group of involved parents, staff and teachers who believe in the highest standards of teaching. This means your child is welcomed into a safe, studious, joyful setting in which he or she is nurtured, encouraged and intellectually challenged.

Advanced Academic Instruction

Saints Peter & Paul School offers a curriculum based not only on the things your child needs to know today, but on those that will prepare him or her for high school, college, career, and life. Saints Peter & Paul School is accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association and is led by licensed teachers who have chosen a calling as Catholic school educators. Our classrooms are filled with thought-provoking techniques, technologies, and the teaching of Christ.

Faith-Based Education

Faith-Based Education

The values you want for your children aren’t confined to the walls of your home – and when they go into the world, you want those values to shine through. As Catholic school educators, we share that same goal-we share the same values-and no matter what your religious background, we will help you give your child a strong faith foundation.

Accomplishments

85

of Graduates are on their high school honor roll.

  • Fully secured facility
  • Full accreditation since 1988
  • Minnesota State VEX Robotics Championship Awards, including the Excellence Award (2017) and STEM Research Project Award (2018)
  • Four invitations to compete at the VEX IQ Robotics World Competition (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • STEM and technology training for all teachers

Notable Programs

  • After school care program
  • After school dance and athletic programs
  • Barton Reading and Spelling Program
  • Vex Robotics Program
  • Project Lead the Way (STEM) program
  • State-of-the-art design room and equipment
  • Chrome Books and iPads
  • D.A.R.E. program
  • K-5 Music and Physical Education specialists
  • Local and global service projects
  • Central Minnesota Inventor’s Fair
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Intergenerational events and celebrations
  • All-school assembly programs and guest speakers
  • Field trips and special performances

History

Saints Peter & Paul parishioners have supported Catholic education since the beginning of the parish. Early church services were held in the homes of parishioners, and as early as 1860, the old log church building – the original Saints Peter & Paul Church – was used as a school until in burned down in 1867. Although the school was a public school, the parish dictated its policies. Everyone referred to the school as Saints Peter & Paul School rather than the District No. 20 school. A new school was built in 1867 and was used as an education facility until 1989 when another new school was constructed.

In 1906, the Benedictine sisters came to teach in the school although it remained a public school until 1951. Our present facility was constructed in 1959. It serves a dual function as a Catholic School and Parish Center. In the early 1970’s, the Benedictine community was faced with a shortage of teaching sisters. At that time the faculty make-up of Saints Peter & Paul School changed considerably. A group of lay teachers, under the direction of a Benedictine principal, continued to share the spirit of our Catholic faith. In 1985-86, a lay principal was employed for the first time in the history of Saints Peter & Paul School. Today the school staff works hard to continue the Benedictine tradition.

In 1988, Saints Peter & Paul School earned accreditation status through the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accreditation Association. Every seven years the school takes part in a vigorous re-accreditation process.

Until 1990, Saints Peter & Paul had a Gr. 1-6 program. At that time, the school board found it beneficial to add a kindergarten program. The existing stage was converted into two rooms – a third grade classroom as well as a computer lab. Our first kindergarten class started in the 1991-92 school year with 12 students.

Our public school district changed the configuration of the Middle School in the fall of 2011 adding Gr. 6 to the existing Gr. 7 & 8th structure. At that time Saints Peter and Paul School program changed as well. Because of additional classroom space, once occupied by sixth grade, the school was able to add a preschool program. We are excited about our preschool program for three and four year old children and have seen an increase in enrollment in this program.