St. Peter & St. Paul
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
The idea of a Catholic preschool in the Alta Loma area began in 1983 with the vision of Father Charles O'Connor, then-pastor of St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church. By the fall of 1984, the new parochial preschool opened its doors to parish families and the local community with the help of seed money from parishioners, the local Knights of Columbus and the St. Peter & St. Paul Parish Bridge Club. A kindergarten class - complete with 20 students - was added the following year, and the education program was officially renamed as St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School in 1985.
From the start, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School was designed to be a place where students' education and religious upbringing would thrive together. The school founding director, Mrs. Joanne Martin, established a teaching philosophy centered on hands-on, developmental learning and a faith-based curriculum. The school continues to embrace this philosophy of learning today.
Our school has achieved several milestones since its inception. The preschool received its initial accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1991 and maintained it through June 2014. In August 2010, a first grade class was incorporated into the school, thanks to the support and vision of former pastor, Father Patrick Kirsch. As we begin the 2014-2015 school year, the vision of expanding to include 5th grade has become a reality.
In May 2012, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School was recognized as a Full Candidate for Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) Accreditation. Our school is in good standing with WCEA accrediting agency and successfully completed its first accreditation visit in February of 2015.
Students and school staff also give their attention toward being active in the community and in philanthropic efforts that benefit young children and their families. These activities include a Trike/bike-a-thon, a children's clothing drive, on-going used shoe collection, a coin donation for the annual Walk for Life campaign, and most recently the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program.
In recent years, the school has also expanded to include before and after school care for their students. Today, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School lists eight classroom teachers, three instructional aides, co-curricular teachers that include art, music and computers, a campus minister, and three office staff as its faculty and staff.
Thanks to the generosity of many parishioners, donors, sponsors, and former graduates and families, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School continues to thrive and grow. Administrators and staff look forward to a bright future in which area families can receive a high quality, Catholic education.