Why I Chose St. Peter’s School: 2011-05-03 School Selection Report

This is one parent’s opinion on why they chose St. Peter’s School. Help other parents–take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

Date Submitted: 5/3/2011

What school did you decide on? St. Peter’s School

Calendar year your child entered/will enter 2011-12, 2006-7, 2004-5

Grade your child entered/will enter Preschool, 3rd, 5th

What neighborhood are you in? Center City

What schools did you consider? Germantown Friends School, William Penn Charter, Friends Select, Springside

What factors were most important to you? Location, Reputation, Teaching Philosophy, School Performance (test scores, success of graduates), Teacher Quality, K-8 environment, multidenominational

What first attracted you to the school? St. Peter’s School is located in safe and historic Society Hill, which is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the America.  We were first attracted to the school because the school is located in our neighborhood and having our children attend the school simplifies our already complicated and busy lives. For example, play dates with friends do not require driving and the residents of the neighborhood know and look out for the safety of our children.  However, as I learned more about the school, I realized that is a gem.  The school is over 175 years old, with a tradition of academic excellence and it is rich in unique, wonderful traditions such as May Day, Declamation and Folios.

What were the critical factors that led to your choice? Although what primarily drew us to St. Peter’s School was academic excellence, there are many other critical factors which led us to select this school for our children including the protection of childhood which is afforded by a K-8 school, the 9:1 (or lower) student to teacher ratio which then builds confidence because there is no “back row” to hide in, the quality of the teachers, leadership and public speaking training, a focus on the classics (Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, Austen), community service is woven throughout the curriculum and occurs on a weekly basis at least, the school welcomes a parent-school partnership in the educational experience, and the wonderful community and friendships that are gained upon enrolling.

Did you relocate in order to choose this school? No

On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be democratic

Please share anything else about your experience This school is known as a “process” school, one that guarantees a process by which each child has an individualized learning experience that challenges him/her to be their very best.  It is also a school that also develops the entire child, as conveyed by the school’s motto which is to “develop the child’s mind, body and spirit,” and thus does not solely focus on academics. At St. Peter’s School, the children learn to be good individuals: tolerant, respectful, honest, cooperative, kind and engaged in their community through service.  The curriculum and school are a structured environments: students wear uniforms and civility is expected. The St. Peter’s School experience will prepare my child to enter the professional world successfully.

This is one parent’s opinion on why they chose St. Peter’s School. Help other parents–take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

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