Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School
Formed in Catholic tradition, the mission of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, a Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-College educational institution, is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, and personal development of young people as committed disciples of Christ. It is to ensure that the students demonstrate mastery of defined skills and knowledge that will empower them to be creative, productive, responsible, critical thinking, self-directed, life-long learners who respect and appreciate diversity with the influence of moral reasoning. This will be accomplished through excellence in teaching and learning that will help the students develop the attitude of partnership with family, church and community, and creation of a safe, nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment.
Philosophy of catholic education
According to Canon Law 794 & 795 – “The duty and right of educating belongs in a unique way to the Church which has been divinely entrusted with the mission to assist men and women so that they can arrive at the fullness of Christian life. Since a true education must strive for the integral formation of the human person, a formation which looks toward the person’s final end, and at the same time, toward the common good of societies, children and young people are to be so reared that they can develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual talents, that they acquire a more perfect sense of responsibility, and a correct use of freedom, and that they be educated for active participation in social life.”
In the spirit of the above opening paragraph, Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Catholic School is permanently incorporated on the belief that all individuals are persons uniquely gifted by God. As such, students are given the opportunity to recognize and develop their God-given talents within the context and tradition of a Catholic educational community. Uppermost among Saints Peter and Paul School’s goals as a Catholic school is to instill in each student an understanding of Christian, moral values while urging the practice of ethical behavior based on these values. Saints Peter and Paul School believes that the actions of each member of the school community reflect a belief in God and a respect for the dignity of all human beings from the moment of conception to natural death. We believe that the experience of this type of Christian environment, where the virtues of love, respect, unity, and dignity are expounded, enables each one of us to accept Jesus as model and teacher and to understand the message of the Gospel.
Saints Peter and Paul School acknowledges that parents are the primary educators who share with the school the responsibility for their children’s education. Canon Law 796 states –“It is incumbent upon parents to cooperate closely with the school teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated. In fulfilling their duty, teachers are to collaborate closely with parents, who are to be willingly heard and for whom associations or meetings are to be inaugurated and held in great esteem. Furthermore, the school recognizes that the student, as a primary agent in learning, has the responsibility for being receptive to the opportunities offered.”
SPIRITUAL LIFE OF THE SCHOOL
Whereas, Saints Peter and Paul School provides a variety of activities such as retreats, liturgical celebrations, reconciliation services, and daily prayer to promote the spiritual aspect of a Catholic environment, it is our belief that our faith in Jesus must be a natural part of every aspect of the school community.
Part of our mission as a Catholic school is to provide a Catholic spiritual formation to all students regardless of their religious background. Together, all students attend religion classes, participate in all school Masses and class retreats, participate in Friday Adoration Prayer services, and adopt all body postures (standing, sitting, genuflecting, and kneeling) that the community exhibits during these spiritual activities. We try to avoid students being segregated by faith, and we pray, play, eat, and learn as a single community. We are inspired and taught by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 6:16-17: “In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School is currently an accredited school with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the Commission on Institution-Wide Accreditation (CIWA).
The Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation (CIWA) is a bridging division of the Middle States Association addressing accreditation with schools and school districts/systems that work with that continuum of students extending beyond the scope of either the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (CES) or the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (CSS) alone. In addition, CIWA includes in its membership Service Agencies such as Intermediate Units (in Pennsylvania) and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (in New York).