Mission & History

Mission Statement:

St. Peter Martyr School, an educational ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, is a preschool through eighth grade Catholic school that provides a strong academic program in a caring environment. The school welcomes and educates a culturally diverse population from Pittsburg and surrounding communities as well as from various parishes and faiths who are willing to accept the philosophy and mission of Saint Peter Martyr School. We prepare children to be God-centered, socially aware citizens, and lifelong learners. We are committed to their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and cultural development.


Saint Peter Martyr School opened its doors to the community on January 23, 1950, under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington.

Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school has addressed the needs of its families and community in many ways. In the 1960s, the school assisted in the establishment of a parochial grammar school league for athletic team sports for both boys and girls. Several years later a kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, and recently a preschool program were introduced. An extended care program was added in the 1980s. To address the needs of alumni, broaden the school’s public relations program, and provide additional resources, an alumni program was established in 1985. A computer/resource room was established; computers, equipment, and software were purchased; and the school was networked in the 1990s. Through the years, extra curricular activities, clubs, and programs have been introduced to broaden, enhance, and enrich student learning.

Saint Peter Martyr School continues to meet the evolving needs in the community by providing quality Catholic education. The administration and staff are committed to sharing Christ’s Gospel through education. We strive to provide a safe, healthy, and caring environment; promote academic excellence; create a sense of wonder and understanding about God’s creation; encourage parents to be actively involved in the development of their children’s education; and employ and retain staff who are personally committed to becoming exemplary role models for our students.