Philosophy

Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school assists parents in accomplishing this duty. Saint Peter Martyr School’s prime concern is with the total individual, including his/her religious, academic, emotional, social, physical, and cultural dimensions. The major function of our school is to help the individual develop these potentialities to their greatest extent.

Students receive a well-developed and complete curriculum of studies in the major cognitive areas. At all levels and in all subject areas a Catholic Christian value system is incorporated. Students are given the opportunity for service through student government, publications, athletic events, liturgical celebrations, and support of younger pupils.

Our school is striving to grow together as a community of strength and love.

1. Religious Dimension

a. We desire our students to develop a personal relationship with God through inward reflection, personal dialogue, common and personal prayer, liturgies, and retreats.

b. We provide a basic understanding of Catholic Doctrine through
formal religion classes at each grade level.
preparation of school liturgies and paraliturgies.
c. We prepare students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist through
formal classroom preparation.
parent meetings.
d. We encourage our students to recognize and apply Christian values through
service learning opportunities e.g. food drives, money drives, and class projects.
a sequentialled family life program.
e. We instill a sense of family among students, staff, and parishes through
inter-grade activities, student government, assemblies, Catholic Schools Week, liturgies, retreats, and faith families.
classroom activities e.g. field trips, celebrations, fundraisers, and social justice projects.
f. We encourage our students to have an awareness of other religious opinions through multicultural observances and social studies and religion classes.

2. Academic Dimension

a. We provide opportunities throughout a scheduled day for students to develop their potential abilities in the basic academic disciplines through instruction in religion, mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies, and science.
b. We provide the skill subjects in sequentially planned programs through
the use of approved textbook series.
the use of diocesan and school curriculum guidelines.
teacher articulation in subject areas.
c. We evaluate each student’s capabilities in order that he/she may develop at a comfortable and effective pace through
placement testing and the ITBS testing program.
subject area testing.
STAR reading and STAR math programs, and other software programs
referral testing i.e. psychological services, developmental testing, etc.
communications and interaction with parents and child.

3. Emotional Dimension

We provide students the opportunity to enhance a feeling of self-worth through
oral presentations, team sports, school assemblies, liturgies, clubs, awards, and parent-teacher dialogue.
individualized teacher-student assistance, psychological service referrals, and school counseling.
classroom displays and recognition

4. Social Dimension

a. We foster an awareness among students to be conscious of their social behavior and to evaluate it as the need arises through
teacher-student communication and direction.
teacher-parent communication.
school discipline programs.
b. We support and direct student-centered activities to develop a sense of personal responsibility and initiative through student council activities and workshops, liturgies, athletic teams, faith families, clubs, class officers, and monitors.
c. We encourage the older students to be conscious of the welfare of younger students and to work actively for their happiness through peer tutoring, school liturgies, clubs, faith families, and student government.

5. Physical Dimension

We develop acceptance and appreciation of others, physical abilities and coordination, good health habits, and a positive value of recreation through
physical education and science and health instruction.
supervised play and recess periods.
Inter-school athletic programs for boys and girls.
intramural activities

6. Multicultural Dimension

We foster an awareness among students and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures through
discussion and instruction in social studies, religion, literature, language arts, and fine arts.
special holiday observances, paraliturgies, liturgies, and events.
field trips, assemblies, diocesan programs, and classroom activities.
classroom and school libraries.