St. Peter’s School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade independent school founded in 1834 in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. At St. Peter’s School, our difference is our promise:
- To honor and celebrate the wonderment of childhood
- To foster a love of learning
- To cultivate citizenship and compassion
- To instill responsibility and respect, both for self and for others
At St. Peter’s School, our difference is our promise. So how we do honor that promise?
- We know that research reports higher academic achievement when students make only one transition during their academic career, pointing to Eighth Grade as the most appropriate time for such a transition.
- We feel at ease knowing our Upper School students aren’t “caught in the middle.” Instead, they are role models for the student body, enjoying leadership positions as assembly ushers, tour guides, TALL mentors, and representatives of Student Government.
- We know our students routinely visit former teachers and check in with attentive advisors each morning.
- We let our kids be kids. Our safe, connected community allows students to remain focused on learning during their transition to adolescence. In turn, our students are sophisticated and playful: kids who spend history class debating the merits and faults of Alexander the Great before bolting to Wiggins Field for recess.
- Color Day & Harvest Festival: A celebrated school tradition, Color Day is a time for new Lower School and Upper School students to receive their SPS color, garnet or grey, during the ceremonial Calling of the Colors on Wiggins Field. Prior to Calling of the Colors, garnets and greys parade around the 300 block of Lombard and Pine Streets, led by bagpipers. Color Day festivities conclude with an energizing garnets v. greys tug of war contest by grade level. Following Color Day, students and family members head to the blacktop for Harvest Festival! This treasured autumn celebration features carnival games, face painting, a delicious bake-off, and a must-see pie eating contest.
- Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day: On Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Preschool through Eighth Grade students welcome favorite visitors to their classrooms for activities and quality time. Following these immersive classroom experiences, grandparents and special friends are treated to a musical performance by all students at Old Pine Community Center.
- Celebration of Light: Lower and Upper School students perform musical selections representing many world religions and cultures in celebration of the holiday season.
- May Day: The School welcomes spring at our annual May Day celebration, an SPS tradition with Old English roots that features customary Morris, sword, and garland dancing by our Upper School students and contemporary dances by Preschool through Fourth Grade students. At the center of this colorful celebration is a maypole, and after May Day, students are dismissed to picnic with their families on Wiggins Field.
- Field Day: Lower and Upper School students compete on behalf of their color, garnet or grey, in a series of action-packed track and field events at Starr Garden.