We view Catholic schools as the complete package. The schools provide an excellent academic experience, but more importantly, the foundation on which they are based is a living faith in Jesus Christ. Our children’s entire beings, their minds, emotions, and souls, are nourished by Catholic schools. Paying for a Catholic education is not cheap. But if you believe that your children are your most important asset, and we certainly do, the money you spend on a Catholic education is the best investment you’ll ever make.
Jim Phinney and Ginny Corso, Parents of Eli ’06, Micah ’12, Isaiah ’15
I am grateful for the chance to send my children to St. Peter’s through the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program. Without this program, my children would not have access to such a wonderfully nurturing, educational community. The faculty and staff are genuinely committed to the well-being of each student which makes St. Peter’s a great place to build a solid foundation for success. I hope to see this program grow so many more families can benefit from it as it certainly has been a blessing to us!
Single mom of three students
We choose St. Peter’s for our children most importantly for the strong academics and focus on character building. There is also a solid sense of community and a nurturing environment. When I drop our children off in the morning, I know they are well cared for by a kind and talented staff. St. Peter’s also offers students unique early opportunities with theater, clubs, scouting and sports. We are very happy to be part of the St. Peter’s family.
Carrie and Jason Moritz—Parents
I was fortunate to attend St. Peter’s School from Montessori through graduation from high school in June 1995. My time while at St. Peter’s was great and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The attention, atmosphere for learning and concern the entire staff shows to students and their families is second to none. There would be no doubt that if I still lived in Mansfield, my children would attend St. Peter’s.
Micah Tolliver ‘95
St. Peter’s provided 15 years of schooling for our two children, including three years of Montessori and continuing through their graduation from high school. They learned educational foundation skills, organization skills, and faith and life skills within the context of forming strong relationships with peers and teachers. I have great respect for the staff and mission of the school.
The education our son has received at St. Peter’s on San Damiano floor has been simply put, amazing! We chose St. Peter’s as a “last resort” for him and beyond that, we had nowhere else to go. In the past four years, he has accomplished leaps and bounds. We have seen amazing growth in character and education, especially this current school year. We recognize that these positive changes come from the loving staff. Teachers, aides, administration and support staff all work together to love and encourage him and that has made all the difference in the world.
Shane and Amber Hedrick—Parents
For the child, St Peter’s Montessori is the first step in building a strong educational foundation. In this rich environment, my children were encouraged to explore their curiosities, find answers to their questions and master new ideas and tasks. From the moment they walked into the Montessori house until the moment they left, they were exploring, learning, engaging and growing. As a parent, St. Peter’s Montessori was a gift. From day one, I knew not only that my children were safe and well cared for, but that we had made a choice that would have a positive effect on the way they viewed school and learning for the rest of their education. The Montessori teachers seemed hand-picked to play such an important role in the everyday lives of our children and for that I am so grateful. They always made us feel welcome and showed such enthusiasm for the children and their accomplishments. I encourage any family that is considering a Montessori education for their child to call and schedule a school day visit. You will see why I and so many other families have chosen St. Peter’s Montessori.
Choosing a school where your child will transition from home into the world beyond it can be overwhelming. Yet, from the moment I walked into St. Peter’s Montessori Kindergarten and the teachers warmly greeted my child before shaking my hand, I knew we found our place. From the Montessori’s focus on the whole child to the first grade teacher’s individualized reading instruction, our daughter has excelled academically, spiritually, and physically at St. Peter’s. More than just a school, however, St. Peter’s is a community that surrounds our children with opportunities, friendships, and faith that will benefit them for a lifetime. Whether in the classroom, on the stage with the Theater Department, participating in one of the diverse after school programs or social events, or singing with the St. Peter’s Parish Children’s and Youth Choir, our daughter has formed relationships and grown into a confident, creative, selfmotivated learner and an excellent role model for her little brother. Cassandra Parente—Parent
The opportunity to send my daughter to St. Peter’s has been life changing. She has benefited academically and grown spiritually, for which I am so grateful. The teachers and staff have always gone above and beyond any expectation I have had. I truly appreciate everyone at St. Peter’s for helping my child grow so much personally, academically and spiritually.
Through the Post-Secondary Options program, I was able to take classes at Ohio State, fully paid for by the state. In addition, I took Advanced Placement tests (both through classes and on my own initiative) and earned credit through those. In the end, I had accumulated enough credit hours to be just two hours shy of being a junior in college. The best part of this was the opportunities it afforded. I was able to spend time in several foreign countries and graduate with two bachelor degrees – in four years. The preparation I received and the encouragement I was given while at St. Peter’s made that possible.
Peter Chengelis ’00
The St. Peter’s High School education is the opportunity of a lifetime. While there, I made wonderful friends whom I continue to hold dear. The classroom challenges presented by the dedicated teachers helped prepare me for graduate and post-graduate degrees, plus a career where I could make a difference. Best wishes with your decision to choose St. Peter’s.
Kathy Mitchell Esbenshade ’73
St. Peter’s helped me build a solid foundation in my belief in God and confidence in my abilities as a young person. This, along with the educational experience of an advanced, college preparatory curriculum, helped prepare me for the challenges of adulthood. Thanks to St. Peter’s School.
Chris Wilson ’85
We were very pleased to know that our grandson got accepted to St. Peter’s on the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship. Caleb really enjoys going to school here. We all enjoy the music and religion classes. He comes home “singing”! Thank you for the opportunity to allow our Caleb to excel.
My husband and I are truly grateful to have found the Montessori program. Both of our daughters have attended and we could not have asked for more. The program has instilled a love of learning as well as confidence and self-esteem that will carry them well into the future. The teachers are experts at challenging the children in an encouraging and loving way. Their dedication to the profession and the Montessori program is second to none. I would highly recommend St Peter’s Montessori to anyone looking to create a foundation for their child’s emerging education.
My husband and I love the Montessori program. We have seen both of our girls grow both academically as well as emotionally and mentally. Because of the style of the Montessori, my girls have both learned to be more independent, inquisitive, respectful and prayerful. We feel that both of our girls have gained a strong foundation through this program that will help them on their life journey.
St. Peter’s did so much more than educate me. It helped shape me as a person. My leadership skills, work ethic, and service mentality were all traits that were nurtured when I was a student. Those skills helped me excel through college and years later developing websites for broadcast television. However, God had other plans for me, and after closing the door on my TV career, a window opened back at my alma mater. I am proud to now work and give back to the institution that gave me so much and I am also proud to have my children attending St. Peter’s – the 4th generation of my family.
Jason Crundwell ’95
We chose St. Peter’s High School for what the school offers, not convenience. Personal attention, honors classes and the opportunity to be involved in numerous extracurriculars help each student reach their potential. A bus makes traveling from Ashland easier but it is the people that make it worthwhile. We felt blessed to be a part of the St. Peter’s community.
Christopher and Maryanne Chengelis, Parents of Peter ’00, Demetra ’98, Damon ’03, Alex ‘09
Being an alumni from St. Peter’s and having three daughters also graduate from there, I believe in the school and the students there. Academics are first and most important but the athletic traditions that I experienced there and passed on to my daughters is a very special thing that we have. The athletic students there have a special place in my heart. I hope to be around still supporting those young athletes as they pass through the halls and get older. There is no FAMILY stronger than the St. Peter’s family.
Laura Mion Lindsay, ’86, Parent of Whitney ’07, Krysten ’08, Ann-marie ’12
In addition to providing the opportunity to learn in the academic arena, St. Peter’s challenges the emerging young adult to think on what they want their lives to be in the moral, spiritual, and ethical sense. This opportunity is unique to parochial education.
Daniel P. Moloney ’91
As I reflect on my high school days at St. Peter’s, two thoughts come to mind. First my interest in science, particularly in biology was fostered by a rigorous curriculum that forced me to become a “self-learner” and take an active role in the educational process. It wasn’t sufficient to just sit in class and listen to the teacher – I had to learn how to find information on my own and then apply it to what was being presented in class. Second, I learned to respect the teacher as a professional educator and as an individual who served as the leader in the classroom. As a “teacher” of medical students, I am fortunate not to have behavioral problems in the classroom like many of my colleagues in the high schools and colleges who are frequently forced to deal with these issues.
Gregory A. Mihailoff, Ph.D. ’63
We like many others had to and continue to sacrifice to have our children graduate from St. Peter’s. We also saw first-hand how this translated into real advantages, both academically and in terms of dollars and cents when our older two went off to college. Both of them have graduated college at the top of their respective classes and with comparatively little debt (it is important to note, that the small debt was not a result of our contributions, but of the awards and scholarships the kids earned). We expect the same will be true for the two now in the Junior High.
Michael R.Winters, Parent of Chris ’01, Emily ’05, Sophia ’17, Alexis ’18
Because of the generosity of St. Peter’s parishioners and alumni, we have seen our four children graduate from this wonderful institution. Although we have struggled financially, my husband and I have always prided ourselves on providing the very best situation for our children. St. Peter’s community has been a terrific component of this plan. They have gone on to college and have been very successful. Not only were they prepared academically, but they were also socially aware, spiritually open and confident in their talents and abilities. Like many of their classmates, they attribute a large portion of their success to the excellent preparation that they received here. We are very grateful to this community for being so welcoming, inclusive and generous. The success of our children is due in no small part to the faith-filled atmosphere that surrounds St. Peter’s. It is my sincere hope that we will be able to repay this magnanimous gift and enable other families to experience the warmth, the love and the commitment to excellence that make St. Peter’s the very best choice.
Anne and Clayton Rhodes, Parents of Taylor ’07, Curran ’09, Evan ’12, Will ’13
Our family cannot complement the Montessori program enough. Montessori has such a unique and diverse system for the way a child learns. Our son attended four years, and we only wish he could have completed all of his preparatory school in a Montessori environment. Our son was always eager to complete “works” because they are fun. Children correlate this way of learning to playing. The education is superb because the brain retains the most when we are eager and stimulated. The teachers at the Montessori are simply top notch. They are well educated and have many years of experience in this unique environment. With the combination of the Montessori and teachers, we have witnessed amazing growth in our son emotionally, educationally and with personal development. It would be wonderful if all children could be blessed enough to attend this outstanding program. There was never a doubt in our mind that this was the best school for our child. We are forever grateful.