St. Peter’s High School is a coeducational secondary school located in Mansfield, Ohio, serving students in Richland, Crawford, Ashland, Morrow, and Knox Counties. The school has long been known for its tradition of academic excellence. Our continuing intent is to have a school that serves the needs of the community and teaches students the importance of goodness, discipline, and learning. St. Peter’s sends graduates out into young adulthood with a commitment to the service of Christ, Church, family, community, and the world.
Spiritual GrowthSt. Peter’s High School assists students as they grow into mature and responsible Christians. The school organizes and implements activities which focus on spiritual values through:
- *Theology classes: freshman-Bible study; sophomore-prayer/sacraments, church history; juniors-Christian morality, peace/justice; seniors-relationships, marriage, the family.
- *Worship: every student is invited to praise God within the context of weekly school liturgies planned throughout the school year.
- *Retreats: each class participates in an annual day of retreat to strengthen a Christian school-community atmosphere. The seniors attend a four-day/three-night “Kairos” retreat.
- *Everything we do prioritizes cultivating our most important relationship: our relationship with our Lord.
Four-Year Christian Service Program
The philosophy and mission of St. Peter’s High School challenges its students to give of themselves to others. Service to others allows opportunities to learn by doing and to experience the benefits of assisting those less fortunate. Thus, it is an important part of the learning process in our academic program. Consequently, successful participation in the school’s Christian Service Program is a requirement of all St. Peter’s students. The program extends through the four years of high school and involves 40 hours of community service per year.
AcademicsAs a predominantly college-prep high school, St. Peter’s has as one of its ultimate goals the pursuit of academic excellence.
- *Ninety-four percent (94%) of SPHS graduates go on to colleges and universities.
- *St. Peter’s average ACT scores have exceeded the state average for the past 5+ years.
- *St. Peter’s students are far more likely than the state average (79% vs. 61%) to take the ACT’s recommended core curriculum.
- *On the average, more than 1.2 million dollars in college scholarship and financial aid has been awarded to SPHS graduates each year.
St. Peter’s has as its academic foundation a strong core curriculum that will benefit all students regardless of their abilities or aspirations. The core curriculum requires 4 English courses, 4 Social Studies courses, 4 Theology courses, 4 Math courses, and 3 Science courses. Students are also required to take and pass courses in Speech, Health, and Physical Education, although the latter requirement can be met by participating in two seasons of high school athletics.
A wide variety of courses is offered to meet the needs of our diverse student body. This includes courses for special needs students as well as an extensive honors and AP program for advanced students. We also participate in the College Credit Plus program which allows students to take college courses while enrolled at St. Peter’s High School. In addition to our rigorous core curriculum, St. Peter’s also offers a substantial number of electives including band, choir, art, sign language, Spanish, computer science, and more. We also regularly adjust and improve our course offerings. In the past two years, we have added courses in Advanced Physical Education, Creative Writing, Introduction to Computer Science, and AP Language and Composition.
The staff at St. Peter’s takes great pride in preparing our students to be successful in whatever their chosen field may be. In our most recent student survey, over 85% of our students agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that their teachers had high expectations for them in the classroom. We recognize that high expectations are critical to future achievement as the vast majority of our students progress on to college and regularly report back to us how well prepared they were to be successful.
The St. Peter’s student body enjoys a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that includes a respected, competitive athletic program for our young women and men. Sports include soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, swimming, basketball, cross country, baseball, softball, cheerleading and track. Students can also take advantage of such student-centered activities as Student Council, National Honor Society, Band, Mock Trial, Chorus, Key Club, Yearbook, Art Club, Drama, Academic Challenge, Plays, Variety Show, Iditarod, Math Club, Students for Life, and Regina’s Kids.
College Credit Plus Program
The Ohio General Assembly created the College Credit Plus program in 2015. The program permits high school students to complete college or university course work for high school and college credit. This broadens the range of choices through which qualified students may complete requirements for high school graduation. Some students enrolled in this program complete course work at Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus. The College Credit Plus Program provides special challenges to the most able high school students. St. Peter’s High School encourages student participation in this state-funded program.
Block scheduling is defined as organizing the daily school schedule into larger blocks of time (more than 60 minutes) to allow flexibility for varied instructional activities. “In a school that uses block scheduling, time is a resource that permits greater student learning, laboratory work and student-directed interactive activities.” (NASSP bulletin, May 1995)
A fundamental factor of block scheduling is that “time” becomes a factor supporting learning, not a boundary marking its limits. This approach allows teachers to present varied approaches to their lesson plans and gives students more hands-on experience in the classroom. St. Peter’s High School students follow an eight-block schedule, taking four, 85-minute courses per day on alternating days, with a 20-minute study table/homework period each day.
Caring, professional educators provide excellent instruction, challenging our students in all academic areas. Our faculty works to find innovative ways to connect learning to life. All St. Peter’s faculty have a Bachelor degree, many a Master degree, and one a Doctorate degree.
The school day at St. Peter’s High School begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Bus transportation is available in most districts. Phone: 419-524-2572 x3100.