St. Peter’s Junior High School represents a rich tradition of 150 years of Catholic education to the greater Mansfield community.
The administration and staff at St. Peter’s Junior High School are committed not only to academic excellence but also to the personal development and faith formation of students’ self-esteem during the challenging seventh and eighth grade years. Emphasis is placed on the development of a positive self-image, a sense of responsibility for learning and behavior, attitudes and skills leading to life-long learning and interests, interpersonal skills and attitudes in relation to social interaction, and the ability to make responsible choices and decisions.
The spiritual growth of St. Peter’s Junior High students is of special importance. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to become actively involved in helping to bring the Spirit of Christ alive in the community. This is accomplished by creating opportunities and experiences in three main areas of ministry: liturgical and sacramental experiences (sacramental services and Eucharistic liturgies), faith building experiences (retreats, classroom visits by parish priests and guest speakers), and community service experiences. The school day begins with prayer.
A challenging curriculum sets high standards for student achievement and contributes to academic success at the junior high level. Well-rounded academic offerings emphasize development of the student’s critical thinking skills, while reinforcing Christian, family-centered values. Academic success is expected, encouraged, recognized, and respected by the entire school community.
The student body represents a range of ability levels, with programs in place to meet the needs of students at both ends of the spectrum. Academically talented students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge by studying at a more advanced level in mathematics, foreign language and music. For those students who are experiencing difficulty with academics or other areas, there is an Auxiliary Services Program staff, speech pathologist, and school psychologist to assist.
Course offerings include religion, language arts (English, reading, writing), mathematics, science, social studies and physical education with complementary offerings in study skills, band, choir, art, preparatory Spanish, and health. Those eighth graders who meet certain criteria standards may take high school Spanish I and Algebra I.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the junior high student average was at the 83rd percentile for achievement on both the Language Usage and Reading Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. Additionally, our students scored at or above the 80th percentile for growth in all subject areas tested. We will continue to challenge our students academically to prepare them for success in high school and beyond.
Both the junior high and high school utilize the Alma Student Information System to communicate with students and parents. Alma is not only a portal for viewing student progress and grades, but also features built-in email capabilities for students, parents, and teachers to communicate with one another. This affords parents and students the opportunity to keep up to date with assignments, track progress in every class, and communicate with teachers as needed.
At St. Peter’s Junior High School, many extracurricular opportunities exist for students. Becoming involved in any extracurricular activity will only make a student’s school years more memorable, thus involvement in these activities is encouraged. These extracurricular activities include athletics (basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, swim team, track, soccer),
Student Council, Solo and Ensemble, Boy Scout programs, junior high play and theater, and Regina’s Kids.
The dedicated and experienced staff is committed to assisting students not only in academic endeavors, but also in the development of spiritual beliefs and values that will positively impact their moral and ethical behavior as adults. The staff comes to know and understand the needs of each student, building an atmosphere of mutual respect between teacher and student. Teachers are well prepared, not only by their degrees and certification, but also by a well-planned academic program.
The school day at St. Peter’s Junior High School begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Bus transportation is available from most districts. Phone: 419-524-2572 x3100.