Academics Saints Peter and Paul School
The curriculum at Saints Peter and Paul School (SSPP) prepares students to uphold our pillars of success in education. By the eighth grade, our students' average standardized test scores are among the top in the nation. Nearly all of our graduates have gone on to the Bay Area’s best college preparatory high schools, including St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Stuart Hall, Archbishop Riordan, Lick Wilmerding, Marin Catholic, University, and Lowell.
SSPP alumni have continued their education at the finest universities in the country, including Harvard, Stanford, NYU, the United States Naval Academy, Fordham, Santa Clara, Boston College, University of Oregon, and several University of California campuses.
Our students and alumni are:
- Problem-solvers who work independently, collaboratively, and demonstrate leadership,
- Responsible citizens who respect themselves, others, and are stewards of the community and environment,
- Compassionate, kind, and act with an abundance of consideration for others,
- Life-long learners with a passion for growth mindset, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Laura Vicuña Pre-K
Excellence in learning begins in our Laura Vicuña Pre-k program, for three-to-five-year-olds. Curiosity, creativity, and exploration through play are encouraged in an environment that fosters a love for learning at an early age. Children are prepared to enter and excel in kindergarten and beyond. They are taught the fundamentals of problem-solving, independent learning, leadership, and being responsible citizens of the world while cultivating respect for themselves and the environment, and nurturing skills like compassion, kindness, and empathy. Our preschool program offers extracurricular programming including, yoga, Spanish and Italian class, as well as field trips to our community garden, and other neighborhood businesses.
The SSPP elementary school program, kindergarten through fifth grades, inspires learning beyond the common core. Our dedicated teaching staff champions critical thinking, confidence, collaboration, and instills the foundation of a growth mindset into our young students reinforcing a life-long passion for learning. Our kindergarten, first, and second grades are staffed with a full-time classroom aide to assist the students and teaching staff throughout the day. The core curriculum is enhanced with extracurricular programming including a robust art program, Spanish and Italian classes, physical education, and technology.
The SSPP junior high program, sixth through eighth grades, prepares students for excellence in high school and beyond. Grades are departmentalized and students receive instruction from teachers specialized in subject matter—mathematics, science, reading and language arts, Spanish and Italian, social studies, technology, fine arts, and physical education. Upon graduation, students excel at some of the Bay Area’s finest college preparatory high schools, including St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Stuart Hall, Archbishop Riordan, Lick Wilmerding, Marin Catholic, University, and Lowell.