Becoming a Catholic STEM school in 2018, Sts. Peter and Paul is preparing a generation of faith-filled young people who are equipped to shape the future. The benefits of a STEM education – emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math – are well-established. Sts. Peter and Paul faculty have thoughtfully worked to adopt an inspired Catholic STEM curriculum which ignites an intrinsic love of learning and encourages curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and strong communication skills. These skills translate to success in any field of study and career.
This summer, the school community undertook a radical transformation of their outdoor recreational space and interior STEM learning labs, completing over $1.5 million worth of campus upgrades. The East Campus Development project funded by a successful capital campaign of community support turned the school’s aged parking lot playground into a safe and dynamic space for children to learn, play and pray. The new recreation area features a new playground, basketball court, turf field and prayer grotto. A brand new outdoor STEM classroom is equipped with standing work tables, amphitheater, greenhouse and garden boxes for each class. Rounding out the major improvements for 2021, SPPS completed significant interior upgrades funded by the Shea Family Foundation. Featuring a new Junior High STEM Lab, upgrades to the Collaborative Learning Center and Primary STEM lab as well as a newly outfitted Art Room.
With a significant number of students receiving financial aid, these improvements would not be possible without tremendous community support! The school is celebrating that the campus now reflects the beauty, strength and growth of their mission. Since 2017, enrollment has increased 34 percent and the academic growth of the students in reading and math continues to outpace their peers in neighboring institutions. Due to small class sizes and careful collaboration with state and local health departments, the school was able to maintain in-person learning throughout the pandemic.
Established in 1955, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic STEM School holds a special place in the community of Wheat Ridge. In 2013, a dynamic group of Carmelite Sisters assumed administration of the school. Sister Faustina, the current principal, continues to advance the vision of providing a wondrous and rigorous educational experience informed by faith.
Families considering enrolling children in preschool through eighth grade for the 2022-2023 school year can call the school office now for a tour. Enrollment for new families will open the first week of February.
More information can be found at www.sppscatholic.com or by calling 303-424-0402.