About Sts. Peter & Paul
The information on this page is supplemented with a comprehensive guide to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School. This guide includes information about our curriculum, staff, student body, tuition rates and any additional fees, extracurricular activities, and uniform guidelines, among many other things. While you can surf our site and find most of that information, this document will cover it all.
To provide a superior Catholic education and develop Christian leaders.
Sts. Peter & Paul strives to create lifelong learners. To make this a reality we focus on
Empowering teachers and students
Creating innovative and academically challenging curriculum
Administering outstanding religious and character education
Providing extraordinary extracurricular opportunities
Developing a real-world technology classroom and lab
Sts. Peter & Paul operates under the vision that the school is committed to strong Catholic formation of students. We are here to prepare them for leadership in our diverse world by educating all dimensions of the whole person—spiritual, emotional, social, moral, physical and intellectual.
History of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School
Fr. Menzel founded Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at its current location in 1849 and the School opened in 1871 under the auspices of the Sisters of Divine Providence. The following are a few major milestones of our school:
1901 ~ A new brick school is built.
1958 ~ The present Parish school dedicated.
1984 ~ The entire school is staffed by laity.
2000 ~ An administrative office and the new gym are built.
2009 ~ An administrative building is built.
Legacy and Future
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, guided by a strong mission and vision of student formation, has been and is now providing outstanding Catholic-based education for New Braunfels and its surrounding communities. Many of our current community leaders are Sts. Peter & Paul alumni, and many of our future community leaders are currently attending classes at Sts. Peter & Paul.
The Accreditation Commission of the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department recognizes Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School as an accredited school. The Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission is the official accrediting agency for Catholic Schools of Texas. The Texas Education Agency recognizes it as such. The Texas Catholic Conference last visited Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School in October 2014.
Sts. Peter & Paul School promotes reinforcement of elevated educational benchmarks by setting high standards for quality for homework, task completion, and mastery of skills, which can all be determined by applying frequent assessments of student learning and instructional and program effectiveness. Coupled with those assessments is open and effective parent-teacher collaboration, all of which ensures student success. High achievement scores attest to our students' strong intellectual growth.
Catholic education is a gift that the Catholic community and parents give to children during their formative years. At Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, we teach virtues and values, respect for the environment, and reverence for all of God's creation. We seek truth and stand witness to truth. We strive to be good citizens of this country and to be bold and passionate disciples of God's kingdom. We offer excellence rooted in Jesus Christ. The Religious Studies program serves a multifaceted mission: to teach the message of Jesus, to nurture a personal relationship with God, to provide an understanding of our Catholic faith and its traditions, and to build community. Through instruction in Catholic doctrine and scripture, regular participation in the Catholic liturgical experiences, and most importantly with family support, this mission is carried out.
The specific objectives of our religious studies are:
Message: Through the light of instruction in the basic doctrine of our Catholic faith, the study of sacred scripture, the sacramental life and the moral life, we deepen our awareness and knowledge of who God is.
Community: Through interaction in a loving, worshiping community, we are led to a greater awareness of how God acts in our lives and we are helped to deepen and strengthen our relationship with God and one another.
Service: Through involvement in acts of loving service to one another and the community, we strive to imitate the actions of Jesus, the early Christian community, the saints and the contemporary Christian leaders.
Students at St. Peter & Paul Catholic School attend liturgy once a week. Students help plan, attend and participate in Mass each Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. Students also celebrate Mass on the High Feast Days of the Church. Parents and family are welcome to attend these services with their child/children.
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School partners with Sts. Peter & Paul Parish for preparation to receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation. Students are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in second grade. More specific information is given to students preparing to receive the sacraments throughout the school year.
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School sponsors a retreat for the School of Logic during the school year. In addition, the Parish Youth Ministry Office also plans retreats that expand understanding of our faith and these retreats are open to all students for whom the retreat is age-appropriate.
Through homeroom/advisory teachers, upper-grade students are paired with lower-grade students in a “buddy” program. The purpose is to form a bond of Christian friendship and academic support. Classes generally meet on the first Friday of each month and at various other times.
The degreed, professional staff of Sts. Peter & Paul is highly motivated and cares deeply about each student. They ensure that students have a well-organized, positive, safe learning environment. Their efforts are supported by a strong administrative staff and dedicated teaching assistants.
Sts. Peter & Paul proudly serves students (and their parents) from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through Eighth Grade. Sts. Peter & Paul is open to all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religious denomination.
Our school grounds comprise three buildings:
The main building houses the majority of our classrooms, music/choir, and the athletic facilities.
The St. Joseph Center is one of our newer facilities and houses our cafeteria and the middle school classrooms.
The Good Shepherd Center is our administrative center, which serves as the main entrance to our school, but it also houses our library, technology and art classrooms.
We have an on-site cafeteria that offers several daily lunch choices. A snack bar, with milk and juice, is also available.
Additional Educational Opportunities
In addition to a strong academic and religious base, our students participate in art, music, Spanish language, technology and physical education instruction. A strong extracurricular sports program helps build good-sportsmanship skills as well as develops a clear understand of the importance of teamwork. For those girls who choose, our Pep Squad and Pantherettes provide support for our sports program at many events, including on-campus pep rallies.
An on-site extended-care program is available (for an additional cost) after school for students attending Sts. Peter & Paul. The program is available from 1–6 p.m. each school day. For more information, contact the school office.
Scheduling a Visit
If you would like to visit Sts. Peter & Paul, or schedule a day for your student to come for a day of learning, where he or she will be accompanied by a current Sts. Peter & Paul student, please contact the school office at 830-625-1077. We can't wait to show you around!