St. Peter's Catholic School

Driven by a Christian mission for over 170 years.

Since 1852, St. Peter’s Catholic School has been dedicated to academic excellence and forming foundations of faith in a family environment. Our year-round early childhood program serves children ages 2-4, and our elementary school educates students in kindergarten through 6th grade.


A student-centered approach in a traditional classroom setting.

We make the time and space to see each student as an individual.

Over 90% of our students exceed ELA and Math expectations.

Our curriculum is designed to challenge and intrigue.

We measure students by their progress, not just their test scores.

Foundations In Faith

The lessons of home and worship, continued in the classroom.

Teachings of the Gospel

We start and end each day with prayer... and everything in between is intended to instill in our students the values, morals and lessons of the Gospel.

Catholic Mass

Our students attend Mass each Wednesday morning and on Holy Days of Obligation.

Welcoming to all faiths

St. Peter's is home to students of many faiths and backgrounds – all benefit from the lessons and values of the Gospel.

Life at St. Peter's

A safe, nurturing environment filled with opportunities to explore.

Music at USC

Our partnership with the University of South Carolina, Columbia allows our students to learn fine arts in the company of the state's finest teachers.

Capella Pueri

"He who sings, prays twice." Our student choir has performed for the City of Columbia, Vista Lights and more.

Dance & Ballet

Students learn self expression through the medium of dance via our partnership with Creative Movement & Dance.

Field Trips

Our students explore the historic and cultural treasures of historic downtown Columbia.

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Historic Columbia

Tour historic buildings and learn about the rich legacy of Columbia.

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The Statehouse

The grounds of Columbia's statehouse host historic monuments, the state capitol and provide green space in the center of downtown.

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Richland Public Library

Richland Public Library received the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal in 2017 and offers a robust collection of books, digital media and more.

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Columbia Museum of Art

The CMA features traveling collections from renown artists as well as a prolific permanent collection.

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Finlay Park

This 18-acre public park features bike trails, picnic spots, water features and more.

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The city is our campus.

Located at 1035 Hampton St., just off of Columbia's beautiful Main Street, our students benefit from a variety of nearby educational locales.

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What our parents, students and teachers say about St. Peter's.

Having the faith-based ministry is paramount.

Cliff & Katie Spann

That bit of reassurance went a long way in a tough time.

Doug Curry
Parent, Financial Aid Recipient

My husband and I chose SPCS for our daughter starting in 4K last year. Two weeks had not passed since school started, when our daughter requested to lead the prayer prior to dinner. Needless to say, my heart was filled with joy and my eyes with happy tears. She absolutely loved her friends, and adored her teachers.

Linette Cleary

The environment is very secure, and teachers have a vested interest in your child's education. Teachers are very willing to work with parents individually to help your child succeed. My child... has thrived under the direction of the teachers since starting school here.

Lavon Graham

St. Peter's is an exceptional school that provides a safe, academically challenging environment where children can grow academically and spiritually. St. Peter's has been a blessing to our son and our family!

Shauna Patterson Robertson

As a lifelong Catholic, it was important to me that my son receive a Catholic education. We came to St. Peter's late, having spent six years at another Catholic school in the area. These past two years have been without a doubt the best educational experience our child has had. He has flourished in this environment and felt valued for the unique gifts he has to bring to the school.

Tracy Skipper

We love St. Peter's! Our daughter started first grade this year and her academic improvement is remarkable. She has learned so much. This small school family atmosphere is great for her. We highly recommend St. Peter's.

Blakely Copeland Cahoon

St. Peter's Catholic School provides a wonderful and safe learning environment for my child. The faculty are truly caring, compassionate, and highly skilled educators whose curriculums are tailored to challenge and engage their students. We have had a wholly positive experience with SP and highly recommend it to anyone looking for the same.

Brittany Collinson

Not growing up in Columbia, and having no family in town made picking a school for our daughters a challenging undertaking. However, St. Peter’s has been a truly amazing place where we have seen our girls flourish! St Peter’s is our extended family in town where we know our daughters are loved for who they are. The academics have proven to be outstanding, but knowing they have a place that feels so safe is something money can’t buy!

Cassie Shea Miles

St. Peter’s has given our children a very loving environment to learn and grow. They have been very happy here!

Katie Owens

St. Peter's Catholic School’s fabulous faculty and staff are making their mission “to prepare students for lives of faith, virtue and excellence” a reality every day. We feel blessed to have a school of this caliber in our community

Sarah Bennett
Our History

Traditions built over 170 years of operation.

Since our founding in 1852, we've served Columbia by providing a quality education founded in the teachings of the Gospel.

Learn about our history


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