About St. Peter's Catholic School

Traditions built over 168 years of operation.

At St. Peter’s, the moral stewardship of our students is of the highest importance. Through rigorous academics, a safe, nurturing environment, rich extracurriculars and continuous spiritual guidance from a driven teaching staff, we aim to help students develop the skills and values they’ll need to pursue a good life.

Our History

The parish of St. Peter was constructed in 1824, becoming the Midlands’ first Catholic place of worship.

St. Peter's Catholic church, viewed from the street.
In the early 19th century, Columbia saw a historic influx of immigrants from Ireland, many brought to the state capital to help in the construction of the Columbia canals. With few opportunities for Catholic worship present in the city, Bishop John England sent Dr. Dennis Corkery to Columbia. Dr. Corkery would become the first pastor of soon to be formed St. Peter's Catholic Church.
South Carolinian architect Robert Mills designed the original church, which was fully constructed by 1824, becoming one of the only churches in the Midlands and the “mother church” to many future congregations in the Southeast.
St. Peter's Catholic church, viewed from the street.
In 1852, Saint Peter’s Catholic School opened its doors as a ministry of the church.
In  2018, Saint Peter’s Catholic Church was declared a Minor Basilica by the Vatican, recognizing the church’s historical significance the quality of its liturgical activities.

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Meet our staff and teachers.

Everyone at St. Peter’s Catholic School – from our board to our teachers, administration and staff – are dedicated to the mission of providing education and moral guidance to the young people of our community.

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Whether you have questions about enrollment, want to schedule a tour, or are looking to better understand our curriculum, our faculty is ready to talk.

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