About St. Peter’s Boys High School

 Our Mission

At St. Peter’s Boys High School, we seek to nurture a mature man who achieves his fullest academic potential, reflects Christian values in his daily life throughout the community and recognizes civic responsibilities as a member of the larger world community.

Through academic, religious and co-curricular programs, the school fosters a connection between the diverse student body and the community that promotes a lifelong intellectual curiosity, compassionate service to others and continued spiritual growth.

 Our Tradition

St. Peter’s is operated by the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist de La Salle, a worldwide religious order of 6,000 men with a 300-year history of Catholic teaching experience.

We are one of approximately 50 secondary schools in the Lasallian Network nationwide and one of 17 schools in the New York and New Jersey area. With a rich history and tradition of distinction, St. Peter’s is committed to faith through service, excellence, and cultivating a community of mindful teachers and learners within an inclusive community.

St. Peter’s is a nonprofit New York State Regents high school accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination of acceptance on the basis of ethnic or religious background. All students, however, are expected to participate in the full religious curriculum program.

 Our Philosophy

St. Peter’s Boys High School exists to provide young men the opportunity to understand their value as God’s children. As a Catholic institution, our school is governed by the Catholic principles of life.

Meeting the goals of American secondary education calls for the development of skills required in an increasingly complex and demanding society. St. Peter’s philosophy as a LaSallian institution is designed to provide these essential skills while incorporating solid Catholic beliefs and sensibilities. Each student is respected for the abilities he possesses and is instructed with the plan of developing these abilities to their fullest potential.

Following the traditions of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, we believe that religious, intellectual and civic training hold the foremost place in our schools; that an atmosphere be present where the student is reminded of values to which he should be dedicated; that our schools, while placing an emphasis on the religious education of the person, be distinguished by a higher degree of excellence in the total development of the student; that our teachers be marked by a high level of academic excellence and personal integrity; that discipline, order, respect for authority and good citizenship are the objectives essential in the development of a mature Christian man.

“Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with thy whole soul, with all the strength and with all thy mind, as thy neighbor, as thyself” (Luke 10:27).

Value Infusion at St. Peter’s

We provide a foundation in Roman Catholic doctrine.
  • The doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church guide our schools in curriculum, policy development, and moral and ethical issues.
  • All involved in our school are informed of our commitment to the doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and are expected to abide by them.
  • Roman Catholic teachings are at the core of all we do in our school.
We are committed to the Catholic doctrine of the dignity of life from conception to natural death.
  • We value and respect the life of each person.
  • Our school celebrates October as Respect Life month and offer prayerful support to those who travel to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life in January.
  • Our religion curriculum on every grade level, speaks of the dignity of life.
We value shared commitment.
  • Faculty, staff and administration collaborate to provide quality education experiences.
  • A spirit of mutual respect among all encourages the sharing of expertise and experiences. We strive to communicate in a positive, open, constructive and honest manner.
Our school is a place of celebration.
  • Students attend Mass and participate in prayer services which highlight the Church’s liturgical year and other special days throughout the year.
  • Special days and events in the lives of our students are recognized and celebrated.
We take a holistic approach to education.
  • Our school recognizes that each person has unique, spiritual, physical, emotional, academic and social needs.
  • Holistic education is enhanced as our faculties and staff are open to the students’ individual characteristics and personalities as well as each other.
  • A sense of personal value and worth promotes the psychological, emotional and social well being.
We exhibit our commitment to the message of Christ.
  • Scripture and Catholic teaching are the core of everything that our school does.
  • Our school community creates an environment of mutual love and respect.
  • Our students are taught that they make a difference by following the example of Christ.
  • Students are encouraged to consider vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.
We foster community prayer and worship.
  • The school day begins, ends and is surrounded by opportunities for prayer.
  • Students celebrate feast days and holy days in a spiritual community.
  • Whenever possible students attend Mass as a school community. They also celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We encourage participation in the sacramental life.
  • Students are taught about the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
  • The celebration of Mass is central to spiritual life in our school.
  • Whenever possible students are brought to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Students are encouraged to attend Mass as a family.
We live devotion to Mary and the saints.
  • Mary is central to our school and thus has a special place in the lives of our students.
  • The lives of the Saints are taught and students are encouraged to emulate their faith.
  • The school’s patron figures importantly in the life of the school.
Our school demonstrates in social justice.
  • Our school participates in service projects that affect not only the local school community but all people beyond.
  • Our school dedicates itself to Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Students are taught about Missions and perform service projects to raise money to support them.