Sts. Peter & Paul School creates a Christian environment of academic excellence and spiritual formation to develop life-long learners and responsible citizens who embody Catholic values and beliefs.

At Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, we believe that in guiding the students’ spiritual, academic, and emotional areas, we will prepare them to embrace life’s challenges and strive for personal excellence in the example of Jesus Christ.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to carry out everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

These words of Christ addressed to the apostles at the Ascension bestowed on the Church the office of teacher. Obedient to this divine challenge, the Church provides education permeated with the spirit of Christ and dedicated to promoting the full development of the human person. The two-fold goal of Catholic schools is to provide an environment which will foster rich religious training as well as solid academic education in a Catholic value-oriented manner.


Our school exists for Catholic faith formation and student learning. Students should acquire a love for learning that helps them become life-long learners and be able to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skill while being actively involved in solving problems and producing quality work.

We believe that students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process and that their self-esteems are enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect within the school community.


Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School opened in 1908  to serve immigrant Catholic families in the Appalachia area. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from Manitowoc, Wisconsin served the school from its beginning until 2003. Sister Joellen Kohlmann, OSF, was the last Franciscan to serve at the school.

Sts. Peter and Paul School is still in its original building, which was built by Father John Meade in 1907. At this time, there was not enough funding for both a church and school, so the downstairs level of the building was made into the church and the upstairs level was used for the school. This was to be a temporary solution, however, it remains that way today.
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School has seen many changes since 1908:

  • Professional teachers and teaching assistants now make up the faculty.
  • The classrooms are equipped with iPads and Smart Boards, digital computer white boards.
  • Students from 1st through 8th grade have personal computers and iPads to use throughout the school day.
  • The school provides the latest tablet computers, a mobile computer using digital pens as well as keyboard and mouse, for students in 5th through 8th grade.
  • 7th and 8th graders are granted the usage of tablet computers at home in order to complete assignments and communicate with their teachers and peers via the school network.
  • The curriculum has expanded to include music, theater, fine art, and computer instruction.

The core mission of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School has remained unchanged: to create a Christian environment of academic excellence and spiritual formation in order to develop life long learners and responsible citizens who embody Catholic values and beliefs.


Sts. Peter & Paul School enrolls 120 students in preschool through 8th grade as of October 1, 2017. With the exception of preschool and kindergarten, classrooms are a combination of 2 grades with the average class size of 25 students. Sts. Peter & Paul School enrolls students of many different faiths. Just under half of Sts. Peter and Paul School families actively practice the Catholic faith providing a wonderful diversity to the school.

Sts. Peter & Paul School serves children from Jackson, Vinton, Athens, Gallia, and Hocking Counties. Busing is provided for students from Jackson, Wellston and Vinton each day.

Open enrollment at Sts. Peter and Paul School begins in February each year. Re-enrollment forms and registration fees for returning families should be returned by April 1st to ensure seating. Registration forms may be submitted throughout the summer months; however, due to limited seating, acceptance is based on class size as well as past academics. For more information on enrollment at Sts. Peter and Paul School, please contact Principal Kristyl Fulton at (740) 384-6354.

All paid staff must have on file both BCI and FBI background checks and must attend “Protecting God’s Children.” All volunteers must have on file a BCI background check and must attend “Protecting God’s Children” no matter how much or how little contact they have with children or youth, no matter if  volunteering for the school or parish, and no matter what time of the day or night they volunteer.

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, or citizenship in administration of educational, personnel, admissions, financial aid, athletic and other school administered programs.