School Profile

Sts. Peter & Paul School provides a conventional Catholic education for students in preschool through grade eight. As one of only three schools in the Diocese of Columbus located in the Appalachian region, we strive for genuine integration of the Catholic faith and Catholic values within challenging academic experiences.


Our preschool program offers optimal early childhood educational experiences reflecting the importance of integrating our Catholic faith into daily life. Opportunities fostering self-discipline, self-reliance, and self-respect are provided in a comfortable and stimulating environment. Our teachers are qualified in early childhood education with extensive practical experience working with young children. Preschool classes for our three, four, and five year old children are offered. Half-day and full-day classes are offered as a three day option (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday).


Sts. Peter & Paul School offers an all-day program of developmentally appropriate opportunities for kindergarten children which will provide the foundation for spiritual, social and academic skill development. Sts. Peter & Paul’s kindergarten students are active, participatory learners using exploration, play, investigation, creativity, and guided experiences across all domains of learning. Our program provides positive guidance, and a variety of learning contexts including whole group setting, small groups, learning centers and daily routines.

Our K-8 classes are embedded in a nurturing, encouraging, child-centered, individualized environment. A variety of instructional approaches and authentic, meaningful experiences encourage each student to reach his/her greatest potential. Our licensed, dedicated teachers balance tradition and innovation in instructional opportunities.

Sts. Peter & Paul School is also pleased to offer:

  • Physical education, art, theater, and music classes in grades K-8

  • Spanish instruction in grades PreK-8

  • Band in grade 5-8

  • Wireless computer network with 50 laptops for student use

  • Personal 1:1 iPads for student use in grades PreK-8

  • Smart TV technology

  • Speech and language pathology

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physical therapy

  • Intervention specialist services

  • Tutoring and aide services

  • Counseling services

  • Nutritious daily hot lunch

  • Free bus service from Wellston, Jackson, and Vinton Schools

  • After school tutoring program

  • Archery and bowling programs for grades 4-8

  • Honor Choir for grades 4-8

The History of STS. PETER & PAUL School

Sts. Peter & Paul School opened its doors in August 1908 with less than 50 in kindergarten through grade eight. Built on hundreds of years of tradition in American Catholic education, Sts. Peter & Paul School began forging its own identity in the Appalachian community of Wellston, Ohio, where a school in the Catholic tradition had never previously existed.

Sts. Peter & Paul School remains in the original building, built in 1907 to house both church and school temporarily. However, over 100 years later, the school and church both remain with the upper level consisting of five classrooms and the media center and the lower level the school office and church.

110 years later, Sts. Peter & Paul School is now home to over 120 students in preschool through grade eight.

Accreditation and Awards

Sts. Peter & Paul School is accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association. As an accredited school, Sts. Peter & Paul uses its continuous school improvement plan as a guide for professional development and school growth. Currently, a student learning goal dealing with emphasis on strengthening critical thinking skills and a Catholic identity goal addressing the discipleship and community are the focus of this work. Periodic progress reviews assist the administration in both fulfilling the requirements of the plan and assessing its effectiveness.

Sts. Peter & Paul School has 102 students enrolled in grade K through grade 8 as of October 31, 2018.

Since 1908, we have led the effort to provide the highest quality education in Appalachia Ohio. Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School serves children of all faiths, emphasizing academic achievement, the Catholic faith, and spiritual formation, throughout Southern Ohio.

Per Diocesan Policy 4110.0: Background Checks, 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.

Our Mission

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


  • Our school exists for Catholic faith formation and student learning.

  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skill.

  • Students will acquire a love for learning to become life-long learners.

  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.

  • Students will be actively involved in solving problems, generating solutions and produce quality work.

  • A students self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect within the school community.