Driven By A Strong Christian Mission For 165 Years


St. Peter’s Catholic School, a ministry of St. Peter’s Catholic Church since 1852, offers K4 through 6th grade students an academically challenging education in a safe, nurturing, and globally diverse environment that prepares students for a life of faith, virtue and excellence.


The school was founded in 1852 as the Academy of the Immaculate Conception and was a school only for young women. It became known as S t. Peter’s Catholic School twenty years later in 1872.  When the school was founded, it was run by the Sisters of Mercy. Today, the school has a full staff of experienced, accredited, and degreed faculty and staff.  There is one Religious staff member, Sister Vitalina, who brings more than two decades of school experience to her position as the St. peter’s Guidance Counselor.

St. Peter’s has had its challenges through the years, but with strength and determination the school has always persevered. Each time the school was tested, including during its destruction by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, St. Peter’s Pastor, leaders, and church parishioners pulled together to sustain and rebuild the school.

Watch the video below celebrating our history and the tradition of service to the communities surrounding Columbia.

Thank you to Katie Preston for producing this excellent tribute!