For an example of a strong and faith-filled Catholic education, you need to look no further than
St. Peter Catholic School. Our parish school has been serving families of the parish and broader community since 1991. About 300 students — from preschool to eighth grade — attend the school, and they are guided in their studies by 30 teachers and staff, including four sisters from Christ the King.
Principal Curt Feilmeier invites all parish families to learn more about the school and its mission.
“Our school’s mission is to build a Catholic culture where families and children can grow spiritually, academically, and in service of neighbor to prepare for the Kingdom of Heaven,” he says.
Families are encouraged to take a tour and have their child or children do a shadow visit, which gives potential students the chance to meet teachers and students and see what a typical day is like at St. Peter. Students can shadow their current or future grades or mix the two.
“Many people tour the school, and they just fall in love,” he says.
Mr. Feilmeier wants families to have all the information they need to discern the best choice. In turn, he encourages families to come to get firsthand experience.
“Don’t let the finances stop you without learning more,” Mr. Feilmeier says. “We have scholarship opportunities that may be an option for you.”
Enrollment is ongoing through spring, but the scholarships have deadlines, so consider setting up a tour soon. The Good Shepherd Scholarship is based on finances and family size. Tuition assistance is also available to those who qualify financially. The St. Peter Catholic School Discipleship Scholarship is not income-based — it is available to parish members who give their time, talent, and treasure. The new Nebraska Opportunity Scholarship is another option for new school children facing some kind of barrier — learn more at www.nebraskaopportunity.org.
Prospective families can meet with Mr. Feilmeier to review the program overview and an academic review of the student. Average class sizes are about 25-30 students per section, but each grade is a bit different — there is a unique retreat program for junior high students, and the Christ the King sisters assist with sacramental preparation for the second and fifth grades.
“It’s the faith formation that we have here that stands out,” Mr. Feilmeier says.
This is Mr. Feilmeier’s 31st year in Catholic education. He loves having the opportunity to walk students through not only academics but also their faith.
“I enjoy partnering with students to identify, develop, and share their God-given talents and gifts — that’s my philosophy. It’s to realize opportunities that come before them and take advantage of those opportunities. We want to define their successes, ultimately to reach the Kingdom of Heaven through salvation,” he says. “My role is in partnership with the parents. We want to continue to enhance that partnership by inviting parents to come volunteer.”
This is Mr. Feilmeier’s second year at St. Peter Catholic School. His three children attend the school, and his wife, Nikki, is the school’s reading specialist.
For scholarship information, contact Brenda Shields at Brendafirstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the school or to schedule a tour, contact Principal Curt Feilmeier at Curt-Feilmeier@cdolinc.net or 402-421-6299.