Learn a little bit about our school from a curent school parent and alumni:
We know we have a choice as to what school our son attends. We are blessed to have so many options where we live, but we could not be any happier that we chose Saints Peter and Paul.
First and foremost, Connor is receiving an education that has its foundation based on the principle of treating others the way he would want to be treated and learning how to love, respect, and be kind to everyone. This character forming groundwork is a priority for our family because this environment is not something that is “taught” but “experienced.” In exploring various schools, we found this priority to be especially present at Saints Peter and Paul, and it was what drew us to the school.
Since being in the school, we fell even more in love with it. The small class sizes and the teachers at Saints Peter and Paul are second to none! Each student gets focused attention in the classroom, and because of the close-knit, supportive environment, Connor interacts with so many other students in various grade levels, and each teacher knows all the students. This kind of interaction wouldn’t be possible at larger public schools, and it is something that builds a child’s character in an important way. Connor feels part of a larger community and thoroughly appreciates every teacher, student, faculty member, and administrator.
On a final note, I have to say that the teachers Connor has had have been remarkable. When I look at the work he does each day, I am more and more impressed at the curriculum and the level of work/progress and high expectations each teacher has for his/her students. Connor absolutely LOVES learning, and his teachers have helped foster this love. He also loves the extra-curricular activities and opportunities at the school, and we – as a family – take advantage of all that the school offers - from sports, to fund-raising, to social activities, etc.
We are very grateful for Saints Peter and Paul and all that it provides for our son to grow as an elementary and middle school student while preparing him for an excellent high school experience. The educational foundation he is receiving now will form him into a life-long learner who, God willing, will become all that God is calling him to be.
I graduated from SS. Peter and Paul in 2014. I will always be grateful for the many opportunities I had at SSPP to participate in a variety of activities – sports (soccer, cross country, and track), the school play, annual talent show, Future Cities, Battle of the Books, Lip Sync, saxophone in the school band and Western New York Honor Band, St. Francis Quiz Bowl, Math Bowl, Spelling Bee, after school math clubs, National Junior Honor Society, and many service activities including founding and captaining the SS. Peter and Paul School Ride for Roswell Team. I am proud that our team was able to raise over $12,000.00 while we were in middle school.
At SS. Peter and Paul, I truly looked forward to going to school each day. I loved some of the hands-on projects we did every year as well as the interactive smart boards that the school acquired when I was in middle school. I believe that some of the friendships I made at SS. Peter and Paul will last a lifetime and I will always enjoy going back to visit the school and my old teachers.
I currently attend Canisius High School. Canisius offered me a scholarship and I am working hard to make the most of the opportunities there. SS. Peter and Paul did an excellent job preparing me for the challenging classes I am taking in high school. It also gave me many spiritual and personal experiences that helped me grow as a person and showed me that I must always be open to challenging myself and growing more.
- James Lyon
Our five children all attended SS. Peter and Paul School from kindergarten to eighth grade. They were seventeen of the most wonderful years of our lives. Our oldest, Peter started in 1992 and our youngest, Ben graduated in 2009. Peter and Ben as well as the three girls in the middle, Beth, Martha and Grace, received an excellent education built on the foundation of our Catholic Faith. They were all involved in sports and made friendships which have lasted into their college years and beyond. Peter graduated from St. Francis High School and the girls all graduated from Nardin Academy.
Peter went on to graduate from St. John Fisher College in Rochester with a degree in Philosophy and Theology. He then earned a Masters of Theology Degree from St. Michael’s which is part of the University of Toronto. He is now volunteering in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 18-20 months with a Catholic group called, Hearts Home. He is discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
Beth graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Secondary Education Degree in Physics. She taught in a high school in New York City for a year and is now also volunteering for six months in Kathmandu, Nepal. She plans to begin a Master’s program when she returns.
Martha is in her fourth year at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She is studying to become a physical therapist. After six years, she will have her Doctorate.
Grace is a freshman at the University of Dayton in Ohio. She is studying psychology and photography.
Ben is a junior at St. Francis High School. He is interested in the military and would like to get involved in an ROTC program in college.
We feel that the foundation that was laid at SS. Peter and Paul School during their elementary years had a lot to do with the success they have achieved since. We were involved in the school as well, coaching, subbing, cheering and participating in fund as well as fun-raisers throughout all those years. As part of the Parents’ Guild, we got involved in many activities and met wonderful people whose friendships we enjoy to this day and will treasure always. There truly is no better place for families than at SS. Peter and Paul School.
-Paul and Susan Santandreu
Like most parents, we want the best for our children. In choosing an elementary school for them it was important they were offered a challenging academic program. Equally important was for our children to benefit from the values, personal attention and discipline that are part of a Catholic Education. We chose Saints Peter and Paul school for our four children.
Jeff, Laura, Carolyn and Michael received an excellent education at Saint Pete's. The teachers, administrators and priests took a personal interest in the formation of our children. Upon graduation, our children were well prepared in science, math, social studies, English and writing skills for high school and beyond. Their high school teachers at Canisius and Nardin recognized that preparation and often remarked about the quality of their SSPP teachers. The study habits they developed at Saint Pete's made the transition to high school a relatively easy one.
Our children learned the Christian value of helping others through volunteer work and service projects. They made life long friends with other children (now young adults) who share similar values and the same St. Pete's experience.
Patty and I made many friends among the school parents who shared our experience. We served on committees together, helped with fund raising together, painted classrooms together and very much enjoyed socializing with friends who have the same hopes for their children as we do.
Today our children are all in their twenties and off living their lives. Jeff is finishing an MBA program at Duke University. He plans on doing volunteer work in Washington D.C. this summer before starting his job with Boston Consulting Group in the fall. Laura completed a Masters degree in foreign relations from Syracuse University and recently returned from a year of teaching English to young children in Seoul, South Korea. Carolyn graduated from Fordham University several years ago with a BS in marketing and is a sales executive in New York City. Our youngest, Michael, is a recent Duke University graduate. He spent the last three summers in South Africa doing volunteer work and researching for his senior thesis: 'The Political Origins of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.' He currently works as an admissions officer for Duke University and is considering his options for further study. He enjoys getting together with his St. Pete's friends every time he comes home to Hamburg.
Looking back, we are very pleased we chose Saints Peter and Paul school for Jeff, Laura, Carolyn and Michael.
- Dick and Patti Blake
Saints Peter & Paul School has been an amazing learning environment for our children.
The genuine kindness and support my children experience on a daily basis drives their personal growth and development both academically and socially. The school community embraces families to promote learning in the classroom, the church, the afterschool program, and outside activities.
Friendships are bounded by solid Catholic family values that extend from the children and the parents. SSPP is truly the Cornerstone of the Hamburg community.
I was never an advocate for private school with the taxes we pay, why pay anything more?
My wife was pretty insistent on sending the boys to a Catholic school and she talked me into going to a social event at the school. That is what sold me on sending my boys to Saint Pete's. I thought that the public school was fine, but what I witnessed convinced me on the value of Saint Pete's.
The kids themselves proved to be the best evidence I needed. Every kid from 8th grade to Kindergarten played together; no one was left out, ridiculed or bullied in any way. That was amazing, my kids knew a few kids through hockey and they joined right in with the fun.
Needless to say God has a lot to do with the way this school functions and it only took one function to find that out.
There is no better place to send your kids for social growth and overall wellbeing.
We are so proud of the many individuals that have gone through our school. We have many students move onto the high school of their choice.
We've included a listing of some alums and what they've accomplished, along with some testimonials.
Tom Telescso – General Manager of the San Diego Chargers
Telescso is the general manager for the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League.
Before joining the Chargers, Telescso was Vice President of Football Operations and has spent 15 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2012) and the last six years as the team’s Director of Player Personnel. He is the youngest general manager in Chargers history.
He is a graduate of SS. Peter & Paul School and St. Francis High School.
Mary Wall, Producer/Screenwriter
SS. Peter & Paul graduate Mary Wall is a writer/producer that has worked on the NBC TV show "The Office.” Currently Wall is directing a documentary about Buffalo Sabres fans and their loyalty as they suffer with the frustration of waiting for the Sabres to win their first Stanley Cup.
John Koerner – Author
Born in Buffalo, Koerner is a graduate of SS. Peter & Paul School and St. Francis High School. He is an accomplished historical tour guide.
He has worked as an instructional guide for Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, Roam Buffalo and Haunted History Tours.
Published books he has authored includes, “The Secret Plot to Kill McKinley,” “The Mysteries of Father Baker,” “The Father Baker Code,” and “Lackawanna.”
He has also written for The Hamburg Sun, Springville Journal and Next Step Magazine.