Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter School

1231 N. Court St.  Rockford, Illinois 61103  
815-963-3620    FAX 815-963-0551

James Burns, Principal
Betsy Conery, Secretary

Mission Statement

Developing the talents from the Father...  Sharing the gifts of the Spirit...
Living the example of the Son... We are St. Peter Cathedral School


State of Illinois Scholarship and Registration for 2018-19


Effective with the 2018-19 school year the State of Illinois is providing scholarships for families to have their child/chirldren in grade Kindergarten through 12 attend private schools, such as Cathedral of St. Peter School. Families that earn 300% of the federal poverty level or less are eligible for scholarship funds. Priority will be given to students who are members of a household whose previous year's total annual income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. 


The amount of the scholarship a student is eligible for is based on the following income levels:

  • Families with income at 185% of the poverty level or below are eligible for 100% of tuition and necessary fees
  • Families with income that is between 185% and 250% of the poverty level are eligible for 75% of tuition and necessary fees 
  • Families with income that is between 250% and 300% of the poverty level are eligible for 50% of the tuition and necessary fees 


*All amounts are capped at the current year statewide average expense per student, which in 2017 is $12,973. 


The table below provides financial data for this scholarship.


Family Size

Max Annual Income; Full Scholarship

Max Annual Income 185%- 250%;

75% Scholarship

Max Annual Income

251%- 300%;

50% Scholarship

2 $30,044 $40,600 $48,270
2 $37,777 $51,050 $61,260






















Scholarships include tuition, registration fee, and other educational fees.

Cathedral of St. Peter is a Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade school and is the only private school on the west side and downtown area of Rockford providing students in grades K-8 with a nationally recognized STEM program. This program is Project Lead The Way, which engages students in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Additionally students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Students apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers. Project Lead The Way is shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.

The tables below indicate tuition and fees for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8.


Number of Children

Tuition for 2018-19







Pre-K or Kindergarten Half Day



Type of Fee

Fee for 2018-19


$50 per child/$140 maximum for a family


Pre-K = $125; K-4th grade = $240; 5th-7th grade = $285; 8th grade = $350


$75 for K-8;  additional $180 for a Chromebook for 6th grade or new student in grades 6-8

*The Material/Book Fee includes field trips, materials, books, and for eighth graders the graduation fee.

The only money that must be paid at this time is the registration fee.

Families seeking more information about Project Lead The Way or our school may find it at this website. The registration packet is available by clicking this link 2018-19 Registration Packet A.pdf You are welcome to call the school office at 815-963-3620.

Application for a scholarship is online only at http://www.revenue.state.il.us under the Invest in Kids Act beginning noon January 31, 2018.

Our excellent, child centered faculty looks forward to providing your child/children with a quality education based on Christian values, while preparing them for success in their future.



Four-Year-Old Pre-Kindergarten 



Cathedral of St. Peter School Pre-K is returning! Our Pre-K will focus upon developing the minds, hearts, and spirits of our youngest learners. We see your child as you do – as a child of God. Your child’s love of learning starts here!

Children in the Pre-K program will explore concepts described in this handout to develop skills for future success. Mastery is not required before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace through the guidance and instruction of a certified teacher. Children will be taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples. Philosophically our youngest children learn best through play, creativity, movement, and activity!

Pre-K Program Overview:

  • Children must be 4 years-old by August 31

  • A child may attend half day, 8:10-11:05, for five days a week or full day, 8:10-3:05, for five days a week

  • Tuition and fees will be part of the school’s tuition and fees structure

  • The program will be located in the lower level of the school building in the current first grade classroom

  • Children will eat lunch and enjoy recess with those in grades K-4

  • Children will wear play clothes


Educational Goals:  

  • Learn foundational precepts in reading, comprehension, writing, math, religion, and music

  • Befriend older student “buddies” who model a love of learning, being a kind friend, and living a virtuous life

  • Experience Spanish, PE, and Music with specialized teachers

  • Benefit from our expanded digital learning environment utilizing interactive whiteboards and chromebooks




  • Listen to Old and New Testament Bible stories

  • Recognize that plants, animals, and human beings are God’s creations

  • Recognize that God created families to love and take care of one another

  • Learn about God’s love

  • Listen to stories of the life of Jesus

  • Learn Jesus’ teachings to love God and love others


  • Numerals 1-10

  • Counting objects to 10

  • One-to-one correspondence of objects

  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size

  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC

  • Sizes: small, medium, large

  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle

  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.

  • Same and Different

  • More, Less, Same

  • Time: Day and Night

  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play


  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds

  • Phonics

  • Develop reading skills

  • Recognize, spell, write first name

  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly

  • Retell familiar stories

  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences

  • Answer questions about stories

  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays

  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up

  • Build new vocabulary


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