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St. Peter the Rock 11th Grade US History Class visit the New York Stock Exchange.  Pictured here with the President of the NYSE, Bowie native, Tom Farley.

  St. Peter the Rock 11th grade US History Class at the New York Stock Exchange.  
  Pictured here with the President of the NYSE and Bowie son, Tom Farley (center).

Why Send Your Student to St. Peter the Rock Tutorial?


    St. Peter the Rock provides a home school, high school experience (8th – 12th grade) preparing students with a solid foundation in course work and a faith-filled moral perspective before entering college, the military, or the workforce. Our tutors bring decades of homeschool experience teaching students with various learning styles. Working as a team, they integrate courses so that literature complements history, science demonstrates math, critical thinking prepares students for future coursework, and field trips enrich book learning. Daily mass is offered at 8 am in the historic Sacred Heart chapel and is well attended by a majority of students prior to classes. Youth programs welcome SPR students to participate in Theology of the Body class, weekly bible study, retreats, service projects, socials with swing dances, bonfires, potlucks, and more!


    Tutor collaboration ensures that all students actively participate in the tutorial's Western civilization program, which begins in 8th grade (Ancient Civilizations) and continues through 12th grade. Literature courses reflect this emphasis on Western civilization and provide students with opportunities to read, discuss, and analyze poems, short stories, novellas, novels and plays ranging from Antigone to Hamlet to Fahrenheit 451.


    St. Peter the Rock students participate in more biology labs than any local traditional high school offers, and they go on two ecology field trips, one in the fall to a local creek off the Chesapeake Bay and one in the spring to Jug Bay Wetlands to experience hands on biology. Our physical science tutor will offer an after-school astronomy program for the 2018-2019 school year. Students interested in STEM careers, military service academies, and science scholarship opportunities can bolster their STEM credentials by participating in this elective astronomy class in addition to the biology, chemistry, and physics classes offered to St. Peter the Rock students. 


    St. Peter the Rock's 12th grade year continues the emphasis on the intersection of world history, philosophy/apologetics and literature with a focus on how today's young adult Catholics can intellectually engage with modern thinkers and with movers and shakers from previous eras.  Pre-calculus (with a CLEP-preparatory emphasis) and physics round out this year-long program, featuring practical demonstrations when coursework intersects so that students observe math in applications such as optics and pendulums to start.


    With the support of SPR parents, students enjoy relevant experiences outside the classroom. For example, in January 2018, a St. Peter the Rock parent who is a registered lobbyist arranged a unique field trip opportunity for our 11th graders, giving them the chance to tour his office, meet his colleagues, learn what lobbyists actually do (as opposed to what popular opinion says that they do), meet Congressional staffers, and take a tour of the U. S. Capitol led by an intern from Senator Van Hollen's office. In April, the class will travel to New York City to tour the New York Stock Exchange as part of the Personal Finance class. US History/Government students complete curriculum requirements through a series of field trips. Students in French II class enjoy exploring French cuisine at a local restaurant each year. Our 8th grade schedule includes attending the annual vocations Mass at the Basilica in Washington, DC.


    As students progress through their time at St. Peter the Rock they are continually challenged to grow in holiness, think critically, develop solid problem-solving skills, and learn independently through Socratic discussions in history classes, literary analysis, proper scientific methods with increasing complexities, and challenging math classes.  With the strong support of their families, our graduates leave St. Peter the Rock prepared academically and morally for a successful future.


The party after the French Fashion Show put on by Mme McClain's French I class, and celebrating Christmas dress-down-day all on the same day.

Students building a spaghetti bridge in Critical Thinking class.
Students building a spaghetti bridge in their Critical Thinking class.

SPR Students enjoying one of the days we celebrating Halloween.  There are several days during the year when students can dress according to a theme to  encourage and celebrate school spirit.
Students celebrating school spirit with our  "Out of Uniform" day for Halloween.

Pigeon disection

Physical Sciences students learned how they can use the electromagnetic force and Morse Code to send messages to each other