St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School, located just outside of downtown Atlanta, was founded in 1961 as a parochial school of Saints Peter and Paul Parish and currently instructs pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students. The school’s mission is to cultivate an environment that prepares students to learn, lead, inspire, and serve in local and global communities through Catholic teachings rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, rigorous academics, and spiritual formation.

The archdiocese recognizes the school as a crucial part of its approach to transforming urban education within the city and the neighboring suburbs of Atlanta. With the help of generous donors, the Catholic Foundation has been able to award six grants to St. Peter Claver between 2003 and 2017 totaling $85,500.

Headed by Principal Susanne Greenwood, St. Peter Claver serves roughly 120 students from a variety of economic and cultural demographics. Over 80% receive some kind of financial assistance. The school population is currently comprised of 50% African/African American, 25% Burmese/Asian, and 25% Latino students with 19 different countries of origin.

With aid from the Catholic Foundation, the school’s administration, faculty, and staff enjoy the privilege of educating their students with updated and essential technologies.

Principal Greenwood says, “St. Peter Claver’s first grant awarded by Catholic Foundation made it possible for us to purchase the school’s first three interactive white boards. The effects of this technology were immediate and myriad. Skillful use and integration of technology continues to help teachers create and present content that is interesting, appealing, and relevant, which translates to increased student engagement.”

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