Frequently Asked Questions

How does the placement test influence leveling?

The placement exam is a norm-based national exam that compares students by grade level. We use it to place students in appropriate levels.

What do levels mean for classes?

We offer the following levels: Advanced Placement, Honors, Accelerated College Prep and College Prep courses.

Is my financial investment in my child worth it?

We think so. Undoubtedly, your financial investment is a top priority for us, which is why we are such careful stewards of your tuition dollars. We direct the majority of our spending on teacher salaries to attract our talented faculty and academic programming to best prepare your student for the future. Furthermore, we have outstanding rates of college acceptance.

How much do books cost?

Book costs vary depending on the courses students enroll in and the availability of used copies. Costs typically from $300-$400.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend SPM?

No. We accept students from all faiths and denominations. While St. Peter Marian is firmly rooted in the Roman Catholic Tradition, we welcome any young person who desires a high-quality, college preparatory education in a nurturing and faith filled environment. All our students are required to complete a religion course each year.

What does STEM mean?

STEM is an anachronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We offer classes that are part of Project Lead the Way, a nationally accredited program that creates an engaging school curriculum to increase skills in these disciplines. The program includes university, governmental, and business partnerships to ensure the highest levels of quality. For more information visit:

What is the dress code?

We require a uniform for all students. The dress code for boys is a dress shirt, dress pants/khakis, dress shoes, a tie, and a belt. The dress code for girls is a dress shirts, a skirt or dress pants/khakis, knee socks, and dress shoes. Our uniforms are available in our campus store. We also modify the dress code for warm weather by allowing students to wear purple polo shirts.

Is it hard to make sports teams?

The athletic program offers a wide array of team sports. They attract many students from a multitude of communities. In some cases, competition can be quite intense at the varsity level. However, the diversity of the program affords an abundance of opportunities to get involved in athletics.

Will I have a study?

Many students schedule a study during the day, but a growing number of students are taking more classes to strengthen their resume and challenge themselves. The answer to this question depends on your needs and the number of requirements you need to complete.

What will I eat for lunch?

We offer Papa Gino’s during lunch and students may bring their own lunches.

Can I take a bus to get to school?

Students who live in the City of Worcester may take a bus. There are many bus routes throughout the city that serve our students. Visit the Worcester Public Schools website for more information.

How many hours of homework will I have?

Students in Grades 7-9 can anticipate an average of 2 hours of homework per night and those in Grade 10-12 should expect about 3 hours of work each night.

SPM Help Desk

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Saint Peter-Marian’s campus is situated upon a hill in a residential neighborhood. It is less than one mile to the town of Holden, Massachusetts.


The campus contains a football field, a baseball field, a softball field, and a soccer field. The parking lot can hold several hundred automobiles.