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Queen of Peace School - Adaptive Teaching Strategies Tailored to Individual Needs

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Located at 102 4th Street in Cloquet, Queen of Peace School has been a cornerstone of the community since 1912, offering education from Preschool through 8th grade. As Queen of Peace Church's highest priority, the school has seen remarkable growth under the leadership of Principal Melissa Marti. She took the helm in 2019 and continues a family legacy of dedication to the institution. Her former great-great-great uncle was a former head of the school.

Queen of Peace School's preschool program, distinguished with a four-star rating by Parent Aware, offers a mixed-age curriculum for children aged 3-5. From Kindergarten through 8th grade, each day begins with mass, grounding students in faith and focus. The school’s classical curriculum is unique, drawing on the seven liberal arts and a comprehensive 2,500-year span of history, fostering deep learning through grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Students are placed in math classes based on ability rather than grade level, thanks to adaptive teaching strategies tailored to individual needs.

Uniforms are a staple of school life, with special "out of uniform" days sprinkled throughout the year. The school boasts a variety of clubs, including archery, basketball, chess, music, electronics, improv, volleyball, yearbook, and math tutoring, all infused with Catholic virtues.

Queen of Peace School operates with a dedicated team they refer to as "teacher missionaries." Without public funding, the school relies on grants from the Catholic School’s Center of Excellence and community support. Principal Marti emphasizes the passion of the staff: “We want to hire those who inflame hearts and inspire minds for eternal purpose.” Many families reduce tuition costs through the Tuition & Community Service plan and Damian Bennett Scholarships, partnering closely with the parish.

Accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) every seven years, Queen of Peace School has demonstrated resilience and adaptability, especially post-COVID, as families seek alternative educational options.

“Parents and teachers are partners in education. Teachers are the lifeblood of this school, but parents are the primary educators.” highlights Marti.

Following the curriculum standards of the Diocese of Duluth, which exceed the State of Minnesota’s content standards in all core subjects, Queen of Peace School ensures a robust educational foundation. The Mater Dei Apostolate High School, a Catholic homeschool cooperative, also resides in the school’s basement, further extending the educational opportunities available.

For tours or admissions inquiries, please contact Queen of Peace School directly.

Queen of Peace School

Melissa Marti, Principal

102 4th Street

Cloquet MN 55720

Preschool - 8th Grade

(218) 879-8516

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