St. Peters is the home of the only municipally owned Cultural Arts Center in the metro area. The Cultural Arts Center attracts exhibitors and visitors from throughout the metro area. New exhibits are displayed every month, featuring local, national and international artists. Approximately 33,000 pieces of original artwork have been displayed to date, including an outdoor sculpture area. In addition to exhibits, the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center offers programs through art education for all ages and enrichment opportunities. An average of 60,000 people pass through the doors of the Cultural Arts Center each year.
In addition to the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles County has a variety of local agencies that promote the arts, such as the Dance Company of St. Charles, the St. Charles Theater Guild, and the St. Charles County Arts Council, the Oak Leaf Artist Guild.
There are three St. Charles City-County Library District branches located in St. Peters. These three branches are open seven days a week, and offer a variety of special children and adult community services. The Library District makes available over 800,000 items for checkout or reference, and through its interlibrary loan service, additional books are available from throughout the St. Louis Metro Area, the State of Missouri and even across the United States. In addition, area residents can take advantage of free Internet access at public terminals located at the library branches.
Located outside St. Peters City limits, but within the metropolitan area are the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Symphony.
There are several major shopping corridors in St. Peters and the City serves as a shopping hub to surrounding communities located throughout St. Charles County. In 1997, retail sales in St. Peters totaled $870,392,222. The largest shopping center in St. Peters, Mid Rivers Mall, is also the largest shopping center in St. Charles County. Four major department stores anchor the mall, which has approximately 130 shops including a food court, restaurants, and a multi-screen theater. The Mall contains nearly a million square feet.
St. Peters is served by three AAA public school districtsFrancis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, and St. Charles. Francis Howell School District, which has the longest running year-round school program in the United States, encompasses approximately 150 square miles in eastern St. Charles County, with an enrollment of just under 18,000. It is the largest of the five school districts in the county and is seventh largest in the state.
Fort Zumwalt School District serves approximately 14,000 students at eleven elementary, three middle, and two high schools. The district encompasses approximately 136 square miles in the St. Charles County area.
The districts roots date to 1807 when an original settler of the area, Quentin Miller Zumwalt, conducted classes in her log cabin. The Fort Zumwalt District, unlike the Francis Howell District, conducts classes on a traditional nine-month schedule.
The St. Charles School District serves over 6,600 students in 11 schools in the St. Peters/St. Charles area. The St. Charles School District, like Fort Zumwalt, conducts classes on a traditional nine-month schedule.
St. Charles County Community College has a campus adjacent to the City limits. The Community College is a public, 2-year college offering more than 60 degree and certificate program pathways in the arts and sciences as well as in occupational/technical fields. The college has an open admissions policy to provide access to all persons who can benefit from quality educational programs and services.
In addition, the University of Missouri-St. Louis offers classes at the Community College, and Washington University. The University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis University are located a short distance away in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
St. Peters residents have a proud and well-earned reputation for maintaining good health. However, when medical treatment does become necessary, many talented professionals with the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment available are here to help.
BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital
St. Joseph Health Center & St. Joseph Hospital
SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group
Unity Health Care Center
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