We have been at St. Philip for the past seven years and have been so happy with the education our three children received. The teachers and staff, even ones who haven't had my children in class, know our family by name and have made it such a welcoming place. My kids were prepared well by the preschool for kindergarten, and were taught foundations of faith that made an impact on them. They work hard to connect the entire student body to each other. The community here is truly rich. I feel that St. Philip is a special place where children are loved, accepted and blossom into the unique people they are created to be.
St. Philip has been a wonderful blessing for our family. Our son has been in the school since Kindergarten (a Full time K is what we were looking for) and the years he has gone there have all been wonderful. He loves the schools and is happy to know that each teacher looks out for him. Also the small class size, has really helped him with his subjects and get personalized attention to address where he excels and where he needs help. The school fosters a community feeling among all the grades, so the students interact as one big family. We are truly lucky to have found such a wonderful nuturing environment for our son to grow in.
This is a wonderful small school. The small class sizes and wonderful teachers and staff make this school a great place to work and to attend. All staff are caring, loving and nurturing making this school one of a kind. The faculty truly cares about every child allowing the children to feel at home to blossom in their academics, gain self confidence and self esteem. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed.
St. Philip is a wonderful school with a real "family" feel. Children blossom in thier accedemics, self-confidence, and spirituality while attending SPLS. It is a small, nuturing environment with talented and caring teachers! I am thankful to be part of this school family!
When we set out to look at privates schools, we were surprised that so many had class sizes just as big as public! Then we found St Philip. My children have been at St Philip since preschool, and it is a very special place. Small classes and a dedicated teaching staff mean exceptional quality, Christ-centered education, and lots of fun extras like basketball, track, movie nights and ice cream socials. SPLS families are down-to-Earth, funny and kind people who want the best for their kids, and Mrs Packard is a caring and involved principal with unmatched experience as an educator and administrator. I'll be happy to have my kids here through junior high.
St. Philip is a wonderful school. The environment is very caring and child centered. It has been compared to a large family, where everyone cares for everyone. You can tell all of the teachers love their jobs and would do anything for their students. My child has been attending St. Philip for almost 3 years now and has loved every teacher and every moment! As a parent, the staff is very friendly and welcoming. The small class sizes allow the children to receive more attention and one on one time with the teachers. The parents who are involved, as well as the staff, work very hard to make this place amazing. They offer a variety of activities for the students and parents. My family has enjoyed being part of the St. Philip family for the last few years and looking forward to many years to come.
St. Philip's is a real jewel of a school here in Dublin. The low teacher - student ratio is a real treasure in today's world of budgets cut backs and the raising teacher - student ratio. I have only observed caring and committed teachers, staff and administration. The school is a safe environment for all children to grow and learn not only academically but spiritually, socially and emotionally. I wish all children could experience a small learning environment such as this.
I pulled my child out of this school at the end of the last school year (June 2012). In the past year alone, the school has lost 5 teachers (by my last count - could be more by now). This should speak volumes about the administration. The secretary was one of the reasons I pulled my child. Every single time I went into the office, I felt as though I was a nuisance. She is the most unfriendly school secretary I have ever come across. Gossip seems to run rampant in that office as well. A friend pulled her kids out of the school midway through the year, after the teaching staff changed yet again. One year at this school was more than enough.
Both my sons attend this school and love it. Class sizes are small and educators really give the children the individualized attention they need to succeed. I have found that the staff is very friendly, as are the educators, and they actively encourage participation from parents. I also find that, compared to my friends who send their children to public schools, the gossip -especially about other children and families - is very limited. It is nice to have my children in a school that focuses on good character, rather than "keeping up with the jones", who gives more to the school, etc.
Forewarning my children DO NOT attend here. However, I have wanted my children to attend in the past. I have toured as well as my husband... I also have friends whose children attend this school. However, every time I visit, it is not very friendly. The receptionist looks so scattered and almost acts as if i am making a mistake by being there. It may be due to the fact I look young, although I am not... I have always felt uneasy when almost registering my children. First second and third impressions can make or break influential decisions, in this case it has: My kids will not be attending this school.
I highly recommend St Philip School. I'd suggest you make an appointment to come visit and interview the teachers and students. Come and observe for yourself. Our family has attended St Philip elementary school for two years so far. The teachers are so amazing. One of many great things about this school is parents get feedback from the teachers not only on the students' ongoing test results and progress, their strengths, and their behaviors, but also areas needed improvements on. They find ways to deliver lessons effectively and creatively. When the students already meet and exceed the state and school expectation, the teachers challenge the students to the higher levels. The students like it because they are proud of themselves. I believe that a good learning starts from early years of school. Better build a strong learning foundation so the kids don't get lost or discouraged with education. The school principal is always on top of things. Our family is returning to this school next year. We're also coming to the summer sessions. We hope you'd consider joining SPLS community. It's all about kids and their future.
St Philip is absolutely the best school for educating my child! We started at St Philip because of their preschool. Then when my daughter was going into kindergarten, we stayed at St Philip because of the full-day kindergarten program. So then she went to public school for first grade. That was a full day class and we thought, "First grade is first grade--what's the difference?" Well, let me tell you, there is a difference! We thought maybe our daughter was ahead of the class because she had a great kindergarten experience at St Philip. But then we realized that everything that they were learning in public first grade was a repeat of what she learned in kindergarten at SPLS. So we went back to St Philip for second grade. Now she was behind. But the caring, nurturing teachers there helped bring her up to speed. The small class size lets them get individual attention! They also have combined classes there so the 8th graders are leaders and role models for the 7th graders, and so on. So now my girl is ready for middle school. We had thought that this might be the right time to transition into a larger public school environment, but NO WAY! She wants to stay at St Philip. Me too.
St. Philip Lutheran School is an outstanding school. Besides an unmatched focus on values, personal responsibility, and religion -- SPLS educates kids to a higher standard. The teacher to student ratio is low and the core knowledge curriculum leads to greater comprehension in a well-rounded variety of subjects. Children are very engaged in school activities, and, due to the small class size, are encouraged to excel to their personal limits. Homework is significant but good, and parental involvement is expected/encouraged. St. Philip Lutheran School is a great place to send your kids.
My daughter has gone to St. Philip for 3 years now, pre-school thru first grade and next year my son will start in their pre-school program. I cannot give enough praise to the teachers and staff at this school. The class size is extremely small which guarantees fabulous one on one time. Each child is praised for their successes. My child is reading so well, better, faster and with more expression than most 3rd graders I know that attend public schools. They have a great spanish program and offer a lot of extra curricular activities for a small private school. The children start every morning with prayer and the atmosphere is so loving and kind. I recomend every one to check this school out before opting to the larger Valley Christian or St. Raymonds that tend to pull in the larger crowds. You wont regret it!
St. Philip has been a blessing to our family. Our child has grown as a person and as a student. The teachers are loving and concerned about the student as a whole. The smaller class sizes help to assure that our child is getting the attention and help he needs every day. Excellent choice for any child.
I am very sorry for the most recent review. It is my opinion, as an educator, that St. Philip offers an excellent Christian education with high academic standards. Yes, growth is coming! My wife, my children, and I look forward to the bright future!
The class size is very small at the school which is nice. Unfortunately we found that once we changed to public school our children had a very difficult time catching up on the learning to be equal with public standards. We heard the same thing from other parents whose children attended the school. I also found alot of gossip and that the staff didn't demonstrate guiding Christian principles when working with our family.
We love the smaller class sizes in this school. It is a tremendous advantage for the students. They truly get the attention they need in order to grow academicly.
Prior to coming to St. Philip I had taught in several other schools in CA. I am so impressed with this school. The staff is dedicated to their students and to one another. Each day is begun in prayer and encouragement. Families and students alike are spoken of with respect and care which is a wonderful environment to work in. I am encouraged at every level to grow and continue my education. I wouldn't want to teach anywhere else.
St. Philip School has exceeded my expectations as a school to develop the two most important people in my life. My two daughters, who are vastly different from one another, and having different needs, are both excelling at St. Philip School in academics and social atmospheres. The school's challenging curriculum has helped my youngest daughter, who is currently in kindergarten and only attended preschool for a few months, to read at the 1st grade level. My oldest daughter to delevop her creativity, which academically is her strong suite. Both my daughters have developed great friendships at the school and also an understanding of the importance of helping one another. School projects such as conducting charity drives for the needy are developing my children to be the leaders of tomorrow. I would definitely recommend St. Philip School to any parent who wants the best for their
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