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665 Elizabeth Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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(415) 824-8467
(415) 282-5746
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August 24, 2015
It's important to understand that Catholic schools do not require the same rigorous credentials that Public School teachers need to have a job teaching... in fact they do not even need a teaching degree. We were at this school for one year, since we could not get into any of our choice schools for SF Public. We are not religious, and I felt way too much time was wasted in a Religion Class (and assignments/activities), which students are graded on and reflected in the report card... when they could be focusing on some more important subjects. We transferred out back into a SF Public school - (Miraloma) which has been leaps and bounds a better education for my kids.

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March 01, 2015
This is my 19th year at St. Philips and my 3rd child going through. My daughter is in 7th grade and wants to attend SH. My other 2 went to Riordan and SH. This IS a Catholic school so of course Religion is taught. This is why we sent our kids here! We have been here through 4 principals and many teachers, and the hiring is excellent. Yes, it can be expensive but you are told up front all the costs and how much participation is required. We have a huge active community that is supported and loved by our church. All children and their parents are accepted at this school. My oldest son is a Catholic grade school teacher at another school. This is what we want for our family. If religion upsets or scares you, then it's not the right place for you. It has been the absolute best thing we could have done for our kids. And the parents are a great, fun, hardworking team

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2015
As a gay parent I can't justify sending my kids there anymore. We initially went since we didnt get in any of the public schools we applied for. But the kids being graded on religion (and wasting school time with that rather than a useful subject like reading, math or science) and the feeling that I'm giving money to the Catholic church as an organization makes me feel sick. Religion should have no place in education. Yes, this school's teachers and staff are great, and have been with my family... and I don't think any of them really support the Catholic church's larger discrimination... but the best thing we can do is show the church our disapproval by our checkbooks. We were fortunate enough to get a second chance at SF Public, and have been really happy there. Good riddance Catholic Church.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2014
Join us for Kindergarten Open House, Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 7pm in the kindergarten classroom. Learn about the curriculum, tour the classroom, meet the teachers and talk with parents.

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February 19, 2014
We have not been at the school very long, but we are easily very happy with it. We initially went the public route, but failed to get any of our top picks, so we decided to go here as it was local. Funny, now I'm happy how things turned out - it really has been great/solid experience. Pro's: Smaller school so you do feel a bit more care. Easy to talk to teachers, other parents, etc. Very nice (and involved!) parents (get ready to be as well if you attend..but it's worth it). Also, this may sound odd but I don't find the school 'too Catholic'-ly bent - it's not crammed down or anything. Only one of us (parents) was raised Catholic (and didn't do Catholic schools growing up) so that was big. The cost is not nearly as high as other privates but I feel you get way more for your $. Also, I like how this provides us grade 6-8th solution and (if we want) potentially sets us up with a few good Catholic high schools options. The public route had me a bit worried about Jr. High and High School. Only a few cons I can think of: no real big playground, which is a bit of a bummer. And of course, there is a cost.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2012
I feel the bad reviews about the middle school are a bit unfair. My child is now at Lowell, and doing great. She had the organizational skills and knowledge to transition easily into high school. She was extremely well prepared in English and literature. Math was a bit different. I had been warned that students who arrived at Lowell from small school did not do as well as students from big middle schools. At smaller schools, teachers tend to make sure that all students have mastered a subject before moving on, and parents of kids who do well need to make sure that their kids get challenged (and cover all the material in 8th grade before the high school math placement test... please learn from my shortcomings.) If a small school would be a good fit for your child, St-Philip is as good a place as any, led by a wonderful principal, with a caring, knowledgeable staff. They do their best to help students, but like anywhere else, you need to know what's happening, and be an advocate for your child.

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October 30, 2012
We just moved here from another School and LOVE IT! The Kids are happy and learning in a positive environment. We have been very impressed with the Third grade teacher, she is truly passionate about teaching! The parents are dedicated and upbeat and always working on how they can do more to support the kids and school staff.

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September 17, 2012
I have one child at a top-notch elementary public school and one at St Philips middle school and I can tell you that the expectations and teaching standards are quite different. At St. Philips, the teachers are excellent and the curriculum is challenging. The kids are engaged, caring and thoughtful individuals. Kids are given lots of homework and although you are not required to take notes of your textbook, my child does so because he wants to get honors. The academics are tough so if your child is too stressed, the school may not be a good fit.

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September 14, 2012
The middle school has been a great experience for my daughter. In one year she learned organizational skills, dedication, respondibilty for her own homework, and of course contents. And most positive surprise after 6 grade, for the first time she said she enjoyed school and would miss her 6 grade teacher over the summer.

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May 25, 2012
Two of our children attend St. Philip School in Noe Valley. I find it sad that one or two of the families are feeling frustrated. I honestly do not believe that any teacher or member of the faculty hold grudges or do not want to hear about complaints that parents or students may have. Even though my children are still in the lower grades, I have easily gotten to know the teachers of the upper grades. The Principal is very open to new suggestions, ideas and is willing to deal with the smallest of concerns. My sons learning difficulties were quickly identified and he is receiving extra curricular attention for this. The community spirit at the school is very, very impressive and families from many diverse backgrounds and culture attend. St. Philips truly is a hidden gem in the Valley!

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2012
LOL! It is a Great School for teachers! The middle school teachers are now in the process of cramming in all the lessons over the last few weeks school that they did not cover during the year. No regards for the students. Where did they find these parents to write 5-star reviews? I hope highschool is not like this. Student

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May 15, 2012
St Philip's School is a wonderful neighborhood school with a strong sense of community. It's teachers are dedicated hardworking professionals. The principal is a very caring, compassionate person who in my experience has always been available to answer questions or concerns and very receptive to suggestions and ideas from parents.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2012
St Philip s is an excellent school with amazing teachers. I have three children at the school, including one in the middle school. The teachers are very committed to providing a great learning environment for the children, and we feel lucky to be part of the St Philip s community. St Philip s is a small parochial school and is anchored strongly in the local community. The parental involvement is incredible. Students are well prepared for and go on to the best high schools.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2012
I don't agree with the recent negative review of the middle school and I know there are many who also disagree with it. Frankly, I don't recognize the school they describe. I am a parent of a child in the middle school and my child is extremely happy there. I know many kids that have gone to the best high schools from St. Philip and were well prepared for that step. The school, like many others, is not without its faults, but the teachers, parents and administration all have the best interests of the children at heart at all times. The school community is second to none.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2012
The "terrible middle school" reviewer hit the nail on the head. The parents are all talking about that post and nobody disagrees with it. There are lots of fed up parents that are too scared to speak up because their kids will be singled out by the teachers or they will get poor high school recommendation letters.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2012
This school has a terrible middle school. The students are afraid of the teachers and therefore don't ask questions. The teachers DO NOT communicate with the parents and DO NOT want to hear from the parents. The Head of School does not control the school. The teachers run the show and not very well. They don't communicate with each other. The parents are afraid of speaking out in fear of not receiving a HS recommendation. The children spend lots of time studying for test that never take place. TO MUCH STRESS! The teachers don't talk to each other to coordinate schedules. Kids can end up having 4 large test on the same day as a paper being due. Moreso, the feedback from children in highschool is that they are behind their peers in math, science, reading, and technology. They have to drop their AP classes because they are inadequately prepared at St. Philips. Too bad because the families and kids are wonderful. But that is not enough to compensate for having a fearful, stressed out, exhausted child with no time for any joy besides because of the chaos at this school.

- submitted by a community member
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April 28, 2010
St. Philip School is a Catholic, family style school with the care and education of the students at heart. Parents have been very supportive of class activities and the Fr. Tony, the pastor is present and and very supportive of the students, teachers and educational and spiritual development of all. Mrs. Everett is an open door policy principal, who is a supportive Catholic administrator and believes in and implements the values of a Gospel life and Gospel values for all at St. Philip School. Phone for a tour and see for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
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July 17, 2009
Popular after school programs include Science Adventures, Music, coordinated and well organized off-campus sports led by volunteer parents and Cub Scouting. There is a need however for afterschool assistance for students who desire to do their homework while waiting to be picked up by their parents.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2008
Our 2nd Gr son's transition from an independent school was very smooth. The school is well run, parent involvement is VERY high. Lots of sports, science adventures, music clubs, and Cub/Girl Scouts. The library is expanding. But a global school email is needed for more effective communication.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2006
St. Philip's is one of the best values in San Francisco. The combination of a dedicated faculty and activist parents, supported by a parish who puts a high value on education, creats a community which works together to ensure the finest education for our children. Though we have endured a few rocky spots this year, we have worked together to prevent these problems from affecting our childrens' education. St. Philip's graduates can get into any school to which they apply.

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July 06, 2006
The school was okay but not enough diversity and they ask for alot of money donation request...

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May 04, 2006
This school is just amazing! Students are happy, confident, caring and well balanced individuals, academically and emotionally ready for high school and beyond! Schedule a tour and experience for yourself what makes St Philips special...

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June 09, 2005
Our two children have been attending St. Philip School for four years. We are also participating members of St. Philip Parish. Here, we have seen our children grow into confident caring thinkers, interested in their community. Because St. Philip is a small school, (one class per grade level) the children and families really grow together and support one another. The teachers at St.Philip are invested in our children and this school. They really get to know my child and listen to his/she learning needs. What a gem in the heart of San Francisco.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2005
St. Philip's School offers the perfect balance between education and community. The teachers are motivated, the families supportive and I see the results everyday in my children. They are interested in how the world works and what roll they play in it. There is an even balance between academic achievement and personal development. And it isn't just about the kids...the parents are a vital part of this community. The people are nice, welcoming to newcomers, and want to have a good time while helping the school. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a Catholic school that is more progressive and open minded than the strict, traditional schools that many of us attended when we were young. There is structure when it is needed and flexibility when it will benefit learning.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2005
Those in the know call St Philip's 'Noe Valley's Best Kept Secret' and they know what they're talking about. Tucked away in a quiet residential area, Saint Philip's offers an excellent education to approximately 210 students from all walks of life. Students come from all over the Bay Area to share in the success of this school and from the minute they walk through the door, they become a part of this very special community. Academics top the school's priority list, closely followed by Christian values, music, sports and afterschool programs. No grade is too late to join this 'family' and begin to prepare your child for a better future.

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June 07, 2005
Great neighborhood school, with a strong sense of community.

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February 20, 2005
This is a very small (250 student enrolment) Catholic school in the heart of San Francisco. It offers a very traditional education--well rounded in math, science, english, social studies, etc. Religious studies take a huge role in the education here and the students attend church several times a month (minimum) for various Catholic ceremonies/events. In terms of art, the options are quite poor. The school has no official arts program and it is up to the individual teacher of a given class in terms of how much art they want to encorporate. The facilities, on the other hand, suit the needs of the school quite well. There is a full library, cafeteria and science lab (all of which have been constructed/updated recently--they suit the needs of the students quite nicley). Athlectics at this school are phenomenal. Students have the oppurtunity to begin playing team sports quite early.

- submitted by a student

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St. Philip School
665 Elizabeth Street, San Francisco, CA  94114
(415) 824-8467
Last modified St. Philip School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Philip School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top