Pluses - the families that attend St Philip school are wonderful, it is difficult to find another school where parents are so supportive of one another and each other's children -truly special. K through 2 teachers are very well structured, clear expectations of children's performance and learning issues are addressed.
Negatives - after second grade it all seems to fall apart. Curriculum not well defined, copious amounts of homework are given, standardized testing is very important, subject matter is simply dished out with know concern as to whether a child absorbs the information or had trouble with it, teachers continue to power through with coursework even if most children fall behind, children not assessed for why they may be falling behind, in classes of 10-15 students this is negligence, no concern for the student as an individual with individual needs. Poor leadership from the top trickles down, most teachers do not respect administrator at school whom I'm not sure has any background in education. Overall, school seems to be falling behind the times, for classes of such small size the education could definitely be better and one would expect more individualized attention/instruction. There are other local catholic schools where you will get more bang for your buck.
The teachers and staff are excellent. My son is new to the school this year and he thoroughly enjoys the teachers and the friends he has made there. Academic excellence and respect of others are of utmost importance at Saint Philips School.
My brothers and I attended St. Philip for 8 years. At that time mostly Sisters of Charity were the teachers. Even though the Sisters no longer teach in the school, the quality of education has continued.
St. Philips is a great school. They truly care for their students and are very involved with every student there. My son goes to St. Philips and I absolutely love it. I know my son is going to receive a great education here. I would happily recommend St. Philips to anyone.