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St. Philips Academy

Private | PK-3 | 30 students

An Episcopal school that empowers each child to change the world
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $276,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted May 21, 2014

St. Philip's Academy was founded in the 2011-2012 academic year as a private elementary school on the campus of St. Philip's Episcopal Church. The school began with a kindergarten class and a plan to grow a grade each year to become a K-5 program. The Academy shared space with St. Philip's Preschool until May of 2014 when St. Philip's Hall was completed. The admissions process for students has been designed to ensure a good fit between the school program, the students and their families in order to maximize each child's opportunity for success. Classes are small so that teachers can provide individual attention to develop both character and academics.

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Posted May 23, 2014

SPA is not what it is cracked up to be. Many of the departments are lacking. I feel that the principal could do a lot more to make the school succeed, but is too concerned with not having the 'perfect' students that might ruin her 'perfect' atmosphere. Many students have been singled out and made to feel dumb, different or shamed. It's a nosy environment as well so keep your private information to yourself if your don't want the world to know. There were some things that our family felt were good, (like Chapel and music) yet still, the things and people that stick out to us were really hurtful. Do not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Small classes with individual attention in a Biblically based atmosphere of respect and love for students. New building and classrooms Fall 2014! Daily chapel. Both of my children are in the school, and the oldest has been a student there since it opened Fall 2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

St philips Academy has no room and zero tolerance for any special needs kids. The Director wants and expects everyone to be perfect. I have seen many students leave due to minor issues and it's why I feel the school will fail. I give them 0 points for learning different children. They seem to like to "Shame " the students there now over normal growth and development. As well. Do not recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

For a school that is only 3 years old, SPA is amazing. Many of the kids are from the church or preschool, but a lot are not. Parents are attracted to the personal attention and exceptional academic instruction. They move at a pretty fast pace, so if your child is pretty bright and gets bored when things are easy, this is a good school for them. The classes are very small, like a dozen or less in each grade and its been my experience that they treat each other like siblings (that is usually a good thing- LOL). The staff all give the kids a lot of attention and teach them what to do when they don't get along. The director works very closely with the teachers and knows each of the students very well. She is in the classroom a lot and teaches some classes. I know she prays for the students and their parents and she knows her stuff when it comes to kids! Our family loves the way the kids learn to serve others and be generous. SPA sponsors a girl in India and talks to classes in Belize. They do shoe drives and make valentine cards for people who live in nursing homes. They have a new building that will open in a few months and it is beautiful. We can't say enough good things about SPA!
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Posted January 27, 2014

The small class size coupled with exceptions academics is why we attend St. Philips. The educators are able to cover more in-depth in topics and move as the entire class masters skills. Children are challenged on a daily basis to grasp concepts and put them into use. There is a focus on the "whole student" as well which is important for the next generation of leaders to change the world.
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Posted November 13, 2012

The educators for this academy are top notch. There is a lot of individualized attention to encourage the children to excel. We have seen our child truly flourish. The lesson plans and academic educaiton seem to be continually challenging in important academic areas such as reading, science and math. We feel very blessed to be part of this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

This is an amazing school! We started mid year after trying the local public school. I have to say now that I am so happy the local school was not a fit for us. St. Philip's Academy exceeded our expectations in every way possible. My son learned so much there. They do not have to follow a state curriculum so they do advanced work in reading, writing, math, science, technology, art etc. They use iPads in class, and also have a chance to skype with children in Belize at a school as part of a mission program. They go to chapel daily and get to sing and praise the Lord and have bible lessons each day. This gem of a school makes sure to teach the whole person in wisdom, faith, and love. You will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • PSIA (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sheryl Holton
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • 21st Century Learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Girl scouts
  • Mission Possible Kids
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • Volunteer to prepare materials
More from this school
  • We provide exceptional academics, relevant faith and servant leadership in an intentionally personal environment. The academic program of the school is a good fit for students of average to above average ability who desire acceleration. While ITBS scores rank St. Philip's Academy students in the top 12% in the nation, character and academics are of equal importance.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
30
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
40

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$10000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships
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6400 Stonebrook Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
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Phone: (214) 387-4700

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