To enrich faculty and students with opportunities to collaborate and be inspired beyond traditional approaches to education, and take meaningful steps toward effectively supporting the diverse needs of all students.

CONTEXT FOR PLANNING

The current standard of academics at St. Philip’s is high. The school provides a well-rounded curriculum and dynamic teaching, integrating project based learning with traditional educational approaches. The desire for continued improvement and visible strategies to achieve ‘more’ and ‘better’ is strong among the faculty and the community.

Planning from a position of strength, St. Philip seeks to enrich both students and faculty, with opportunities to collaborate and be inspired beyond traditional methods and standard resources. With a wide variety of new and different approaches to education available, we want to optimize and capitalize on innovative and proven resources. Long-term, we aspire to be the school that rejects the idea of “teaching to the middle,” because we are resourced to effectively support the diverse needs of all students.

St. Philip’s will continue to offer a core academic program that effectively prepares our students for high school, meeting the curricular requirements set forth by the Archdiocese for all Catholic elementary schools. And we will continue to innovate by exploring new school-day, co-curricular, and after-school programs that reflect contemporary interests and the most meaningful investment of our resources.

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

  1. Over time, we will reject the idea of “teaching to the middle,” by allocating resources to effectively address learning needs across the spectrum, from students with learning challenges to students who would benefit from greater academic challenges.
    1. Revamp the Resource Program to include a dedicated full-time professional and additional classroom aides, who can support the full spectrum of learning needs, with an emphasis on early intervention.
    2. Introduce math intervention in earlier grades, including a dedicated math resource for grades K-3.
    3. Use objective data (e.g. STAR testing results) as the primary decision maker for access to the resource program.
    4. Create more differentiated learning opportunities within the classroom rather than the current pull out system.
    5. Purchase Lexia & Power Up, technology-based programs that assess students’ proficiency levels and enables students who are ready for more challenge to work at an advanced level.
  2. Expand support for social & emotional learning needs.
    1. Hire a full-time counselor
    2. Integrate an ongoing, consistent focus on social emotional learning
    3. Transition from a one off ‘program’ to implementing strategies and practices that are integrated into all aspects of school life
  3. Expand the current core curriculum to reflect broader needs
    1. Reinstate civics class into the curriculum to include a broader social studies program that includes executive functioning and study stills (including HSPT test taking prep)
    2. Create more science lab time for K-3rd and explore how to add more science time to focus on STEM and more hands-on learning opportunities for all grades
  4. Explore options for creating a more powerful Spanish language program.
  5. Refresh the co-curricular program with an emphasis on offering more options for visual art, music, and the performing arts.
    1. Introduce a musical to the school calendar to engage the full student body
  6. Strengthen the stability of the school’s administration and faculty by developing strategies to retain high quality administrators, faculty, and staff.
  7. Expand the integration of technology into classroom instruction.
    1. Provide specific teacher training opportunities to enable inspired use of innovative techniques and programs
    2. Create technology standards and core curriculum for each grade level.
    3. Work in partnership with the technology strategic committee to implement cross functional plans
    4. Explore the feasibility of engaging a dedicated ed-tech resource to support teachers in implementing structure and curriculum for each grade, as well as sourcing new programs for differentiated learning needs within the classroom