Welcome to the Future of St Philip's School San Francisco
Dear St. Philip Community,
In March 2019, our community initiated a robust and inclusive strategic planning process to guide the future for St. Philip School. After several challenging years of leadership transitions, we believe that St. Philip’s is now positioned to affirmatively move forward. Our leadership is strong. Our community has confidence in Mary McKeever, our Principal, who has brought stability, imagination, and an energetic commitment to our mission. We have assembled a diverse, experienced, and actively engaged Consultative Board.
Our outstanding faculty is competent, caring, and inspired to do more and better for our students in their care. Our families are generous with their time, talents and treasures. Although we have always believed this, the data collected through our strategic planning process has confirmed that our community is a key differentiator for St. Philip School; our success can be directly attributed to the strength of our “family.”
We are a Catholic, inclusive, faith filled, welcoming community that deeply values our relationships with God and with each other, and are whole-heartedly invested in providing an outstanding experience for all students and ensuring the long-term sustainability of St. Philip School.
We are very fortunate to be planning from a position of strength. St. Philip’s Catholic identity and mission are strong; faith is fully integrated into our culture of learning. Enrollment is growing – families have confidence in our program. Financially, we are in excellent shape; our fundraising is robust and we are responsible stewards of our resources. We have significantly improved facilities and provided classroom supports for learning (e.g. technology). This is an opportune time for us to imagine and realize “what’s next” for St. Philip School.
As members of the Strategic Planning Committee, we felt that it was essential to intentionally design a strategic planning process that would invite and give voice to everyone in our community, including current and former families, faculty and staff, parishioners, friends and former students. It is with hope and excitement that we present this Strategic Plan for St. Philip’s School to the community. We are eternally grateful for everyone’s confidence and support, and look forward to everyone playing a role in realizing a brilliant future for our students and our community.
St. Philip Strategic Planning Committee
Overview of the Strategic Planning Process
Following is an overview of how we engaged the community and developed the strategic priorities for St. Philip School. This Strategic Plan is a guiding and aspirational document designed to help the school community implement enhancements over the next three years. The specific steps of implementation will be regularly reviewed and adapted as we move forward. It is important that we stay focused on our goals and remain flexible and nimble to respond to changes and new opportunities as they arise during implementation.
Our Consultative Board Identified the Need for a Strategic Plan
St. Philip’s Consultative Board (CB) had the foresight to recognize the value in developing a strategic plan for St. Philip School. The CB is responsible for providing advice and support to the Principal and Superintendent on long-term goals for the school, including strategic planning, Catholic mission/identity, development, budget/finance, plant/facilities, technology and marketing/enrollment. There are 16 members on the Consultative Board including the Principal, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and 14 current and former parents, and parishioners of St. Philip Parish. The Consultative Board played a key role in reviewing and providing advice and counsel throughout the strategic planning progress, including identifying priorities, and strategies for moving the plan forward. They will continue to play a role in prioritizing actions, funding decisions, and monitoring progress.
The Consultative Board Convened a Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was formed to do the “heavy-lifting” – to design and implement the strategic planning process – from conceptual design through finalizing the strategic plan and presenting it to the community. The SPC included the Principal, 5 current parents who also serve on the Consultative Board) and an external strategic planning consultant, with Catholic school experience. The SPC was responsible for designing a strategic planning process that gave voice to everyone in the St. Philip community and for shaping strategic priorities that reflected what was most important for the future of the school. The Strategic Planning Committee Reviewed the Data and Identified 4 Strategic Priorities.
Formation of 4 Strategic Task Forces
The SPC convened four Strategic Task Forces (STF) to take a “deep dive” in the data to develop detailed initiatives and actions to support the 4 strategic planning priorities – Catholic Identity, Academics, Technology, Facilities & Environmental Stewardship, and Community Engagement. The Strategic Task Forces were represented by St. Philip’s Principal, faculty and staff, school parents, and parishioners.
Review of Strategic Initiatives and Actions
The Strategic Planning Committee Reviewed the Strategic Initiatives and Actions with the Consultative Board, the Faculty, St. Philip’s Parish Administrator, and the Superintendent of Schools. We presented the Strategic Initiatives and Actions to key stakeholders and solicited their feedback.
the Strategic Plan
Over a period of several weeks, the SPC incorporated the Strategic Initiatives and Actions into a Strategic Plan for St. Philip’s School.
St. Philip’s Strategic Goals & Priorities
St. Philip’s Strategic Goals & Priorities
School Wide Learning Expectations
As members of the Saint Philip’s community, we are proud to be BRUINS
Beacons of Faith
Show reverence for God and His Creation.
Respect the dignity of others.
Live the Gospel through prayer and service.
Make just and empathic choices.
Show accountability for their words and actions.
Value their community and the environment.
Recognize and appreciate their talents and skills and those of others.
Demonstrate tolerance and understanding of themselves and others.
Seek to enrich their lives in meaningful ways.
Use logic and creativity to solve problems.
Show curiosity, motivation, and a passion for knowledge.
Learn throughout life.
Stand up for what is right and just.
Respect the differences in others.
Serve as role models through kind words and actions
St. Philip School would like to thank all community members who contributed to our strategic plan. We would also like to extend an extra thank you to the following people who played a special role in bringing our strategic plan to life.
St. Philip Parish Clergy Participants
The Strategic Planning Committee thanks the St. Philip Parish clergy who supported the strategic planning process including Father Stephen Howell, under whose leadership the process started and Fr. John Chung who supported it through its final stages. We would also like to express our thanks to Fr. Brendan McBride for his support of our school, students, and families.
Consultative Board Participants
Jessica Alfaro, Byron Hing, Mary McKeever, Matthew Brennan, Monica Healy, Joe Reid, Julie Dowd, Pam Lyons, Mary Rose Stasko, Tosha Ellison, Redmond Lyons, Azia Yenne, Nicola Finnerty, John Maimone, Rich Hammel and Dan Mallegni.
Strategic Planning Committee Participants
Jessica Alfaro, Nicola Finnerty, Dan Mallegni, Julia Dowd, Monica Healy and Mary McKeever.