The goal of the Middle School Program is to provide academic and social foundation needed to transition from an elementary school environment into a larger and more independent setting. The platform of the program strives to foster growing independence and accountability. Students are taught to be curious and seek knowledge through the many opportunities they have that transform them into curious, compassionate, creative, and confident individuals.
The program includes small departmentalized classes in grades four through six. Communications (Reading, Language Arts, and Writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies make up the core classes with additional classes in Art, Music, Spanish, Technology, Physical Education, and Library.
Activities and lessons are established to meet the individual needs of students at varied levels of ability while promoting critical thinking and fostering problem solving. Teachers work to ensure that lessons incorporate the multiple intelligences and allow for creativity as well as verbal and written expression. The program is enhanced through research projects, The infusion of Fine Arts and Technology within core class instruction, and team building games and activities. Students gain a clear understanding that learning involves the interweaving of all content areas.
Academic excursions are a valuable learning tool and are incorporated within the Middle School Program. At the fourth grade level students begin the year with an overnight trip to Wolf Run, an outdoor educational center, which is centered on team building. The 5th grade students embark upon a five day Civil Rights tour which includes various important places significant in the Civil Rights Movement. The 6th grade class takes a spring trip to the Grand Canyon as a rite of passage.
St. Philip's is accredited by and is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).