The goal of the Middle School Prep 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 and five. Communications (Reading, Language Arts, and Writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies make up the core classes with additional classes in Art, Music, Spanish and Latin, Technology, Physical Education, and Library.
We facilitate long-term, student-designed projects (Project Based Learning-PBL) that promote active, inquiry-based learning. Students are guided through a process of questioning, challenging, and problem-solving real-world issues that are presented in the curriculum, forging tangible self-to-text connections. At this level, students are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and begin to take ownership of their path.
Academic excursions are a valuable learning tool and are incorporated within the Middle School Prep 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.
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).