St. Philip’s Lutheran School operations are based on a core set of principles known as the five cornerstones. Everything done at St. Philip’s Lutheran School derives itself from these.
Our primary purpose reflects Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are committed to providing the best possible secular education through a challenging and innovative curriculum. Yet this is only the beginning … our entire program is centered on Christ. We want all of our students to lead lives that reflect a love for their Savior, Jesus Christ. We want them to discover and use their God-given talents and abilities in the classroom, at home, at work, and at play. Our mission is to make and nurture disciples who are equipped spiritually and academically to serve their Lord in whatever situation they may find themselves.
Five Cornerstone to which everything at St. Philip's is derived:
FAITH IN ACTION
CHOICE AND COMMITMENT
FOCUS ON RESULTS
1. Faith in Action. St. Philip’s Lutheran School is distinctly Christian. Studying the Word of God is a daily occurrence. We teach the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. It is expected that the students of the school demonstrate their faith in all that is said and done. Further, St. Philip’s Lutheran School expects students to perform public acts of Christian service as part of the school’s curriculum.
2. High Expectations. St. Philip’s Lutheran School has clearly defined and measured expectations for students academically and behaviorally. No excuses will be made as a result of a student’s background. Students, parents, faculty and staff create a community within the school that supports high achievement through formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and for behavioral performance.
3. Choice and Commitment. Faculty, staff, students and parents of the school choose to participate at St. Philip’s Lutheran School. No one is assigned or forced to attend the School. Therefore, everyone involved with the School must make and keep a commitment to the development of the students and to each other. Time and effort are required of each person in order to guarantee students success.
4. More Time. There are no shortcuts in life. With an extended school day, students are given more time in the classroom to gain and retain the academic skills they will need to be successful in high school and college. Increased opportunities for students to engage in a diverse set of extracurricular activities creates incentives for success, heightens learning by bringing classroom teachings into a real world context, and adds confidence and maturity to the learner beyond what can be obtained within the classroom.
5. Focus on Results. St. Philip’s Lutheran School tenaciously pursues high student achievement on standardized tests and other measurable objectives. There are no excuses for poor performance. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic success that will guarantee them success at the best high schools and colleges in the nation.