St. Philip Neri School

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What are your schools beliefs?
At St. Philip Neri Catholic School, we believe that each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical needs. We know that a student’s self esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect between students and staff.
 
We are guided by the truth that all students can learn. Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches. A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning. Teachers, administrators, parents, clergy, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission. We are committed to a process of continuous improvement; this process is imperative for our school as we form students who will be confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.
 
 
What grades does St. Philip offer?
St. Philip Neri School offers grades PK3 through 7.  We also operate an Early Learning Center that serves children from six weeks of age through 2 years old on the far side of our campus. 
 
 
What are your school hours?
Regular school days begin at 8:30a.m. and end at 3:30p.m. for students in grades PK – 7. Children who arrive before 8:00 a.m., or remain after 3:45p.m., should report to the before/after school care program, and parents will be responsible for payment. This policy is to insure your child’s safety since there will be no adult supervision prior to 8:00 a.m.or after 3:45p.m. Bus riders will be supervised until all buses have arrived.
 
 
Are you accredited?
St. Philip Neri School is accredited by the State of Louisiana and has maintained national accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/AdvancED since 2003. Our school maintains membership in the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Louisiana Federation of Citizens for Educational Freedom (CEF). 
 
At what age can my child attend St Philip Neri School?
Children entering Kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 30 of the current school year; children entering PK4 must be four years old on or before September 30 of the current school year; children entering the PK3 must be three years old by September 30.
 
What are the admissions criteria?
  • Parents must fully support the stated mission and educational philosophy of St. Philip Neri School.
  • Children entering grades 1-7 must have successfully completed all work required in previous grades, have a record of good conduct, and submit evidence of same.
  • New students applying for admission to Kindergarten may be required to undergo readiness testing. New students applying for admission in grades 1-7 must present copies of standardized testing and their most recent report card. New students applying to grades 5 -7 must participate in an interview with the principal.
  • Any student who is admitted to St. Philip Neri School is accepted conditionally for the first year of admission. The academic and behavioral response of the student will be considered during this period.
 
What is the priority of admissions?
The following priorities of admission will be used to fill all available places after registration of currently enrolled students and their siblings.
  1. Catholic students whose parents are parishioners of St. Philip Neri parish.
  2. Catholic students whose parents live in a parish which has no school.
  3. All others, including non-parishioners and non-Catholics.
What information do I need to register my student?
The following records are required for all new students in order to process and complete their
registration:
  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Baptism Certificate
  3. Immunization record
    • The minimum dosages for meeting school-entry immunization requirements are: Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap); two (2) doses of Varicella; two (2) Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MM R); three (3) Hepatitis B (HBV); and one (1) M eningococcal Vaccine (M CV-4). Any child who has a note from a physician stating that no immunizations are needed or should be received at this time will be considered fully immunized. ** The only immunization record that will be accepted is the State of Louisiana Universal Certificate of Immunization.
  4. Students entering grade 1-7 will need last report card and any standardized test scores.
Do your students wear uniforms?
Yes, students wear uniforms that are purchased through our uniform suppliers (Schiro's Schooltime and Uniforms by Kajan) or from the school used uniform sale (usually held each July).
 
What kind of security do you have at your school?
All doors are kept locked at all times; play areas are fenced on all sides and children are never without adult supervision. We have 15 networked cameras throughout the campus for monitoring.
 
Does your school have a lunch program?
Yes
 
How many students are in a classroom?
The Teacher/Pupil ratio is as follows:
  • PK3 – 24:2
  • PK4 – 25:2
  • K – 25:2
  • Students in grades 1–2 may have 17-25 students in Core classes (Reading, English, and Math); they may have up to 25 students in homeroom (Science, Social Studies, Religion)and Enrichment classes (Music, Computer, Library, Art, P.E., Spanish).
  • Students in grades 3–4 may have 17-28 students in Core classes (Reading, English, and Math); they may have up to 35 students in homeroom (Science, Social Studies, Religion)and Enrichment classes (Music, Computer, Library, Art, P.E., Spanish).
  • Students in grades 5-7 may have 17-28 students in Academic classes (Reading, English, Math,Science, Social Studies, and Religion); they may have up to 35 students in homeroom and Enrichment classes (Music, Computer, Library, Art, P.E., Spanish).
 
What Percentage of your students are accepted to the high school of their choice?
99% of our students are accepted to the high school of their choice.
 
How is technology used in your school?
Technology is an integral part of the educational experience at St. Philip Neri. We incorporate technology in the learning environment by offering wireless computing on our campus, as well as a state of the art computer lab. Further, we have a 1:1 Chromebook program in Middle School.
 
Early childhood through 7th grade classrooms are equipped with a variety of technology resources including LCD projectors, interactive white boards, scientific probe ware, digital microscopes, NEOS, digital cameras and smart tables.
 
How do I pay my tuition?
Tuition payments are made to St Philip Neri School, we offer 4 payment plans.
  • Paid In Full
  • 2 payments
  • Quarterly payments
  • Monthly payments
*Payments can be made check, cash or credit card.
*St. Philip Neri Catholic School finances its own tuition loans.
 
How do I get in contact with the school or teachers?
  • The school office can be reached by phone at (504) 887-5600.
  • Teachers are most easily contacted by e-mail.  You can find a list of faculty members and e-mail addresses on our website.  Teachers can also be e-mailed through their individual class pages.
 
Non-discrimination Policy
St. Philip Neri School of the Archdiocese of New Orleans admits students without regard to race, sex, color, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Furthermore, St. Philip Neri School does not discriminate on the basis of policies, scholarship or loan programs, admission policies, or other school administered programs.
 
Additionally, in compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, no person in the school shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity except permitted under said Title IX.