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How Private and Public Schools Differ

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At St. Philip Lutheran, we understand that selecting a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make as a parent. Is private school a possibility? Are the public schools you are zoned for reputable? Ultimately, the environment in which your child will thrive is determined by his or her personality and individual needs. While there are many differences between private schools and public, the list below highlights those that we see most often.

  1. Class size – Generally speaking, because faculty salaries are supplemented by tuition, the student to teacher ratio in private schools like St. Philip are lower than in public schools. Moreover, private schools have the freedom to cap attendance when it appears that classes are too large to promote student success.
  2. Curriculum – Because private schools do not receive tax revenues, they are not required to adhere to state or nationwide curriculum standards such as Common Core. Private school curriculum is carefully chosen to ensure that each student can succeed not only in high school, but as a global citizen. This is why St. Philip is not only able to provide rigorous academic courses, but also spiritual education through our weekly chapel services and religious classes.
  3. Testing – While private school students are certainly capable of passing the ISAT, they are not held to the same standardized testing requirements as public school students. Our students are able to avoid the test anxiety that their peers in public school encounter in third, sixth, and eighth grades.
  4. Resources – Like teacher salaries, classroom resources such as laptops are supplemented by student tuition. Beginning in the first grade, students at St. Philip have access to tablets, e-readers, laptops, and other technology that is often hard to come by in public schools. Teaching students how to responsibly use technology is vital to their success in both the academic and post-academic worlds.

If you are considering making a switch from private to public or from public to private, we encourage you to do your research. Many schools hold open houses or group tours to allow parents and students to assess their facilities. If you are interested in learning more about St. Philip Lutheran or would like to schedule a tour, email us at info@stphiliplutheran.com

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How To Choose the Right Private School

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You want to do everything you can to ensure that your child will thrive. You take them to annual physicals, make sure they are vaccinated, bundle them up when it’s cold, enrich their lives with opportunities you may not have had, and provide them with all of the love a child could ever want. You also do what you can to make sure they thrive academically. Thriving in school doesn’t start with a well-stocked backpack, however. It starts with making sure your son or daughter is enrolled in the right school. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to private school, consider these other factors before you start filling out that application.

  1. Practicality – Is the school convenient? Not just to home, but to work, aftercare, and medical facilities? The idea of having your child in a neighborhood school is great – unless you commute 50 minutes every day. Think about the location, traffic patterns, school surroundings that could impact your little one, and transportation alternatives that may be necessary.
  2. Individuality – Think about how your child learns from and interacts with the world. If you know your little guy learns best with tactile activities like playing with letter magnets on your fridge, then a school that will require him to sit quietly with a workbook may not be the right fit. Inquire about the learning philosophies of each school. Do they believe in collaboration? Do they provide opportunities for play and imagination? Are they focused on STEM programs or do they emphasize the arts? Making sure your child’s learning needs are met is a critical step in helping them have a positive association with education.
  3. Amenities – For many parents, leaving work in time to be in the car pick-up line by 3:10 is difficult, if not impossible. If your child will need early care or after care, that is something to consider. Meals for your child may be another concern; if it’s important to you and tuition covers the cost of breakfast and lunch, be sure to mention so when you’re exploring your private school options.
  4. Extracurriculars – All kids need some kind of structured activity to help them become well-rounded. Whether they enjoy rigorous activities like a pickup game of football or calmer activities such as picking out a tune on your family piano, find a school that provides sports or music activities for your child.
  5. School Culture – If you were to be a fly on the wall of your child’s classroom, what would you want to see? If possible, visit schools while classes are in session. Pay attention to how the teachers interact with the students. Do the students seem to be comfortable? Do they hesitate to ask questions or know that it’s a safe environment? Talk to parents of other students, as well, to get their takes on the overall feel of the school.

Realistically, your child is not going to love every second of every day of school (and if they do, they’re probably not being challenged enough). While the occasional crummy day is to be expected, doing whatever you can to instill a love of learning in your son or daughter starts with making sure they are placed in the right school. If you have questions about St. Philip Lutheran School or would like to schedule a tour, contact us today at info@stphiliplutheran.com.

Skyline of Chicago where St. Philip Lutheran School is located

All About St. Philip Lutheran

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While we may not have started as a school, St. Philip Lutheran has ministered to the Chicago community since 1893. Since then, we have grown beyond our expectations and are happy to share our humble history with you.

Our Timeline

  • 1893 – St. Philip Lutheran Church is established in the north side of Chicago
  • 1937 – The church opens the St. Philip Lutheran School with a total of 23 students
  • 1942 – St. Philip Lutheran officially becomes an accredited school
  • 1953 – The church completes the construction of a new building dedicated to the school
  • 1986 – St. Philip opened the Early Childhood Center to meet the needs of the local community
  • Present Day – St. Philip School provides over 200 students – from preschool to eighth grade – with spiritual, academic, and social educations each year.

Our Educational Goals

The priority of St. Philip Lutheran School is to provide each and every one of our students with a well-rounded education. It is our belief that nurturing a child spiritually, academically, and socially is required to create responsible adults who wish to contribute and lead as citizens of a global society.

  • Spiritual Education – Students are educated spiritually from the very beginning. Our early childhood students are introduced to stories of the Bible and Christian values. Our K-8 students obtain a spiritual education in their daily religion courses and weekly chapel services. Students are provided with opportunities to serve as spiritual leaders in chapel services, visits to local nursing homes, and participating in youth group activities.
  • Academic Education – While our education may begin with the FOUR R’s (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and religion), we certainly don’t stop there. St. Philip also offers technology, Spanish, music, and physical education courses, as well. After leaving St. Philip Lutheran School, our students are well-equipped to embrace the challenges of high school.
  • Social Education – While our students are accustomed to collaboration in the classroom, they also have opportunities for social education elsewhere. Our sports programs, clubs, and organizations such as Student Council allow our students to navigate the complex world of social interaction, preparing them to successfully function in the post-academic world.

What began as a small church has grown into a Chicago institution. We are grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to minister to, serve, and teach our community – each and every day.