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Mission & Vision


St. Philip is big enough to provide the resources and programs students need, and small enough to provide the personalized attention that helps them reach their full potential. That's why so many parents, students, and alums believe St. Philip Lutheran School is just the right size. With programs to grow active, healthy minds and bodies, in a safe school environment, with a Christ-Centered focus.

A Message From Our Principal...


Since 1937, we've helped our students grow into smart, healthy, active members of the community - all built on a foundation of the Christian values of love, family and community. 

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A school can be so much more than just a building, and at St. Philip, it is! It's the center of a vibrant community of teachers, staff, students, and parents. Our classes and activities are designed to help students build self-confidence and initiative, so they're ready to succeed at school and in life.


St. Philip Lutheran School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

A Message From Our Principal...


On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, I want to thank you for your interest in St. Philip Lutheran School. Our mission at St. Philip is to develop students with a heart for God, who grow in wisdom, and with a sense of service to their community.

It is a privilege and honor to partner with parents in the development of children, both spiritually and academically. We are committed to nurturing and cultivating the special talents and abilities instilled in every child by God. We are able to do this through our exceptional academic curriculum, a variety of fine arts offerings, competitive athletic programs, robust technology next-generation learning opportunities, missions and service focus, and most importantly, a Biblical faith and worldview that is the common thread running through everything we do.

If you have additional questions about how your family may become part of the St. Philip family, please call us at (773) 561-9830. It would be our pleasure to speak with you.


Donna Tennis


History & Beliefs

On the north side of Chicago stands a long-lasting tradition where students receive much more than just a great education. Students at St. Philip Lutheran School have been receiving a high-quality Christian education for over 80 years. During this time, over 2,000 students from the congregation and the community have passed through our halls.

St. Philip Lutheran Church began its ministry to the Chicago community in 1893. In 1937, the congregation decided to establish an elementary school and St. Philip Lutheran School was opened with 23 first and second-grade students. Today, St. Philip Lutheran School ministers to students, from preschool to 8th grade and is located in one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Chicago. This provides a great opportunity for outreach to the school families and the neighboring community. How does a school in an ethnically diverse urban setting personally meet the needs of its students and their families? By teaching to the whole child – spiritually, academically, and socially. This approach to education allows the school to develop students as responsible members of society who are prepared for the world around them.


Educating the spiritual aspect of a child has always been the major focus of St. Philip over the years. Through weekly chapel services, guest preachers, and daily religion lessons, the students’ faith is nurtured and strengthened. The teachers also play an important role in faith development as they model their faith to the students they care for. The students also have the ability to share their faith with others by leading chapel services, praying with members at local nursing homes, sharing their musical talents at community events, meeting other Christian teens during youth group, and participating in the weekly church services.


Students are taught much more than the core academic areas of religion, mathematics, language arts, science, and history. In the continual goal of meeting the needs of the whole child, St. Philip offers students an outstanding technology program, foreign language classes, music education, problem-solving classes and more. Through the creativity and dedication of their teachers, students are continually challenged to do their best in every area of education.

Students consistently score at or above grade level on standardized tests, attesting to the fact that they are receiving an excellent education. Students that graduate from St. Philip are ready to enter the high school of their choice and are able to handle the academic challenges that high school presents.


There are plenty of team-building activities for students to participate in while at St. Philip. The sports program allows students to participate in basketball, volleyball, track, cross-country, and bowling. Other activities include the yearbook committee and youth group.

St. Philip also offers after-school clubs in addition to the above programs. Past students have participated in the art club, dance classes, cooking club, chess club, basketball camp, and several others. These clubs are led by parents and members from the surrounding community who wish to share their talents with our students. These and other programs meet the needs of working parents by providing organized after-school activities in a safe environment.

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