Principal: Theressa Manzanedo
Grades: K - 6
Phillips Charter School is named for Birdice Phillips who donated this site on the corner of Shetler and Shurtleff streets. Our school was built in 1953 and has grown to house twenty-five classrooms, two computer labs, a library, pre-school, tutoring center, community room and a large multipurpose area with a complete stage.
Students at Phillips are enveloped in a world of academic achievement, enrichment opportunities, and high expectations for student behavior. “Eagle Pride” is evident in the many ways students are celebrated for their positive behaviors, attitudes, and academic growth. Both students and staff share a stimulating, structured, success-oriented learning atmosphere. Students reach their highest learning potential in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment where children, families, and staff are respected.
At Phillips, we believe that an educated person must also be an ethical, caring, socially responsible citizen. Phillips’ motto is “Be kind, safe, respectful, and responsible.” These school-wide core values serve as the underlying guiding foundation for developing socially responsible citizens. All teachers promote these values in their classrooms, and students are rewarded during all-school assemblies for exhibiting these behaviors. An educated person is also adaptive, open to change, and respectful of others’ diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Phillips students develop respect and concern for others and leadership skills through such opportunities as Student Council and annual school-wide community service activities.
As a charter school, Phillips has the autonomy to provide a high quality choice to our parents, students, and teachers. Our charter status allows us programmatic flexibility to institute such unique elements of our instructional program as comprehensive music, physical education, and technology programs. Other unique aspects of our program include teaching all four core academic areas of math, English Language Arts (ELA), science, and social science in all grades K-6, and innovative instructional approaches such as team teaching in grade 6. In addition, we are one of only two schools in the district to offer elementary school students the opportunity to continue on to grade 6, offering a rigorous academic program within a nurturing elementary school setting.
Phillips is at the forefront of engaging students in Project Based Learning as a means of instilling in students the skills that are critical for success in the 21st century such as cross cultural collaboration, information literacy, critical thinking and oral and written communication.
Enrichment activities play a large part in the lives of both the students and staff. Robust and on-site technology, music and fitness programs make Phillips distinct among elementary schools in the community.
After school, students who enjoy technology may participate in the Yearbook, Television Workshop or Digital Story Telling groups. Musically inclined children can join the Soaring Eagles Band, Strings, Chorus or the Orff Ensemble which teaches music with a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of percussion instruments. Students are supported along the journey to becoming or remaining physically through extracurricular activities such as Girls On The Run, Soccer Club, or our monthly Family Fun Runs.
Phillips Charter School recognizes that parents and other family members are a child's first teachers. Phillips is committed to keeping families informed and engaged in their children's education through ongoing reporting of student progress, volunteer opportunities, and school events. Parents can participate in the school’s governance in various ways. Our Charter School Advisory Council includes parent representatives. In addition, parents may participate in the Parent Faculty Club to help raise any needed funds for such priorities as curriculum enhancement, technology or other equipment, program improvement, and facilities improvement. Finally, parents participate in other ad hoc committees as the need arises.
Phillips has partnered with Queen of the Valley Hospital in developing and offering on-site classes for parents as part of the Napa Valley Parent University program. Parents are able to take classes on such topics as leadership in the school and community, health and nutrition, parenting and how to be an effective volunteer.