The Vision of A. E. Phillips Laboratory School is to foster a learning community in which members become creative, self directed, lifelong learners and effective citizens in the technological and global society.
Mr. Andy Eugene Phillips, founder, said that “School should be a happy place.” This is the school’s motto. Faculty and staff desire for A. E. Phillips to be a model school, not simply in terms of academics, but the whole learning experience. They believe the relationships with students, colleagues, and the community are rewards for being an educator, and strive to not only positively impact the students academically, but also emotionally. From the moment students arrive on campus, they are greeted by teachers and administrators ready to welcome them with a hug, high-five, or “good morning.”
In the classroom, instruction is designed to be engaging where learners are interested, invested, and understand the reason they are learning the material presented to them. Teachers connect learning to the real-world. The faculty is trained in brain-based practices and provide engaging, innovative, and research-based instruction. Classrooms are inviting and allow for movement, collaboration, and learning stations. Flexible seating options are available in all classrooms. Students are also provided recess and physical education every day. Play is valued. Sunlight is valued. Time to simply be a kid is valued.
One unique aspect of A. E. Phillips is the emphasis on the arts. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade take art, music, or visit the library, daily. Older students have elective courses that are designed to challenge and enrich students as well as teach life and leadership skills. A variety of field trips, connected to in-class learning, provide enrichment to the student’s education. Many clubs and sports also provide students opportunities to spend time learning and participating in areas of interest. The social-emotional and mental health of students is a constant consideration as well. A. E. Phillips Laboratory School has a full-time licensed professional counselor that is available to support students and connect families to community resources. This combination of caring support and highly effective instruction is proving to prepare students for the next chapters in their education.