St. Philip School

ST. PHILIP SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT Saint Philip School is a Catholic school in which Pastor, Principal, teachers and staff recognize the importance of religious education, intellectual advancement, and the social and emotional growth of each child in our care.
Embracing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we strive to "teach as Jesus did.".

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 75 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $3,600
  • Acceptance rate: 99%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia and Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
75 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade
St. Philip School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
1 course
Advanced Courses
Algebra I for 8th graders
Classroom Dress Code
(uniform skirt/pants and knit shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Depends on whether you are a parishioner or not. Details available by calling school at 859-441-3423 x 4.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kimberly Brewer


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Academic Team, Baseball (local, not school sponsored), basketball, Chess club, Scouts, Soccer (local not school sponsored), volleyball, Youth Club

School Notes

  •  SAINT PHILIP SCHOOLOVERVIEWSaint Philip Parish School began in 1910 to educate the children of the parish in the faith and to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
  • The Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky have staffed and supported the school since its inception in 1909.
  • We presently have two sisters who volunteer at the school. We are a rural community committed to lifelong learning, through strong academics, education in the faith, living and sharing our faith through service to the local and broader communities, liturgical celebrations, social gatherings, and physical activities through sports in the context of the parish setting. Our pastor, Father Robert Rottgers is very supportive of our school.
  • He celebrates mass with students twice a week, attends and teaches at all of our sacrament meetings, offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation for students, eats often with teachers and students, attends school functions, helps judge our academic competitions, provides special classes when he is invited by teachers, visits and plays with students on the playground, and offers his warmth and support to all our students, families and staff. 
  • We have a very supportive and strong parent base.
  • Our PTC raises close to $20,000 a year for our school through various activities and sheer hard work.
  • They purchase new books, pay for field trips, and subsidize each teacher with a $250 budget a year, for classroom supplies.
  • In the past eight years, they have purchased our Spanish program, a new science series, new religion series, a new reading program, new social studies series, new computers for the school, new I-pads and Chromebooks for the classrooms, provided office supplies, purchased our copier, bought our buzzer for the new Academic Team, new desks and chairs throughout the school, and basically responded to every request in order to keep our tuition affordable and competitive and our fees reasonable. 
  • Our Finance Committee and pastor, through careful stewardship have gradually improved the financial stability of the parish.
  • We have an Endowment Fund to further insure the continuance and maintenance of the parish and its school. In 2010, we received a bequest of $50,000 to replace the school doors and gutters.  In 2014, the parish received a substantial bequest to offset the cost of major repairs around the church (new flooring, new altar furniture, parking lot repairs and sealant). 
  • We have received grants from several sources, including $10,600 for new math books, $14,000 for a new fire alarm system, $10,000 to help sustain the Norbert Frilling Education Fund.Our Athletic Booster`s Club provides an opportunity for each student to participate in a team sport and they supply playground equipment for our school.They maintain our sports facilities, including the Parish Center and our fields.
  • They too, work extremely hard on fund-raisers to continue our programs.
  • Sports programs include archery, soccer, basketball and volleyball teams which compete locally.Our school, though small with 72 students and 47 families, offers a community setting with relatively small classes, individual attention, and dedicated teachers.We compete in Diocesan Competition and have won trophies in speech and storytelling, art,and math.
  • We participate in and offer many opportunities for students to be involved and use their talents, including the Academic Team and chess club.Our Norbert Frilling Education Fund provides scholarships for needy students.  NFEF is supported by a grant from the Sisters of Divine Providence, fund-raisers hosted by the BOTCE, parish collections, and donations.Our school is supported by grants for computers, Smart-boards, laptops, projectors, library, and textbooks.Our Parish web-site is headed by our computer teacher, Mrs. Pam Wagner and maintained by volunteers. There are teacher blogs, on-line grades, and on-line lunchbox program are accessible to parents.Each classroom has a Smartboard, laptop/computers, and I-pad  that are all utilized in day-to-day teaching.We have access to Federal Funds, e-rate, and United Streaming for videos on all subjects.
  • Our new textbooks also come with the software for the texts.
  • Our library is also automated.
  • We have digital cameras and a video camera available for teachers.Academically:Academic Team for any students who want to participatethe Right to Life Essays and Conservation Essay contestBook AdventureStock Market Game and finance issues with Mr. KohlsCounselingSpeech Program offered by Campbell County SchoolsTutoring for DyslexiaTeacher aides SERVICE AND STEWARDSHIPService Learning ProgramAdvent and Lent Programs raise money and collect needed articlesCanned food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmasthe March for Life WalkSpecial collectionsSaint Jude Math-a-thonEverybody Counts LEADERSHIPHometown HeroesCLCParish Involvement
  • Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Musicians, Lectors, Servers, Song LeadersCommunity Involvement
  • Sisters of Divine Providence
  • Engineering Society
  • Campbell County Library
  • Saint Anne Convent
  • Veterans Hospital and Senior Living
  • ACTIVITIESAcademic TeamSportsVeterans Day Celebrations and national eventsRed Ribbon Week activitiesService LearningCentennial CelebrationsField DayField TripsSteps to RespectFuel Up Nutrition ProgramChessScouts We have room mothers who support our teachers and parents who drive for field trips.
  • They help out as aides in the classroom, some as steady helpers, and others who come in for special projects. 
  • We participate in the government lunch program and use the Title Funds available to us.
  • We also participate in the e-rate program, which provides rebates on our technology program. 
  • We recycle paper, plastic, cardboard and other items, and collect printer cartridges, Boxtops for Education, Campbells labels and Coke points to support our school program. 
  • We are proud of our history and the accomplishments and highlighted these as we
  • celebrated our one hundredth anniversary in 2010. 
  • Each year our students taking the high school entrance exams win scholarships.
  • Of nine students who graduated in 2010, three received scholarships. We are proud of the education students receive and feel that the scholarships indicate a job well done. 
  • We look forward to future growth, development and technological improvements in the educational experience here at Saint Philip.
  • Hundreds of children have passed through the hallways of this school receiving a memorable education.
  • Many times, they return to enroll their children, and so this "tradition of caring" continues.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I am impressed that St.Philip truly keeps up with technology. There are smartboards in every classroom as well as a wonderful computer lab. There are laptops, iPads and Chromebooks for the students to use in class.
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I have 3 children currently attending St. Philip School. I love having them in a small school! They receive a great deal of individual attention. One thing in particular I like is how they teach the older students leadership skills. This is demonstrated throughout many activities such as their Lenten groups; the music ensemble at Mass and reading with the younger students. St. Philip is a community, a family. It is one that I am very proud to be a part of.
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Saint Philip is a wonderful and beautiful Parish. I was Baptised in the church and attended grade school here. My wife and I are members and our children now go to school here. I couldn't imagine being a member of any other parish. This is family! Saint Philip Church, Saint Philip School
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 75 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $3,600
  • Acceptance rate: 99%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Kentucky is $6,956 for elementary schools and $8,112 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Kentucky is 92% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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