About SPN

Curriculum and Instruction

  • 15:1 student to teacher ratio in grades K-5
  • Service Learning - class and schoolwide service projects to connect with and enrich the local and global community 
  • 21st Century Learning - critical thinking and problem solving,collaboration and communication, innovation and creativity
  • Core curriculum - religion, mathematics, social studies, science and language arts aligned to standards
  • Enrichment for all classes - Spanish, art, music, garden science, library, physical education, and STEAM      
  • Technology infused throughout the curriculum    
  • Middle School Electives - broadcasting, media, robotics, public speaking, study skills, technology, drama, art, and genius hour.

Saint Philip Neri is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Student Body 
Students come from Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Pablo, and Vallejo. 

Daily Schedule 
The school follows a trimester system, and the school day begins at 8 a.m. with a community prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Dismissal for students varies by grade level: 

2:30 p.m. TK and Kindergarten (2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays) 
3:10 p.m. Grades 1 to 8 (2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays) 
12 noon on Minimum days (all grades)

To ensure the safety of the students, any student remaining on campus after 3:25 p.m. (or 2:25 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 12:15 p.m. on minimum days) will be escorted to Share and Care and required to stay there until picked up by their parent/guardian (or authorized adult). 

Lunch Period 
All students have a 40-minute lunch period with adequate time set aside for eating their lunches, and play time before or afterwards; Kindergarten has lunch at their play area across the street in the annex and does not come to the main school yard for lunch or recess. 

The students eat their lunch outdoors in the picnic area and/or school yard, or in the classrooms, depending on weather conditions.

Share and Care Extended Care Program 
Before school: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. 
After school: 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays; 12 noon on Minimum Days).