Student Council

(Available to Grades 6 - 8)

The Middle School Student Council consists of six officer positions plus two home room representatives from each Middle School Homeroom.

Election season occurs at the beginning of each school year in which candidates plaster the middle school hallways with their creative campaign posters and canvass for votes among their Middle School peers.

The SPS Student Council runs several key initiatives throughout the year, including Middle School dances, Penny Wars, Toys for Tots, and various other service projects.  The program does wonders for helping students develop self-confidence, community service, and fiscal and leadership skills. 


(Competitive Public Speaking Club Available to Grades 5 - 8)

St Philip School has a  long and storied history as a flagship school of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Forensics League. This includes several top-five finishes as an overall team and for individual team members at the annual All-Stars Tournament.  

Students practice regularly as a group on a rotating basis Wednesdays after school and compete in the categories of drama, prose, poetry, declamation, impromptu, extemporaneous, and multiple reading at several individual tournaments throughout Fall and Winter.  A select group of only 10 individuals or multiple-reading teams is then selected for the highly-competitive All-Star tournament among the Program’s top-scoring students and senior team members.  The program culminates each year with the highly-anticipated Forensics Family Showcase in which all team members are given the opportunity to present their pieces for family and friends.

Chess Club

(Available to Grades 2 - 8)

SPS offers Chess Club as an academic enrichment opportunity for students in Grades 2 -8.  The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It also helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought, and self-discipline.  

Chess Club meets afterschool for five Thursdays in the Fall and another five Thursdays in the Spring and culminates with an intramural tournament at the end of the Spring session. The SPS Chess Club also occasionally participates in community chess events as they become available.

Craft Club

(Available to Grades K - 4)

This popular club is separated by Primary and Intermediate grades, with each group meeting after school on alternate first Fridays of each month.  The students develop crafting skills and make seasonal décor that often become beloved memorabilia from a young child’s SPS years. 


(Available to Grades 3 - 8)

This program is offered by the Parent Teacher Guild’s Lifetime Activities Committee in the Fall and Spring. All students in Grades 3-8 are eligible to participate.  PTG volunteers chaperone students as they walk to the Crafton Ingram Bowling Lanes afterschool on select Fridays for two rounds of bowling.  Parents and guardians pick up the children directly from the lanes at 5 p.m. You can find more details on the PTG Special Events page.

Meals on Wheels Club

(Available to Grades 4 & 5)

Students in grades 4 & 5 are invited to participate in the Meals on Wheels Club.  This club, which meets after school monthly, creates handmade favors to be placed in the meals of the clients of the local Meals on Wheels.  Students can attend one or all of the monthly sessions.  Flyers are sent home prior to each meeting with the date and time of the upcoming session, as well as the permission slip needed to attend.