The Curriculum Advisor supports the Director by reviewing the lesson plans submitted by the teachers. All teachers prepare their lesson plans by means of a recently purchased program called planbook.com. The Curriculum Advisor prepares a weekly report that is sent to the Director and Headmaster; this weekly report includes information regarding the students’ grades. The Curriculum Advisor sees to it that teachers keep their grades and records up to date in the electronic grade books (PowerSchool). The Curriculum Advisor meets frequently with faculty members to address current areas of concern. The Curriculum Advisor evaluates the general performance of faculty.
The Director is responsible for the effective operation of the schools. The Director is responsible for implementing school policies, established by the Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri Pontifical Right. The Director, Headmaster, and faculty, in consultation with the parents, develop and organize methods to form a true Christian educational community. It is the duty of the Director and Headmaster to recruit, hire, assign, and terminate employment. The Director, as the primary administrative leader of the schools, promotes teacher development, supervising and implementing a curriculum appropriate to student need in accordance with the directives issued by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) and state authorities.
The Finance Director responsibility is to create and oversee the budget. The Oratory Schools’ administration must work constantly to find sufficient revenue to provide adequate educational service. Vigilance must be taken to keep the Oratory School community solvent.
The Plant Manager is in charge of the maintenance and repair of the physical facilities of the schools.
From the Oratory Community, eleven are chosen to form the Governance Board of which the Rector and the Director are always members. This Governance Board is vigilant in seeing that the Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri School System is guided both by the Pharr Oratory's Constitution and By-Laws and by the Domains and Areas of Focus of Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED). The Governance Board adheres to the Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri School System Policy Handbook that outlines the policies and regulations pertaining to the administration, staff, students, and parents. These handbooks and constitutions are located in the Administrator's office and may be requested at any time for review.
The Headmaster must be a person of recognized Christian virtue. While the Headmaster is directly responsible for the overall well-being of the Oratory Schools, most importantly, is his watchfulness that the Schools maintain their mission, philosophical underpinnings, and vision. In the hiring of teachers and staff, both the Headmaster and Director interview and make all decisions. The Headmaster is available as a counselor and spiritual guide for the entire school community.
The library is essential to the healthy academic functioning of the Oratory Schools. Therefore, the librarian exercises a critical position. The librarian must be up-to-date with regard to the Schools’ curricular needs to which the library’s holdings must always be adequately adjusted. The librarian also coordinates the library’s resources with the special yearly events found in the Director’s calendar.
The Pharr Oratory of Saint Philip Neri School System is under the auspices of the Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri Pontifical Right. This society of priests comes directly under Papal authority and works in collaboration with the Bishops of Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. On a scheduled basis, the Holy Father sends his delegate to visit the Pharr Oratory. As a papal institution, it is imperative that the Governance Board and staff uphold the established traditional teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
The President is concerned with the Oratory Schools’ relationship with the community at large; e.g., general development, communications, alumni offices. To better serve the needs of the school in marketing and public relations, the President participates in the administrative team’s meetings. At the meetings, the President is able to gather information about the school’s successes and challenges and coordinate with the Director scheduling events on the school calendar. The President also offers suggestions for the better function of the Oratory Schools. The President also shares the responsibility, with the Headmaster, of being vigilant of the school’s philosophy, mission and vision.
The Rector is the official representative of the Congregation of the Oratory. He protects the Catholic identity of the Oratory Schools while staying focused on its mission, philosophy, and spiritual formation of its faculty, staff, students, and their families. The Rector is ex officio a member of the Governance Board.
The Assistant Director assists the Director with the general supervision, evaluation, and administration of the schools, serving also as consultant to counselors for college and academic affairs, as school registrar and as campus minister.
The guidelines for regulation of the school are those outlined in the Principles and Standards for Accreditation by the Texas Conference Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC). The Pharr Oratory of Saint Philip Neri School System is visited by an accreditation team periodically, to assure that quality and adherence to the policies and regulations are met. Each staff member is responsible for familiarizing themselves with these regulations. Currently, the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) an approved affiliate of The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) with Texas Education Agency endorsement, designs and implements accreditation for Texas Catholic schools.