A. E. Phillips Laboratory School is known as a premier school in the state of Louisiana due high student achievement and the contributions of the leadership and faculty to the field of education. The director, Dr. Joanne Hood, is member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and has served the Louisiana Association of Principals in many capacities, most recently as the president from 2012-2014. In the summer of 2014, Dr. Hood served on the Louisiana state Principal of the Year Selection Committee. Before coming to A. E. Phillips in 2012, she was recognized as one of Louisiana's first School Turnaround Specialists and has since joined College of Education at Louisiana Tech University to teach educational leadership courses each quarter.
The teachers at A. E. Phillips are also leaders in their own right. Many serve as adjunct professors for Louisiana Tech and clinical school faculty members for numerous teacher candidates. Teachers often host classes of observers and serve as guest speakers for college courses as well. They not only seek professional development locally, but also to become specialists in their content area. Teachers have traveled to Missouri for the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, Nevada for the National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies, and France to attend The Creativity Workshop, to name a few. Teachers at A. E. Phillips often train other teachers in research-based strategies and present at local, regional, and national conferences. They participate in focus groups and have served on numerous committees such as the state of Louisiana's Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence.
Teachers are committed to life-long learning. Ninety-six percent of teachers at A. E. Phillips have earned advanced degrees and many hold specialist certifications. In addition, three are National Board Certified. Ninety-five percent are highly effective according to 2013-2014 COMPASS observation ratings. A. E. Phillips' teachers are recognized for their leadership. Since the last Advanc-Ed accreditation review, they have earned awards such as Ruston Young Educator of the Year, Lincoln Parish Teacher of the Year, Regional Teacher of the Year, and Louisiana Elementary Teacher the Year. Other awards include the Louisiana Tech Doctoral Teaching Award and Doctoral Research Award. Several have been awarded grants to fund professional development and special projects at A. E. Phillips from A+PEL and Louisiana Tech such as the Lagniappe Ladies in 2012 and 2014.
Parental involvement is an essential factor in the success of A. E. Phillips. Many parents are members of the Parent Faculty Council and the Principal Advisory Council. Events such as musical programs, field trips, Spring Fling, and the Boosterthon Fundraiser would not be possible without their support. Their partnership with the faculty A. E. Phillips is a contributing factor in the academic success of the students. A. E. Phillips students earned a 98% proficiency rating on standardized testing in the spring of 2014 with 71% of students scoring Mastery or Advanced. In 2014, the Student of the Year from A. Philips was selected as the 5th grade Student of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
Students not only shine in the classroom, but also in extra-curricular activities. In recent years, the A. E. Phillips choir has earned Superior ratings at the District Choral Classic Festival and many students have been selected as members of the All-State Choir. In 2012, the Bullpup cheerleaders were selected as the National Champions by the National Cheer leading Association. In 2014, the kindergarten through second grade boys cross country team won the cross country State Championship.