Miguel Brito became Head of School for St. Philip’s Academy, the precursor to Philip’s Academy, in the fall of 2000. In the ensuing years he doubled the size of the student body, and dramatically increased the annual fund and capital giving. He also spearheaded the $22 million capital initiative for the new school site at 342 Central Avenue. The school building is designed as a learning tool around the United States Green Building Council’s guidelines for LEED silver certification, and will be the current “home” of Philip’s Academy Charter School. In September 2008, through the vision and direction of Mr. Brito, St. Philip’s Academy launched EcoSPACES, a comprehensive initiative that creates a unique model environment, which cultivates an ecological consciousness in Newark’s young population. In 2009, he launched the 21st Century Learning Center and a comprehensive program of technology in grades K-8.
Mr. Brito came to St. Philip’s from The Dwight Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, where he served as the Director of College Guidance and Testing for 17 years. For much of this time he coached varsity football, basketball and golf. His educational background includes a B.A. in Latin American History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in Colonial African History from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. After completing his education, he spent two years teaching in the public schools of New Bedford, MA before moving to St. George’s School in Newport, RI. He served for three years as Assistant Dean of Students, history teacher and coach. Mr. Brito then accepted a position at the United States Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal as the Managing Director of the ESL program. In 1979, he returned to the independent school world as a teacher and administrator at Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA. Until 1983 he served as Chair of the History Department as well as Director of College Guidance and Counseling. He is currently a member of the board of the following organizations; Educational Records Bureau and Gill St. Bernard’s’ School, and is on the advisory committee for The Willow School.