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Mr. Phillips sitting on bench with two 8th grade students

Welcome to Regis!

This is the greeting you’ll receive from a Regis boy when you visit our campus. That greeting could come from a kindergarten boy or an eighth grade student as he shakes your hand and graciously holds the door open for you as you walk through the entry to our campus.

As you explore our website, I encourage you to discover what we call “The Regis Experience.” For every Regis boy, the journey begins when he learns and lives the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. The Goals are a roadmap for boys as they strive to develop who they are and what they can become.

We teach the whole-boy in an atmosphere that supports Gospel values and innovative academic principles. In today’s constantly changing academic and social landscape, a boy must navigate a rich terrain of digital tools and global perspectives. Opportunities to demonstrate integrity and responsibility are found around every corner for our students. Our Regis community is constantly engaged in serving others while empowering every boy to find his unique voice.

The remarkable story of Sacred Heart Education—which began over 200 years ago—continues to offer boys the skills needed in today’s modern world. Regis boys are leaders when they follow the words of our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, RSCJ, “Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others.”

Welcome to Regis!

Dennis Phillips
Head of School

Dennis Phillips

More About Mr. Dennis Phillips

Mr. Dennis Phillips has served as the Head of School since 2014.  Dennis has faithfully worked to ensure Regis has continued to be a nurturing, yet academically challenging school rooted in the Five Goals of the Sacred Heart. Under his leadership, Regis has retired over $2.5 million in debt, implemented a Math Lab Initiative, crafted and implemented the first and current Strategic Plan, rebranded Regis’ digital and print assets and completed countless facility improvements which included the construction of the new parking lot. In addition, Mr. Phillips wisely and empathically led our community through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and his leadership has helped to maintain in-classroom education for all Regis students during the current, unprecedented pandemic. Mr. Phillips has nurtured a dedicated faculty and administration who are committed to Sacred Heart education, empowering lifelong scholars and authentic, compassionate leaders.

Prior to joining Regis, Dennis served as Head of Middle School at Stuart Hall for Boys, San Francisco, CA; as Director of Campus Ministry Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, CA; and as Director of Religious Education and Campus Ministry Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL.

Dennis has served on numerous committees including ISAS, NAIS, and Sacred Heart Accreditation Teams.  Additionally, he has held leadership roles on Province-wide committees including the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals and the Network of Sacred Heart Spirituality Conference.  Dennis actively engages in ongoing professional development including participation in the Institute for New Heads of Schools, International Boys School Coalition annual conferences, Independent Schools Technology in Education Conferences, and Network of Sacred Heart Schools Spirituality Conferences. 

Dennis received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University (B.A., Geography and Environmental Science) and his graduate degree (M.A., Pastoral Counseling) from Loyola University Chicago.  He has additional graduate level coursework from Washington Theological Union and Catholic Theological Union.

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Looking out my office window I see green. Green grass, lush gardens, healthy trees, and yes, even a few weeds creeping up through the sidewalk cracks. For most of the months of June and July, Houston has collected a healthy dose of daily rain. At times I thought the Western United States would love some of our rains to quell the wildfires and drought conditions. Wouldn't it be desirable if every part of our nation enjoyed just the right balance of nature's riches?