Frequently Asked Questions
St. Luke’s School enrolls 300 students of all faiths from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8.
There are typically 16 students in Junior Kindergarten with two head teachers. In Kindergarten through Grade 5, we offer two sections, and the class size increases to approximately 18-20 students with two head teachers. Grades 6 - 8 have approximately 23 students per grade.
The overall student-teacher ratio is approximately 6:1. In Kindergarten - Grade 4, children learn in full groups, half groups, and small groups. In Grades 5 - 8, the program becomes increasingly departmentalized; students learn in full groups and half groups. There are special area teachers for foreign languages, art, dance, music, technology, science, library, world religions, and physical education.
The main entry points are in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Applications are accepted for any grade with anticipated openings. For entrance in September 2018, we are accepting applications for Junior Kindergarten - Grade 7.
While it varies from year to year, be assured that there are multiple openings each year in these grades, and we are eager to add qualified students of all faiths and backgrounds whose families embrace the school’s mission.
September 1 is the birthday cutoff date. Junior Kindergarten must be age four by September 1; and students entering Kindergarten will be age five by that date. Parents of children with summer or fall birthdays are encouraged to work with their pre-school or early childhood directors to determine school readiness.
St. Luke’s offers an Early Notification program to siblings; children of alumni, faculty and staff, and parishioners for Junior Kindergarten. We adhere to the Early Notification program established by the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).
For a complete description of the application process, please visit the Admissions section of this website. You can apply online or download the admissions application and mail it to the school. You should apply one year ahead of the anticipated entry. December 1 is the deadline for applications for the following September. Applications will be accepted after the admissions deadline only if there is an opening in a grade.
ERB testing is only required for Grades 2- 7. All students applying must complete standardized tests administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
Tuition and fees for 2017-2018 range from $45,220 - $45,775.
Financial Aid is available and is based on financial need. Currently about 27% of students receive Financial Aid.
It has always been a part of the mission of St. Luke’s School to be a diverse community. Families from a variety of racial, ethnic, national, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations are represented in our community. The current enrollment includes 37% students of color. 21% of the students receive financial aid. We actively embrace multicultural themes in our curriculum, and there is a focus on social issues, human rights, equity and justice inthe upper grades. There are active Diversity Committees for both parents and faculty.
The Financial Aid program seeks to make the School accessible to as many families of varying economic backgrounds as possible. Students at all grade levels are eligible to apply for Financial Aid.
You will find a list of schools to which recent graduates were admitted. Graduates attend a variety of competitive independent, public and parochial schools. The vast majority of students choose independent day schools in New York City. Others attend boarding schools, specialized public schools, or parochial schools.
The school is located on an historic garden block that it shares with the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields. The school campus consists of the main school buildings built in 1928 and 1955, a large outdoor playground, a garden where students grow plants, an annex off the playground, and access to the grounds and church. Facilities include:
Spacious, sunny classrooms that face the green spaces of the church/school grounds
Newly renovated state-of-the-art science lab
Newly renovated art studio
Fully equipped music room
Grace Sawyer Library with over 18,000 volumes
Media and Technology Lab
Two outdoor playgrounds
In a recent zip code analysis of enrolled students, we learned that almost 80% of the students come from downtown Manhattan. Because the school is directly across from the Christopher Street PATH station, there are students from New Jersey. Many children live in Brooklyn and Queens, in addition to students from both the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan.
The school playground is open for arrival each day at 8:00 a.m., and the school day begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Junior Kindergarten is dismissed at 2:35 p.m.; Kindergarten - Grade 3 are dismissed at 3:05 p.m.; and Grades 4 - 8 are dismissed at 3:25 p.m. All children are dismissed at 2:35 p.m. on Fridays.
Extracurricular activities, such as sports teams and the St. Luke’s Choristers, take place on various days of the week between 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The After School Program provides enrichment classes, supervised study, and childcare daily until 6:00 p.m. at an additional fee.
Yes. The After School Program is filled with enrichment programs and is available until 6:00 p.m. at an additional fee. Upper School students (Grades 5 - 8) often remain after school to participate in the interscholastic athletic program. They are also permitted to study in the library, work in the computer lab, or meet with teachers on Monday - Thursday until 4:30 p.m.
Students are expected to come to school in comfortable, clean, and age-appropriate clothing. Students do not wear uniforms at St. Luke’s School.
St. Luke’s School was founded in 1945 by the Church of St. Luke in the Fields. The governance and fiduciary responsibility for the school is delegated by the School Board. St. Luke's School became independent from the church in December 2012.
School events such as Chapel, Commencement, and special performances take place regularly in the church. Likewise, the school building is used for church and community functions. Choristers from St. Luke's School sing each Sunday under the direction of the church's director of music. Many of the plantings on the block are maintained by church volunteers, including the renowned garden of St. Luke’s that is open to the public daily
This unique relationship provides wonderful opportunities for mutual support, enrichment, and service.
St. Luke’s School actively seeks and serves families of all faiths. Our goal is to affirm and nurture students in their own spiritual lives, whatever their religious tradition. The religious education program takes a global approach to spirituality; starting with weekly classes in Junior Kindergarten and continuing through the grades with Chapel once or twice weekly. While based on the Episcopal liturgy, Chapel meetings are adapted to the changing needs and traditions of an interdenominational student body and faculty.
As an Episcopal School, we have a commitment to the integrity and responsibility of the individual, and to the importance of learning how to live and learn well within communities of diverse age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, religion, and socio-economic status. We are charged with helping children to respect themselves, learn about and respect each other, and experience joy in the world around them. We are each witnesses, in that it is what we do on a daily basis that holds the most significance. We believe in helping children learn how to use their gifts in ways that help others. Therefore, active participation, service, and respect for all are emphasized in school life.
St. Luke’s School follows the calendar of the Guild of Independent Schools of New York. View our calendar for details. Parents are reminded that regular attendance at school is extremely important for children at all grade levels. We ask all parents to plan family functions in accordance with the schedule of holidays and vacations.
Parents are valued members of the St. Luke’s School community. They provide critical perspectives about their child’s school experience; clear and open home-school communication is encouraged.
Parents volunteer in a variety of ways. They volunteer in the Grace Sawyer Library, chaperone Lower School field trips, and share family and cultural traditions. An active Parents Association provides funds to support the school’s programs through various events such the annual Christmas Fair and parent meetings on topics of interest. The Diversity & Community Building Committee provides educational forums and assists the school in continuing to fulfill its mission to be an inclusive place for all children and families.
Some students walk or are driven to school by a parent or caregiver. Children who take a subway or bus are entitled to a free student MetroCard. Manhattan residents can request free yellow school bus transportation from the Board of Education.