Frequently Asked Questions

It is our goal to communicate openly with you as we receive information about the expansion of our program. We recognize that these issues are important to your families, and we will share information on this page as frequently and as quickly as possible.

We thank you for partnering with us as we "Adapt" to our new building.

What was the construction timeline?

Prep work for construction began in June 2015 with the official groundbreaking scheduled to be June 2016. The addition was delivered to our school in the summer of 2017, well in advance of the beginning of school.

What is the size of the addition?

The two-story addition has added approximately 20,000 square feet, including 9 new classrooms, a spacious gym, new space for learning specialists, second science room, onsite dance room, an expanded music room, and an expanded multi-purpose performance space.

Who are the members of the design and construction team?

Andrew Bartle of ABA Studio
Chris Norfleet of Séamus Henchy and Associates, Inc.
Archstone Builders LLC

Has all of the money been raised for the expansion through philanthropy?

St. Luke's School continues to raise the funds necessary for this expansion project. Please check out Building Our Future for more information, or contact Jocelyn Bowman, Director of Advancement, at jbowman@stlukeschool.org.

In addition, St. Luke's has entered into a $12 million loan to finance the construction. The total cost of the project delivered in September 2017 is $27,000,000.

Will the Upper School follow the same pattern as the Lower School in terms of class schedules, student-teacher ratio, and number of teachers per grade?

Unlike the Lower School, where the additional class per grade will have an additional teacher and associate teacher, the Upper School will maintain the current structure, that is the “two groups per grade” model; however, each teacher will be teaching two groups of 15 or 17 students rather than 8 or 10. This will be a welcomed addition for both students and teachers, who will benefit from livelier interactions and dynamics in the groups.

Will the drama program change?

We have hired an arts integrator who works with the fine arts specialists and the classroom teachers. The drama program is designed according to what is developmentally appropriate for each grade and what integrates most successfully with the curriculum.

Ultimately, the program will contain both grade-level and class-specific productions depending on the age of the child, the nature of the material, and the needs of the curriculum.

Will the music program change? Will we still have one band and one chorus?

The music program will continue to focus on general music instruction and enjoyment from JK through Grade 6 and offer a choice of either Chorus or Band for Grades 7 and 8. We have hired a second, part-time music instructor for the 2017-18 school year.

What are the plans to accommodate the increased audience during the drama and music performances?

Our current gym has been converted to an auditorium able to seat our parent body and accommodate audiences for our productions.

How could the current playground change in future years?

We have rights to ground-level play space as part of our lease. The Church of St. Luke in the Fields has the right to build a community center on the stretch of playground along Hudson Street, roughly where the play structure is currently located. Once the church builds their community space in several years, we will use both the ground-level playground, most likely for the younger children, and a rooftop playground, most likely for our older children.

How will the PE program change in the long term due to additional classes and an increased nuimber of students?

The structure of PE will remain the same with each grade having classes from 3-4 times a week depending on what is developmentally appropriate. The larger gym is being designed to accommodate classes of 36 so PE will be taught one grade-level at a time.

The development of the dance program and the creation of a dance studio has allowed us to offer a strong physical education program and has opened up our current gym for more classes during construction.

Will the school expand use of indoor and outdoor offsite resources such as Pier 40 to accommodate the growth in the Upper School?

The school is always looking to maximize its use of offsite facilities to support our program.
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