An Integrated Education

We are committed to individual, interpersonal, and institutional growth so we can welcome and affirm all families and their children.

Our program is rigorous and developmental:

WE USE STUDENTS' STRENGTHS TO HELP THEM DEVELOP IN ALL AREAS.

We consider all subjects core to the student learning experience. By the same right, all aspects of a student's life are important in their school experience: curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular. Our approach to academics is to integrate and marry subjects, and not to hold one above the other. At each grade level, homeroom and specialist teachers collaborate with one another to create essential questions, determine crosscutting concepts, and develop performance-based assessment tasks. Based on this collaboration and their individual expertise and knowledge of professional standards for their grade level, they design curriculum to support children as they achieve their educational goals.

At St. Luke’s, interdisciplinary teaching allows content from one subject area to reinforce another and open up fresh insights.

From nurturing pre-K childhood development activities, through a challenging yet balanced elementary and middle school curriculum, St. Luke’s School offers one of the very best private school academic programs in Manhattan. The academic program balances basic skills and critical thinking with collaborative learning and interdisciplinary study. The school comprises two divisions: Lower School (Junior Kindergarten - Grade 4) and Upper School (Grades 5 - 8). The core curriculum in reading, writing, and mathematics is complemented by science, world language, physical education, and multimedia technology. At St. Luke's, learning is fostered through a sense of belonging. Students find their sanctuaries within the larger fabric of the school community: in the library, which serves as community center and the heart of St. Luke's; in the After School Program, which offers a varied selection of classes or private music lessons; in our Athletics program, where students build a sense of teamwork. Service Learning, Social-Emotional Learning, and Learning Support Services are woven into school life. This way, every student has the support they need to develop into a thoughtful, engaged citizen with a foundation in leadership skills and equanimity, and the tools they need to succeed in academics and beyond.

St. Luke's has had integrated library and drama programs for almost twenty years. In the last ten years, we’ve focused on integrating more aspects of the curriculum. We are committed to arts integration because it uses the power of art to engage students in experiential learning, which is critical in developing creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills.

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Students visited the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop farm as an introduction to their urban agriculture unit. At the farm, they got to see a sustainable working farm in action. They will continue to learn about where food comes from, plant science, composting, honey bees, and chickens.

Grade 4 hosted a poetry café comprised of original works. The themes ranged from color poems to family metaphors. The students created their own ice cream flavors to the tune of Bleezer’s Ice Cream in a rhythmic and flavorful performance, ending with their own rendition of “I Love Rocky Road."

Grade 8 students travelled to Washington Heights to volunteer at El Nido where they cleaned and repaired toys, sorted clothes, and packaged utensils to help the organization in their mission to support families with young children.

Grade 7 thespians brought Part One of “The Immigrant’s Journey” to life. Reflecting on the struggles of starting a new life and the sacrifices associated with assimilating into a new culture, our students navigated complex topics with emotion and purpose.

Grade 1 dazzled Lower School with their performance of the St. Luke's classic "Echolocation." After the traditional overview of bat life, students remixed the song, chanting 'echolocation' to the tune of 'We Will Rock You' as they clapped and stomped their feet. "One word: amazing," one student raved after the song, while another called the performance "better than the original!

Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school. To mark the occasion, they created artwork that visually represents what 100 looks like.

Grade 3 impressed our community with their extinct animal museum. They created beautiful dioramas to teach parents, students, and faculty about the animals that once walked the earth.