Upper School
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The Upper School curriculum simultaneously challenges and supports our older students.

Dear St. Luke’s Families and Friends,

I started as Head of the Upper School four years ago after 20 years of independent school experience in New Jersey, and I have never looked back! Like most visitors, I was initially drawn to St. Luke’s by its picturesque location in Greenwich Village surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not long after entering its gates to the sounds of children playing, I found several more compelling reasons to join this special community. The community standards of excellence, honesty, dignity, compassion, and respect are proudly displayed in the front entrance, and every professional staff member you meet deeply cares about the children’s safety and well-being. I consider it a privilege to work with some of the most talented and caring faculty I have met across my career, and I am energized by the school’s mission to teach young people to become leaders who truly care about their world and others.

I am especially proud to be part of a school community which values social-emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as highly as a rigorous curriculum integrated and supported by the arts and athletics. The Advisory program promotes student well-being by allowing our faculty to connect with each student daily and develop an understanding of each child’s strengths, challenges, and emotional and academic needs. Upper School curriculum offers a traditional mix of classes such as math, science, history, English, and world language, as well as humanities, STEM, art, physical education, music, drama, electives, and dance. In addition to the content-specific essential skills, Upper School faculty encourage students to become independent and to make connections between the classroom and their world. Project-based learning, field trips, discussion-based classes, and interactive, hands-on learning are integral parts of St. Luke’s commitment to develop critical thinkers, creative and collaborative problem solvers, and just leaders.

In these years, which are so fraught with unprecedented challenges, I love knowing each day that I work in a place where heart is just as important as mind, and children don’t just learn to live with each other but for each other.

With gratitude,

Lauren Mazzari
Head of Upper School

Headshot of Lauren Mazzari

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

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