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be a scholar academics

What does it take to inspire young difference in the lives of others? At it starts with our teachers. St. Luke’s Teachers: Turning Students into Scholars In every classroom and across every discipline, St. Luke’s teachers empower their students to acquire knowledge, use knowledge effectively, and retain knowledge as a foundation for further intellectual growth, civic involvement, and empathic relationships with others. Our mission is to teach our students to be lifelong learners who are good citizens of the world. Since its founding, St. Luke’s School has stressed that students must

“Interpret, explain,

apply, reflect ... this is what St. Luke’s students do every day. Guiding young scholars in intellectual exploration, and pushing them to think independently and originally, is what our teachers do best.

strive to do their personal best and develop good character. “Emphasizing the necessity for thoroughness and care in teaching those fundamentals are the true foundations of culture and education,” said St. Luke’s School founder, Edward Blakely, a Harvard alumnus, inventor, and renaissance man. Blakely's vision is as alive at the school today as it was in 1928.

— Mark Bisson, Dean of Academics and English Teacher

“Everyone is encouraged to

try a lot of things and to pursue things we’re interested in through our studies and extracurricular clubs.

— Connor, 7th Grade Student

minds, to make a St. Luke's School, St. Luke’s teachers are experts in their disciplines and demonstrate passion for their subjects, be they English literature, history, social and natural sciences, mathematics, world languages, computer science, or the fine and performing arts. Our talented faculty makes possible a range of courses for upper school students

“I look for teachers who show enthusiasm

for life, a love of learning, a commitment to students, and a mastery of their subject matter. I look at the quality of teaching and the quality of their interactions in and out of the classroom. –- Mark Davis, Head of School

that reach beyond the traditional college preparatory curriculum to include Mandarin Chinese, robotics, forensic science, United States foreign policy in the twentieth century, and a wide variety of advanced placement courses. “To foster the pursuit of excellence and strength of character has endured as the underpinning of the School’s educational philosophy for three quarters of a century. Excellence and character, the cornerstones of our founder’s vision, remain the keystones of our vision for St. Luke’s today,” says Head of School Mark Davis.

“ Everywhere they look, students see faculty who are inspired by and passionate about their subjects.

— Jim Decatur, English Teacher, Coach, and St. Luke’s Parent

The teachers push me further than I could have gone by myself.

— Malcolm, 10th Grade Student

At the middle school level our teachers nurture critical thinking skills, the bedrock of any strong liberal arts curriculum. Thereafter, teachers stress the application of critical skills in the upper school. In both divisions of the school, teachers use an integrated approach to teaching science and technology, while also placing a strong emphasis on global connections and social responsibility. Our teachers play many roles in the classroom: part guide to lead students and challenge them to explore new paths, part coach to push them beyond their capabilities and applaud them when they accomplish something great. Our teachers measure students’ success and accomplishments both by the journey and the outcome. In so doing, our teachers focus on the whole child, delivering an educational program that fosters the pursuit of excellence, all the while cultivating strong minds and healthy bodies through the traditional curriculum and the arts, physical education, and athletics. As a result, the students are well prepared for college and for life.

“The teachers here are

incredibly supportive. They are always available if you need extra help, if you don’t understand something, or if you want to investigate something further.

— Alexa, 10th Grade Student

“ St. Luke’s gives you more

independence than other schools. Teachers here expect you to be self-reliant, whether it’s managing your time or asking for help if you don’t understand something. I’ve definitely matured here.

— Allie, 10th Grade Student

St. Luke’s Students as Scholars St. Luke’s students are encouraged to be self-reliant and to pursue their intellectual passions. Supported by great teachers who model how to be scientists, mathematicians, historians, or artists, students move out into new territory, exploring, interpreting, and applying what they learn. They reflect, share their perspectives with others, and demonstrate deep understanding. St. Luke’s teachers welcome the opportunity to help students meet high standards, and they recognize that intellectual interests and strengths vary with each individual. The school’s climate celebrates strengths, while also helping students become well-rounded young adults. Ultimately, we want to challenge students and provide meaningful academic experiences that prepare them to succeed at highly selective colleges and universities. When students graduate from St. Luke’s, they are critical thinkers, demonstrating strong character and social responsibility, and exhibiting personal growth and maturity.

“There isn’t

a typical St. Luke’s kid. Students here feel comfortable being themselves, pursuing what they want.

— Eliza, 10th Grade Student

School Culture and Community: The Right Environment for Scholars to Thrive St. Luke’s is a lived experience. Visit the school any day, and you can feel the energy of the students and the enthusiasm of the teachers. Such an environment — dynamic, friendly, and supportive — is highly conducive to learning. A challenging academic curriculum in a small-class-size setting allows for individualized attention and class participation. The bricks and mortar of our facilities contribute to scholarly excellence, providing the setting that makes scholarly work possible. Renovations in recent years

“ The teachers care so much. Students come first at St. Luke’s.

— Parent of Middle School Student

have significantly upgraded the school’s facilities. The Godfrey Library contains over ten thousand volumes, numerous newspaper and periodical subscriptions, a significant video collection, and access to multiple online databases. Our classrooms are equipped with technology to support teaching and learning. Our computer labs support multiple platforms, so students may use either Windows or Macintosh systems. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, our Performing Arts Center is a true teaching theater, while the Athletic Center, stadium, and fields host a range of sports. In our school community, we emphasize collegiality, strength of character, mutual respect, and diversity in relationships between students and faculty, among individual students, and among faculty, staff, and administration. An unpretentious culture permeates our campus, which many of our students and families describe as a “family feeling.” We expect our students to embrace these values and to lead by example both on and off campus. We are proud that a committee of students wrote the St. Luke’s Honor Code, and that as a community of learners and friends, all students pledge a commitment to the honor code each year. St. Luke’s believes in the importance of the global community beyond its hilltop campus and participates in several international study programs. We offer cultural exchange programs with high schools in France and China, and spring break study trips abroad that link ancient history with the present.

“ The physical changes to the school are

incredible — Athletic Center, Performing Arts Center, new technology in the classrooms — but to me, that’s just extra. My children go to St. Luke’s because of the teachers. — Parent of Middle School Student

“I can make a difference in these kids’ lives.”

— Elaine Greene, Math Department Chair and Teacher

Scholarship and Social Responsibility: Empathy and Service to Others From our very beginnings, a fundamental appreciation for service to the wider community has been central. It is embedded as part of the curriculum and is a requirement for graduation. Many students go well beyond the graduation requirements and live out the St. Luke’s mission of lifelong learning and social responsibility in remarkable ways. St. Luke’s students volunteer throughout the year. Middle school community service projects are organized around a theme that students study and act upon, such as the environment or hunger and homelessness. Upper school students typically engage in more self-directed projects while also participating in projects organized by the school. In recent years, students have reached out to many different local and international communities. They have presented musical entertainment to residents of local nursing homes; organized clothing, food, and toydrives; and participated in urban redevelopment construction projects. These and so many other volunteer endeavors by our students demonstrate our core philosophy that personal commitment to service begins at home.

“The college application process

at St. Luke’s is unbelievable. It includes six formal meetings between my counselor, my parents and me, and my counselor is writing a personal recommendation about me. Colleges see the opportunities I've been exposed to here.

—- Phil, 12th Grade Student

College Counseling Designed and structured to guide students and parents through all aspects of the college selection and application process, our college counseling program represents a capstone experience for St. Luke’s families. Our counseling is comprehensive, proactive, and individualized. The program is focused on four key components: education, information, organization, and advocacy. Students are taught to think clearly about their various interests and abilities by going through a rigorous self-assessment. They are guided through a range of complex issues associated with competitive college admissions. Our counselors help each student complete a series of discrete steps related to the college search and application procedure in a timely fashion. After shepherding each student through the search and application processes, counselors turn their attention to advocating for students by writing detailed counselor recommendations and by calling the admissions offices at targeted colleges to highlight students’ strengths and address any issues. Consequently, our students can be confident that they have presented themselves to colleges as advantageously as possible.

St. Luke’s School 377 North Wilton Road P.O. Box 1148 New Canaan, CT 06840 tel 203-966-5612 fax 203-972-3450 email

be an athlete athletics

The Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano — reflecting the classical ideal of “a sound mind in a sound body” — guides the athletic program at St. Luke’s and supports our commitment to educating the whole child. From team sports to physical and health education, from middle school through upper school, athletics augment the academic experience and represent an integral component of daily life at the school. Through their participation, and through learning from teachers and coaches who emphasize the total physical, moral, and emotional health of each athlete, students learn the importance of teamwork, grow in character, and develop a healthy self-image. St. Luke’s students participate in extracurricular activities over three seasons (fall, winter, and spring). With a variety of team and individual sports, including 18 varsity teams among their options, it is no wonder that the overwhelming majority of students choose at least one sport over the course of an academic year. In addition, St. Luke’s is proud of its high teacher/coach ratio, as over 85% of the coaches are also teachers of academic subjects. The effort of athletic competition at all levels, and the fun, developmental activities of the middle school physical education program foster strong relationships between students and teachers. Based upon a foundation of mutual respect and shared experiences, these connections reinforce the values of the school and often last a lifetime.

“ Over the course of one season, I see my players change.

Their playing ability improves and they mature in their roles both on and off the field — how they handle responsibility, sportsmanship, respect, dedication to a task. I try to give them life lessons as I coach them, and they give back to me as well. What I give to my players I get back tenfold. — Camille DeMarco-Havens, Associate Dean of Students, Health Teacher, Coach, and St. Luke’s Parent

“ I’m constantly impressed by the high quality of students here. They’re always giving 110%, whether it’s participating on a team, studying in class or writing for the newspaper.

— Tim Sullivan, Middle School Math Teacher and Coach

The St. Luke’s Athletic Center is the crown jewel of the school’s athletic facilities. Dedicated in May 2004, this building houses a basketball-volleyball








dropdown batting cages, four international squash courts, a fitness center, a large multipurpose room, a well-equipped training facility, changing rooms for referees and umpires, and several meeting rooms. Next to the Athletic Center lies Watson Field at Pedrick Stadium, which was dedicated in the fall of 2005. Though used primarily for football and lacrosse, the impressive field has a modern, synthetic turf that permits year-round play in all types of weather and can also accommodate soccer, lacrosse and a variety of other recreational activities. The stadium includes a press box and a sophisticated sound system for broadcasting games to those in attendance and over the campus radio station, WSLX, to our community beyond the Hilltop. Two natural grass fields and a synthetic turf practice field are also available for team play.

“ I’m really close with one of my

coaches. He helps me with sports, but I can talk to him about anything … my schoolwork, personal stuff, whatever. He’s like my third parent. —- Rachel, 9th Grade Student




Boys’ Football

Boys’ Basketball

Boys’ Baseball

Boys’ Soccer

Girls’ Basketball

Girls’ Softball

Girls’ Field Hockey

Boys’ Squash

Boys’ Lacrosse

Girls’ Soccer

Girls’ Squash

Girls’ Lacrosse

Girls’ Volleyball

Paddle Tennis (5-8)

Boys’ Tennis

Cross Country

Weight Room (9-12)

Girls’ Tennis


Sports Administration Council (SAC)




Weight Room (9-12)


Sports Administration Council (SAC)

Weight Room (9-12) Yoga (5-8) Sports Administration Council (SAC)

“ My children have

flourished at St. Luke’s. Every one of them has been active in sports. It’s very family-oriented with a wide diversity of students. There are so many opportunities.

— Parent of Four St. Luke’s Students

“I’ve had so many opportunities In middle school, every student

here because of sports. I can’t imagine my time at St. Luke’s without them.

who tries out for a sport will have

— Amy, 12 Grade Student

a chance to play and learn the fundamentals




Although middle school teams compete against teams from other schools, at this level coaches emphasize skill development, the team experience, and participation more than winning. We strive to improve students’ coordination and motor skills, to develop in them a lifelong interest in sports, and to provide them with opportunities to have fun. On the playing fields and courts of St. Luke’s or at one of our neighboring independent schools, each student is given every opportunity to improve his or her overall fitness, to develop good sports habits and healthy competitive attitudes, and to take advantage of a positive outlet for school spirit.


Varsity and junior varsity sports are reserved primarily for upper school students, although qualified middle school students may be invited to try out. While coaches at the varsity and junior varsity level look for opportunities for everyone to play, athletes at these levels compete for playing time and teams compete against other schools within the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and the New England Private Schools Athletic Conference (NEPSAC), including the following local schools: ■

Brunswick School

Greens Farms Academy

Greenwich Academy

Hackley School

Hamden Hall School

Hopkins School

King & Low-Heywood Thomas School

Rye Country Day School

St. Luke’s has had a long and successful history with competitive high school athletics, winning league and New England championships in many sports and sending student-athletes on to play intercollegiate sports at the Division I, Division II, and Division III levels. Above all, however, we are proud of the character taught by our coaches, the commitment displayed by our athletes, and the school spirit exhibited by our fans. All athletes are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play on and off the playing field. Team captains are invited to participate in a formal leadership program called the Captains’ Leadership Forum. This forum meets regularly and helps these students grow into their leadership roles and responsibilities beyond each person’s specific team. At St. Luke’s, athletics reinforce the community and civic values emphasized in the school mission and throughout the academic curriculum.

St. Luke’s School 377 North Wilton Road P.O. Box 1148 New Canaan, CT 06840 tel 203-966-5612 fax 203-972-3450 email

be an artist


Be Creative - Imagine, Photograph, Compose, St. Luke’s educates the whole student. Through our performing and fine arts programs, the school fosters an enjoyment in the arts, improves individual skills, and helps students understand the importance of personal experience and identity. Our teachers make these goals a central feature of their classrooms by stimulating curiosity and encouraging exploration, self-definition, and production.

“The students like

St. Luke’s believes that every student should be exposed to a variety of

questions that are not easily answered. They are very open to possibilities. — Nancy Sarno, Art Teacher

media and participate in the joy of individual creation through guided, hands-on classroom assignments and performances. We emphasize interdisciplinary learning in middle school as students discover the cross-cultural impact of different types of music and art. The emphasis in upper school is on cultivating every student’s unique artistic voice, whether in song, clay, or any other artistic medium. The arts curriculum is designed to help students explore who they are and the role they play within a larger, global context. Students are guided to discover and develop their skills in presentation, to prepare for auditions, exhibitions, and competitions, and if desired, to pursue their talents as a course of study in college or as a lifelong vocation.

“Our son was getting lost in public school. He was always

interested in art, but he wasn’t able to pursue it. At St. Luke’s, he feels appreciated for who he is. He feels listened to and there are outlets for his interests. As parents, we feel the connection with the faculty: they are available, we feel attended to, and they know our son, both his strengths and his weaknesses. — Parent of Upper School Student

Design, Paint, Sculpt, Sing, Play, and Act “ On our Art Department office door, we

have posted a quotation written by Pablo Casals: ‘You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.’

—- Susan Cole, Art Department Chair and Teacher

In visual arts, the faculty use two-dimensional and threedimensional media to strengthen our students’ skills based on imagination, memory, and observation. Our approach is holistic: we encourage students to create with thought, emotion, and energy. We emphasize elements and principles of design, exposure to various materials and techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of art from a cross-section of genres, cultures, and periods. St. Luke’s is fortunate to have first-class facilities for every creative discipline. The Art House, the first structure one passes when entering the campus, houses studios for drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, studio art (including advanced placement studio art), and digital imaging. Large windows provide ample natural light with views of the woods beyond. Open spaces encourage communication between teachers and students. Once a family home among the modern designs that dot the landscape of New Canaan, the Art House is the perfect environment in which to foster artistic development.

“There is so much

talent in our community! I envision St. Luke’s School as a magnet school for music and theater.

— Dale Griffa, Music Department Chair, Teacher, and Director

At St. Luke’s, we recognize the academic and social insights one gains in creating art and appreciating the art of others. Completed artworks are displayed regularly in the gallery of our main building, also called the Community Court, and provide visual stimuli for our students, faculty, parents, and visitors to discuss and admire. The instrumental and choral rehearsal halls reside in the main campus building. The technical capabilities of this department entice budding recording artists. Twelve G5 Power Macs with MIDI interfaces

“The students want to

know that you as a teacher appreciate what they have to say or think about, and that you value them. I know I learn as much as anyone I teach.

— Robert Leinbach, Music Teacher

support the music technology lab; each station provides the user with the equipment to compose and record both sequenced and digital audio via a keyboard and the latest software. The band room is equipped with a full array of instruments and state-of-theart recording equipment. There are also several rehearsal spaces to complement the performance-centered curriculum. To expose young minds to this world of sound, we require fifth grade students to take a general music class and sixth grade students choose between choir and band. Classes and electives available as appropriate from seventh grade through twelfth grade include concert band, jazz band, piano class (with music theory), AP music theory, music history and literature, jazz history, and electronic music and sound recording.

“My life at St. Luke’s

Vocal performance options in the Music Department include the fifth and sixth grade choirs; the boys’ choir and girls’ choir in seventh and eighth grades; chorale (a mixed ensemble in the upper school), and Take 9, a small performance group. Our performance-based music curriculum prepares St. Luke’s students for vocal competitions with demonstrated success: St. Luke’s students have been selected for the highly competitive Connecticut Music Educators’ Association Western Region Honor Choir, Connecticut All-State Choir, American Choral Directors’ Association Eastern Region Honor Choir, the New England Music Festival Concert Band, and New York University’s CAP 21 summer intensive musical theater program. In addition, the chorale and jazz band have received awards at national competitions, such as the grand champion award at the Florida All-Star Music Festival.

would be so different without the music program. The school has just about every musical instrument you can imagine and makes the instruments available to students for lessons and practice starting in fifth grade. That’s when I started and now I’m in concert band and jazz band. The teachers care about me as a person as well as a musician. Now I plan on studying music in college. — Matt, 10th Grade Student

“The Performing Arts

Center is a true teaching theater, enabling students to learn hands-on and collaboratively in many capacities. We offer at least three major performances annually for middle and upper schoolers, including one-act plays, musicals, and well-known comedies. Technical collaborations abound as experienced upper school students mentor students in the lower grades.

—- Jonathan Shee, Technical Director and Chair of the World Languages Department

The Theater Department operates in the school’s Performing Arts Center, a dynamic teaching and performing theater. Students in every grade have an opportunity to perform in or develop the technical designs for a production each year. All features of the theater — lights, sound system, control boards, and the scenery fly system — are sophisticated, yet easily operable by students under faculty instruction. Our Performing Arts Center is a technical marvel. Retractable seating creates additional performance space, four catwalks allow students to install, focus, and operate a complete range of lighting instruments, and a state-of-the-art control room contains the master controls for the entire environment. Large enough to house the student body for meetings and assemblies, this beautiful space is also small enough to be transformed for an intimate soliloquy. It is a community resource — a reason for our neighbors throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties to come to campus and see our students and visiting companies perform.

“The theater program includes theater structure,

playwriting, political theater, and technical theater, which includes lighting, set design, and problem-solving. People ask me all the time what I think about the performances. I know what these students are capable of. You haven’t seen anything yet.

— Matt Buchanan, Theater Director and Manager of the Performing Arts Center

St. Luke’s School 377 North Wilton Road P.O. Box 1148 New Canaan, CT 06840 tel 203-966-5612 fax 203-972-3450 email

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