Balancing a traditional curriculum with interactive, hands-on learning and exploration, our 5th grade academic program successfully transitions students from elementary to middle school. Students in 5th grade benefit from their own area, separate yet connected to the Upper School, where they feel comfortable to just be kids, while our eight-day rotation allows them to experience life as a middle-schooler. Dedicated faculty get to know each individual student, identifying strengths and pushing students to do and be more. Small class sizes ensure that each student plays an active role in the learning process.
Explore with Confidence
Walk into any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom, and you’ll find lively discussion and an interactive exchange of ideas. Students learn by doing and experiencing. Teachers integrate real-world topics into our traditional curriculum, challenging students to make connections, think critically, and find their voice. Collaborative projects allow students to take risks as leaders and problem-solvers. Whether the subject is a new concept in algebra or the global community, students have endless opportunities to explore—and develop the confidence to do so.
Beyond Middle School
By the time they finish 8th grade, students have acquired the communication and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in Upper School—and beyond. With teachers, advisors, friends, and teammates by their sides, they are engaged learners and leaders, confident in themselves and an integral part of our diverse community. On a daily basis, our students demonstrate the tenets of the St. Luke’s Honor Code: kindness, responsibility, honesty, and respect. Declamations serve as a rite of passage, as students push ideas to the limit, defend their findings, and transition to our 9th grade. With a strong academic foundation in place, they are well prepared to reach for—and achieve—more.