Summer at St. Luke's

Health Mini-Courses

Camille DeMarco-Havens
Matt Ward
Kari Olsen

Beginning June 15. Courses run through July 30.
(Click course titles for full details below.)

For St. Luke’s rising 9th-11th graders. Several of the required Health mini-courses are being offered over the summer. These mini-courses will be available during the school year, too. The summer session gives the option of completing these courses before the start of school.

Please note: Eligible students may enroll in one or more of these Health Mini-Courses. 

Please contact Summer Program Director Hunter Martin with questions about the summer mini-courses. Any questions about the overall Health and Wellness graduation requirement should be directed to Director of Studies Jim Yavenditti.

Courses available:

List of 3 items.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

    Drugs and Alcohol
    Session I (This session is full)
    June 15*, 22, 29
    10:00 - 11:00am 
    Plus three asynchronous lessons
    Rising 9th-11th graders

    Instructor: Mrs. Demarco-Havens

    COST: $0
    This mini-course provides students with critical information about the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs, including over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs. The students will be afforded the opportunity to explore seven specific drug categories: Alcohol/Tobacco/Juuling; Club Drugs; Hallucinogens; Marijuana; Inhalants; Stimulants; Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs. While many prescription medications can be abused or misused, these three classes are most commonly abused: Opioids, CNS Depressants, and Stimulants. Students will learn the effects and street names for each drug category, and will also discuss statistics and trends. There will be an emphasis on the process and consequences of decision-making and the influences of peer pressure. Topics will be presented through class discussions, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and activities.
  • Health and Stress

    Healthy Relationships
    Session I
    July 20-23


    Session II
    July 27-30
    Rising 9th-11th graders

    Instructor: Ms. Olsen

    COST: $0
    This mini-course will focus on emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health is important at every stage of life, determining how we handle stress, relate to others, make decisions, develop points of identity, and perform in school. Through research, class discussion, case studies, and videos, students will learn about the neuroscience of emotion; conflict and stress; anxiety disorders; phobias; post-traumatic stress; and coping and defense mechanisms.
  • Healthy Relationships

    Healthy Relationships
    Session I (This session is full)
    July 6-10

    7:30 - 8:30pm (Mon-Thurs)
    8:30 - 9:30am (Friday)

    Session II
    July 20-24
    7:30-8:30pm (Monday-Thursday), 8:30-9:30am (Friday)
    Rising 9th-11th graders

    Instructor: Matt Ward

    COST: $0
    The Healthy Relationships mini-course will study the causes and potential risk factors of teen violence and how it affects teenagers in their everyday lives. We will also take a look at teen dating and relationships, in the context of what behaviors constitute healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will learn ways dating violence can be prevented and dealt with. Students will study these topics in a variety of ways, through video, articles, and social media.

St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.