Compass is an innovative coaching initiative designed to empower students to take the lead in their learning by aligning with their interests and strengths.

Compass - A Personalized Coaching Program

Starting in 8th grade, students engage in personalized coaching sessions with dedicated mentors from St. Luke’s faculty and staff. These coaches encourage introspection and nurture a self-awareness that will help each student’s interests and strengths to emerge. Together, the coaches, advisors, and students build tailored Compass “maps” that provide direction and evolve with students each year.

Compass map-building continues straight through to graduation. Throughout Upper School, advisors and mentors facilitate discussions about academic courses, co-curricular activities, and clubs tailored to the student’s evolving identity. Compass also identifies leadership experiences, summer internships, nonprofit volunteerism, global education and travel, and other enrichment opportunities. St. Luke’s diverse and widespread alumni network will play a central role in connecting current students and recent graduates to service and career opportunities.

The individualized Compass approach builds invaluable relationships and instills students with a sense of clarity, purpose, and ownership of their education.

Head of Upper School Billy Bludgus

Students gain confidence and joy as they experience growing agency over how they invest their time and energy throughout high school."
    • Compass Maps are created by students in collaboration with a coach.
Watch a Compass overview by Head of Upper School Billy Bludgus.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 35 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.