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Summer at St. Luke’s At Five

Hunter Martin, Upper School History Teacher, Summer Program Director
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The summer of 2022 marked five years for Summer at St. Luke’s. From its origins as a modest array of camps and classes, Summer at St. Luke’s has experienced extraordinary growth, thanks to the remarkable support of our community.  Twenty-five distinct academic, arts, athletic, and STEM programs now run from June through August, with total enrollment reaching nearly a thousand for the second consecutive year. 
From the outset, our aim has been to offer something for everyone, whether in the form of pure enrichment, as with Art on the Hilltop and Performing Arts Camp, or something more pragmatic, such as our College Essay Workshop and Health Mini-Courses, and to do so at a time when students have fewer things on their to-do lists and can immerse themselves fully in the experience.

As Cessa Lewis (‘23) noted, Ms. Abbott’s Humanities Seminar, Putin Versus the World, “made challenging topics super accessible without dumbing them down. It was a crash course on the ins and outs of the last 50 years of Russian history that led us here. How many high schoolers can say they’ve gotten that? It was epic.”

Summer is also a great time to try something completely out of the ordinary – and perhaps discover a new area of interest in the process. Indeed, one of the most gratifying aspects of being on campus during the summer months is seeing our campers proudly show off their latest creations to parents and passersby alike while waiting to be picked up.  

From jaw-dropping stage makeup to music boxes, birdhouses, and board games, there seems to be no limit to the creativity and craftsmanship on display. And as Matt Goodman, who led several designLab Camps in 2022, aptly observed, we hope the end is merely the beginning, and “these students will return to make more great projects” both during the coming school year and in future summers.

Speaking of happy returns, no recap would be complete without highlighting the invaluable contributions made by our alumni. From delighting campers while teaching fundamentals at our baseball, football, multi-sport camps to delving into the finer points of competitive debate, our graduates were omnipresent on the Hilltop this past summer, and I’ve long since lost track of how many times effusive parents of our youngest campers – and hopefully future SLS students! – have pulled me aside to share how much they would love for their children to be just as amazing when they grow up.

I cannot think of a better encapsulation of what makes St. Luke’s so special a place, all twelve months of the year.

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St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), 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.