The lower school division serves 144 students in 1st-5th grade. As the bridge between the early childhood and middle school divisions, the lower school is an integral part of the St. Luke’s Episcopal School program. Students gain the skills and confidence needed for the transition to middle school.
The core curriculum of mathematics, language arts, science and social studies is balanced with enrichments of art, library, music, physical education, religion, Spanish, and technology. All students attend weekly chapel. “Graders” in 1st-3rd grade are taught in self contained classrooms while those in 4th and 5th grade have departmentalized classes with two primary teachers.
There is a cooperative spirit among our students that is evident in our classrooms, in our halls and on our playgrounds. The learning process is meaningful because students are active and engaged as they learn with and from one another. The lower school is a time in which students begin to identify talents and special interests.
Our teachers create a stimulating, supportive environment where students can explore, ask questions, take intellectual risks and work collaboratively. Lesson plans are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in preparation for life-long learning. Field trips, guest speakers and curriculum-focused projects and activities enhance the classroom experience.
As important as academic growth is the personal growth that takes place as students have opportunities to mentor younger students, help others through service projects and learn to work as a team. We value honesty, integrity, kindness, personal responsibility and respect for others and guide students in the “St. Luke’s Way.” The spiritual development of each child is a priority, as we believe in the development of the whole child. Our faith-based program emphasizes moral values and character development.