The Unmissable Middle School Experience at SLS

Innovative, Active, Above & Beyond

What makes St. Luke's Middle School unmissable and distinguishes us from peer schools? We offer a comprehensive traditional curriculum focusing on math, critical thinking, and writing—and— innovative core curriculum such as Emerging Technologies and Leading with Humanity. This one-of-a-kind curriculum prepares our students to thrive in high school and into the future. 

Rather than listening passively, middle schoolers (5th-8th grade)  are active participants in their education as they explore topics, discover interests, and forge their own paths under the care and guidance of exceptional teachers. Classrooms are high-energy spaces, filled with students learning by doing and engaging in lively discussions.

Be it in class, on the stage, in the designLab, across the athletic fields, or delivering Declamations, a Middle School rite of passage—students at SLS find they can go above and beyond what they ever thought possible.

Developing Confidence in a Supportive Community


A Positive Transition

St. Luke’s fifth grade academic program guides young students from elementary to middle school. A dedicated hallway, separate yet connected to the rest of the community, enables children to feel secure in their own space while experiencing life as a middle-schooler.
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A Balance of Nurture & Challenge

In this blog post, read why St. Luke’s parent Andrea Klein believes that “starting their SLS journey early gives kids a solid foundation and a level of confidence that just kept building.”

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Unlocking Big Self Potential

St. Luke's Middle School is an exciting place to be on any given day. Teachers challenge students to make connections, think critically, and find their distinct voices. Collaborative projects allow students to take risks as leaders, teammates, and problem-solvers. This is learning that lasts and one way to discover what Head of School Dr. Carter calls Your Big Self (hint, Big has nothing to do with your size or age).

Our Middle School experience has proven inspirational: Sixteen out of our last twenty-four Valedictorians and Salutatorians started their St. Luke's journey in Middle School. By the time they graduate, our students are well on their way to discovering who they are and what they want to be in the world. Ethical leaders, insightful scholars, winning athletes, and talented artists—once students begin to unlock their potential, the sky is the limit.

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A Kind, Inspiring, Multi-Age Environment

On the way into St. Luke’s, students are greeted by two messages. The first one, carved over the doorway, is our motto, Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve. The second one is this quotation from Henry James, engraved into our Be Kind Plaza: “Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." Our culture of service and kindness encourages and empowers students as they grow on the St. Luke’s Hilltop and accompanies them through life.

And because St. Luke’s is a 5-12 school, we take advantage of age differences by intentionally connecting our older and younger students in a way that benefits all. Please see examples below of how students of all ages connect through theater, sports, designLab, STEM, and more.

S.T.E.M. Encouragement from Upper School Girls

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.