Ready to step up
Our Elementary Level encompasses first, second, and third grades. The physical departure of these students from the cocoon of the early childhood wing is symbolic of their readiness to embark on new intellectual journeys. They continue to build upon concepts and skills introduced in kindergarten through Spalding Phonics, Journeys language arts, and Singapore math programs.
The joy in learning, intellectual curiosity, and academic pride that are instilled in the early childhood years at St. Luke’s serves our elementary students well as they explore extensive, often interdisciplinary curricular units. Some signature units include the human body (1st grade), simple machines (2nd grade), and Greek mythology (3rd grade). Our third graders take the National Mythology Exam for the first time, a practice they continue annually through the rest of their time at St. Luke’s.
Beginning in first grade, our elementary students also perform declamations at least twice each year. As students memorize and recite a piece of poetry, short speech, or report they composed themselves, they gain confidence in their public speaking ability that will last far beyond school and into adulthood. The coaching and encouragement given by their teachers promotes a positive, supportive environment in which students can master this important life skill.