Scholars and leaders
The Middle Level program at St. Luke’s addresses the developmental needs and strengths of students in grades six through eight. A rotating block schedule increases instructional time for students while also providing longer class periods necessary for deeper study, group activities, and student inquiry. Personal technology enhances learning in the different subject areas, and sixth grade students build upon their introductory course from the previous year to develop increasing autonomy in their appropriate use of technology. Middle Level advisors work daily with their small group of advisees to help them navigate the challenges and exhilarations of these years.
The Middle Level academic program is both vigorous and rigorous. St. Luke’s graduates will be exceptionally
well-prepared for secondary school, having taken mathematics through Algebra I and typically earning credit for at least one year of high school Spanish or Latin. They will have conducted in-depth studies of works of literature as advanced as Homer’s The Odyssey, as well as extensive expository writing and regular public speaking. Middle Level integrated physics and chemistry (IPC) and life science courses lay a strong foundation for high school science. Students’ exploration of state, national, and world histories are completed with a capstone trip to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade.
Leadership opportunities continue to increase in the Middle Level. Students in grades six through eight elect peers to participate in an active Student Voice. They play a visible role in daily chapel, responsible for Scripture readings and the prayers of the people. Sixth and seventh graders begin a three year partnership with a "chapel buddy," meeting every Friday for worship together. By the time they reach eighth grade, students will mentor first grade “chapel buddies” and give personal chapel talks, the culmination of their years of declamations. St. Luke’s middle level students are active leaders in our service learning program, setting a positive example for the younger students.