Strategic Plan: Prepared to Thrive

In 2019, St. Luke’s initiated a strategic planning process that engaged our entire community and resulted in a plan to ensure a St. Luke’s education remains exceptional into the future.

This endeavor was fueled by a guiding North Star Question:

What will students need to thrive — now and into the future?
Strategic Plan: Prepared to Thrive is St. Luke’s answer to this question.

Prepared to Thrive draws on the wisdom and experience of the St. Luke’s community. It is grounded in research and inspired by an understanding that the best schools prepare students to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Scroll down to learn more about the plan's four interconnected priorities.

Four Interconnected Priorities

The strategic plan is built on four strategic priorities, each of which offers standalone importance but also intersects with and reinforces the others, uniting behind a single goal: An education that produces graduates Prepared to Thrive.

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    Moral Leadership
    St. Luke’s was the first area school to create a dedicated Center for Leadership, which has been a point of distinction ever since. Under Prepared to Thrive, St. Luke’s launched Leading with Humanity — a leadership curriculum and mentoring program that will span grades 5-12 — ensuring every student at St. Luke’s graduates with the skills, experiences, and confidence to lead.

    Also launching this fall is Compass — an innovative one-to-one coaching initiative. Compass helps students identify interests and strengths while building confidence and agency.

    Learn more about St. Luke's original Leading with Humanity and Compass programs in the State of the School video below.

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    Learning that Lasts
    The forward-thinking curriculum at St. Luke’s is designed to prepare students for an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and global future. This includes exposing all students to fields of study — such as emerging tech, computer science and engineering — that will increasingly impact education, careers, and life in the years to come. 

    Learning that Lasts is student-driven, has clear purpose, and creates learning experiences and capabilities that serve students far beyond graduation.

    Learn more about Learning that Lasts in the State of the School video below.
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    Community Well-Being
    Cultivating the well-being of students, families, and faculty/staff is central to our purpose and vital to our vision of developing graduates ready to thrive and lead with humanity. Prepared to Thrive combines evidenced-based well-being practices with programs designed to fortify our stellar community by building deep connections, trust, and inclusive excellence. Well-being and community-building together create a Thrive Culture.

    Learn more about One St. Luke’s and Community Well-Being in the State of the School video below.

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    Foundational Excellence
    For students to thrive, their school must be thriving. The vitality of St. Luke’s fuels all other goals. Initiatives falling under Foundational Excellence include: Faculty & Staff Excellence; Expanded Access to SLS through programs like Summer at St. Luke’s, Leadership Institute, and Teaching Institutes; Enhanced Strategic Enrollment and Marketing to attract mission-aligned families and differentiate St. Luke’s; and a Master Campus Plan that anticipates and meets future needs.

    Learn more about Foundational Excellence in the State of the School video below.
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Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter

We are leading the next generation into the future. An exceptional education must be forward-thinking and steeped in moral principles so students can thrive and make meaningful contributions to the world. "

Prepared to Thrive Presented at 2023 State of the School

A strategic plan update was delivered by Head of School Mary Halpin Carter and academic leaders at St. Luke’s State of the School 2023.

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Strategic Plan Overview/Foundational Excellence
Leadership: Compass Mentor Program
Leadership: Leading with Humanity
Learning that Lasts: Emerging Technology
Community Well-Being: One St. Luke's

St. Luke's Mission

An exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead."

Prepared to Thrive: Rooted in St. Luke’s Beliefs

This Strategic Plan was created to ensure a St. Luke’s education remains exceptional into the future. Families can trust that this planned evolution remains firmly rooted in the mission, values, and beliefs that have and will always define St. Luke’s School:

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.