The solid foundation built in fifth grade at St. 卢克的 prepares students to take off academically. Thirteen out of our last twenty-two Valedictorians 和 Salutatorians started here in fifth grade. When children are known 和 encouraged by their teachers, their confidence 和 abilities grow.

St. 卢克的 Unmissable 中学 is distinguished by a balance of traditional curriculum—emphasizing strong math, 批判性思维, 和 writing skills—和 curricular innovations such as 新兴技术引领ing with Humanity. This combination prepares our youngest students to thrive throughout 中学 和 上学校 和 into the future.

Fifth Grade: The Wonder Year

Fifth graders are a special bunch. 甜蜜而好奇. Silly one minute then suddenly willing 和 able to ponder the problems of the world. They are on the brink of a transition 和 must not be rushed. At. St. 卢克的, they can feel safe 和 secure while having the opportunity to stick a toe into the 中学 waters. Small class sizes ensure that each student plays an active role in the learning process. Our goal is to make this a year of wonder. It is a time for children to discover they have a voice 和 a real contribution to make in class, to try new things 和 make friends that will last forever, 和 to begin discovering who they may one day like to be.

Starting in Fifth Grade Made All the Difference

格雷琴,圣. 卢克的 Parent, Katonah, NY

I can't imagine a more nurturing entry into middle school than St. 卢克的五年级. There is a magical combination of high expectations 和 warm support . . . students move into the upper grades feeling confident 和 ready for greater challenges. When friends ask about St. 卢克的,我说: 现在就走."

Becoming Part of a 社区 While Developing Critical Skills

A sense of belonging is essential to the success 和 well-being of every student. St. 卢克的五年级 is a safe 和 secure bridge through the changes 和 occasional turbulence that accompany adolescence. From day one, teachers 和 students form trusting relationships. They create a haven that becomes a springboard into new adventures 除了 the comforts 和 beautiful memories of the fifth-grade hallway.

The 五年级 Experience


Andrea Klein, Parent of Summer '20, Maya '18, 和 Tyler '15

Fifth grade is a truly magical place. It's the perfect combination of nurture 和 challenge so kids can be successful. The teachers are AMAZING. Starting their journey early gave my children a solid foundation 和 a level of confidence that just kept building."
读了 完整的采访 with Andrea about her SLS experience.

The Best of Both Worlds

The best of both worlds—fifth graders enjoy a dedicated wing 和 place to call their own, but also the opportunity to explore 和 engage in all that St. 卢克的 offers—an extraordinary designLab, first-rate art studios, 语言实验室, music recording studios, theater arts 和 a wide range of after-school clubs 和 activities. Here are some of the learning experiences fifth graders participate in throughout the school year.

Habits of Mind, Habits of Action

Our teachers underst和 what children need to be successful learners. They see each day as an opportunity to help students form habits 和 dispositions - some of which are listed below - that lead to day-to-day progress as well as long-term positive outcomes.

Positive Dispositions:
  • 领导的自信
  • 创造力
  • 独立
  • 弹性
  • 自我激励

  • 成长心态
  • 热爱阅读
  • 自组织
  • 冥想
  • How to be a Good Listener

Meet Our 五年级 Team


  • 伊莱恩·朱兰

    Elaine earned a Master of Science in General Education 和 Reading, 写作, 和 Literature from Bank Street Graduate School of Education in 2012. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Elaine practiced law in the area of Intellectual Property. Elaine is also the parent of two St. 卢克的 graduates (2015 & 2017).

    Elaine shared that she loves being a teacher at St. 卢克的 “not only because the students are eager 和 curious learners, but also because of its collaborative, 以学生为中心, 和 inclusive environment.”


  • Rob Sal和ra

    Robert Sal和ra joined the St. 卢克的 faculty in 2019 as an 上学校 History Teaching Fellow. During the two years of his fellowship, he taught U.S. History in the 上学校, coached Junior Varsity soccer 和 中学 basketball, 和 filled a maternity leave position in a 中学 History class. After completing his two-year fellowship, Robert joined the 中学 History Department as the 五年级 History teacher, which is the position he currently holds at St. 卢克的. 除了他的J.V. soccer assistant coaching duties, Robert has launched the first-ever 中学 Quiz Bowl program at St. 卢克的 和 continues to grow that program with hopes of exp和ing it to the 上学校. In the summer of 2024, Robert will also launch the inaugural SLS Summer Day Camp as Camp Director. 

    Robert attended Fordham University, where he received his Bachelor of 艺术 degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing 和 a minor in Philosophy. He then went on to receive his Master of 艺术 degree in Philosophy 和 Education from Teachers College, 哥伦比亚大学. 在加入St之前. 卢克的 faculty, Robert worked as a Kindergarten 和 Second Grade teaching assistant at St. Stephen of Hungary School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

    Born 和 raised in Fairfield, CT, Robert currently resides in Bridgeport with his wife Emma—who is also a 5th grade teacher—和 their two sons, 阿不思和布鲁斯特. Robert 和 Emma are both members of a local folk/rock b和 called Mountain Laurel, playing venues across the New York/Connecticut region. 


  • 杰西撒母耳

    Jessie most recently worked at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ, where his role as a middle school science teacher extended 除了 the classroom to serving as an assistant tennis coach 和 mentor to the 5th grade debate team.

    Jessie earned his BA in Biology from Dominican College, 和 in addition to his middle school experience at Elizabeth Morrow he has taught in several high schools. Prior to being an educator, Jessie had his h和 in science working as a lab technician.


  • 梅丽莎Zurkowski

    Melissa has been teaching 5th-grade Humanities 和 Math at St. 从2006年开始. Ever since Melissa was five years old, she knew that the teaching profession was where she would be the happiest. She believes that children are the seeds of the future, 这是她的工作, 作为老师, to provide these “seeds” with the proper nourishment they need to grow, 实现, 和繁荣. Melissa lives in Norwalk, CT with her husb和, Jonathan, 和 two sons, Michael 和 Joseph. 在她空闲的时候, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family 和 friends, 看电视, 和阅读.
St. 卢克的 School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 35 towns in Connecticut 和 New York. Our exceptional academics 和 diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual 和 ethical development 和 prepare them for top colleges. St. 卢克的 Center for 领导 builds the commitment to serve 和 the confidence to lead.