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246 South Belvedere Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38104

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(901) 278-0200
(901) 272-7119
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September 20, 2014
Grace-St. Lukes Episcopal School is a fantastic place of learning. Their curriculum is academically challenging and caters to all learning styles. They also have a great variety of teachers who are willing to help at any time. I attended GSL for 11 years and loved it; I sometimes wish I could go back. The teachers that I had were amazing and were always open to work with me if they saw that I was struggling. Overall, GSL provided me with great role models to look up to and prepared me academically for high school. Being an Episcopal school, GSL provides students with a religious education; not only do they teach students about Christianity, but other religions too. Although GSL is diverse in their religious curriculum, unfortunately they are not as diverse in culture. Because the school is so close-knit and small there is less cultural variation. However, the school is growing and improving every day and is a great place to send your child.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
GSL is an amazing school that manages to balance solid academics with a warm, friendly community atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Our son has been attending GSL starting in PK and is now in the 2nd grade. We cannot say enough good things about this school - it is fantastic! The teachers and staff are wonderful and truly care about the children. Would not consider going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
I am speaking from the perspective of someone who not only attended this school from mother's day out to 8th grade, but flourished both during and after my time at Grace-St. Luke's. While there I participated in Theatre, Athletics, Student Government (President), as well as many clubs. I believe that there is not a better place to send your child because you are guaranteed both a great education and a staff who genuinely loves and cares about you and your children. Area high schools actively recruited GSL students (including me) because of their academic strength and leadership experience. Upon arriving in high school after GSL, I quickly realized that the other GSL graduates and myself were the most prepared and well-rounded students in attendance. I love Grace-St. Luke's, its teachers, its students, and its atmosphere that set the foundation for my current successes. I am now attending one of the best public universities in the US on a significant scholarship and I can guarantee that I would not be where I am today if it was not for the values and knowledge instilled in me at GSL. I can truly say that I AM an anchor for life.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2013
I am a Grace St. Lukes alum, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of time at GSL. It is no secret that middle school years are a bit awkward for most kids, but GSL did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. It was hard to leave, but I knew that everything that I learned here would transfer to high school and beyond. I am so happy and grateful that I got to spend my lower and middle school days at such an amazing place!

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Gace-St. Luke's Episcopal School is an "anchor for life", which is the school motto. Our children have obtained a solid foundation in the key areas of learning, great moral and ethical values, and have made lifelong friendships. The teachers and administration are wonderful, and the family atmosphere and participation creates an extremely positive environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
I've had two children at GSL for years, and we all absolutely love it. The teachers are remarkable -- top-notch, creative, caring, inspiring. With the opening of the Anchor Center building a few years ago, the school's facilities made a quantum leap ahead. Fantastic science labs, art rooms, gym, cafeteria, library and more. The best things about GSL are the nurturing environment and the challenging curriculum. The kids are encouraged to think, often "outside the box," and much attention is focused on individual paths to success. They embrace the idea that kids learn differently; each child is unique. GSL has always felt like an extended family... a home away from home for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
GSL has been a wonderful experience for my whole family. As a GSL graduate, I was very well prepared for a competitive single-sex high school and wanted the same nurturing and academically challenging environment for our children. Our favorite things about GSL are the parental involvement and community, the excellent teaching and creative instruction, emphasis on developing the children's character as well as academic preparation for high school, and its welcoming and inclusive but unapologetically Episcopal tradition. Previous reviews mentioned lack of diversity, but it is no less diverse than most private schools in Memphis. We chose GSL for our kids partly because 70% of GSL households are dual-income families, which is about as close to "real world" as you can get in a private school setting. I have heard from several teachers at other area high schools (public and private) that they love getting GSL students--a very high compliment, I think!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
My son attended Ms. Lee's for Junior Kindergarten at GSL and we were really disappointed. He is attending Snowden Elementary for Kindergarten and the experience has been far superior. GSL school as a community has a hard time looking honestly at itself and seeing its own shortcomings. It is geared towards married, caucasion parents rather than towards working and middle class parents. H They are neither ethnically nor culturally div. They did a great job of emailing us photos of all of the fun things our child was doing in school but never gave us any information on what we needed to do to get him ready for kindergarten. Then, in the spring, they informed us that he did not know the things he needed to know for kindergarten and gave us the impression that they thought he might always struggle. They indicated that they had just learned this when he was tested two weeks prior, even though there were two teachers w/masters for 13 kids. Since we left, our child tested as having a genious IQ, got accepted in the optional program and his teacher recommended him for CLUE. He is also a competitive chess player at only 6. Oh, & the so-called masters his teacher had? Uni of Phoenix.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
My children have attended GSL for five years. It is an excellent school: committed teachers and administration; strong family community; and a nurturing environment. We are leaving the Memphis area soon, and we are struggling to replicate all that GSL offers in our new community. It offers academic challenges for those who need it, and it supports those who need help. If you can afford the tuition, I would highly recommend considering this school. It especially appeals to Central Gardens residents - many children walk or bike to this school with no concerns for safety.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
We could not be happier with GSL. The school community is close-knit and supportive, the academics are challenging but realistic, teachers are top-notch and the 'whole child' focus makes it exactly what we would want in a school. Also, there is a huge amount of school spirit and it is a fun place to be!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
We have had fantastic experiences here, our daughter is very happy and well challenged. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
I have had two children attend this school, both as transfers. We never had a problem with GSL, and have no complaints. When one of my children graduated from GSL and went on to a public high school, he was well ahead of the other students in reading and language. My daughter made great friends and had very good, attentive teachers. It is a bit pricey, but nonetheless, an excellent school that I would not hesitate to recommend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 01, 2010
GSL is the best school your child could go to. I have toured this school before and it is amazing. At Gsl everyone is nice to you and they welcome you. Currently the school is working on a new building, so they will have new classrooms, a new art room, a new gym, and a new science lad. Like I said before GSl is an amazing school and I hope you will choose for your child to go here.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2009
Their English department could definitely use some help. The science program is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
I have been a parent at this school for many years. While my children have had many great opportunities there, our experience with the athletic program has been less than positive. I do not feel that the 'win at all costs' mentality of the school is appropriate for this age group and the program in general is lacking in leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2009
The post earlier states that GSL has nothing more nor less to offer than every other school. The speaks to point of Value Added. What is the value added by attending GSL compared to other schools. While there is much value, GSL is the only coed Episcopal PK-8 School in Memphis. Therefore it provides a focused education for both boys and girls in an Episcopal setting uniquely designed for that age group of children. The curriculum, activities, teachers are all focused for children in pre, elementary and middle school. Our programs are not dictated by high schools but are designed for the specific age groups we serve.

- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2008
I love gsl everyone is so nice and cares about you. GSL is building a new building and it is going to be amazing. I have been going to gsl for 9 years and I am the vice president and loved every second at gsl

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
My children, like all children, have experienced both successes and struggles during their years at Grace-St. Luke's, and I can honestly say the faculty and staff at every level are the most caring, dedicated professionals I've encountered in any educational setting. They regularly go above and beyond for the students at GSL, and I think that's what makes the school such a special place.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
Grace St. Luke's has a lot of work to do to warrant the high tuition they are charging. The campus is tiny and the buildings are old and outdated. The athletic program is extremely weak and poorly run as compared to other private schools in the city. Discipline is lacking in the middle school. The teachers are the one bright spot. They are dedicated and hardworking and the circuluum has been improved recently.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
We love Grace-St. Luke's. We are student's there and we can't imagine going anywhere else after eighth grade. This will be in two years. We love the coed environment. --GSL Girls ---GSL students

- submitted by a student
no rating January 01, 2008
This school is the greatest school in the galaxy .

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2007
We have two children enrolled presently at GSL, and really haven't been overly impressed by the school based on the amount of money we pay to send them there, and it is a lot. Like the previous poster stated, the school is touted as a great school, but really academically, it offers everthing any school should offer a child, nothing more, nothing less. Also, the constant plea to donate money to the capital fund can become aggravating. GSL has a very intimate feel, as it is very small, but it lacks a lot of diversity. Parent involvement is encouraged, which is a plus, but functions almost have too much of a 'social' feel to them. Overall, academically the school is not too bad, but cultural, not just racial, diversity is minimal.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
I'll give GSL this: it has really improved afterschool care activities and general afterschool care. Aside from that, though, I honestly don't see what's so amazing about GSL. everyone in town talks about it like it's one of the best schools ever, and yes, the teachers are wonderful. I have a sneaking feeling that the teachers at other local public schools are just as amazing, though. The tuition at GSL is high, but the school is constantly asking for monetary donations to the capital fund. This is not the school for you if you want your children to be exposed to real world diversity, but if you're interested in raising your kids in a bubble, then by all means, send them to GSL. Oh, and if you're a working parent, forget being involved in the parent's association; this school caters to nonworking parents. We're switching to public school soon.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
While GSL is a good school, it has its problems. It is hard to become involved as a working parent because the parent organizations tend to cater to non working mothers. The tuition is high and I would expect more activities and a nicer learning environment. The buildings are old and dirty. While the school enrolls a diverse group of students in preschool, the diversity tends to fade with each grade. I want my child to be exposed to a wider range of people and will be looking for other options. The best thing about the school is the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
This is the fourth year here for my boys, and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are amazing. They view kids as individuals, and teach in remarkably creative ways. As a result, my children have a great love for books and learning. Even in kindergarten, they were writing simple sentences. The atmosphere of the school makes you feel as though you were part of an extended family. Warm, friendly, caring. The after-school care program available for kids of working parents is ideal. Fun and educational play, projects, plus enrichment classes in a safe happy environment. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
I'm not sure if this site is simply for parent reviews or alumni but as a former student I can say GSL is a terrificly fun school although it is quite small. I remember enjoing the people and the terrific teachers. Mr. Phill if your reading this, you're still one of my favorits. But as I say it is a small school so if your looking for extreme variety and depth when it comes to extra-curriculers then mabe GSL isn't quite for you.

- submitted by a former student
January 13, 2006
I have a daughter and a son who have been at GSL for a combined total of 14 years. What a positive learning environment! My children are academically challenged, well prepared, and happy. GSL nurtures their growth as students and as human beings.

- submitted by a teacher
July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 21, 2005
Tuition far exceeds the quality of education as compared to other private institutions in the area. When we were new, we were treated like royalty, but as a parent they really don't care for my input.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2004
Terrific, nurturing environment. The teachers are excellent, the parents involved and the children are well prepared for even the most rigorous high schools. My child is now graduating from high school and has been admitted to an ivy league college from this great foundation.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
We are so happy to have 2 boys(ages 5 and 7) at GSL. The school is a wonderful place to learn and grow. We love the staff and the after-school activities are a great benefit to our boys.

- submitted by a parent

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For more than 60 years, we have been educating boys and girls from Memphis and from neighboring communities at our campus in beautiful Central Gardens, the heart of Midtown Memphis. We provide an unparalleled PK-8th grade experience in an exceptionally creative and caring environment. When our 8th graders graduate they are highly sought after by high schools across the city, and they enjoy success in academics, athletics, performing arts, student government, and much more. As a leading independent school in the city of Memphis, it is our mission to prepare students to become creative problem solvers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens of their communities and the world.


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Grace-St Lukes Episcopal School
246 South Belvedere Boulevard, Memphis, TN  38104
(901) 278-0200
Last modified Grace-St Lukes Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Grace-St Lukes Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top