St Luke’s has lost over 100 students since Tom McLaughlin joined as Head of School 3 years ago. The self reported 350-enrollment figure is sorely out dated. Many families, including ours, left due to academic and social experimentation. There is little to no academic tracking in middle school anymore because it’s viewed as labeling and there were numerous occasions we saw classroom work pace and homework reduced to the lowest common denominator. Have more conservative values? Expect to be either cajoled by Tom McLaughlin, Head of School, or dismissed and told that your view is simply an opinion and that if an issue doesn’t bother him then it’s not a problem. The business world would not tolerate a management team that consistently shed customers over successive years resulting in losing 1/3 of the student body.
The middle school at St. Luke's is exceptional. Over the weekend my daughter was working on a math assignment. During her issues with the problems she emailed her teacher that she was having some trouble. Her teacher emailed her back within thirty minutes on a Sunday afternoon with some feedback on how to move forward with the project. I can't imagine that all middle schoolers are able to have this kind of interaction with their teachers especially on a weekend!
The school has protected citizens and an uneven discipline policy. We had a known behavior issue in a grade level. One kid rotated through the boys and picked whose turn it was to belittle that week (or successive weeks). On occasion, he rallied a few peers to publicly exclude a kid by getting everybody to leave a lunch table as soon a particular kid sat down. A number of parents brought this to the administration’s attention multiple times but nothing ever changed from year to year. Of course, it was well known this child’s family contributed large sums to the school's annual fund.
The politically correct culture thrives at St Luke’s. As long as your family shares the exact same values as the administration then everything is fine. Don’t expect to pay $19,000 for a “Christian environment” and get any type of protection from age inappropriate over sharing and a seedy popular culture.
For the most part, the teachers are very well intentioned educators however there are situations where the classes are simply too small and offer a poor learning dynamic. St Luke’s continues to utilize a standardized test not recognized by peer schools, which means we did not become aware of any deficiencies until it was time to transfer.
The homework load is uneven from year to year. Some years, not much assigned and other years it was piled on 3-4 days a week. I could never figure out why the homework expectations were so inconsistent.
The school’s enrollment dropped by over 100 kids since Tom McLaughlin joined 3 years ago and enrollment sits at 230 students. A St Luke’s parent/school board member claimed this Great Schools website months ago and yet the enrollment data presented is totally inaccurate. The school site monitor tends to remove negative commentary so read it until the school censures.