The mission of St. Luke School was developed by a collection of St. Luke Church members, board members, staff and parents in 1998 when the school was established. St. Luke Church already had a well-regarded Early Learning Center, and there was significant interest in expanding that into a school aged program. Overwhelming support was generated from stakeholders and St. Luke School was born. From the late nineties until 2003, all classes were held in the Early Learning Center.
St. Luke School started with Kindergarten and added a grade each year, and by 2002-2003 there was a desire by parents to continue the educational program to serve the middle grades as well. Again, church members, staff and parents studied the expansion and determined that there was significant demand for adding the middle grades. St. Luke School separated from the Early Learning Center, a Headmaster was hired, and grades 6-8 were added for the 2003-2004 school year. The school’s enrollment for that year was over 200, and included 36 students in the middle school.
St. Luke School Today
St. Luke School has continued to grow, and now has a student body of 585 and a staff of over 70. The school is organized into 38 classrooms that hold classes in five buildings, including the main school building (referred to as the 318 building), the middle school, St. Luke Church, Ministry Center, and Early Learning Center. The main school building is the remodeled Columbus High School building originally built in 1898, and the anchor of St. Luke School’s vibrant downtown campus. We are only blocks away from Columbus State University’s downtown riverfront campus, the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, the CSU Coca Cola Space Science Center, the Muscogee County Government Center, the Columbus Riverwalk, the Springer Opera House, and many downtown businesses, law offices and financial institutions. There are two automated Media Centers on our campus, with over 11,000 print volumes. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard system (either SMARTBoards or Aquos Boards), two student computer stations, and one teacher station. There are also two 20-station computer labs available on campus, a mobile lab of netbooks, and iPad and iPad Mini devices available for student and teacher use.
The St. Luke School student body is comprised of 585 students, with the following demographics: 57% female, 43% male; 88% Caucasian, 6% African-American, 3% Multi-racial, 2% Asian and 1% Hispanic; 45% Methodist (with 58% of that number coming from the membership of St. Luke United Methodist Church), 16% Baptist, 11% non-denominational, 10% other Protestant (but not affiliated with a particular Church), 6% Catholic, 6% Presbyterian, 3% Assembly of God, 2% Episcopal, and 1% other. St. Luke School is proud of the diversity of its student body, and is open to all academically qualified students without regard to race, religion, creed, sex, or national origin.