Academic Competitions - Our Winning Ways
Saint Luke Academy students regularly participate in local, regional and national academic competitions with outstanding results.
Saint Luke Academy participates annually in the Metro Chicago and the All-Illinois History Competitions. Students produce history projects that are judged for historical knowledge, quality of analysis and depth of research. At the All-Illinois history fair, two entries in each of the four competitive categories advance to the national history competition.
In the past 20 years, 18 entries from Saint Luke have won the right to represent Illinois in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.
Four times Saint Luke students have placed in the TOP TEN in the Nation in the National History Day Competition. One of our students took FIRST PLACE in the national competition with a video documentary.
In the 2011 National contest, our student entry was awarded the "Best in Illinois" award for the Junior Division.
Saint Luke Academy offers an interscholastic athletic program for students in Grades 3 through 8. Practice is after school, usually on the Saint Luke campus. Games take place after school (home or away) against opponents in the Chicago Northside Lutheran School League.
Extracurricular sports include: cross country, basketball, volleyball and softball. The children also participate in the Lutheran School League bowling tournament and the Lutheran School League track meet in the spring.
After School Activities
Saint Luke Academy offers a variety of after-school activities and clubs - academic, recreational and fitness based - for children at all different grade levels. Activities are offered for finite periods throughout the school year to allow students to sample a variety of different activities. Fee-based classes taught by professionals from neighborhood organizations on Saint Luke's campus are also available to students.
The Children's University
The Saint Luke Academy Children's University is an enrichment program designed to challenge honor students to excellence in work above and beyond the required academic curriculum.
Special high-level courses in the sciences, humanities, the arts, business and law are taught by instructors recognized as experts in their respective disciplines. The offerings are designed to offer guided in-depth study and to foster the development of critical thinking and analytical skills through exploration, discovery, hands-on learning, teamwork, field study and practicum.
These courses are designed for the student with an active curiosity, solid academic credentials and a high level of motivation. Courses are pass/fail and by invitation only. Class size is limited in most cases to no more than six students per semester. Students may take one 5-7 week course each semester as determined by the instructor and the principal. Classes will meet during the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and May during regular school hours.
Students who successfully complete 6 semesters of course work as determined by the principal will be eligible to graduate "With Honors."
Saint Luke Scholars
The Saint Luke Academy honors program in Religion is designed to provide gifted and interested students with the opportunity to encounter and evaluate a variety of ideas and issues in religion and culture, faith and practice. This program is open by invitation only to students in the Grades 7 and 8.
Classroom instruction is modeled after the seminar format of the university and requires independent conversation and study. Students are graded pass/ fail.
Students who successfully complete the program and maintain honor roll status throughout the 7th and 8th grade are designated "Saint Luke Scholars" and receive special recognition at the commencement exercises in June of each academic year.