I have a child who will be entering the 4th grade this fall. I am extremely pleased with St. Mark's. There is a very strong family atmosphere within the school. Academically it is a tough school, but definitely prepares you for the next level. My son enjoys St. Mark's and has always liked every teacher he has had. The campus is always neat and they seem to be always looking for ways to improve the school.
This is one of the most well rounded schools you will find in the area. It offers a very pretty campus with well-maintained, modern classrooms and strong family values often missing from area public schools. Look forward to a fun atmosphere with many extra-curricular activities and field trip. Arts, physical education, and foreign language all get good representation. The academics are strong. Expect math and reading to be six months to a full year ahead of the public schools. There is no special gifted (i.e. gate) program, as the school takes philosophical approach to giving extra attention to students falling below par instead. This is not a problem for advanced students as there are many after school academies in Hacienda Heights for advanced studies. St. Marks has successfully implemented Scholastic Reading Counts! for encouraging students to read and the results have been very impressive. Parents of St. Marks can find comfort that the students will be prepared to go to their high school of choice upon graduation.
This is the right school for you if academics is your priority. They do not prescribe to a child-centered approach. The teachers are all very nice and seem to care about the kids. The school is always very clean and appears to be safe. There is an over emphasis on homework which can be a problem. The after school program could use some improvement. The children just play outside or watch a video--absolutely no structure.
I feel quite fortunate to have my two children attending St. Mark's. Acedemically, it is the best school in the area! Socially, they are thriving. The kids are happy, the parents are happy. I know my children are getting the best education available in this area and that is such a comfort. We feel blessed.
St. Mark's has won a nation Blue Ribbon school award. The academic programs are excellent and the children are given a wide variety of classes. Each student receives instruction in the basics (math, reading, writing) as well as history, geography, social studies, religion, computers, art, and music. The principal is most excellent with reasonable and rational decision making. The level of parental involvement is fairly high. The amount of homework given the upper grades is fairly high as well. Kids are required to do work over summer vacation as well. Cons: private school, constantly hitting you up for fundraising dollars.
This is a very nice school and won the blue ribbon award this past year.
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