As a student I didn't like this school at all. I couldn't wait to move schools. The teachers didn't help prepare me for regular schooling or highschool. For example, if you received a low test score you could easily go them for lunch and retake it till you got an A. Also the study guides were a replica of the tests which didn't help me learn how to study on my own. They were very easy academics. Not only was the academics a poor system the school was very expensive. Also there was a major bullying issue that was never addressed. I don't suggest you send your child there if she/ he is not societies' definition of "cool"
This school is amazing. From the front office staff to the janitor. Everyone is so kind and helpful. Yes, the academics are challenging and the students are prepared for their future. I don't think enough is said about how much everyone truly cares about each and every student. While academics are important you cannot put a price on how much love and true dedication all of the staff has. Thank you all!
This school is so amazing ! I graduated from it a year ago and I have to say, it is so amazing ! I learned so much here that I wouldn't learn from public schools. I go to a public high school now & the kids there are so dumb compared to this school, even Thoe they may be strict in their teaching, they are for a fact , THE BEST school in the state, I've been examining other public and private schools and nothing compares to st marks, i love this school. I wish I can attend st marks again and take it less for granted, I recommend this school for any parents that are looking for a school for their child. And I would know about this school because I am a graduate
As a parent of two graduates who started as kindergartners, I can honestly say that St. Mark s has done an exemplary job preparing them for high school with a well-rounded challenging academic curriculum. My oldest attends a highly competitive high school and will graduate at the top of his class. On several occasions he noted that certain academic subjects were easier due to the training he received at St. Mark s. My younger son graduated from St. Mark s this year and will be starting high school with all honor classes. St. Mark s offered a nurturing environment with plenty of opportunities to explore their areas of interest. The dedicated teachers and staff are very involved with the students beyond the classroom providing students with opportunities in a variety of sports and other activities such as Mathcounts, Drama, Podcast, and Band. The school also expands the learning experience with a variety of field trips including visits to Sacramento, El Camino Pines, Catalina, and the East Coast. Through this school we developed a sense of community where my children have made life-long friends, and as parents, we have too. St Mark s was definitely the right choice for my family.
St. Marks Lutheran is a well rounded school that offers programs, clubs and sports that most schools cannot or do not. I am in education in the area and I can vouch that all public K-8 schools and most private schools do not offer the comprehensive educational experience that St. Marks does. Is everything perfect everytime? Of course not but what is awesome is the school listens and addresses issues head on from the leadership in the staff from bottom to top address it. I read some of the negative reviews and I would say yes can there be busy bodies as parents but that is everywhere. I have worked in schools for 2 decades and they are everywhere. I am a parent who works many hours and I am not on the campus involved much and yet when I have brought a concern it has been handled immediately.The fundraising is minmal for what kids receive.The work ethic of the administration is exceptional. It is not uncommon to see Ms. Clarks and Mrs. Evangelista at work by 5:45am and you will still see them supporting everything that is happening at the school which is often 7 days a week morning, noon and night. If only there was more characters remaining to tell you more! Just a great school!
Our son attended St. Mark's school for 9 years and we have only positive things to say about the school, the teachers and the administration. Though his father and I would love to take all the credit for the bright, caring young man our son has become, we cannot do so in good conscience. St. Mark's teachers are a very caring group and continue to nurture their students to become the best they can be - not just as students - but as a bigger part of our community. We feel after his nine years at St. Mark's, our son has a strong foundation to be successful in high school, college, and life in general. We highly recommend this school to all!
My son attended St Marks school from 6th to 8th grade, and our experience was nothing less than spectacular. The teachers are very approachable and genuinely care about each students academic as well as emotional growth.Over the past 3 years St Marks has become an extended family. I am writing this from my heart - when I was diagnosed with cancer, the faculty and community supported my son so well that I did not have to worry about his mental state. Overall, I recommend St Marks school to all parents as it is an experience that must not be missed by young students.
As I am exiting this school, I am hopeful that my comments will aid in any potential parents/students looking to attend St. Marks Lutheran in the future. Both of my children have attended St. Marks since preschool. Initially I was looking for a school where the elementary campus- jr. high were on the same property. This was a priority to me for a few reasons, mostly though, I wanted to give my children that sense of "community" that you achieve from knowing your classmates for several years. It was extremely comforting to me as a child and I wanted to duplicate that security for my children. Of course, the level of education was important, and the athletic department, both of which are exceptional. Not only were my initial goals met, but the bonus that I gained from our attendance at St. Marks was the teacher and staff relationship. This is something I will truly miss as we venture into high school, where that one-on-one communication seems to be absent. If I could sum up St. Marks in one word, it would be "family." St. Marks was most definitely the right choice for our children's education, lives, for the past several years. A decision that you WONT regret!
We re so glad that we made the decision to send our daughter to St. Mark s. She began in preschool and just graduated from the eighth grade. Our experience with the school has been fantastic. The curriculum is rigorous and extensive. The teachers are knowledgeable, patient, and genuinely care about each student. The small class sizes are definitely a plus. The fact that it s a Christian environment is evident as the students are respectful and are very accepting and kind to each other. With all that being said, what we believe makes St. Mark s stands out from other schools are the extracurricular activities offered to the students. Whether it s sports, MATHCOUNTS, robotics, music, the annual drama production, speech, journalism, art, science, creative writing, or a host of other interests, St. Mark s encourages their students to find an interest and become involved. Our daughter has evolved into an intelligent, confident leader who is most assuredly prepared for the rigors of high school. St. Mark s has helped our daughter believe that she can do anything she sets her mind to do. We thank St. Mark s for an enriching elementary school education.
I have just graduated from St. Mark's, finishing off my 10th year here. It was an amazing experience to have such wonderful teachers who genuinly care about you and will anything in their power to help you achieve your goals. I have made amazing friends here and learned so much from my teachers. It is a great school and anyone who is considering attending should. I have become closer to God through this school and I know that I can trust in the Lord in any situation. I believe this school is a great place to grow up in and they make you feel like one, big family. Seminars, bullying sessions and lessons successfuly prevent people from tearing each other down through bullying. Barbara Clark is an amazing principal and teacher who has done an amazing job making this school a safe, caring, and tolerant evironment for any and every person on campus.
I speak with pride when I talk about this school. St. Mark's Lutheran is the kind of school that makes you want to be the best person you can be. Whether you've been attending this school for 9 years or 3 years, you learn about more than just academics. You learn to appreciate the small things just as much as the bigger ones. From rough housing football to the competitive math team, St. Mark's has a variety of school programs. We even get down and dirty during our 8th grade reenactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill. There are also the B I G productions we put on each year with the drama department, and there are also the smaller one's like the christmas programs where each grade performs. St. Mark's is a unique school and you would be immensely blessed to attend it.
St. Mark's has been a wonderful nine years for me. It provides students with excellent opportunities to learn, to create and to make new friends. Not only has this school given me a great deal of educational knowledge and prepared me for my next school, it also taught me much about character and wise decision-making. The religion program helped me build a stronger relationship with God. At St. Mark's, a student can be involved with school life in many ways: joining a sports team, helping with the drama production or taking part in band are just some of the activities the school has to offer. The students and the staff here are extremely friendly and welcoming, and I had no trouble making friends. I believe that St. Mark's is one of the best schools out there and definitely a great experience.
Overall St. Mark's is an excellent school. The teacher's are involved and the principal, Ms. Barbara Clark is exceptional. Ms. Clark is present and interested in what parent's have to say and is quick to resolve issues in a fairly with huge doses of common sense. The only issue I have is with the math program. The math program seems to be somewhat accelerated and can leave your child struggling. I think the students would be better served in receiving a less accelerated program that would truly provide them with a solid mathematics foundation. That being said, the variety of classes and class room experiences is stellar . My only other complaint would be the constant fund raising. I know it costs a lot of money to run a private school of this caliber, but the minority of middle class parents struggle with meeting the financial obligations imposed.
St. Mark's was the best choice that I ever made for my two daughters and their education. I have one that just finished from preschool thru 8th grade and another that will start 7th grade next year. The education they both have received has by far been second to none. They both have been above average students and excelled in this enviroment. They learned to be organized, disciplined in their studies and I know this was the best stepping stone for them to enter into the high school and those college years. I highly recommend this school and you will not be disappointed!
St. Mark's is an excellent school. St. Mark's school provide teachers that are very involved, have great curriculum, and alot of extra curricular activities for kids. This is one school that I can say provided my kids tools on how to manage their time; how to be discipline in academic and how to be discipline in the public arena. The school principal is always readily available. Any time you would want to speak to the principal, all you need is to step out of your car every morning and talk to the principal standing by the parking lot to address any issues. Can you believe this? I have 2 kids that graduated from St. Mark's 2 years apart and both kids received personal letters from the school pricipal addressing theirs strengths and weaknesses, as well a words of encoragement for their future. Continue the good works at St. Mark's. Thanks you for the years of good guidance to my kids.
This school exceptional in it's progress. The students here are more prepared because they work on a grade level higher than their grade. From the teachers to the students to the principal to the staff members, this school is above all, the one you want to send your child to.
Being at a school so exceptionally so advanced has been one of my greatest blessings. Everything from the teachers to the extracurricular and academic programs to the principal and staff members shows complete excellence. The students gain a once and a lifetime chance participating in extra curricular activities such as an high-school level drama department, weekly student run podcast news program, a day reserved for learning and experiencing hands-on about science, a 10-day East Coast learning adventure for 8th graders, and much more! The school has excelled both my parent's and my expectations academically seeing to the students learn one grade level higher than their intended grade, preparing them for high school when they reach eighth grade. I've been grateful to go to a extremely advanced school such as this.
If your child isn't in enrolled at St. Mark's, her or she is truly missing out on a unique educational experience. St. Mark's not only offers a top notch curriculum but is also jam packed with extra curricular activities such as an incredible drama department, weekly student run newscast program, science day, outstanding sports coaches, and a 10-day East Coast learning experience for 8th graders, just to name a few. St. Mark's teachers/and staff truly care about each child's education and encourages them to step out of their comfort zone to try new things. Weekly Chapel service is performed by teachers and students enriching your child's knowledge about God, and thru him all things are possible. St. Mark's is not just a school for your child, but an extension of your family.
The Best thing that happened to me at St. Marks was meeting great friends in all extrecurricular activities. I also really enjoyed being in podcast and drama.
St. Marks could not have been a better choice for school with the education it gives and the sports that I was able to play. The teachers at the school gave me the tools I needed to get through high school and I thank them for that. Overall St.Marks was an amazing experience that I would recommend to any student from preschool through eighth grade.
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