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Fort Lauderdale, FL
Students enrolled: 380
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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1750 East Oakland Park Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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(954) 563-4508
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October 22, 2014
Impressed with the STEM program...teaching in a way to make our kids marketable in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
Our family has been at St. Mark's for over 6 years and have had a great experience. Our family likes being a part of a school that has a strong sense of community and helps build a strong foundation for our child. We know SMES has a fine curriculum that will prepare our child for the high school of his choice. The school is constantly improving and school spirit is at an all time high. If you are looking for an education for a well-rounded, happy child- check SMES out. You won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Check the enrollment numbers...consistently down each year for the past eight years ...this should tell you a lot! This was once a wonderful school with enrollment over 600 and that did not include the day care they are running now...Teachers do what they are told so as not to lose any more students...Check other schools before making a dreadful mistake and settling on this one!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
Great fun feeling on campus, lots of extra curricular and sports, but inconsistent and confusing communication from administration; some concerns about staff turnover, but overall a good well rounded education

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I have been going to Saint Marks for 9 years and I currently go there now. I loved it here until about seventh grade, but I don't blame the school. Most kids my age hate their own school and want to switch. SMES used to be a loving, learning environment that accepted people from all over. The teacher were fabulous and I never had problems with any of them, but now I dislike almost 90% of my current teachers. The only classes I have learned anything in this year are geometry and Spanish. Many of the newer teachers are incompetent and unable to handle the kids. Some of the reviews say things like we experiment with each other and drink. Well some of us do, but I think that reflects more on the supervision at home than at school. I think it truly is sad that this school isn't as good as it used to be, but it isn't bad and with the right kids and maybe some new staff it would be an excellent place to send your kid or kids for their grade school experience.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
St. Mark's is the best place I've ever had the pleasure to work. Our students are amazing. They truly love learning and love their school. They are hard-working and kind to others. Our parents give countless hours of their time to support the school so we can provide the very best education for their children. They are involved in the education of their children and show it through their efforts. The administration support the teachers so they can do their primary job which is educating the children. No school is perfect, but St. Mark's strives to do the very best for the students. Above all,, St. Mark's is a community. Parents, teachers, and administrators work together to instill Christian values while also providing a rock-solid educational foundation. Students go on to the top high schools in Ft. Lauderdale, and then the top colleges in the country. High schools consistently tell parents, teachers, and administrators how well-rounded and prepared for high school St. Mark's students are. St. Mark's is a great place to work, and a great place to send your child.

- submitted by a teacher
September 05, 2013
St. Mark's sure seems to ignite passion. For my child, it's a joy and love of learning. We transferred from another local preschool and it's a completely different experience at St. Mark's. She wakes up and is eager to go to school and comes home happy. For us, that's what it's about--a happy child, engaged and learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
I would NOT recommend this school. There is no leadership, supervision or adequate education. What takes place during the school day will absolutely shock you. During pick-up children are punching, kicking or slapping each other on the head. The language is so inappropriate. Kids in the middle school are already drinking alcohol and experimenting. When a new family visits, the teachers yell at the children to shut up. Detentions are handed out like it is Halloween. It is obvious that the only positive reviews for this school are written by parents who teach at the school or the administrative personnel themselves. I have read all the reviews 1 and below and agree with what these families have written. After 5 years and $130,000.00 later our children are in an appropriate school environment with several other families who have left this disorganized, unstable environment with no supervision. It is the worst example of a micro management system I have ever seen where no one takes responsibility. Don't think you are entering a true Episcopal school with Christian values because you are not.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I have two very different children attending this school and they both thrive there. The small class size allows for differentiated learning. It is very loving environment and has a wonderful sense of community. I feel grateful for all of the staff and administrators and quality of teachers. My children have so many opportunities at the school from sports to volunteerism. It is a wonderful Christian environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
St. Mark s is a great school and so are the students and families. They have very involved parents and many are also involved in the community organizations in Fort Lauderdale. The students are polite, smart and very talented. I would venture to say that if you are thinking of St. Mark s for your school of choice you are making the right decision. They offer an outstanding academic program, a wide variety of sports and have always been well known for their music and theater programs. Students are involved in community service and receive a strong religious foundation. They excel in high school and college. I am proud to say that I know many St. Mark s graduates in Fort Lauderdale and they are outstanding people of high integrity and good moral fiber.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
I rate St. Mark s Episcopal School a five star school. The school is all about community and concern for all students. The school instills an Honor Code and provides community service and leadership opportunities. The graduates excel and they thrive academically in high school. They are very involved in sports, the arts and leadership roles. This year St. Mark s is introducing the PLTW Engineering Program for Middle School students and Chromebooks. The new sports program this year includes swim and golf teams at Coral Ridge Country Club and lacrosse. Most of all the spirit is high and we ring the SPIRIT BELL FOR SPIRIT! Go LIONS!

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2013
This school has many hidden secrets and it's agenda is not to educate or teach good moral behavior. As a student, I became very frustrated because the teachers had to take about fifteen minutes out of our class to quiet the children down by giving detentions out like they were candy. My fellow students laughed and smirked after they were handed the note. I also witnessed girls crawling on the floor licking other student's elbows while the teacher was at the board. The children would also stick their middle fingers up at the teachers behind their backs. Foul and inappropriate language was used in the halls and in front of teachers. When a complaint arose toward the middle school office about a physical type of bullying, the staff would dismiss it making an excuse like 'kids are kids, what are you going to do?' and 'it was merely just an accident, things happen'. Concussions occurred in the halls along with shin kicking, arm punching, and shoulder flicking. I am happy that I made the choice to switch schools. I'm finally in a surrounding where I can learn. I would not reccomend this school to anyone who wants to learn and be accepted by their peers.

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
St. Marks is extremely overpriced for the quality of education delivered. I have had 2 children there starting in 2004. We routinely have problems with bullying from both kids and helicopter moms. Many of the parents are morally bankrupt and could care less about anything beyond their social standing. One of my children when tested outside of St. Marks tests below grade level despite getting getting high grades in advanced classes at St. Marks. When the problems are brought to the school's attention, they pat themselves on the back while offering to sell overpriced tutoring services. If you value education look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
This school is harmful to healthy children!! Our family agrees that it is circling the drain. We found it extremely interesting as to how many other good families got fed up and pulled their children out of this unhealthy environment during the school year. This school is behind academically and what they are learning from each other is sinful. The school does not follow its own philosophy. It is not Christian based. Children who attend this school are already drinking alcohol(off school premises) and are experimenting with each other. If this is the type of environment your family is looking for then your children will fit right in. The teachers are average and are instructed not to handle situations in the classroom but send unhappy children to the office. As a parent, I was disgusted to hear and see an administrative teacher tell a child we do not call what happened to you bullying. The young child replied, "Trust me ,I was being bullied" and the child was escorted to another room. UNBELIEVABLE!. This family also left the school. Many of the teachers have or had their own children attend SMES in order to be eligible for a tuition break. These children have every opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
My daughter just graduated from St. Mark's this year. She had a fantastic 4 years here. She made many friends, and her self-esteem and confidence grew as she participated in the musicals and on sports teams. The academics challenged her but was not overwhelming. Her teachers were always there to help when needed. The added religious component was great. My daughter was even baptized at St. Mark's when she was in 7th grade. I highly recommend this school for a variety of reasons: challenging academics, a variety of extracurricular activities, including religion, and a warm, friendly faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
This place is circling the drain! Enrollment is down year after year and the administration is to blame. Poor management is prompting this school to make irrational moves, firing good teachers, mismanaging finances, and trying to camoflage these mistakes by hyping new programs, which they probably cannot afford. It seems they cut one place to fund something else! One of which is outsourcing the Spanish program. What a joke. These teachers are ill equipped to handle students in a classroom environment and this leads to many many discipline problems and minimum learning. They tout a religious philosophy but thesse students are out of control participating in wild parties and drinking alcohol. The school claims parent involvement but good parents are obviously not involved enough to see what is really happening here! I pulled my daughter out of this school and I advise you to do the same!!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I am a current dental student at Nova Southeastern University. I went to St. Marks from kindergarten through 8th grade. It was the greatest experience. The teachers were truly fabulous and the education I received helped me to stay at the top of my class throughout high school and college. My kids will one day attend St. Marks. I won't consider sending them anywhere else.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2013
If you are looking for a small school with a loving, family-like environment and caring, excellent staff, then St. Mark's should be at the top of your list. It has been at the cornerstone of the East Ft. Lauderdale community for over 50 years, and has consistently graduated top performing students. The school offers something to bring out the best in everyone.

- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2013
You know you have made a great choice in schools, when your elementary school child comes home, and says, "will I be at St. Mark's next year?" We reply, " yes, why?" My child responded, "because today we had to tell what we like best about our school, and I could not pick one, because I love everything about it!" Then my child rattled on about all the things they do, from class activities, to computer, to after school activities. Thanks St. Marks for providing my child with such a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2013
One of my friends that attends St.Marks as we speak, is constantly around bullying, and ranks of popularity. The students in middle school, act like they are high-schoolers. There are innapropriate photos that go around the school, and if you have a child in the middle school there, they probably are exposed to it. I dont hate St.Marks and I am not trying to promote another school. All I am saying is that the students there are exposed to an impure and innapropriate enviroment. Rumor has it their Spanish Program is pretty bad too. Students dont know what they're learing and probably could'nt say more than colors and numbers. The children in the middle school also use innapropriate language daily. Now tell me, does this sound like a safe nutring enviroment to raise innocent children? I think not. Dt.Lauderdale has wonderful schools! St.Marks just doesnt happen to be one of them.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2012
I had 2 children attending this school for 5 years and saw this school go from a nice conservative well-discilpined school to a totally you can do no wrong feel good school where everyone is awarded for even bad behavior. I also saw not only the academis go downhill but an unruly student population. Detentions are handed daily like it is candy. The environment is like a play ground with children throwing paper balls and pencils in the classroom. The inappropriateness of this environment will shock you and confuse your healthy child. If you need your child to be reformed then this is the school to put your child, however, if you have a healthy child who wishes to learn this is not the place. The school has many hidden issues that you and your family are walking into and money has nothing to do with what is going on in this unhealthy environment. Pine Crest, West Minister or Cavalry which are all in the area are more appropriate schools with strong leadership and academics.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
St. Mark's Episcopal School has been been nothing but a positive experience for my family and most other families that we know. The school's leadership today is nothing short of spectacular. The administrators and teachers are pro-active in identifying the school's needs and the needs each individual student. For the student that needs accelerated programs they are available. For the student that needs more attention in a specific area, it is available. If you are someone that would like your children to go to a school that has strong academics, that emphasizes hard work and critical thinking, and promotes strong values like honesty, integrity, and equality, then St. Mark's Episcopal School is for you. Great students, great staff, great faculty, and great parents make ST. MARK'S ONE GREAT FAMILY! As for the negative comments, read between the lines. You have 95% plus happy families and students at St. Mark's. Maybe these people making negative comments should take a good look at themselves and their children before before criticizing the school. When the comments are about the cost, I think that tells you where the real issue lies these families. ST. MARK'S = GREAT PEOPLE!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
We have see first hand the success that SMES has had on our son. He is now at STA and with all honors and AP classes. The nurturing along with the strong academics is combined to compliment the student to excel in all areas. Parental involvement is strong and one can feel comfortable in a variety of areas to volunteer in.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
My daughter has attended St. Mark's for three years, and I know she is receiving the best education Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Each of her teachers has made a lasting positive impact on her; one she is sure to carry with her for many years. I have also been incredibly pleased with the enriched learning environment at St. Mark's - music, physical education, art, world religion, science, Spanish, media skills, and computer provide the skills and knowledge she will need in a competitive world. Choosing a school is the one of the most difficult and important decisions my husband and I will make as parents, and I am so thankful we found St. Mark's.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
I am so happy with the education my daughters are receiving at St. Mark's! In addition to the excellent academics, they have the opportunity to work with amazing teachers in the arts every week who inspire them as well as learn the importance of community and respect of others and self. I have watched them blossom and gain confidence in themselves, their ideas, and their work, which is such a gift for a parent. I would be remiss to not mention how dedicated the parents are and what a pleasure it is to be part of the community. I look forward to my son starting at St. Mark's next year!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
I currently have two boys at St. Marks that have both attended the school since they started Kindergarten. One is currently in 7th and the other in 4th and I find they cannot get a better education and more well rounded experience than St. Marks. I don't find the school to be going "downhill" - I see just the opposite. St. Mark's has a wonderful new Spanish curriculum and offers so many different enrichment classes that makes this school stand apart from the others. St. Marks has and will always be a school that lives and prides itself on teaching the children to live by the honor code. It is our responsibility as parents to make sure our children also grow to be responsible and productive adults by what we are taught at home and school. My boys live to go to school and love to participate in all that St. Marks has to offer. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Who are these people who think this place is still good? Both my children were there and it was a OMG when will we escape kind of thing. First off...Way Way Way overpriced. After you add all the "extras" field trips, food etc., you are within $1500 of Pinecrest. No comparision folks. Not academically, not athletically. I mean athletically they hire the cheapest they can find. One of their favorite coaches to employ is this hispanic women who cusses, screams, bullies and belittles the players of every sport she coaches. Really? for $17,000 this is the best you can come up with? Then the academics have been steadily declining. The rules are ridiculous. Kids are hoodlums because they are allowed to behave however because the school needs money. Then you have chapel everyday for an hour while classroom time is reduced more and more. The lunch room food is green and I am not talking lettuce folks, well that is until the accredidation board was there, then it was edible. All in all an miserable experience for my kids. On top of that the only time parents are involved is when they can have a drink in their hand.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
This place continues to go downhill. No wonder why so many familes have chosen to go elsewhere... I am pulling my children out at the end of this semester. What a disaster!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2012
We had 2 children attending this school for the past 5 years. For the past 2 years we watched not only the academics dummy down due to an unruly student population but admin. did not know how to handle the children. Teachers started handing out detentions daily and then screaming. When that didn't work, the teacher would sit down and instructed the kids to teach themselves. In a couple of subjects it appeared that the teachers were so frustrated they sent the kids home with their exams. Now, it appeared that almost everyone was making honor roll and or head of school. A few kids were asked to leave the school and others left on their own for a better environment. On almost a daily basis you will hear the most inappropriate language coming out of your classmates mouth, you will be shoved, elbowed or accidentally kicked. Our kids have seen it happen to their classmates as well as defend themselves when it occurred to them. It's a locker room mentality. As for religion, Spanish and computers there was little to no instruction. All communities need schools but they also need strong leaders at the top which appears to be lacking at SMES.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
Our son loved St. Marks -- there were so many opportunities to participate in sports and arts programs. He received excellent preparation for high school and is now in all honors classes. Thank you St. Mark's!!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
I'm so impressed with the quality of the curriculum. What my daughter is capable of in 7th grade really amazes me!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
My kids were at St. Mark's for several years. We have recently moved and we are finding that our kids are ranked in the top 5% in our new "A" rated school system in a new county and they are being placed in the gifted programs. I give huge credit to St. Marks and the wonderful early education programs. I m sure that all of the skills they acquired there at such a young age have helped them tremendously.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
St. Mark's is a great school, my daughter is in the PK program and I really thought of it as "day care" at first. This is her second year and the program is incredible, she has Gym, Spanish, Music and Religion classes! The faculty and administrators are wonderful caring people, it's a great community. I am more than pleased with our family experience here at St. Mark's.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
SMES has an outstanding curriculum. All graduates enter their high school of choice, most enrolling in honors courses. SMES students attend STA, Cardinal Gibbons, PInecrest, University School and prestigious boarding schools. All these schools welcome them with open arms and note how prepared they are. The administration and particularly its guidance department bends over backwards to help all children succeed there. When parents are willing to participate in their children's education, the parent -teacher relationship creates a superior environment for learning. The arts department is second to none and rivals many high schools in the area. This school is a HUGE bargain for the tuition which combines academics, the arts, sports and also the benefit of spiritual development. NO other school offers what SMES delivers in Fort Lauderdale.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Our daughter graduated from St. Mark's, and is now in high school. Overall, she was not as prepared academically for high school as she should have been. She also does not speak positively about her overall experience as a student at St. Mark's. In hindsight, we would have given more consideration to other private schools in the area before placing our daughter at St. Mark's.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
As a parent of a former student at St. Mark's, I found the administration to be rigid, inflexible, and often unfriendly. There are some good teachers, but also many more not-so-good teachers. There is somewhat of an elitist attitude, but with very little to back it up in terms of actual academics. Academincally, this school is simply not Pinecrest, and in my opinion it is not even as good as public school alternatives such as Bayview Elementary or Virginia Shuman Young. Overall, this school is just average at best and certainly not anywhere near as good as the administration would like you to believe. Your tuition dollars would be better spent elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
We have two children currently attending St. Mark's and they LOVE it!!! St. Mark's offers an excellent balance between academics and social growth. It has provided a family atmosphere for them while at school. Our children have been blessed with wonderful teachers, as well as additional special activities and events. We have been so fortunate at St. Mark's to have such small class sizes allowing our children to have more individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
Terrific Preparation and Terrific Program- We have 3 daughters, one of which is a graduate of St. Mark's; we realized St. Mark's tremendous value as she entered high school where classes she took in 7th and 8th grade at St. Mark's allowed her to skip to more advanced classes immediately in 9th grade while easily managing the homework load in high school. St. Marks' graduates get their first pick of high schools while hundreds of other students are turned away each year from their high school choice. St. Mark's teaches the whole child, keeping the academic program incredibly strong while maintaining an exceptional arts program, offers an athletic program and teaches the whole child through the Episcopal faith open to all religions. There is a great sense of community at St. Mark's. We would highly recommend St. Mark's!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
My two children graduated middle school at St Mark's. The fees are unjustifiably high, the teachers are average, bullying is constant with both boys and girls, and discipline is swift with "the teacher is always right" attitude. An extremely competitive, elitist and political atmosphere which encourages the families with the most connections and/or money.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
I have a 7th grader and a 5th grader at St. Mark's that have been there since PK3. They love the school and are thriving. It is a warm loving environment that addresses the whole student. The faith based orientation and exposure to the arts is wonderful. The students that graduate from St. Marks are all accepted to the high school of their choice. Children from St. Marks are well-prepared for high school.

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September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
I love the School and my Daughter is happy there............

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no rating May 19, 2009
In my opinion I would not recommend this school. The past 3 years that my child has attended this school the leadership is lacking. The Middle school principle does little to oversee the teachers and therefore there is no accountability. They do not post grades online and often my child received his grades weeks after they have been completed. Upon periodically requesting grades from the administration, I was informed, they will not provide this, and it is the student s responsibility. Teachers lack enthusiasm and often are not prepared for class. The students do not experience joy and caring from their teachers, instead there is a sense of fear. The school is more concerned with checking the length of your hair and if you are wearing the appropriate socks then what is being taught.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
My children have been a SMES since PK3 and the experience has been very hit or miss. Each teacher has had a very different teaching style some are up to speed others lacking.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2009
A terrific school! I have two children here and the environment is warm, caring, challenging, stimulating, and friendly. My kids are in the preschool and the lower school...we couldn't be happier! Thank you, St. Mark's!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
i am a former student at SMES and i don't know where to begin. first, that school needs to get bus service! besides that,if you are in middle school,you'll be harassed and bullied constantly by anybody in older grades! the kids cuss. the teachers are alright, but they give out detentions and academic notices left and right, and won't take 'no' for an answer! also, if you get in any kind of trouble,or have been blamed for something, the techers won't believe anything you say. finally, that school has a 'few' lazy teachers that sometimes don't even finish explaining the work, and don't come to help sessions ready to learn, 'cause all the teachers do is sit at their desk and drink coffee! another thing is, they're tuition goes up a couple thousand dollars each year yet they ask the parents for more money each month!

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2008
i used to be a student @ st. mark's and i have to say, it's a bad school environment. all the kids 4th-8th grade cuss and listen to hip hop. also there are a lot of bullies in the middle school section. the teachers are o.k.,but when it comes to homework, they accept no excuses, it's an automatic detention or notice. all that the kids talk about are sports.

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February 28, 2008
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St. Mark's Episcopal School
1750 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33334
(954) 563-4508
Last modified St. Mark's Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Mark's Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top