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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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