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St. Mark's Episcopal School5
Posted June 22, 2014
- a parent
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.
I have worked at this school for over 10 years and sadly watched it deteriorate. St. Marks was a strong and vibrant school and one of the top in Fort Lauderdale but unfortunately such is no longer the case. The past few years has seen good students flocking to get out the door and enrollment has consistently declined. This makes working there very uneasy and stressful because you never know when you will lose your job. There is very little concern for the employees and you can be marched out the door with not so much as a thank you for your years of service. It is a very sad place right now with administrators scrambling to entice new students and at the same time downsizing and outsourcing in order to stay afloat. It deeply saddens me to see such a legacy fall to this level.
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