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St. Mark School

Private | PK-8 | 260 students

We are best known for strong-academics & Christ-centered education
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $103,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $670.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 8, 2014

St. Mark is a tremendously loving and open environment and a great place to educate one's children. In my opinion this environment is fostered and established with the great leadership of the principal and pastor, and every teacher I have been in contact with tries to emulate the leadership of their administrators. I only have one child (in pre-k) attending the school, but when she came home and told me, "Dad, the only thing that really matters is that you love God and love other people," I was blown away and wholeheartedly convinced that St Mark is a special place. While I can't vouch for the academic rigor of the school, since my daughter is in pre-k, I will say as a teacher at the high school in which St. Mark feeds into that St. Mark has an inordinate amount of students achieving high accolades in academics at the high school level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

St. Mark is a welcoming and loving environment. Children are taught in a strict yet loving environment as well. St. Mark encourages parental involvment and all staff and administration work together for the greater good of the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

St. Mark is small enough to provide excellent education and teaching to its students, but big enough to provide many services and participation opportunities for all students! Four of our kids attended and graduated from St. Mark; their preparation for secondary school was excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

St. Mark Catholic School is an outstanding place for children and families. The staff is highly professional and responsive to the needs of children. The student population is beautifully diverse which my children have benefitted from. They also receive excellent preparation for high school. I would highly recommend you visit. You will be impressed with the atmosphere and respectfulness of the students you encounter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

If you are looking for a small, very community oriented school for your child, look no further! The principal greats each child by name every day. All children feel loved at St. Mark. If you are looking for good academics and talented teachers, look else where.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

There are some really great teachers at this school and their Kindergarten program is perfect. I had some issues with kids who lacked character and respect. Now that there is the voucher program (which is a great if used right) there are lots of non catholic kids who do not share the same values as others. I am a very open individual but this Catholic school as lost it's appeal to me because it felt like my kids were just at a small public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

St. Mark is very good school because the teachers and principal are very welcome and helpful. Students are very religious and kind. If you want your children to go to Roncalli high school. You must let your children go to the catholic schools because all the students from Roncalli are from great schools. The students from St. Mark school are very brilliant, the are very good students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

We chose St. Mark because of the small class size, the emphasis to a Christ centered education and their strong academics and spiritual growth. The staff spends many extra hours working individually with students and communicates well with parents. This is a great school if you want a school that you can be active in and be a part of your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

We have sent four children through St. Mark, which spans the tenure of four principals. We have assessed the academics, athletics, and religious atmosphere with each one. We live closer to another parochial school, but have selected St. Mark over it, as well as others. Their success can be seen through the students as they EXCEL in Roncalli High School and Perry Township schools. St. Mark graduates have received accolades for perfect SAT scores, gold medals in performing arts, etc. St. Mark is an excellent choice for any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

If you are looking for a faith based school with great support from our Principal, teachers and Pastor than please consider St. Mark Catholic School. We are an intimate school which offers so much individual attention to each student. This is our seventh year here with all 3 of our children attending. We are very happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I have been a proud parent for over 10 years at St. Mark. There have been challenges and obstacles over the years but the core mission has always remained the same. A small involved catholic community that meets the academic and spiritual needs of my children. My children have been very prepared as they entered high school. There are many extra activities available to expose students with regards to academics, sports and service. It is a very welcoming place; stop by for a visit and a tour. The staff will be very excited to share what they do with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I am pleased with the education that my children have received at St. Mark Catholic School over the years. The teachers have been very helpful when my children needed it. The small class size has been a blessing for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

School has made some changes this year with the new principal. Discipline issues are being addressed. Not impressed with new teachers who were hired this year. Hopefully at least one will not be asked to return. My child should not be told she will be scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush. Academics do seem to be weak here. No advanced classes offered nor challenges given to children who are ahead. Too many children needing extra assistance and should be attending Rise for some aide. St Mark is not helping them by letting them slide by. Nor is it helping the other children who have to hear a lesson taught 2-3x because one or two children still can't grasp the lesson. Athletic and sports are a mess. Especially the girls. Most girls have quit playing sports because of the disorganization with their teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

This is a great school. Principal and teachers are caring and dedicated to their students. Wonderful communication from teachers to parents. Discipline is enforced. Truly a faith based education. Students respect the teachers and parent aides. Healthy lunch menu & variety to chose from. Numerous activities for children to participate in from K-8th grade. Family community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

St. Mark is a below average school that has poor qualitly in food, education, and uniforms. The students there are very disrespectful and aren't grateful.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2007

It rocks the teachers and students are really nice if you go there i promis you wont be disapionted every kid who gose there will get a good education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2006

I am definitely impressed at the work ethic of everyone at St. Mark. We are not the one of the largest schools, but we difinitely are one of the most faithful. The sports are fantastic, considering neigboring schools have four times as many kids. Our new principal Mr. Schwartz is fantastic. We have at least six teachers in the school that have been teaching for more than twenty-five years. Being small, you get to know individuals inside and out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2006

I think that St mark is a wonderful school with everyone kind love toward each other
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

Saint Mark is a trult wonerful place for our child to be. This his his first year there and so far he is responding very well. The Principal seems to care quite a bit about her students as well as all of the teachers that I have come in contact with. I see many good things at this school and would highly recomend it to any family looking for good Catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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89%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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96%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 80% 74%
Black 1 4% 12%
Hispanic 1 3% 7%
Multiracial 1 3% 4%
American Indian 1 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2 N/A 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 0% N/A
Source: Manually entered by school official
Source: 2 IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 10%N/AN/A
Special education 11%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Rusty Albertson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • http://www.stmarkconnect.org/school/?mod
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (317) 783-9574

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Religious
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title 1 instructor
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Perry Township School Special Education
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Game club
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • civil war
  • movie club
  • reading club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • Black and Gold
School mascot
  • Lion
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
263
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
281

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
Application fee
Yes. $100.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Roncalli High School
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