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St Mark School

Private | K-8 | 315 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $351,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

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Posted June 23, 2014

I am the step-father of an 11 yr. old girl who just finished 6th grade. This is her first year in this school, having come from the local k-5 public school. My "first" two children attended public as well as private schools so I have experience to make a comparison. I cannot applaud this school enough; from the principal to the janitor, each and every person I ever came into contact with was as interested and caring as a school staff could be. Every parental anxiety was met with concern and followed up by action. This is a "private school" education at 1/4 of the tuition. Although the school asks for contributions for extracurricular expenses, I got the impression that no one was ever pressured for money that posed any hardship to the family. The principal knows every child in the school which is no easy task. The teachers are very sincere and most had spent years at the school. If anything, I thought the parent population (at least in middle school) were not as involved as I thought they should have been but this was not because of the attitude of the staff which tried to engage the parents all year long. Families here are getting a real parochial, educational value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

You must be going to a different school. You can't believe that! See for yourself.....My children and I couldn't be happier! The are learning, succeeding and sage. What more could you ask for. ? Mom of three at saint mark school......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

I absolutely loved this school when my son started three years ago. This school is a total rip off, I agree that it is all about money, the staff has stated the school is focused on the business aspect ($$$$) not the Catholic. If you donate money and spend time volunteering they will bend over backwards to make you happy, even have your kid skip grade. Once we stopped doing, our kid was treated differently. It is all about the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

They are liers. They told me my chid was doing OK and signed him up for a programm for special kids behind my back. All his tests were over 70 % and he got bad report card. They say because he missed some tests. I needed to bring a note why he missed school. Nobody mentioned it before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I totally disagree...the school is great. It is a real family atmosphere. The principal is approachable and goes out of her way to take care of all issues. The teachers have high expectations and want the best for their students. Take it from me...it is a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

The turnover rate for teachers at St Mark is not a good one, which speaks volumes. Most teachers that love teaching at a particular school, tend to remain at that school for many years - not the case at St Mark. New teachers are brought in every year and teachers who have been there a while are always being shuffled around to other grades. Bottom line...there's no sense of stability at St Mark. As far as students go, there appears to be an influx of problem students being brought in from public school every year. I say this with the utmost sincerity...St Mark is not equipped to deal with problem students and this is beginning to become a huge problem. I believe this is the number one reason for the high turnover rate. Rules at St Mark are more suggestions than anything else. Let's take hair-cuts for boys which is a pretty straight forward rule. There are several students at St Mark that do not abide by the grooming standards put forth by the school. There are boys at St Mark that have full grown 1970's style afros. We're talking 9 to10 inch afros. There are boys with ponytails. Isn't this supposed to be a catholic school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Went to this school since nursery to 5th grade. Currently 11th in A specialized Hs.Teachers are very bias and the school asks for money daily for the most useless things. I loved it here when I was little but honestly I had the worst teachers and got bullied. Ms. Baran just complains about other teachers. Ms imperato reads from the textbooks whereas no one listens. If you ask her a question, she yells at you. Ms Jacobson (?)(my first grade teacher, blonde lady) disliked Asians. She would pick on my friends daily for no reason. They were the smartest in the class.


Posted May 23, 2013

Parents, be aware teachers are mean and always scream at children. The classes are overcrowded. In prek there is one teacher and 21 students, assistant stays only for 2 houres.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

Love this school, it is very inconvenient for me to get here, we live half an hour away but I take the drive because it is so worth it. Love the family oriented feel, Principal and faculty knows my kid by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

Two of my sons went there and we found the school to be great. All the students know everyone in the school and it is very safe. Bullying is not tolerated. They also have a great basketball program with games on the weekends and a great Challenger (Special Ed) basketball program also. As of Sep. 2012 enrollment is 280 students. My family and boys would highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

I have two children in St. Mark, they have been in st. mark since they were 3, they are now 9 and 10, Im very happy with this school.. Its very family oriented, everybody knows eachother , and its a very warm ,homie feel.. The older kids know the younger kids , and all inbetween, they all look out for eachother.Every teacher and the principal know each student by name. . Its like one big family. I recommend this school highly..
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Posted November 9, 2009

I have two children in St. Mark's one that is in the fourth grade this year and the other one is in first, both are involved in school through activities and the Church. The school has good leadership, but some favoritism. What is wonderful about the school is the kids one level closeness and connection that the kids and parents have with the Church. You cannot help yourself, but to get involved with both the School and the Church through many events and the beautiful people of the community that get to know you because they have met you. Parents get involved as much as they can and the kids love it here. It is safe. The faculty are caring teachers and aides who will take care of and encourage the kids to be the best that they can. Many graduates loved all their teachers and they come back to encourage
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

This school is great for kids growing up.I really recomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2008

All three of my children attended this school and they have had a wonderful foundation and have excellent skills to take with them in life. (They attended from Nursery to 8th grade)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

This is a great school, it offers so much for The leadership and family values are a big part of us. Each child is treated special, the teachers are all wonderful and have a huge impact of each child. If you decided to put your child in this school you will be very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 35% 52%
Black 25% 21%
Asian 16% N/A
Hispanic 14% 21%
Two or more races 8% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Caroline Donnelly
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2602 East 19th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: (718) 332-9304

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