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1346 President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

(718) 756-6602
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September 01, 2014
Wow, I went to St. Marks in the eighties and the curriculum was stellar. I received an excellent education. Now as a mom looking for a school for my little one, it's sad to hear about the decline in standards.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2014
I am so disappointed in how this school is run. The teachers are NOT qualified, and everything is swept under the rug, or there is a secrecy pact! You pay for an all year program which entails HW help, and HW is never done, but everytime you go to pick up your child, they're dumped infront the stupid TELL-LIE-VISION! If parents are paying for after school program , we should expect services to be rendered! This school is all about money, and academically they're not doing well! Very disorganized school/poor leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
it is sad that st. marks reputation is declining. the headmaster along with the principal and assistant principal need to come together for the benefit of the students to make positive changes for the school. it is puzzling that the school would hire an individual who was unable to save his own school. since he has been the vice principal I have not seen any improvement. it has been three years of deterioration. again changes need to be made. fresh teachers with new ideas should be explored. I think there is hope for the school but it can only happen if changes are made. teachers need more professional development so they are aware of new techniques and methods of teaching as well as materials that can be used in the classroom. the school should try to raise or obtain funds in order to have smartboards in each classroom. I have seen where the students are academically more advanced than their counterparts in the public and charter schools but more can be done for saint marks students. parents, teachers, principal, assistant principal, headmaster and the community should come together to improve the school for the benefit of our children. let us keep the flame burning for st marks

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
This school has unqualified teachers. The teachers have no respect for parents nor students. They call the students degrading names such as empty heads. Even the Pre-K class was called empty heads. The teachers chat all day amongst themselves while four year olds are running next to an open staircase. They are unlicensed and uncaring, they are there to chat and laugh amongst each other.and get paid for being there, but not teach these kids or even care about them. Please spend your hard earned money somewhere else, because it will be wasted here.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
Substandard education, from mostly uncertified teachers. I was appalled at some reports from parents regarding the quality of education and the overall condition of the school. If this school was THE school before, something went drastically wrong!! Because its not the same. DO NOT send your kids to this school. Demand a walk through, educate yourself parents!!! Look out for your children's futures! $6K+ a year for nothing!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2014
Clearly the "parent" who left the post on May 9, 2014 is not a parent, perhaps a teacher or administrator trying to make the school appear to be better than what it is because there hasnt been an afterschool karate program for months and just this week we received text msgs from the principal inviting the parents to sign the children up for the "new" karate program afterschool. So clearly someone is trying to mislead the public. This school has gone downhill and our child will be removed.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
St Mark's Day School is an awesome institution that prepares it's children to be competitive into the next phase of their education. Combining small class sizes and a strong Christian education foundation, I love what this school offers. Combined with their new after school karate program, St. Mark's Day School should be everyone's first choice when searching for a school for their children

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
My daughter went here from 2010-11. This school was horrible. One of the nursery school teachers barely spoke English, and the other one seemed uncaring. They slam on the tables with a ruler and yell at the kids as if they are animals. My daughter constantly got sick there because they didn't keep toys and play areas sanitary. The graduation ceremony they had for the kids was disorganized. There was even an incident where my daughters hand was caught in the door causing injury and the teachers denied anything happening. I could go on and on about their flaws but I won't. Don't send your kids to this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
No focus.....wasting money sending my child to this school. The principal assistant Mr. Bishop Joseph is lacking experience in how to handle matters with students. He's unorganized and unprofessional. We will say goodbye to St. Mark's.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2013
Mr. smith just fired miss joseph Verbina for abusing people kids after a lot of complain from parents. Please parents don't put your kids and that school my child was in that school for 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
St Marks no longer represents a top performing private school. The school is lacking effective leadership and teachers. Couple that with rude staff members no wonder why there has been a significant decline in the student body. What I would like to know from the headmaster is what miracle will the current AP perform to save St Marks from closing its doors when he was unable to save his previous school from closing down? The school did not change with the time; teachers and material are old and outdated. I'm not discriminating against seasoned teachers but I strongly believe that some young and compassionate teachers with fresh ideas and approach to teaching are desperately needed at ST Marks.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
St. Mark's gave me the fantastic foundation on which I have built my life and I am forever grateful! I was a student there in grades K-4 in the late 1980s until my family moved to upstate NY and was devastated when I had to leave this great school. Despite my departure, I took away many cherished memories and close friendships which started at the age of 4 that have remained to this day! The teaching staff provided an encouraging yet firm learning environment, everyone knew one another and I know that the values and behavior which were expected of us in school have had a significant influence on my personal and professional conduct in life. I have been living in Europe for the past 10 years, graduating from university in the UK with an MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations and I know that it was St Mark's that played in HUGE part in shaping me into the confident, intelligent young woman that I am today. I hope that when I have children, I will be able to find a school as great as St. Mark's to give them the kind of educational head-start that I was given.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2012
I have been calling this school for a month trying to get correct information regarding registration processes. I have spoken to 3 different people who have given me 3 different registration procedures. Then when I did speak with Ms. Fleming she was rude and short with me because I guess i had too many questions.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
This school has done a poor job of preparing our children. No school should cause emotional stress for any child. Shame on you for collecting tuition but no caring enough to offer programs for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
I began my school life with St. Mark's when they first opened their doors in 1977/78 and I felt that it was the perfect place to start my daughter and son. The school provides a great foundation through their early childhood program, with computers and hands on science and foreign language (Spanish). The elementary and middle school components intergrate Spanish AND French.along with the fundamentals of Math, ELA, Computer & Music . . .Oh La la! My son is excited to go back every year!!! They Instruct & They Care! Last year we hired a new principal and the expectation levels have risen and trust me, we can compete with the neighborhood public schools!!! Watch Out!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2009
My son attended the preschool and had difficulty adjusting; the teachers gave us no meaningful feedback or suggestions throughout the semester to alleviate the issues. At the end of the semester, they presented us with a poor report card, alleging complaints that were never expressed previously. I have since had my my son evaluated for special needs. The problem with St. Marks is that the teachers never expressed serious concerns over his behavior or learning capacity and never suggested having him evaluated. In fact, they were going to allow him to to enter the kindergarten class knowing issues existed. I do not think this is in the best interest of any child.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My two children graduated from St. Mark's Day School in the '90s and now, my 12 yr old granddaughter attends the school. I enrolled her because I was secure in the knowledge that she would get a superior education as opposed to public school. More importantly is this is a religious school in the Anglican tradition, a tradition that I, and my children were raised up in. Although the school is competitive educationally, the reinforcement of this tradition and the dedication of the faculty and staff makes St. Mark's Day School a unique gem in the NY school system. Many parents feel that since they pay a tuition, they don't have to be as 'involved' as public schools. However, you get back what you put in. If you value your child's education and spiritual enrichment, St. Mark's Day School is an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2009
I will have to agree with some of the parents comments listed below. At first, I was a bit concern with the extracurricular activities. Remarkably, the education their was something irresistible, I saw great improvement in my child's behavior and education. With the outstanding efforts from some of the teachers, to name a few, Ms. Humphrey, Ms.Daniels and not forgetting Ms.Forbes, the vice principal, such a wonderful and approachable woman. Unfortunately, we relocated and I'm not quite convinced about the academic approach that I see in the school system out here. So, I'm really contemplating about taking her back. Keep up the good work St.Marks.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2009
I've had 2 children at St. Mark's since 2005. My son has graduated and is will be a senior in high school this September. My daughter still attends St. Mark's and will be in the 5th grade this September. She will continue to attend St. Mark's until she is ready for high school or until I cannot afford it anymore. Both my children have received an excellent education at St. Mark's. My daughter is learning two languages, French and Spanish. Can there be more extra-curricular activities, yes. But I'm not that concerned about that. As her parent I ensure she 's well grounded. I am concerned about her receiving an up-standing education and at St. Mark's she is receiving that. More parents should volunteer their time and resources to aid Dr. Macatee (who's doing an excellent job) and the staff in keeping St. Mark's the excellent school I believe it

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2009
My Son has been a student at St Marks since the 2nd Grade. We had a supper experience both academically and spritualy. He is now moving on to High School and was awarded a few Scholarships to local schools as well as out of State institutions. I tuely believe that sending him to St. Marks was the best decision that I ever made. The staff and teachers are wonderful and careing. Administration works with the parents and students to make sure they succeed. I would have liked more extra-curricular activities but that was limited to schools physical space constraints, however I was happy to scrifice that to have had the quality education that my son received.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2009
The lower school is outstanding. I've noticed as my daughter approached the last 3 months of 2nd grade she received little or no homework. I reluctantly reregistered her for 3rd grade.If this continues, I will definitely try to find a new school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
My son started in preschool and just completed kindergarten. With their limited resources, I think they provided my son with a great foundation to build upon. If the school could find more funding to upgrade its already more serviceable programs, i see no reason why this school couldnt be one of the best in brooklyn. Everything that was promised my son would be exposed to and learn he did. If you want your child to get a solid foundation i reading and writing, i strongly suggest you consider st. marks.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2008
My son attended st Marks in nursery....However , since the principal left the school has taken a nose dive. there seems to be no sense of direction. think again parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
I go to St. Mark's Day School. We are a close society and we love each other alot. We work together and have a strong PTA. We have great classes that you would love to hear about including Spanish and French. We also have a loving principal that everyone loves. You would love St. Marks'.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 14, 2008
My child started attending this school in nursery. I must say the lower school is excellent. but the big school grades 1-8 is horrible. There is no communitcation between parent and teacher. Since the principal left the school now has NO vision. My daughter was in the 4th grade last year, she got no homework, no spelling words, nothing. The math skills there were teaching her were that from the Carribean. Sorry to say that my daughter will now be attending 5th grade at another school. Bottom line ...this school is not worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
This school is in no way worth the money that is paid for it. My son has been in the school since pre-k and there has always been a problem with communication with the teachers. Just today I basically had a teacher tell me that I had a problem in my home, somthing of which she is unaware of the circumstances and which is untrue. The school is essentially operating on its legacy. I would not recommend spending money to send your child to this school. There are plenty of other schools who will take your money and offer you at a minimum: proper communication about your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 03, 2007
My child attending this school for exactly 3 months before I withdrew him. He is a special needs child however, his academics were excellent, but they did not know how to deal with him. I would not recommend taking your kid there.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
no rating July 25, 2007
4 stars out of 5 I rate St. Mark's 4 out of five because of the following reasons: I was a parent and successful teacher at your school for over seven years. My two children, Allysa and Rondell did receive a solid, remarkable, awesome and workable educational background from K-6. The environment was conducive and there was results. Each child is referred to as 'An Academic Achiever With A Plus - A Big Difference.' Rondell obtained his Bachelor's degree with honors from St. John's University, Jamaica, Queens and Allysa is a 'high- flyer' in the 10th Grade at Edward Murrow High School, Brooklyn. To the principal, staff and teachers of St. Mark's Day School, I say, Thank you, thank you! St. Mark's teachers, thank you!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
Both of my kids were @ St Mark. My Oldest, until kindergarten because we had to relocate. It there is on thing that I missed in New York,is definitely St Mark day school. Academically She did very well due school curriculum and teachers. First grade was just a review for her. If St Mark Day School could also be in Atlanta..........

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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June 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
St. Mark's Day School is a 'throwback' school in it's enforcement of traditional values and discipline. However, it is also a 'progressive' school in that it continuously seeks out contemporary teaching disciplines and assessments to better educate its students. I am the product of a similar parochial education, and was (and remain) enthused at the creation of this school. I sent my children (now grown)to St. Mark's and now send my grandchild (4th grade), confident that they benefit from its challenging curriculum. Such curriculum demands a significant commitment from parent as well as student. In the past 2 years, I have heard grumblings from unhappy parents. I find these parents are unfamiliar with the requirements/challenges affiliated with a parochial school. From Pre-Nursery to 8th grade, St. Mark's provides an educational and religious foundation that will benefit any child who's parents' are dedicated to it's mission. To me, St. Mark's Rules!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
St. Marks is a wonderful school my sister and brother and I have a total of 7 children attending this great institution. One of my son graduated last year and is currently a freshamn at Bishop Ford enrolled in Math B with Junior, Sophomore & Senior. I thank St. Mark for giving him this foundation. My other son is in 4th grade and I am very much please. I am an involved parent in my child life and have taken steps to get involved and know my teachers and let them know that if my child has a problem with homework or any disciplinary issues to not hesitate and contact me. I think Father D& Mr Smith are doing an excellent jobs. Great job with prep for specialized HS and Boarding HS and prep for exams. I

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
I transitioned from Public School to St. Mark's Day School. It was the best move I've ever made in my school career. The teachers were dedicated and stern but loving. When I moved on to Xavier High School (A distinguished school known for its academic excellence), I was approximately two years ahead of everyone else in Mathematics and English and I was skipped in Mathematics. I learned everything entirely from St. Mark's with no outside educational sources. St. Mark's is a wonderful school with attentive academic programs. Music and Art were very important at St. Mark's. Art was encouraged as completed Art assignments daily. It wasn't a Crafts class, we learned about pointilism, perspective and many other Art terms. We learned to read written music in St. Mark's, and performed during our graduation with our recorders. Other extracurricular activities were scarce. Parents decide how involved they are, simply put.

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
I had two children at Saint Marks. My daughter was in 3rd grade and my son attended the pre-K program. The lower school is well worth the investment. Ms. Forbes is a wonderful head master who cared for each and every student, as well has her teachers. However, all of her hard work is lost when these children move to the big school. The teachers at the big school (grades 1-8) are very unhappy. There are serious discipline problems that are not addressed. The curriculum is challenging, however the students are not benefiting from it. It is very unfortunate, but it became clear to me that my children would do much better if they went to another school. Saint Marks needs to reassess the entire program.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2006
The school really looks great on paper, and I believe Father Donaldson has a really great vision for the school. However, The teachers don't seem to share in that vision. They appear unprofessional, rather lazy, and non-supportive. They have great textbooks, and a strong academic curriculum. Unfortunately there is no one that appears to be qualified enough to carry it out. I understand children do well in the lower school, but of course the upper-grades are more challenging for everyone. Teachers don't appear to possess strong knowledge of the material. Instead they seem to prepare for test taking. While this is ,unfortunately, the bulk of the criteria used in promotion, the children don't get the opportunity to learn critical thinking. It appears to be discouraged. Communication is totally lacking. Decisions are often made without input from the headmaster. It was my child's worst schoolyear. Teachers don't communicate with parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
My son started St. Mark's at the age of five. I was impressed with the teaching standard at the Kindergarden to grade 1 program. Each child was encouraged to do their personal best. I must commend Ms. Forbes on the individual attention she gave to each student. I do believe however that the quality of education deteriorated as my son advanced to the third grade and the teachers no longer spend as much one on one time with the students. I believe there should be more to the discipline process than suspension. The school has to revamp some of the programs offered to the older children. There should be more to their science and music programs. The afterschool and summer programs should also be restructured to suit the needs of the students. I believe it should encompass more than just academics. St. Mark's is good for the early years.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2003
St. Marks has a very good curriculum, however, the administration is quickly decaying. Notices are not distributed in a timely fashion and tuition record keeping seems to be falling. St. Marks increases tuition fee annually and fail to provide increased services. Safety is a plus.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2003
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St Mark's Day School
1346 President Street, Brooklyn, NY  11213
(718) 756-6602
Last modified St Mark's Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Mark's Day School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top