My child started this school in 2010. He had a great beginning up to 2nd grade. The school has gym class but no supplies for the kids to use. The bathrooms are small (even for a child) and they don't have locks on the doors. There isn't a playground with equipment for the kids to use. The communication between the parents and the school leaders is terrible. There is NO SECURITY whatsoever, except for a 6ft tall male teacher who leaves his class to deal with irate parents. PTA meetings are chaotic, late-to-start and filled with a "clique" of parents who lack knowledge of running meetings & discussing important issues in the school. They seem to be more interested in where "you are from" than how we can come together as parents and faculty to make the school run better. Monies received from fundraiser a aren't used for important things like lighting, gym equipment, more computers or locks for doors; it gets used for making the Teacher Lounge more comfortable. I loved the small class size but I will be taking my child out of this school for the 2014-2015 school year. I've had enough! Do I recommend this school to others? Heck No!!!
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!
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.
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.
St Marks no longer represents a top performing private school.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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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