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St Mark Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 398 students


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Posted November 30, 2012

As a new parent to the school i must say i not very happy with this school.The staff in the office are very rude and the way they talk to the students is unreal.Someone needs to do something about this matter.Very clicky school not welcoming at all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2012

We LOVE St. Mark School! We now have two children enrolled and couldn't be happier. This is the principal's second year and the changes we have seen have all been positive. The teachers and staff are very kind and the overall sense of community within the school is wonderful. We feel our kids are getting an excellent education and we would highly recommend this school to others.
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Posted September 9, 2012

All of the reviews BEFORE the new principal were very positive, and the reviews for the school NOW are not good; there are very valid reasons for that. If the new principal does not change her style it is my belief she will be gone within a year or two.

Posted July 1, 2012

My daughter just finished first grade and we love it at St. Marks. The new principal is changing things yes but not for the worse. She knows what needs to be addressesd and she is doing it. She does not seem shy about her goals for the school. I believe my little girl is getting a great education. We are becomeing apart of the church com. as well and the families involved with the church and the school are so nice and welcomeing. However as we all know if you stand on the side of any activity people are not going to beg you to participate. My husband and I LOVE it there and I dred the thought of leaving. Also the parents have never been allowed in the building at the start of the school day as far as I know. I believe it is for space and independance reasons.. First week of kindergarden you may walk them in. Each room has opps. for parents to help out and become room parents. There are so may ways to become involved with St. Marks.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 20, 2012

I would not recommend st. Marks school. It is not the same as it was in the past. The new principal rules the school in a very militant way. Parents are not welcome in the building. The teachers are no longer friendly and nurturing. The principal has changed the whole culture and focus of the school. She runs it like a public school. Religion is not being taught . The mission of catholic education is not felt here at all. The focus is on state test scores not the children. The curriculum is not being followed. They waste valuable time teaching to the test! It is such an unchristian environment with less than mediocre teaching. What a shame. This school went from exceptional to very poor in less than a year. It is so bad that I pulled my child out 3 months before the end of the year. We couldn't stand it any longer. St. Marks no longer is standing up to its reputation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2011

St. Mark's is a great school academically. My daughter has been there for six years and does exceptionally well. The past few years has been challenging because teaching staff has changed often, classroom size has become overwhelming and there has been some obvious mistreatment to some students by staff and other students. St. Mark's was once a school that believed all children were equal and should be treated fairly. I'm not so sure anymore.
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Posted May 8, 2010

My son is in the second grade and we are not pleased, so this will be his last year. They are too strict ,the kids are punished as a whole class for the bad behavior of just a few,and this is happening all too often. Now he doesn't even want to go to school. . Teacher has no patience and needs to not be a teacher anymore. Community as a whole is very clicky also. Whether or not you like this school depends on who you are here,not on your child.
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Posted July 18, 2009

I went to this school as a kid. It put out 3 very successful people in my family so when I moved back to Bflo I knew where my daughter was going to school no ques. I LOVE this school even more now then when I was a kid. It's still the same pricipal there now as when I was a kid. so there's a real family tie and connection to this school. would recommend to anyone.
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Posted July 14, 2007

St. Mark's is a good school, in fact rated #9 out of 207 middle schools. It has an amazing 7th and 8th grade literature and english teacher. A little bullying problem in the junior high, but teachers handle it well, and it went down every year i was there. An overall amazing school!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 1, 2007

I think that St mark is a great school for children of the ages about 4-14. it is a school with many different sports and activities from kindergarten to eighth grade. My daughter goes there and has a high average, has many friends,and I would encourage other parents to send thier kids thier.
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Posted August 22, 2006

I have three children. My oldest two are now in high school and my youngest is going into sixth grade. The school has been excellent for all three. They have great friends and are included in all events. Keep in mind when entering into a private school, the more you get involved the more people you will know and the wider the opportunities for your child. My three children are all B students and are very well rounded, play sports, in plays and know how to study! The Principal also has her doctorate in education and knows EVERY child by name.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 52%
Black 8% 21%
Hispanic 3% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Lydia Brenner
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399 Woodward Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 836-1191


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