Posted June 07, 2016
- a parent
In the past when I heard the word "community", I thought it was such a marketing ploy; however, at St. Mark's - it truly is a little community that is involved in your child's life. We were previously at ROBs and had such a terrible experience - that we were weary of the private school system all together. After one year with just one child in this school, we couldn't believe how much we could love a school! The best part about this school is that it is such a small school. Having had two children at two other schools, you feel like your child gets lost in the size. At St. Mark's, it is easier to know people better and for the teachers to know your child. Additionally, St. Mark's is culturally diverse - enabling kids to learn about different countries and backgrounds. Additionally, you can tell that the teachers and staff actually love your child - that they truly love your child and want the best for them.
Although, the curriculum is good, it could be a bit stronger - challenging the children to a curriculum that is a grade ahead would be great. I do feel that sometimes my daughter can be bored for her age group - that being said she is a bit more developed than other kids (and has an Oct birthday).
Overall, I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a great environment for their child to grow up - a place where they are nurtured, loved and encouraged to be their best. This school has been a blessing in our lives.
Posted October 28, 2015
- a teacher
I started as a substitute at St. Mark's during the 2013-14 school year and was blown away by how welcoming and kind this community is. I teach Spanish here now and I feel so fortunate to come to work and spend my days with a knowledgeable and caring faculty as well as creative and happy kids. St. Mark's is a wonderful place to be.
Posted October 27, 2015
- a teacher
I came to St. Mark's as a new teacher this year, and I am so glad I did! I immediately sensed that everyone in the school community-- the administrators, teachers, parents, and students-- truly enjoys coming to school and spending time together. Even the youngest kids jump out of their cars in the morning and rush towards the school entrance, where older students and administrators greet them by name.
Academics are important at St. Marks, but the school also values play and creativity. The teachers work hard to plan relevant, hands-on activities to engage their students.
Students are encouraged and guided to practice social skills, respect, and responsibility. I am consistently impressed by the manners and kindness of St. Mark's students.
As educators at St. Mark’s, we celebrate the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our
students’ learning, modeling intellectual curiosity and a passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered
environment. Our actions as teachers,
individuals, and community leaders uphold this ideal.
A portion of our Annual Fund is allocated to the St. Mark’s Faculty Growth Fund. Our teachers have the greatest impact on the school experience of our children, and providing for the ongoing growth of their practice is crucial to creating an environment where we ready students for the world that lies ahead. The school has planned to contribute ten percent of our current and future annual funds to continue to grow this resource. Ultimately, this fund will be integral in attracting and retaining the best teachers who are focused on growth and the future of education.
Amount of homework:
Lower School Homework Guidelines:
Homework in the Lower School is designed to provide practice for concepts that have been introduced in the classroom, to study for spelling tests in 1st through 4th grade, to study for quizzes or tests in 3rd and 4th grade, to work towards the completion of a project or research assignment, and to practice reading skills.
Middle School Homework Guidelines:
Homework guidelines are established to support the learning of our students and based upon developmental characteristics.
The St. Mark's Way is a guide that defines the expectations for our students and the way they conduct themselves. It is a way of life that we enforce and practice in our classrooms, on our campus, on the courts and fields, and in our community. Living The St. Mark’s Way creates the engaged school climate and culture that is the goal for our students and the school community as a whole.
The St. Mark's Way with Classmates:
We communicate with our classmates with kind words, a caring tone and with supportive comments.
We offer assistance to our classmates with materials, class work and in any other way we can show kindness.
We include our classmates in all games, activities and conversations with a “one for all and all for one” attitude.
The St. Mark's Way with Adults and Teachers:
We follow directions, listen and respond to our teachers and other adults with respect.
We use manners and polite language when communicating with adults.
The St. Mark's Way with Responsibility:
We complete our class work, homework, and participate in projects and learning activities following the rules given by our teachers.
We complete our work independently and produce original writing that utilizes, but does not copy our resources.
At all times we actively work to control our behavior. We manage talking, caring for materials, and moving through our campus inside and outside of the buildings. We conduct ourselves with manners, focus and proper learning habits when attending enrichment classes, chapel, assemblies, lunch and dismissal and when using technology.
Message to families
The community of St. Mark’s Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our students’ intellectual curiosity, faith, and passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered environment.
Posted September 07, 2014
- a parent
We spent one year in WUES before moving our child to St. Mark's and I cannot say enough good things about it. All my comments will be gushing and emotional after our very unhappy experience at West U. The vision statement of the school really says it all. It is a nurturing environment that celebrates the uniqueness of the child. There is focus on exploration and learning through investigating. The teachers are wonderful, the materials and facilities are top notch. The work is age appropriate yet advanced. Our daughter gladly goes off to school each day and now has stories of the things she did each day that she enjoyed. The art and photography that is throughout the school is beautiful and speaks volumes to these two teachers. Visit the school and you will be very pleased.
Posted November 28, 2012
- a parent
This is an outstanding school for many reasons. The principal runs things in a very progressive manner meaning that it is evolving academically and within the community all the time. The parent's guild is very active with lots of wonderful opportunities to get involved if you can. The school is small but not too small. They have arts, music, sports, computers, library, I could go on. Having been accepted to other schools such as St Johns I feel that we made the correct choice.
Posted May 03, 2011
- a parent
The early childhood program (Preschool 2's through Kindergarten) is exemplary, with an engaging curriculum and nurturing, supportive teachers. The school's small size is a plus, because students are truly known by faculty and staff, from the headmaster down. The new headmaster, who just finished his first year at the school, is terrific,. He is a great asset to the school.