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Plano, TX
Students enrolled: 650
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1201 Alma Drive
Plano, TX 75075

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(972) 578-0610
(972) 423-3299
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November 03, 2014
After reading some of the bad reviews I had to weigh in. I went to a really tough Catholic school in New York--rigorous academics, rigid dress code, nuns with no humor, and expensive tuition. It prepared me for anything the world could throw at me. St. Mark is a kinder, gentler version that still gets the job done well. My son has gone her his whole life--development center, Pre-k 4, TK, and now First. Our teacher is tough, and we had to adapt after a year of socially instructional TK (my son has a crush on Mrs. Young still). However, it is almost 2 1/2 months into the year and my son has adapted. He even told me he loves his friends and Mrs. T....basically, he loves school and now is excelling because he was pushed by a teacher who didn't back down. We support the school, the teachers, the methods, and the standards through verbal recognition, volunteer hours, donations, and money. We stand with many other parents who do the same. If you want an easier program or teachers who treat parents as customers, the public schools in the area do a fine job (less the faith-based lessons). A Catholic education involves a family commitment, not merely paying tuition.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2014
It's tough getting started at a new school. This one is no different. I've found that if I, as a parent, get involved in the activities of the school, I am able to get to know other parents, my children's friends, the administrators, and the teachers. This school has improved since the new principal arrived. There is a positivity in the air. Change is embraced! I'm seeing more faith in action these days!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
I have four students at St Mark. We have been there for four years and I am always impressed by the quality of education and how the teacher's challenge my children academically and spiritually. If you get involved in HSA or in the parish, the school becomes like a second family. Its an amazing environment for the children and for families.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
Our family moved to St Mark two years ago and what a blessing the move has been.. Between the staff, teachers and other wonderful families that have their children attending St Mark our children now wake up excited to get to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
I am shocked at reading some of these reviews. We have been at St Mark Catholic School for 12 years and will continue there with our youngest until he has graduated. Our students are incredibly well prepared for high school. Last year alone we had alumni at 2 local high schools that were valedictorians. My senior has done amazingly well in high school and I always credit STM with his success. My husband and I feel blessed that we have been able to give our children a faith based education at STM. Catholic schools in general are not for everyone. They teach to the middle child. Over the years, the families that I have seen leave the school usually had a child that was struggling and chose to get help from their public school. As for the sports comments? The entire Dallas Parochial League is run by parent volunteers at all of the Catholic schools and this is no different for STM. I would say please volunteer to those parents that are complaining. In regards to the "strict" comments below. Yes, they are strict with the kids in middle school. I do not think that is a negative. Again, I go back to my comments above that I believe it helps prepare them for high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
I was sadly a student at St Mark's and this school is horrible because of the way they "assess" your child and then place them in the dumb, avg, and smart class. The teachers have students that they heavily favor and are not afraid to show their favorites and least favorites, but this is of their "middle school" (I went to a real middle school and had a totally different experience than this place) so their elementary school may be better...

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2014
St. Mark is a great school! I attended from preschool through 8th grade and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I had great teachers every year. They were always caring and always there to help. Even now when I go back to visit, the teachers remember me and ask how I'm doing. St. Mark is truly part of our family. At graduation, we were told that it will always be a place to call home, and that's how I feel. I will be forever grateful to my parents for giving me a St. Mark education. It was a wonderful place to grow up, and really prepared me for high school. Once a lion, always a lion!

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2014
We are very happy with St Mark! Our children have attended St Mark Catholic School since 2000 and we have several years before our youngest graduates. St Mark is has a strong Catholic identity and a strong academic program which ensures they are prepared for the local Catholic high schools. The community is truly an extension of our family. We've made life long friends here. If you are looking for a Catholic education, please call the school and ask for a tour.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
I deeply believe in Catholic education. However something is broken at this Christian school that too often doesn't treat students or parents in a Christian manner. Perhaps it all stems from the principal that was there for 30 years, and asst. principal that are finally gone as of this year 2014-2015. But many things about St. Mark in Plano need fixing. The administration is extremely unprofessional and very cold and this sets the atmosphere for the entire school. Some middle school teachers are known to be very mean and texting or looking at their cell phones in class. Recently many families like myself have decided to leave and not keep waiting for changes that will take several years at least. Hopefully the academic methods of teaching and materials which are behind the times will also improve. Having said that, the parents and families really do form a bond and support each other. Some families stay simply because they don't want to leave their own and their children's friends. For us it was a tough decision because of close friends. For us the actual Catholic education and classroom experience for our kids had to come first.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
This is our third year at St. Mark, and I am so saddened to see some of the negative reviews. I have been so happy with our experience. My children all love going to school everyday, and it's such a blessing to have them in school where God is part of everything they learn. Weekly mass is such a beautiful experience. Any problem we have had was handled beautifully by the teachers and staff. We have a brand new principal and VP this year - I think good changes are on the way. I think every school has some drawbacks, but it's what the foundation is that matters. Our children are getting a great Catholic education here, and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Our kids have had some wonderful teachers. Though there are some teachers who don't do much smiling, and that is one thing that would make a big difference. A smile goes a long way! That being said, most of the staff is very personable and approachable. If you are considering the school, I encourage you to come for a tour. Be careful making a decision based on some negative reviews. See for yourself what St. Mark is all about! We are proud to be Lions!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
I was lucky enough to be a student at St. Mark since I was 3. This school became my second home. The faculty and staff were like my family. They were always kind to me. I was very sad to have left them when I graduated. Some other reviews on this website claim "the staff would not change their curriculum because my child did not understand it." I would respond to that by saying, the teacher can not stop the progress of the entire class for one slow student. If your child can't keep up, then they don't belong at St. Mark. Others still attend St. Mark complain about anything they can think of, to them I say, if you don't like it that much, then leave. There is a very long waiting list of people that would be elated to take your place. Over all I love this school and I hope whoever reads this gets to experience my happiness at the place I still call my second home.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2014
I have three children that attended St. Mark. Two have graduated and one is still there. I couldn't be more pleased with the Catholic education they received. My older children were very prepared for high school and impressed with their own preparedness when they reached high school. My youngest child seems to be following along the same manner. Students are given many opportunities to compete athletically and academically in various programs. I always felt teachers and administration were open to any of my concerns. Although, I never asked for preferential or special treatment for my children. My concerns were for the benefit of the school and children as a whole, not for individuals. If given the chance to do it all over again, St. Mark would still be my first choice!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
Our family has had a very positive experience at St Mark. We like the size of the school - around 75 students per grade - which means we can get to know all the parents of the students with whom our children interact. The teachers are terrific. Academics and religious instruction are taken seriously, as is discipline and respect. That said, the kids get to be kids - they get to play and have fun as well as learn. Our belief is your children's school is much like any organization - one gets out of it what one puts into it. We're active volunteers, and our children are hard workers. We've been heard by administration and faculty when we wanted to be heard, and our children have succeeded academically. Our children haven't needed much help academically - but when it is needed they get it, and it is gladly given. Despite what you may read, we know the administration CARES deeply about these students and CHERISHES each of them. They ARE responsive to parental input, such as revamping the cafeteria menu so lunches would be even healthier; the addition of a middle school Spanish teacher; and the addition of resource teachers for kids in need of extra help. After 10+ years: Always a Lion!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
Horrible school. If you love your kids, DON'T send then to this school. The teachers are disrespectful and the students are not behaved. The principal is rude and constantly refuses to help my daughter and her bullying situation. Worst school ever!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
I'm grateful my 3 children are part of the St. Mark community. St. Mark balances academics, sports, and discipline better than any school I have experienced. It develops independent thinkers and confident leaders. Teachers have always been caring to my children and looked for ways to challenge them academically. They are very understanding of their needs. The sports program is wonderful. All my children have played sports at different levels, and many times made it to the championship games. Teachers and admin staff show up at these games, and the children could not be prouder when they see their teacher in the stand. St. Mark sports have taught my kids to be strong, humble, and learn to win and lose gracefully. The discipline and values of St. Mark is one of its best characteristics. The children are taught to be respectful to others, accepting of differences, and compassion to all. If you are thinking about this school, I would encourage you to go to mass on a Friday morning when the school attends. You will see happy, caring, and well-behaved children. You will see devout teachers. You will see parents who would not trade this school for anything else.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
If you are looking for strong academics, a wide variety of extra curriculars, the expectation of Christian behavior, a spirit of community service, and a warm atmosphere, look no further. As a parent of 2 students who started in the preschool over a decade ago, I can honestly say that I would stack St. Mark against any school in any of these areas. While no school is perfect, this one strives to meet the needs of all students including those with learning issues and those with a need for more challenge (I've experienced both). My child who graduated was totally prepared for high school, was accepted into one of the top Catholic high schools in Dallas, and was not only prepared, but is excelling. The admin. has an open door policy and works hard to address any concerns. I volunteer a lot, and ALWAYS see happy staff and most importantly, happy kids. It is sad that those few who have uunresolved issues choose to take to the Internet to post negative comments. The comment about the smoking is especially absurd. Obviously it's a smoke-free campus -- it's a school for goodness sake! Those of us who are happy with our experience at St. Mark are, by far, the majority.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I'm afraid I might have to address future psychological damage from what this place has done to my kids. There are much better schools; this school ruined them in Math-they are unprepared for PUBLIC HS math!? (I PAID for that?? "Blue Ribbon School"are you kidding?!) We are now paying for additional help just to get them to where they need solely based on a ridiculous, biased categorization! The teachers have no concern whatsoever for any kid of a family they don't favor. Period. You would have to tell me this is a Catholic school because there is NO Christian behavior from ANY of the faculty. This was so disappointing it has just been scarring-it gives me no pleasure whatsoever to say such sad things, but I feel it is important to tell our truth. We have been treated with callous disrespect, @ best indifference. I have wondered how and why the Diocese has not addressed those of us who have left damaged?! Parents dealing w/the damage but also dealing w/ scarred children coping w/what was done to them..I only hope mine will remain Catholic because of this place, I know some sadly who left who are no longer because of it...

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
I am so thankful that I pulled my children out of this school in time. We had the most horrible experience. It has no feel of a catholic school, it feels like Military. The administration has their own agenda and will never listen to you. The teachers in the middle school are awful and are disrespectful. My kids are good kids and have always done very well in school and loved their teachers until we moved here. (we came here from out of state). My kids cried every night to have me pull them out and I finally did. Respect the kids and the kids will respect you. Academics were ok comparing them to what we had. I did volunteer and saw what my kids were talking about. It's not normal run school. Before you send you child here, make sure the Middle school has been restructured and administration has made major changes.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Terrible experience. Principal needs to retire. She is not about growth and educational modifications within the classroom. Our child struggled with reading yet no modifications would be made to the curriculum or teaching strategies. Teachers do not have the experience nor educational training needed to meet the challenges of meeting all the individual needs of each student. They teach one way and expect all students to fit that mold. They also lack many resources found in public schools. Would not recommend based upon the philosophy and approach applied by the prinicipal and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
School management needs to recognize the efforts of students e.g. academic and leadership awards. I attended the graduation rite, parent went home open handed except a diploma and a personal letter from the student/s to their parents. Management failed to motivate the students from the lowest grade until they graduate. Human being needs to be praised and recognized. NO single award has given during graduation, it so backward kind management. I would agree that they should rethink/change their approach. I hope the next principal will do it. A $2.00 certificate of recognition will a make a difference....

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2013
This is our first year at St. Marks. We count our blessings that we found such a terrific school to send our daughter. The students welcomed a new friend. The staff is always available to help with questions or concerns. The teachers have been amazing and understanding of the learning curve logistically for a new student in a higher grade to the school. The expectations were explained and the teachers encouraged our daughter to reach out to them directly when she didn't understand or needed further explanation. As a parent, I appreciate how the teachers gave her the tools to learn to solve her own problems. Our daughter responded positively to the higher expectations set by her teachers. She has become a more independent thinker. Her teachers encourage her creativity and reward her for taking academic risks. They create a learning environment where it is comfortable to try a different approach to projects or learning. As we complete our first year at St. Marks, I remain truly grateful that we were guided to this school last year and would recommend this school to anyone seeking Catholic education along with solid academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Not good...Teachers are more interested in their own agenda and playing cop than actually educating the kids. The school seems to be heavy on mindless discipline and light on understanding and challenging the students. Most of the teachers are neither friendly nor welcoming to parents or students. To be fair, I assume that not every teacher here is just going through the motions, but I haven't seen it. The leadership and staff could use a good overhaul. I just don't know if I will continue to give them my money while they try to figure it out.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
St. Mark Catholic School(SMS) is the best educational option in the Plano area particularly in preparing middle school(MS) students for the rigors and demands of growing their knowledge during the high school years. Leadership at SMS is outstanding and MS teachers are demanding, but fair with students and parents, assuring parents that their children are ready for their next big step at the high school level. It's a great school...one of the best!

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2013
Our children attended St. Mark Catholic School from preschool through 8th grade and it was a wonderful family experience. The positive environment started with the Church Parishioners and went to the school administration to the teachers and to each individual student. The teachers were intelligent, supportive, and kind. Many times I would see them volunteering at the school carnival, attending and financially supporting the school auction, playing volleyball, cheering at pep rallies, and giving their time, talent, and treasure to the students. The administration supports the parents and the positive growth of the students. The students were high-level, independent thinkers. They were challenged and supported to find their talents and skills. Students' individual abilities were praised and since my children were very different, they each came out of St. Mark with a sense of confidence and inspiration to do their best. Students were friendly and welcoming. Kindness is encouraged and my children participated in many service projects, did quiet acts of kindness and even helped a school family whose house burned. Our family is proud to be a St. Mark Lion family.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2013
St. Mark is not only a school with high academics, it is a faith community. Gospel values are incorporated into the daily routine as a way of life. The children are kind to each other. At Mass on Fridays, you can see how much the students care for one another as they help their prayer partners. The parents are active participants in the school. My children love their teachers and their friends. We consider this our family.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
We have been parents at St. Mark Catholic School for 11 years, with a few more years to go until our younger children graduate. We are grateful for the love and guidance that they have received, and credit the faculty and staff for preparing our children to succeed in high school. The negative posts that I have seen on this website saddened me because these families obviously had a bad experience. All schools are not suited for all children, and some people can never be pleased. The curriculum at St. Mark is challenging, but the teachers help their students rise to the challenge. I cannot recommend this school enough!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
I used to be a student at St. Mark and graduated there recently. I transferred to the school in 7th grade (the worst possible grade to go into) and the teachers were rude and unkind. No one wanted to help in the beginning. I had no idea what I was doing and my grades suffered. I dreaded waking up every morning and couldn't wait to get out. The math teacher did prepare us for high school, but she did not seem to care at all about her students. You could tell the teachers had favorites and I felt left out. Their method of trying to help us was to yell at us about how we weren't good enough. I could barely make it 2 years there.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2013
I have a 5th grader at St. Marks. Myself and my son love this school. Our experience for last 6 years has been great and we recommend this school to anyone who is looking for one in that area. Teachers are great....especially from 2nd thru 5th grade. If you have any concerns about your child, teachers are always there to "talk". I have spent very less time volunteering but there are teachers who takes time to thank me in person..make you feel that you are a part of the school. Whenever we approached the school with any concerns they responded promptly. Overall very good communications from the teachers , principal and other faculty staff..one suggestion though, the 1st grade teachers need not be so serious...the kids are just 6 yrs old!! If you are looking for academics, faith, discipline altogether.... Yes, This is the place!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
I am a student who graduated from this school only last year. I will make this clear- this is a school with rigorous academics, difficult athletic opportunities (though the current AD is great!), AWFUL leadership in the administration, and little respect from many students. The administration does not know how to truly develop kids. They do not support athletics, or handle many problems well whatsoever. I was bullied for much of my time at St. Mark, verbally and a little physically. Overall, the administration could never take a stand on ending any bullying. Some teachers were good, but many are terrible. This goes especially in the middle school; the reason we are so prepared for high school is because we practically teach ourselves and learn to work like college students. By the time I was in eighth grade, I absolutely could not wait to leave.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2012
I will be praying for this school! The families and students are great! The administration and staff are cold, non-caring, insensitive and look as if they are tired of working at this school. I am shocked by the way teachers treat their students. They should re-read the Mission and Philosophy of St. Mark's and be Catholic role models for our children. Bullying begins from the top-down. If teachers are constantly yelling, demeaning and grumpy in the classroom, the students will model the same. Before you implement a Bully Program, the teachers need to take a course on having a positive; loving and nurturing environment that builds future Christian leaders not tear them down. We are gone!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
This is our third year at St. Mark and my children are happy there- which is what matters to us most. I can however see why some of the posts on this board refer to the staff as being uncaring. Some of the people who work at St. Mark are so very wonderful, but there are definitely some there who just want a paycheck. Unfortunately I'm afraid that is probably the case at most schools, I guess you just expect a bit more from a Catholic school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
St Mark Plano is a great elementary school and middle school. I have two boys there currently and I found the teachers are caring and compassionate. I went to see my boys for lunch several days and I personally observed teachers caring for their students. The only reason I did not give 5 star because they do not have high school. Without high school, its hard to compare their academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
This school was awful! We only lasted there 5 months and had to leave. We had to put my daughter in therapy over the summer to recover from this horrible experience. She was only in the first grade. Please evaluate this school carefully before enrolling. Don't be fooled because it's a catholic school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
WE ARE LEAVING!!! So many issues from teachers texting during the entire class, teachers NOT teaching the subject, lazy teachers,( staff needs a complete overhaul) fund raising money not being used wisely, low parental involvement...I could go on and on...but we are out of there... so if you choose this school....just know you have been warned!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
It's a shame that St Mark is the only option readily available to Catholics in the east Collin County area. The families are fabulous!! Lots of caring faith-filled parents and children. Unfortunately though the current administration needs to retire and move on. They are resistant to change or input from parents. Teachers accept status quo because that is the mindset from the top down. There is no open door policy. The environment is cold and stagnant. Because of this, parents choose to stay away and are not as involved as they should be. The same families do all the volunteering because no one else will. Methods and practices are old and outdated. The building is in bad need of regular maintenance. The principal and parish priest are out of touch with today's family and their needs. A clean sweep of the staff is sorely needed to bring in fresh ideas. There are definitely teachers at the school that are fabulous!! It's the deadweight that needs to move on. There's no accountability because input is quickly stifled. When pressed for explanations parents are quickly put in their place. Most just leave disgruntled or become apathetic. Hopefully a changing of the guard is coming soon!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2011
We have 4 children that have graduated from St. Marks and 2 more still there. Is it a perfect school? No there is no perfect school. We have been very happy with the school and our children like it there. We have one child that stuggles academically and all of her teachers have been willing to go the extra mile to support her, give her extra help and make her feel successful. Any concern we've ever had has been addressed with open communication and a positive attitude by both Us and the School.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
I went to St.Mark from K-8 and loved it. The teachers were great and helpful . For some students the work load might be a little intense i know for me having a learning disability it was harder but, i was more than prepared for high school. The class sizes weren't that bad. The christian education i received was excellent. As for athletics, if you wanted to do sports it didn't matter if you were good or bad you could still play. One of the only problems i had was the uniforms especially the middle school ones.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2011
I really, really don't like St Mark. After sending my daughter there for a year, I came back disappointed. My daughter is a high achiever, and she wasn't challenged at all. She even felt that public school did a better job of preparing her for college. The athletics are horrible, and even thought they say they're trying to build a supportive environment with Christian morals, the environment was very hostile and not at all welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
The Good: The academic curriculum is good quality and parent involvement/vounteerism is wonderfully high. The Rest: There is little support if your child is gifted or experiences any academic challenges. The principal and teachers are stagnant and do not appear to keep abreast of ways to improve their school. There is more concern expressed over which sweater a student should be wearing or when to arrive for after school pick up than there is for how a child is developing. Rather than encourage a cooperative environment between parents and teachers the school atmosphere is unwelcoming and cold toward parents. Teachers do the bare minimum to teach and are at a loss if their standard practice does not reach your child. This is exacerbated by minimal teacher communication with parents. Furthermore, there is no Catholic social teaching at this school. This is essentially a private school with a religious class where only a certain type of student will excel. If your child is independent, vocal, gifted or in any minor way challenged, this is not the school for them.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
My children love this school. I honestly have interviewed many schools in the area and I wouldn't send my 4 children any place different!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
Those cruel reviews of my home school are untrustworthy and most likely biased. I've grown up with St. Mark's - it's a second home now. It's helped me grow in my faith and in a strong education. Admittedly, it can be strict at times, but I feel as if I'll be prepared for high school fully by the time it's finished. I disagree with the critical reviews of the academic instruction as well. My volleyball team won the championships with the help of my friend's father. To me, the dad and mom coaching is just another way to add on the parent involvement. St. Mark's is a wonderful place and don't believe anything anybody else tells you. I'm going there - I know what I'm talking about :)

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2010
I agree with those who have observed the academic level for gifted students is lacking and that class size overcrowded. The principal very definitely needs to retire-worthless and uncaring.However if you want excellent athletics send your kids to public school I dont want my tuition $$$ invested in something useless, if that important do extracurricular activities.... complaining about that is a sad reflection of the dumbing down of americans in general.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
Love this school, the community, and the faculty and staff. We are quite pleased with the overall well-rounded education our daughter is receiving. This is an excellent school!

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August 23, 2009
I am not sure what a parent is paying for when having a child attend St. Mark's. First, the student to teacher ratio is about 25 to 1. This is higher than the TX state requirements. Second, if you are looking for a Christain envirnment, look elsewhere. The environment is cold and uncaring. St. Mark's prides themselves on a very strict envirnoment. It has the opposite effect on the children. Learning is compromised and the children are not allowed to grow and learn in a loving and caring environment. For example, attending Mass once per week became a negative experience for my young child. The strict environment makes going to Sunday Mass with our family something my child does not want to do. The principal needs to keep herself and her staff educated in the latest in the areas of teaching. The 'old Catholic' style of strict teaching is dated.

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January 05, 2009
Very pleased with the school as a whole. Strict school environment however students are better prepared for high school. Its nice to see respect for others and teachers

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
After having my children in 5 different schools all around the US, I have found that no one school is perfect for everyone. I believe St Mark does an excellent job of educating my children. Athletics are run by parent volunteers, so if anyone has a problem then they should step up to help out! The middle school is preparing our children for high school and doing a fine job. The teachers have high expectations for our children and the parents should help their children meet these expectations instead of putting the teachers down. What does that help? Overall my family loves St Mark and would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
I've been involved with St. Mark for 12 years and while there is certainly enourmous opportunity for improvement, the overall educational is far above average. The children that graduate from St. Mark are far more prepared for high school (especially prep schools) than their counterparts at public schools or even other private schools. I understand other parents disappointment in athletics. St. Mark athletics is almost exclusively parent run and coached. If there is disappointment, it should be with those who criticize but don't give their time to the sports program. The biggest problem I see at St. Mark is stagnant leadership. The principal has seemed to have one foot out the door for the many years I've been at St. Mark. She doesn't have to seem to have give or receive any pleasure through running the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
I do not care what anybody says about this school. This is a great school. Everyone says the teachers are bad.......they are not at all. They prepare you for high school. Just ignore anyone that says this is a bad school because it is not. The athletics are great here. The people who write bad reviews don't know what they are talking about. We have many academic activities. When I graduate I will miss this school so much. I feel like I am at home when I'm here. This is a great school period.

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June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
wow! I didn't know we were not the only family that felt that St. Mark's has serious issues! It is true...Athletics is mismanaged. The middle school needs a major housecleaning. Uniforms are the big joke in the community. Preferential treatment is a problem. Parent's are not listened to or taken seriously. (with the exception of a few) Not worth the money. We will not be going back. :(

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
St. Mark's is not moving in the right direction. We have been there for 6 years and have more than 1 child there. We agree with the parent that said a few parents are listened to and the rest are ignored. We also agree that the middle school is way too overcrowded and the middle school teaching staff needs some major overhauling. The sports used to be so good and in the past few years it has become a joke. So sad because St. Mark's has the potential to be so great. Mismanagement of the sports program goes unchecked. The Catholic education is 'ok'. Major reconstruction is in the plans and can't help but interfere with the school learning environment not to mention the safety aspect. We will not be returning to St. Mark's next year. It is just not worth the $$ anymore.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
St. Mark's has thrived for 25 years. The middle school teachers are tough, but they prepare the students for high school, so that it is an easy transition. My daughter will be graduating this year and it will be hard to say goodbye.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
Unfortunately we also agree that St. Mark's has not done well. Blue Ribbon just means they jumped though the appropriate hoops and the right time. It in not a true reflection of what St. Marks is really like. The emphasis on 8th grade graduation far out trumps the emphasis on 8th grade Confirmation. That is so backwards. St. Mark's had their priorities in the wrong order for sure.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
Great Blue Ribbon Catholic School in Plano. Down to earth families wanting a Catholic education and well rounded children. I love the the opportunites for parents to be involved and always welcome at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2006
Excellent religious education in school. Parent and child friendly atmosphere, along with sound discpline standards. Academic programs are on par with top public schools. They don't have a Gifted and Talented program which I miss for my child. Plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents. Do not require Teachers degree to teach here, which is a minus, though the teachers I've interacted with seem well qualified. My child loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
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St Mark Catholic School
1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX  75075
(972) 578-0610
Last modified St Mark Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Mark Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top