At St. Mark’s we are ever-mindful and grateful for our engaged community. Our size is a strength; we are purposefully small, creating an environment where every child is known and celebrated. We feel that the right size for serving our early childhood and elementary students changes when students reach middle school. Increasing our number of students in this division will not only offer them a broader social environment, but also allow us to offer expanded programs and scheduling. By growing the broader middle school population, while keeping class size small, we grow with our students, offering our middle school students the very best opportunities in terms of academic, athletic, social, and extracurricular endeavors.
The building is located on the west side of our campus, on the commercial property behind the retail space within the West University Commons plaza, adjacent to the school. Students access the building via a courtyard adjacent to the science lab. The property is completely gated, secure, and inaccessible from the street. It is 9,600 square feet and includes 4 new classrooms, an idea lab, offices, a half-court gymnasium and a teacher workroom. We welcome you to tour this beautiful, new space.
Our ability to expand and grow within our existing location is limited. The unique opportunity presented with this adjacent property was seized by our trustees and school leadership to better serve our students and St. Mark’s community.
The idea lab provides an innovative, collaborative space for all students to foster design thinking and problem solving. The lab includes modern flexible-use furniture that adapts to the myriad of activities that occur in the modern day classroom. It is walled with writable surfaces, which inspire creativity and openness.
While the classrooms in this new building are for St. Mark’s Middle School students, the Moran Idea Lab and gymnasium space are used by the entire community. Students at all grade levels use the gym space for either physical education programming or interscholastic sports, while the Moran Idea Lab lends itself to collaborative work suitable for interdisciplinary projects at all levels.
This project will increase overall academic opportunities and program options such as athletics, fine arts, leveled academic courses, performing arts and languages. The gradual expansion will be achieved by adding up to 14 students per grade, for a total of 54 students in grades 6-8.
Money collected helped us renovate the building to meet the needs of our students, and provide furnishings, technology, and equipment. Additionally, the campaign will fund the first year’s lease for this space. As our enrollment increases, the cost of the lease will fit comfortably in our operating budget. Your campaign donation does NOT go towards teachers’ salaries, maintenance or utilities, or athletics.
We are direct beneficiaries of the foresight and resources of community members before us. Through their vision and generosity, we enjoy our current campus and facilities. We hope that all of our families who benefit from previous gifts will pay it forward for the next generation of St. Mark’s students.
Your gift to this campaign is for the project described, therefore unrestricted; however, families seeking to make donations that may warrant naming opportunities should contact Lou Ellen Stansell, firstname.lastname@example.org or Garhett Wagers, email@example.com to discuss their interest.