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Middle School Program

The Middle School Program at St. Mark’s is designed to inspire learning and spark intellectual curiosity. Our high school preparatory curriculum supports the cultivation of knowledge, introducing experiential learning activities which aide in the development critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to take risks, look beyond personal fears, and passionately pursue their interests. Middle school students also participate in enrichment courses, advisory groups, the IDEA Program, and rotation courses including art, music, religion, physical education and technology.

Service Learning and Character Building

All students participate in an Advisory, allowing them to discuss current adolescent topics, to emphasize our honor code, instill  moral principles based on the Christian faith, to develop friendships with other students, and to complete service projects at school and in the community. St. Mark’s provides many service learning opportunities throughout the year for students to learn while giving to others.

Opportunities for Excellence and Leadership

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Government, Duke University Talent Identification Program, President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test, National History Day, and National Spanish Contest.

Athletic Opportunities

The athletics program for 5th through 8th grade students include girls volleyball, soccercross country, boys and girls basketball, track and field, baseball, golf, and tennis. St. Mark’s belongs to the Greater Houston Athletic Conference.

5th Grade Core Curriculum

General Math, Literature and Composition, General Science, Early US History and Current Events, Continuation of lower school Spanish using Teaching Proficiencies through Reading and Storytelling, Health, and Physical Education

6th Grade Core Curriculum

General Math, Literature and Composition, Earth Science, World Cultures, Geography, and Current Events, Continuation of lower school Spanish using Teaching Proficiencies through Reading and Storytelling, Health, and Physical Education

7th Grade Core Curriculum

Pre-Algebra, Literature and Composition, Life Science, US History and Current Events, Spanish IA, Health, and Physical Education

8th Grade Core Curriculum

Pre-AP Algebra I Honors, Literature and Composition, Integrated Physics & Chemistry, Civics and Current Events, Spanish IB, Health, and Physical Education

Elective Courses

All middle school students select elective courses to take during the year, which meet three days per week. Below is a sample list of elective courses offered:

Speech – This course demonstrates the importance of skilled public speaking and provide elements and techniques to develop this skill. Students will write and deliver several speeches of various lengths and styles. Topics will be assigned by the teacher and submitted by students.

Video Production Students will produce a weekly news show highlighting the major events at St. Mark’s over the course of the year. Students will write, film, and edit the show that will air on the school’s website.

Yearbook – Students participating in the Yearbook elective will spend the year developing St. Mark’s annual yearbook; this includes photography, writing, design, and editing.

Honors Art – Students will engage in projects that stretch their thinking beyond basic fundamentals, using a variety of materials.

Mind Stretching Games – The mind stretching games elective includes brain teasers, logic puzzles, digital scavenger hunts, creating board games, game tournaments, and more.



Meet the Middle School Head

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