Why Preschool through 8th?
At St. Mark’s, we believe a foundation for lifelong learning is established in the elementary and middle school years. Our educational approach maximizes the potential for growth while focusing on each individual child’s development. Our primary goal is balance, with emphasis on serving the whole child while offering a rigorous academic curriculum.
Teachers at St. Mark’s believe that all children have gifts, or a personal genius of some kind, and it is their role to provide the opportunities and disciplines for students to discover their callings. Students are encouraged to take risks in the spirit of learning, for there are as many lessons in failure as there are in success. The environment at St. Mark’s Episcopal School actively nurtures the development of personal autonomy so students may grow into independent learners and thinkers.
At St. Mark’s, we value being a school that ends in 8th grade. Our environment allows students to experience age-appropriate activities and events without the influence and pressure of older students. Being a pre-teen and young teenager is difficult, and middle school students often feel stuck between childhood and adolescence. By allowing our middle school students to lead within our school, while still giving them the time to play, we find that our children are free to remain younger a bit longer, while they develop into mature, young leaders. In essence, we create a community that preserves the innocence of childhood.