In the spirit of an Episcopal school, the early childhood program at St. Mark’s Episcopal School offers “a lively center for sound learning, new discovery and the pursuit of wisdom.” Classroom environments are arranged in learning centers filled with hands-on materials and teacher directed activities that foster growth in social, emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor and creative skill development.
Indoor and Outdoor Environments
Each innovative classroom is staffed with a lead teacher and an assistant setting the stage for small and large group learning experiences and the opportunity for individualized guidance throughout the school day. Outdoor environments are well-designed play spaces that enhance collaborative play and gross motor skill acquisition.
Our youngest students in preschool 2s spend their mornings in a classroom designed for open-ended learning activities guided by nurturing, experienced teachers of young children. The well-planned environment provides activities designed to “grow” age-appropriate skills through self-selected experiences and teacher guided activities. Emphasis is placed upon the process rather than the product and the joy of hands-on, active learning projects. Our teachers work with students on developing independence and socialization, building self-control, and instilling a love of learning.
Preschool 3s and Pre-K
Curious, creative and enthusiastic learning drives our students in Preschool 3s and Pre-K to embrace focused early childhood learning experiences. Their classrooms are a combination of open-ended centers play and activities with an introduced purpose, designed to foster cognitive development through the exploration of emergent reading, math, and science concepts. Our program emphasizes the strengthening of fine motor skills and continued development of social and emotional skills. Thematic studies are designed to immerse children in the study of science and social studies topics such as family and community, fall harvest, holiday traditions, owls, Asia, insects, and more.
Kindergarten students are active learners who are highly engaged in the study of the world around them. As they move away from open-ended centers play to activities with an introduced purpose, they acquire academic skills, and emergent reading and math benchmarks. The classroom environment provides opportunities for self-directed and teacher-directed learning. The program includes a continued emphasis on the strengthening of fine motor skills for emergent writing and cooperative learning and play to further the development of social and emotional skills. Thematic studies expand to include research, class projects using technology and creativity, and emergent reading and writing skills.
St. Mark’s offers before school care and after school care for students in Pre-K through 8th Grade. The before school care program begins at 7:00 AM and after school care is available through 6:00 PM.
Students in the Preschool 2s are with us for a half-day; school begins at 8:30 AM and regular dismissal is at 12:15 PM. We do offer a full day option for students in the Preschool 2s with dismissal at 2:30 PM.
Students in Preschool 3s are in school from 8:30 AM through 2:30 PM. We offer an Extended Day Program for students in the Preschool 3s to extend their school day until 5:00 PM. Beginning in August of 2020, we will allow Preschool 3s to remain in after school until 6:00 PM. Monday through Friday enrollment is required for the Preschool 3s; drop-ins are not allowed.