Reading, writing, researching, questioning and problem-solving lead our students into the elementary years at St. Mark’s Episcopal School. As their learning becomes more sequential and structured, consistency in expectations for focused learning behavior, class work completion and active participation in discussions and projects guides the work in our classrooms.
Curriculum and School Hours
Students in 1st through 4th grade follow a sequential core curriculum in handwriting, math, word study-combined phonics and spelling, reading, and writing. Students attend private school five days a week from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM; after school care is available until 6:00 PM.
1st and 2nd Grade
The transition from the centers-based, hands-on learning environment of the early childhood years to the skill-based learning of the elementary grades is introduced in 1st and 2nd grade. Self-contained classrooms incorporate table or desk work, with room for games, projects, and group experiences in open-floor areas. The students actively participate in whole group learning sessions, small group guided instruction, and independent assignments. Interdisciplinary studies bring both social studies and science themes into their work.
3rd and 4th Grade
As students move from learning to read to reading to learn, the organization and extension of their skill work begins to accelerate. The ability to listen for information, and to read and follow directions independently, means that students are ready to follow a morning work agenda, begin to use an assignment planner and to manage homework that includes projects, writing assignments and presentation practice. At St. Mark’s our 3rd and 4th grade teams work hard to prepare their students for their middle school years. The children are taught by both teachers in their grade level, flipping for language arts, math and social studies. Social studies work is in-depth and includes research-based projects. Science is taught by a specialist.
St. Mark’s offers before school care and after school care. The before school care program begins at 7:00 AM and after school care is available through 6:00 PM.