List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the average class size?

    On average, there are 12-13 students each day in the Early Learning Program and 16-20 students in a Pre-Kindergarten I through sixth grade classroom
  • Q: What standardized tests does St. Mark's utilize?

    Admissions Testing:
    • Pre-Kindergarten II: Brigance Screening, Reading Readiness/Phonemic Awareness Assessment
    • Kindergarten - Sixth: Developmental Reading Assessment 2+ and Math Placement Assessment
    Assessments & Tests:
    • Kindergarten - Sixth: Developmental Reading Assessment 2+ and Math Placement Assessment
    • Third - Sixth: Comprehensive Testing Program Battery (CTP-4)
  • Q: What is the dress code?

    ELP and Pre-Kindergarten students are not required to wear uniforms. Students in Kindergarten thhrough sixth grade are required to wear a standard uniform of a red, white, or blue collared shirt and khaki or navy blue slacks, shorts, skirts, or dresses. Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms and Lands End have the St. Mark's logo and uniform requirements on file.
  • Q: What makes St. Mark's different from the local public schools and other private schools in the area?

    St. Mark's has many advantages . . . to name just a few: small class sizes, character development, an emphasis on service, technology such as iPads, smartboards, and laptops, religious instruction, chapel services, dedicated and degreed faculty, a "family" environment, and SO MUCH MORE! 

    We invite you to visit our school so you can experience first hand the difference!
  • Q: What additional fees beyond tuition are expected?

    The following is not included in the tuition or supply and activity fees: uniforms, after-school enrichment classes, a yearbook, school portraits, overnight field trips in 5th & 6th grades, lunch program, and other miscellaneous items and activities. 
  • Q: What involvement is expected for a parent?

    A strong relationship between home and school is essential for a child's success. Conferences are held each fall and upon request. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend chapel services, volunteer in classrooms, and become involved with the Parents Association. 
  • Q: Is there a lunch program?

    Yes. Students may bring a lunch or parents may order lunches monthly. Offerings are made daily in our kitchen and include nutritious kid-friendly foods. Ingredients are kept as nutritious, fresh, and locally sourced as possible. A special bite-size offering is available for our youngest students.
  • Q: How is carpool handled? Are there busses?

    We currently do not bus, but please let us know if you would be interested in bussing from your neighborhood.

    ELP parents must park and walk their children into the classrooms. Carpool areas are patrolled by staff and sixth grade safety patrols and run safely and efficiently.
  • Q: Should I expect to be put in the waiting pool?

    Enrollment priority is given to current students, siblings of current students, children of alumni, and St. Mark's Church parishioners. Open enrollment for remaining class space begins mid-February. Apply early!
  • Q: How often is Physical Education scheduled?

    We understand physical activity plays an important role in the development and learning process of children. Everyone in K-6 has recess daily and PE several times throughout the week. ELP I and II students enjoy outside playtime on an age-appropriate playground, with ELPII scheduled for Movement class with at PE teacher several times a week. Pre-Kindergarten I and II students have PE classes weekly and recess daily.
  • Q: How difficult is the transition for a child entering St. Mark’s in an upper grade level?

    Academically, St. Mark’s faculty strives to coordinate its curriculum with other area independent schools. Socially and emotionally, the small class sizes make it easy for a student to be welcomed into the community.
  • Q: How is discipline handled at St. Mark’s?

    We recognize every child and situation is unique, and we act accordingly. In ELP and pre-primary grades, a child exhibiting inappropriate behavior (hitting, biting, temper tantrums), will be encouraged to engage in other activities, e.g. introduce a new toy or activity. Children in older grades will be attended to by the teacher and in extreme cases will be brought to the Assistant Head of School or the Head of School. Parents will be notified of any serious violation or ongoing inappropriate behavior.