List of 15 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 16-22 students in a Pre-Kindergarten I through Sixth Grade classroom.
  • 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 over the local public schools; small class sizes, character development, an emphasis on service, resources, technology such as iPads, smartboards, and laptops, enhanced curriculum, religious instruction, regular chapels, outstanding faculty, a safe and beautiful campus, a loving and nurturing “family” environment, and so much more! We invite you to visit our school so you can experience first-hand the St. Mark’s difference.
  • 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 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 carpool handled?

    ELP parents must park in the designated areas surrounding the ELP building and walk their children into the classrooms. Carpool areas are patrolled by sixth grade safety patrols and faculty. Morning drop-off (7:55-8:15 a.m.) carpool runs quickly and efficiently. Afternoon pick-up (ELP and Pre-K – 12 p.m.; K-6 grades – 3:15 p.m.) carpool is around ten minutes. St. Mark’s does not offer area transportation.
  • Q: What kind of involvement is expected for a parent?

    A strong relationship between home and school is essential for a child’s success. Parents are encouraged to ask children if they have homework or projects that are to be completed at home. Conferences will be held each fall, and as requested by the parents/teachers/Head of School. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend weekly chapel services, volunteer in classrooms, and become involved with St. Mark’s Parents Association. There are many opportunities for a parent to volunteer at school throughout the year, whether it is baking a dish for a bake sale, or organizing an event such as the Book Fair or Fall Festival.
  • 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.
  • 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 & Standardized Tests:
    • Kindergarten - Sixth: Developmental Reading Assessment 2+ and math  assessment 
    • Third-Sixth Grades: Comprehensive Testing Program Battery (CTP-4) (Spring)
  • Q: When does foreign language instruction begin?

    Lively and energetic Mandarin Chinese and Spanish teachers visit ELP through sixth grade classes and expose the students to the language through stories, songs, and play. Teachers use immersion - only speaking the foreign language. 

    Languages are also occasionally offered as an After School Enrichment opportunity and as an elective course in 4th - 6th.
  • 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 physical education with a P.E. teacher several times throughout the week. ELP I and II students enjoy outside playtime on an age-appropriate playground. Pre-Kindergarten I and II students have P.E. classes weekly and recess daily.
  • Q: What is the dress code?

    The purpose of a dress code is to exhibit respect for the school, self, and others, and to promote a sense of community and spirit. ELP and Pre Kindergarten students are not required to wear a uniform, however appropriate attire is requested. Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade are required to wear a standard uniform of a red, white, or blue collared shirt and khaki or navy blue shorts, slacks, skirts, or dresses. Local uniform companies, Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms, and Land’s End have the St. Mark’s logo and uniform requirements on file.
  • Q: What curriculum is used?

    Curriculum spirals up through the grades for a continuous learning process. Please visit our Academics section to learn more. 
  • Q: What additional fees besides tuition should be expected?

    The following is not included in the tuition or supply and activity fees: uniforms, spirit day t-shirts, After School Enrichment classes, a yearbook, school portraits, Extended Day, overnight field trips in 5th & 6th grades, Lunch Program, as well as other miscellaneous items and activities.
  • Q: Is there a lunch program?

    Yes. Students may bring a lunch from home or parents may order lunches monthly.   Offerings are made daily in our kitchen and include nutritious kid-friendly foods: pizza, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, salad, yogurt, chips, veggie sticks, fruit, water, milk, chocolate milk, and much more. Ingredients are kept as nutritious, fresh, and locally sourced as possible.
  • Q: What are the School Day Hours?

    Extended Day Program Hours:
    • 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Office Hours:
    • 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.(Fridays) SUMMER
    • The office staff will be pleased to extend its hours to meet scheduled appointments.
    Student Hours:
    • ELP I and ELP II, 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Pre-K I and Pre-K II, 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Grades K-5, 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    • Grade 6, 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.