We believe in challenging the whole child beyond the academic areas. Our wide range of special interest classes are designed to introduce students to a variety of learning experiences. These classes allow children to explore and develop new and existing talents for life-long enjoyment.
Fine and Performing Arts
Saint Mark’s considers the fine arts program to be a cornerstone of our curriculum. All K-5 students have weekly art and music instruction taught by educators specially trained in these area. Hand chimes is taught in third grade, and middle school students are offered several opportunities to develop their talents further through enrichment classes. The popular drama class produces one play each year. In the spring, a Fine Arts Festival is held to showcase the students’ art work, and K-5 students perform a musical production.
The library’s main focus is to integrate the library information literacy skills into the school’s curriculum. All students have weekly designated library time. The students take a STAR reading test in the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. All students must take at least one accelerated reading test per month. Our library contains more than 8,000 printed books for all reading levels. Library and research skills curriculum enhance language arts instruction by providing lessons in judging source accuracy and credibility, avoiding plagiarism, and improving writing skills.
Every teacher in every grade is responsible for the development of good citizenship and study skills. A specific study skills class is taught in sixth grade; a life skills class is taught in seventh grade; and a leadership class is taught in eight grade.
Physical education is an integral part of the Saint Mark’s program. Students must not only be fit cognitively, but also physically. Students must be able to perform physical activities to enhance their fine and gross motor skills, to learn teamwork and sportsmanship. Our program, beginning in kindergarten, promotes self-discipline and cooperation.
All grades have religion once a week taught by the school chaplain. Lower school instruction includes the use of parables, worksheets, and art projects. Students learn the concepts of fair play and forgiveness. Middle school instruction includes the history of Christianity, ethics, and religions of the world. All students attend daily morning chapel and Wednesday Eucharist.
Spanish is taught twice a week in kindergarten through seventh grade and three times a week in eighth grade. Curriculum is based on communication and cultural understanding. Upon completion of the program, our students are conversant and well prepared for advanced placement in high school Spanish. In addition, chapel prayers are offered in Spanish.
The technology instructor meets weekly with all grade levels in our redesigned computer lab. Technology classes prepare students to use technology appropriately to explore resources and conduct research to further academic learning. The instructor also provides individual support to students. Our middle school students participate in the Bring Your Own Device program.