Our Mission Statement
Our mission at St. Mark’s Episcopal School is to provide an education of academic excellence within an Episcopal Ethos which includes spiritual development, ethnic and cultural diversity, service to community, and respect for self and others.
St. Mark’s Episcopal School is a leading Fort Lauderdale independent school with a strong academic reputation and a parish day school. The school is an outreach mission of the Episcopal Church of St. Mark the Evangelist and adheres to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church.
The school emphasizes academic excellence, an appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, and service to the community. St. Mark’s celebrates the common ties among all people of faith, stressing spiritual development of students within their traditions. Respect for oneself and others is the bedrock upon which the school functions.
The school’s faculty, administration and staff are dedicated to providing the finest academic program, emphasizing mastery of the basic fundamentals within a nurturing environment. St. Mark’s is a family-oriented, caring place where children love learning. The school’s students, teachers, parents, and board of trustees all exhibit a strong sense of pride and community.
For students in early childhood through grade 8, the academic program provides a core curriculum with choices in enrichment programs. Award-winning art and music programs and the inclusive athletics program enhance the academic curriculum.
In keeping with the tradition of Episcopal schools nationwide, Christian values permeate the environment; each child is respected for his or her own talents and aptitudes and is taught to respect others.
Graduates qualify for admission to the finest local high schools and boarding schools throughout the country, many of them exempt from first-year math and foreign language requirements. Almost all alumni attend colleges and universities.
St. Mark’s 10-acre campus includes two classroom buildings, a separate preschool facility, playing fields, a gymnasium-multipurpose building, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Students learn in the school’s 30 classrooms, modern science laboratories, computer labs, art studio and library. The cafeteria and chapel are on-site.
St. Mark’s is bordered to the north by Oakland Park Boulevard and to the south by the Middle River. The campus is just west of Federal Highway (U.S. Highway 1). The school was established in 1959, and for over 50 years has been the preeminent prekindergarten-grade 8 school in our area.