FAQs 2019-06-10T07:48:27-05:00
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PK2-PK3 Half Day
7:55 a.m.-11:55
PK3 Full Day-Kindergarten
7:55 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
7:55 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Grades 5-8
7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
The average class size is 16, and the student-teacher ratio is 10:1.
St. Mark’s Episcopal School provides an individualized approach to education and offers several levels of instruction so that all students can be academically challenged within a supportive classroom that is appropriate for their ability level. Our overall curriculum exceeds the requirements set forth by the Florida State Standards and many of our students are working above grade level and may graduate with up to 3 high school credits in the areas of math and foreign language.

During the first weeks of school, teachers will administer baseline assessments in Math and Language Arts and will also use criteria from the standardized test, previous report cards and teacher recommendation to determine each student’s level of instruction.

The Language Academy administers an assessment at the beginning of each quarter to determine student placement and provides for three levels of instruction in foreign language. Conferences are scheduled before the end of the first quarter to discuss student’s progress and goals and expectations for the year. St. Mark’s provides a personalized approach to learning and encourages frequent communcation between parent and teacher regarding student’s progress in each subject.

Early Childhood students are asked to wear a modified uniform of red, white or blue polo or T-shirt and khaki or navy shorts or pants with Velcro sneakers. All students in PK3-Grade 8 are required to wear an approved St. Mark’s Episcopal uniform for the corresponding grade levels.
Text books and various supplemental materials are provided by the School.
St. Mark’s offers a nutritious meal plan for students who want to participate daily or as desired. Additional information on lunch program and payment options, please click here.
Carefully developed rules and regulations are enforced to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all students. Any actions that violate the code of conduct results in disciplinary action ranging from a reprimand and conference to expulsion.
Technology is an important part of the curriculum at St. Mark’s. SMART Boards enhance student learning in the classroom with interactive lessons and activities. Students in grades K – 5 have laptop computers in the classroom to guide small group instruction, and students in grades 6 – 8 have their own Chromebook laptop for both school and home.
Additionally, students in grades PK4 – Grade 5 have a weekly computer class; additional technology instruction is imbedded in inter-disciplinary technology projects, which include instruction in effective online research skills. St. Mark’s also offers STEM  Project Lead the Way engineering classes starting in Kindergarten.  At home and in the classroom, St. Mark’s students take advantage of many supplemental online subscriptions, including IXL, Duolingo, and BrainPoP.

We attribute much of our success and sense of community to our parent involvement and support. We encourage all parents to get involved through our Parent Association and to participate in our Annual Fund.
St. Mark’s families are responsible for transportation and coordinating carpools.
You can view the Highlights Calendar for 2018-19 by clicking here.

All independent schools have an Annual Fund, which is comprised of unrestricted cash dollars raised to support the highest priority needs of the school. Annual Fund dollars are necessary because they bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a child’s education.

Our tuition price is well thought out, and it allows us to offer an excellent education to the largest number of students. Where tuition is static, Annual Fund dollars are flexible and allow us to meet the changing needs of the school from year to year.

Nationally, tuition costs cover about 80% of the cost of educating a student. The shortfall here at St. Mark’s is approximately $1,500 per student. However, we don’t expect that every person supporting the school will make a gift at that level.

Donation amounts often looks like a pyramid, where some people are able to give large gifts and many people make up the smaller gifts that hold up that base. Every gift is critical to the health of the school and every gift counts.

Independent private schools usually enjoy very high participation in their Annual Fund efforts from their constituency (parents, alumni, friends). When we say that every gift counts, we mean that when you give a gift of any amount, you are investing in the school. When it comes time for others to look at the school, such as foundations awarding grants and outside accreditation agencies, they take into consideration the strength of constituent support.
This is a very good question. Your money will go to fill the gap for current operating needs. That means different things in different years, but to illustrate what Annual Fund dollars are doing this year, we are funding athletic programs, providing various levels of teacher support through programs and supplies, and providing ongoing updates to our existing technology.
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