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MIDDLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW

The Middle School Program (Grades 5-8) operates in a culturally diverse environment that nurtures academic excellence, respect for others and spiritual development. The Middle School years are full of change, and the supportive St. Mark’s structure works with the personal developmental stages of each student.

  • Grades 5-6 focus on transitioning the students from the Lower School environment to the responsibilities of Middle School life.
  • Grades 7-8 prepare students for the added independence and responsibility required in high school.

The Project Lead the Way (STEM) program teaches students how to be comfortable taking intellectual risks, adept at collaboration and skilled at devising solutions.

 

Middle School Curriculum

English and Reading:

  • 90-minute Literacy Block with Structured Reading and Writing Workshop
  • Personalized Assessments and Data-Driven Instruction
  • Accelerated Reading Program with Goal Setting

Math and Science:

  • Algebra I – (High School Credit)
  • Geometry (High School Credit)
  • Science/Engineering
  • Integrated Science and Project Lead the Way STEM Program
  • Earth Science
  • Design and Modeling
  • Life Science
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Physical Science
  • Medical Detectives

zzgirl-writing-on-boardSocial Studies:

  • American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil war
  • World Civilizations (Ancient Civilizations)
  • Civics and Economics: Stock Market Challenge
  • U.S. History: Reconstruction to Modern Times
  • Junior Achievement and Personal and Business Finance

Spanish:

  • Spanish – Beginner
  • Spanish – Intermediate
  • Spanish – Advances (High School Credit)

Technology:

  • Chromebooks
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Google Classroom
  • Smartboards in every classroom
  • Online textbooks and curriculum

 

Arts:
The St. Mark’s Arts Programs lead students toward identifying and developing their artistic, musical, dramatic and physical talents. All the while, students foster creative expression and a greater sense of self-confidence. Students in the visual arts can exhibit their work at the school and at regional and national venues. The Middle School music program is comprehensive and includes five vocal ensembles, four levels of band, marching band and a Broadway musical production.

Visual Arts:

  • American Art
  • Art Through the Ages
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Classical

Performing Arts:

  • Junior Chorus — Grades 5-6
  • Singing Lions Chorus — Grades 7-8
  • Chamber Chorus — Grades 7-8; by audition only
  • Beginning & Intermediate Band — Grades 5-6
  • Advanced Band — Grades 7-8
  • Flute Choir Flutelettes — Grades 6-8
  • Steel Drum Band
  • Musical Theater; by audition only
  • General Music

 

 

Spirituality and Community Service:
The core of spirituality at St. Mark’s is our mission statement. Students are introduced to a wide range of spirituality and are trained in an Episcopal ethos of mutual respect for all families. Students participate in chapel and the weekly Eucharist as: readers, ushers, acolytes and cross bearer. The eighth grade students can present Chapel Talks.

St. Mark’s offers many opportunities for involvement in community service programs, including:

  • Heifer International Project
  • Children’s Diagnostic Center
  • Sea Farer’s Christmas Project
  • Food Drive for Pantry of Broward
  • Love in Action program
  • Rockin’ Reading Program at Oakland Park Library
  • Additional projects throughout the year

Religion:

  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Introduction to Spirituality
  • Ethics and the Moral Imagination

 

Athletics:
At St. Mark’s, we believe that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of athletic activities is a vital part of the student’s educational experience.

The athletic mission is to help student athletes develop confidence in their physical abilities while developing an interest, appreciation, and understanding of both individual and team sports.

17 Junior Varsity &  Varsity Teams:

  • Baseball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball

 

Leadership Offerings:

  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
  • Student Council
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Summer Leadership Program
  • Counselor in Training Program

Academic Awards:

  • Quarterly Honors Chapel
  • Honor Roll and Head of School List
  • Duke TIP Program
  • Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Brain Brawl at Cardinal Gibbons High School
  • Math Competition at St. Thomas Aquinas High School
  • National Geographic Geography Bee