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Academic Programs

Lower Elementary – Grades 1-3

Exceptional faculty and classes that are taught by both a teacher and a teacher intern are hallmarks of a Saint Mark’s education.  Our 10:1 teacher: student ratio allows each teacher to structure their learning environments and materials to each student’s learning style and strength.  This ensures that as students progress through the lower school, they continue to build strong foundations in reading, writing, and math; explore the natural and physical world around them; and enhance their learning through the use of technology.  The lower school program fosters intellectual curiosity, inspiring students to make connections, ask questions, think analytically, and act with integrity, all within the confines of a supportive and nurturing environment.

Each day/week includes blocks of time dedicated to literacy, mathematics, writing, and theme studies in social studies and science, as well as Spanish, technology, music, art, library, and physical education.   Our dedicated teachers share and collaborate between various classes and grade levels, ensuring a thorough understanding and application of subject matters.  Class projects, performances, and presentations allow children to not only share their learning with their peers, but also gain valuable experience formulating opinions and presenting their ideas to others.

Lower elementary students attend chapel twice per week where they learn that each member of the School’s community is valued and celebrated, regardless of his or her race or religious beliefs.  Chapel programs serve as the center of the School’s spiritual life, build community, celebrate diversity, and inspire a lifelong respect for service and citizenship.

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Upper Elementary – Grades 4-6

Grades Four through Six represent a time of transition and increasing independence for Saint Mark’s students.  The emphasis on academic excellence increases as the school day is lengthened and students begin to take on greater intellectual challenges. With the support of teachers, fourth through sixth graders become advocates for their own learning and develop valuable study and time management skills crucial to success in middle school.  A departmentalized approach is used in the Fifth and Sixth grades, with students rotating among grade level teachers for instruction in mathematics, science, and reading/language arts.  Great thought and care is used to group students in reading and mathematics classes where they will find challenge and success.  Opportunities for collaboration, leadership, self-expression, and creativity are provided across all subject areas, but most especially in science, music, art, technology, and writing.

The Educational Field Studies Adventures are some of the most highly anticipated moments of fourth through sixth grade.  Lessons learned in the classroom are brought to life as students become active participants in California and American history and an active, outdoor science adventure.

As the students' journey of intellectual and self discovery moves them toward increasing independence and responsibility, they are asked to look forward and outward by engaging in increased service to others, through student led service organizations such as HELP. Student leaders determine specific service projects for the year, raise funds to meet their goals, and engage the student body in supporting their causes.  

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