St. Mark’s Episcopal School is designed to provide a well-rounded educational environment that will help children develop and grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. We recognize that children are unique individuals with differing needs, talents, abilities, and gifts that must be nurtured and developed. We strive to allow children to recognize their individual talents and abilities and to experience success in academic and social situations. We feel that children need opportunities for learning in group situations where they can experience the democratic process. We feel that close cooperation with parents is essential in helping children mature and develop good learning and social habits.
We also believe that God created humans to live in a community, and one of our goals at St. Mark’s is to help develop and build a Christian community. Through Christian Education, we endeavor to help children become aware of being part of the body of Christ. We stress Christ’s two great commandments — love of God and love of neighbor.
We strive to recognize and encourage self-motivation and self-discipline in children and to help students develop a positive self-image. One of our most important obligations is to provide opportunities for children to assume responsibility for their own actions and for their own learning processes and to come to an understanding of cause and effect in human relationships and academic performance.
- To provide a challenging curriculum and environment that will develop the academic interests and talents of every student and to prepare each student to assume major responsibility for his/her own learning.
- To create a Christ-centered atmosphere where each individual is aware of being a child of God and, therefore, acts in a responsible and loving way toward all other members of the community.
- To develop the student’s understanding of the rights and responsibilities of a democracy and to provide citizenship experiences necessary to function in a free American society.
- To encourage the student to use a wide range of learning resources.
- To help each student develop a positive self-concept and to recognize and accept his/her potential and limitations.
- To make the best possible use of each staff member’s unique talents and interests.