Admission Policy & Procedures

ADMISSION POLICY

Students must meet the school’s age, academic, and behavioral standards. The PK2 age requirement is 2 years old on or before September 1. All subsequent grades follow the September 1 age requirement. Students must be toilet trained to enter the PK3 program.

St. Mark’s offers rolling admissions, which means eligible students are admitted throughout the year until a classroom is at capacity. Applicants are encouraged to complete an application by fall of the desired enrollment year due to the competitive nature of the process.




ADMISSION PROCEDURES

APPLICATION - Applications and an accompanying non-refundable $100 application fee are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to complete an application by fall of the desired enrollment year due to the competitive nature of the process. In addition to the application, different grades require different steps. Please refer to the Admission Checklist for required supporting documents.  Apply Online

ACCEPTANCE - Once all required admission documents are submitted, candidates are reviewed for acceptance by the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee includes the Head of School, the Division Head(s), Faculty, and the Director of Enrollment. The Admission Committee evaluates qualified applicants in accordance with the best interest of the child and the school, and acceptance is given in the following order:

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Children of St. Mark’s alumni
  • Grandchildren and former students who left in good standing
  • Children of active pledging parishioners of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, other Episcopal parishes, or children currently enrolled in other Episcopal Schools
  • Children/grandchildren of St. Mark’s School staff members
  • All other applicants in date order

WAIT POOL - All qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance or will remain in a wait pool until an opening occurs for which they are qualified. The wait pool is not ranked. If a space becomes available, the Admissions Committee will reconvene to review the applicants who show a continued interest in St. Mark’s. All admission applications will remain on file for three consecutive years.


RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS POLICY STATEMENT

St. Mark's Episcopal Church and School in Palm Beach Gardens mandates immunizations as required by the Florida Department of Health. Rooted in Scripture, The Book of Common Prayer, and the Baptismal Covenant, and informed by theologies of community, creation, and the body, our faith admonishes us to respect the dignity of every human being and come together for the common good, which we enact by following the mandated immunization schedules. As such, St. Mark's School requires, prior to attendance in our school, that each student have on file with the school a certificate of immunization for the prevention of communicable diseases for which immunization is required by the Florida Department of Health. A completed Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form DH 680) is required to document the administration of prescribed immunization doses. An exemption from immunization requirements is permissible only with a physician's certification as to the need for either a temporary or permanent medical exemption. An exemption from immunization requirements is not permissible for religious, philosophical, personal or other reasons.


Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CARES Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Nicole Robison, Section 504 Compliance Officer, 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, (561) 622-1504, or email her nrobison@stmarkspbg.org or Ron McElhone, Title IX Compliance Officer, 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, (561) 622-1504, or email him at rmcelhone@stmarkspbg.org or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA. Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.