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Academy Overview

The mission of St. Mark’s Academy is to endow children with the tools of learning, and the wisdom of the ages, by nourishing their souls with truth, goodness and beauty, so that they may serve God and their fellow man with virtue, dignity, and strength.

What is St. Mark's Academy?

St. Mark’s Academy is a Classical Christian school providing a rigorous academic training in the language arts, history, mathematics and sciences.

We educate children in the Primary Grades (K-6). We use the method of Classical Education, which is a very old pedagogical approach that has been tried and tested over many centuries.

Our Goals

We seek to provide the following to our students:

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Intellect
Superb academics to prepare students to excel in future educational and vocational pursuits.
Virtue
Continual emphasis on integrity and humility through opportunities to serve our community.
Beauty
The experience of beauty in art and music to increase understanding of the world we share.
Faith
A worshipping community in which spiritual formation may flourish.
Discipline
An environment that fosters respect, good manners and self-discipline.
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Education Philosophy

St. Mark’s Academy, in following the model of classical education, progressively nurtures its students through the three fundamental stages of learning: Grammar (foundational and informational skills), Logic (thinking and reasoning skills), and Rhetoric (integration and communication skills). Our program is designed to help each child develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically.

We are committed to the following principles:

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Classical View of Reality—Truth is objective and man is responsible to seek the Truth throughout his life.

Nature of Man—A human being is a physical and spiritual unity, and education must reflect that truth.

Wisdom of the Ages—Young scholars should be exposed to the finest minds in the history of the world and the great ideas that they discuss.

We recognize that the primary responsibility for the training of children belongs to parents. Interwoven through our program are strong Christian family values of moral integrity, respect for self and others, and the cooperation between school and home. At St. Mark’s our emphasis is not only on the three R’s of Reading, ’Riting, and ’Rithmetic, but also the three R’s of Respect for authority, Responsibility before God and man, and Resourcefulness in the execution of assigned tasks.

Environment

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Every day at St. Mark’s begins and ends with a traditional Anglican prayer service, striving for the humility that lies at the center of wisdom. Love for each other begins with love for God and the singular ethos of St. Mark’s flows from our corporate prayers.

Our Faculty

St. Mark's Academy is committed to providing a high-caliber staff of educators who embrace the philosophy and principles of Christian education and who are committed to the full integration of faith and learning. We maintain a low student-teacher ratio so as to provide an effective, personal learning environment. In this setting our teachers act not only as instructors but also as mentors and Christian role-models.


Fr. Jason Patterson
Head of School
Mrs. Kelly Proctor
Grammar School
Mrs. Jane Fadden
Kindergarten
Mrs. Christa Issler
Art
Mrs. Grete Ingalls
Music
Mrs. Emily Kenniston
Grammar School

Curriculum

St. Mark's curriculum offers a solid academic foundation in its program of study. Using the time-honored “trivium,” (three-fold way) and its three stages of learning as a guide, curriculum materials are carefully chosen from select publishers to ensure that students in the Grammar stage (K-6th) acquire the necessary skills in traditional core subjects.

Our approach emphasizes traditional methods and subjects often neglected in schools today, such as: phonics, memorization, recitation, penmanship, dictation, public speaking, pronunciation, reading aloud, and introductory logic. Latin is introduced in first grade.

Latin
Latin The ancient language
of beauty and learning.
History
History The virtues, vices, and
records of human history.
Science
Science The building blocks
of nature and matter.
Logic
Logic The art of thinking well
in a complicated world.
Rhetoric
Rhetoric If something should be
said, it should be said well.
Math
Math The ratios and properties
that govern the universe.
Penmanship
Penmanship We write well in
order to think clearly.
Arts
Arts Meeting point of the
good and the beautiful.
Philosophy
Philosophy The study of being,
and the love of wisdom.
Recitation
Recitation We perform and recite, so
as to learn by repeating.
Languages
Languages If you can speak everywhere,
you can travel anywhere.