ST. MARKS SCHOOL

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39 TRELLIS DR
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903
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Phone: 415-472-8000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 42.2
  • Number Students: 380
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Joe Harvey
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  • ESL
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (37 ratings)
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    School Reviews (38 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-07
    "Great community of families, mediocre curriculum, defensive faculty. Admission team actually asked parents to write strong reviews after reading a negative review recently about the school. How about listening to your bright, well-educated parents and reacting to the needs of their children instead of asking parents to write positive reviews? Headmaster seems interested in protecting his team, discounting any constructive feedback and building his resume. Think SEVERAL times before passing your cute public schools."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-05
    "The decision to send our children to Saint Mark's has been the best one we have ever made as parents. This is a place that values and celebrates the individuality of each student and the teachers really know and care for them. The students are engaged and confident; they learn to think critically, globally and collaboratively. Saint Mark's students lead very happy and balanced lives."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-21
    "I m a SM parent and by chance decided to look up the school on GS today. Everything mentioned in the previous reviews is true - both the pros and cons. The pros - SM is unpretentiousness and internationalism and community service are emphasized. The cons a handful of mediocre teachers, badly behaved students, and an unnecessarily rigorous curriculum. Saint Marks tries to be warm and nurturing but unfortunately, they fall short. There are a lot of self-congratulations, but when real issues are raised, the school doesn t know what to do. I d say that SM has all of the same issues as a good public school, the difference being you expect more from SM because you re paying a premium. Really do your homework and think about what is right for your child(ren), if you re considering sending them here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-16
    "Academically, we found that St. Marks provided a more rigorous experience than what we had experienced in the public elementary school. However, the social dynamics were negative despite the administration's attempt to integrate social/emotional learning. Our child described many instances of kids treating their classmates in mean, condescending ways. We learned that many parents and students had attempted to address these problems with the administration and/or just assumed that this behavior is typical. Sadly, many of the parents had never experienced school environments outside of St. Marks so they don't realize that there should be a zero tolerance policy on bullying."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-02
    "Saint Mark's in a warm, welcoming school. The positive: Nurturing, caring, inclusive community. Public speaking opportunities and SEL program. The negative: Lack of accountability and rigor around differentiation (at discretion of individual teachers) which creates disparate experiences within and between grades. Report cards mainly recap the year, not very insightful. Faculty down plays standardized test results and at the same time does not offer quantifiable, clear measures for it's students. You send your children for 9 years to Saint Mark's with no check points that measure progress among peers nationwide or mastery of common core. Many of the teachers have been at Saint Mark's far too long. Art and drama programs are strong. Music dept. requires overhaul. All in all, a great school for the average child. Most academic schools are not afraid to address the children that can't keep up and ask them to find a better fit. At Saint Mark's, children that are struggling receive a lot of extra help while the academically inclined students are told to "be patient." We wonder why students in the US rank 25th amongst our foreign peers in math and science. Beyond frustrating."
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