SAINT MARK'S 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: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 10:1
  • 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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  • VOC-TECH
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (42 ratings)
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    School Reviews (43 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-22
    "I have two kids at Mark Day School, and we have had a fantastic experience there. My kids classmates are diverse, ethnically and socio-economically. The global education is remarkable my kids have been able to meet and engage with kids and teachers from South Africa, China and Costa Rica. The curriculum is thoughtful and engaging from K to 8th grade. My kids look forward to school everyday. It is a fun, engaging and wonderful community. What I love best is the energy and vibe of the school it is a place where students, teachers and administrators want to be. It is a happy and joyous place to learn."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-17
    "Every parent wants to give his child the best environment in which she can grow with opportunities, persevere through difficulty, and blossom with confidence. We love MDS because my child loves MDS. Some examples from both our perspectives: + classroom curriculum that uses evidence-based assessment, not just testing + interdisciplinary projects + social/emotional and service learning curriculum + amazing friends + motivated and loving teachers + foreign language instruction beginning in Kindergarten + music, drama, art each every week + public speaking + meaningful, daily interaction with students in other grades + student-driven leadership There are as many reasons for investigating a private school option as there are children, and I find it both surprising and irresponsible that any parent would caution another parent away without knowing anything about that family's reasons for considering the school. No one school is the right environment for everyone. I strongly encourage any prospective parent to investigate the school for himself and make up his own mind. Take these ANONYMOUS reviews with a grain of salt, mine included!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-13
    "I agree with the parent review from February...the new Mark Day School's school ethos is odd and peculiar, gone are the sweet days of Saint Mark's School. Students are happy but if you are a parent with stringent behavior expectations, you will be disappointed. If you wanted a highly academic curriculum, look elsewhere. Many parents have tried to meet with administration but to no avail. Trustees don't want to hear feedback which leaves parents questioning who is running the show and are the decisions for the greater good of the school? Conditional contracts will eventually push some kids out but leave other disruptive kids to disrupt the more serious learners. There is a lot of attention on the new $10 million dollar building but if the walls could talk, they would say tighten up the classrooms where kids can learn in an uninterrupted atmosphere. People are tired of kids outbursts and bad behavior! Students are aware that there are no serious punishments."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-12
    "I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. As a recent college graduate moving back to the Bay Area, I think often of the school that gave me roots. Academically, it prepared me extremely well for both high school and college as we learned foundational study skills starting in Kindergarten and built on them through graduation. Moreover, I learned how to be a productive part of a learning community unlike many schools, at Mark Day, it is cool to be smart. This environment fostered a group of students who were openly enthusiastic to learn and took pride in doing so. But what really stands out in my memory, and still makes me feel the pull of home, is the school community itself. As students, we grew up here, and the teachers nurtured us as we did. Amidst this caring group of people, we felt safe to test our mental limits as students and grew confident in ourselves as individuals. -Alum"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-16
    "Mark Day School has an odd and peculiar culture. Ultimately we don't feel it meets our expectations due to leadership mindset and executional challenges. It has terrific intentions and uses all the correct "buzz" words in education today. It actually has programs in place but really dig deep on how/when they will impact your child. I think if you look closely you will see executional challenges left and right. They tout a global edu program but my child was not directly impacted in a meaningful way during the several years we have been at the school. The challenge is two-fold for us. #1. If you are not an extreme liberal, you will find approach and head of school frustrating. They will not admit but deeply believe that "differentiation" in education is a show of elitism. It was even said outloud at a parent meeting by administration. This being true, you can count on little to no upward differentiation but they will help those struggling to the extent possible. Please note, small school = lack of resources so you may be better off elsewhere. If your child is on the other end of the spectrum and bored with grade level curriculum- DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL."
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