Saint Mark's School
|Saint Mark's School|
|Butterfly garden at Saint Mark's|
|39 Trellis Drive
San Rafael, California
|Faculty||30 full time, 6 part time|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Website||School web site|
Saint Mark's is a coeducational, independent, kindergarten-eighth grade school in San Rafael, California, in Marin County. The school was established by an Episcopal parish in 1980. Within a few years, it moved away from the Episcopal Church and is now an independent school with no religious affiliation. Joe Harvey has been head of school since 2011, succeeding Damon Kerby, who had served as head since 1987.
Special programs and curriculum
Saint Mark's provides hands-on learning, Guided Reading in the lower grades, daily physical education, a chess program, social and emotional learning (SEL), and visual arts, drama, and music. School plays are performed at the Marin County Civic Center's Showcase Theater. The school has adopted the Bridges math program
Saint Mark’s offers curricular Mandarin beginning in kindergarten.
The school has built a global education program that is supported by local and international relationships.
In 2000, Saint Mark's established a partnership with eSibonisweni Primary School in KwaZulu, South Africa. In addition to raising funds for food programs, school supplies, and infrastructure projects, Saint Mark's sends a delegation to eSibonisweni every other year; the group consists of faculty members, parents, and students, who do joint academic and art projects and assist with building maintenance and beautification. In 2011, six students and five teachers were brought to the United States to spend two weeks at Saint Mark's.
The program has no overhead costs for either school, so all funds raised and goods provided go directly to those who need them. Saint Mark's has helped other independent schools develop similar partnerships.
In 2003, Saint Mark’s partnered with Canal Alliance, a nonprofit center supporting the Hispanic community in Marin County on immigration and education issues. The two organizations created an ongoing language-tutoring exchange between students.
Saint Mark's also has a teaching-exchange relationship with Beijing No. 2 Experimental Primary School. In fall 2008, the school welcomed its first guest from Beijing, Ms. Liying Ma.
The school has made environmental awareness part of its program and has a native-butterfly habitat garden and an organic fruit, vegetable, and flower garden that has been recognized by Marin Master Gardeners as a model for school gardens. The garden program has its own teacher and has been integrated into the curriculum for Lower and Middle School.
Accreditation and memberships
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Marks School
- "History". Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- McKay, Harry V.; Crystal M. Land, Sue Slotnick, and Cheryl Ting (2008). "Report of the CAIS Visiting Committee". Santa Monica: California Association of Independent Schools.