Episcopal Identity at Saint Mark's

Our Episcopal identity is central to who we are: it informs our core values and commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and service to others. We are proud of how this foundation continues to strengthen and guide us in providing an outstanding education, where academic curiosity creates lifelong learners and empathetic, principled leaders.

As a community, we actively participate in living out these values together, cultivating character and encouraging compassion. We gather in chapel to create a loving and accepting space where students reflect in age-appropriate ways on their own inner life and respond to the world around them. Through chapel and service-learning programs, Saint Mark’s students develop a concern for others and a strong moral compass, which guides them through their elementary experience and into their adolescent and adult lives.

The characteristics of an Episcopal education are central to Saint Mark’s and a key part of what makes our school and graduates stand out.

“Saint Mark’s School nurtures the innate spirituality of children through worship, conversation, and an appreciation for the wisdom and traditions of each family. We invite our students to look both more deeply and more broadly in life, encouraging tender hearts, respect for the dignity of every person, and a passion for justice.”

-Mother Betsy, School Chaplain

Elementary students come together each Tuesday and Thursday for chapel; preschool students attend twice a month. All Saint Mark’s families are welcome to join us! Our worship encourages student participation and leadership in a variety of ways, and is respectful of those of every faith tradition or none.

Haiti Partnership

Saint Mark’s School and Saint Mark’s Church are proud to partner with Ste. Marguerite, a school in Latournelle, Haiti. The church and school’s relationship with Ste. Marguerite began in 2011, shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Pastor Carri Patterson Grindon and Doreen Oleson, Head of School at the time, visited Haiti and saw the community’s needs firsthand.

Saint Mark's Gospel Choir

Through uplifting songs and mighty voices, the Saint Mark’s Gospel Choir, established in 2016, holds a benefit concert each year. Upper Elementary students and members of the church’s youth group get the crowd up on their feet, singing and clapping along to the performance for an inspirational evening! All proceeds from this uplifting evening support Ste. Marguerite, our partner school in Haiti. Please watch this recap of our 2019 Gospel Choir.

At Saint Mark’s we are acutely aware of the importance of our Episcopal identity. These collected narratives capture how members of our community understand what it means to be an Episcopal school and how it influences their families.

How do you see our Episcopal Identity manifested outside of chapel?
Mike and Penny Gill (Grandparents, Trustee)

What does chapel represent to a Kindergartener?
Dr. Amy Kim (current parent)

How do you define Episcopal Identity?
Eric Hanson and Raffaela Barbarino (current parents)

How do you define an Episcopal Education?
Mark and Katie Bradshaw (current parents)

How would you describe being part of the Saint Mark’s community?
Sofie Boulad (current parent)