Upper Elementary

In the upper elementary grades, third through sixth, there is a strong emphasis on applying the foundational skills built in lower elementary. Our goal is to support academic growth and development in an atmosphere that respects and builds upon students’ interests and personal strengths. Our inquiry-based curriculum is grounded in problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning and collaboration.

"At Saint Mark’s, we seek to foster a sense of belonging, compassion, and curiosity in each of our students. Our upper elementary program combines inquiry, exploration, and advocacy into a framework that allows students to connect with the world around them. The upper elementary experience is centered around academic rigor, authentic engagement, collaboration, and growth."
Rebecca Russell
Director of Teaching, Learning & Belonging

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Engaging Academics

Upper elementary school represents a time of transition and increasing independence for Saint Mark’s students. With the support of teachers, third- through sixth-grade students become advocates for their own learning and develop valuable study and time management skills crucial to success in middle school. A departmentalized approach is used in fifth and sixth grades. Students rotate between grade level teachers for instruction in mathematics, science, and humanities, along with continuing their studies in enrichment classes. Teachers provide intentional opportunities for collaboration, leadership, self-expression, and creativity across all subject areas.


As students become increasingly independent and responsible, they are asked to look forward and outward, engaging in service to others through our Student Leadership Council (SLC).

Educational Field Studies

Educational Field Studies trips, beginning in fourth grade, are some of the most highly anticipated moments for Saint Mark’s students. The curriculum comes alive as students become active participants in outdoor science and environmental learning. These hands-on experiences are balanced with team-building and opportunities for students to engage with one another outside of the school environment. Growth on these trips is almost immeasurable as students make memories to last a lifetime.

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