Upper Elementary: Grade 3-6
At a Glance
- Ethnic diversity: 54%
- Average elementary class size: 16
- Elementary student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1
- Leadership opportunities including Student Leadership Council and advisory/peer buddies
Low Student-Teacher Ratio
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).
We see children as valuable and unique individuals at Saint Mark’s School. Our goal is to support their academic growth and development in an atmosphere that respects and builds upon students’ interests and personal strengths. We involve students in challenging activities that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and collaboration.
Educational Field Studies
Educational Field Studies trips, beginning in fourth grade, are some of the most highly anticipated moments for Saint Mark’s students. 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.
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.
Upper elementary students attend chapel once a week where they learn that each member of the school’s community is valued and celebrated, regardless of his or her race or religious beliefs. Chapel programs serve as the center of the school’s spiritual life, build community, celebrate diversity, and inspire a lifelong respect for service and citizenship.