Summary: The curriculum and requirements at St. Mark’s present students with many choices, as the school seeks to provide a broad, balanced curriculum with the opportunity for students to pursue their academic interests to the highest levels. We take time to be certain that all students are introduced to the skills necessary to be successful in courses like Third Form Seminar and then encourage them to build on those skills and pursue work at advanced levels in all disciplines.
The school’s greatest academic resource is the people who participate in the academic program, including the teachers, students, and support staff. Classes are small, with an average class size of 10. Many classes are taught around a discussion table, and while teachers lead the sessions, students usually direct them.
At the advanced levels, the school offers Advanced Placement courses in almost every discipline for a total of more than 20 courses. Many students go beyond the AP level for advanced work in small classes or independent studies with interested faculty members. Every year, the English Department introduces new sixth-form electives based on faculty interests. In recent years, offerings have included Shakespeare, Representations of the Civil War, Chaucer, and Detective Novels. In the sciences, students are encouraged to develop a basic literacy in the core sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology), but the school offers opportunities for advanced work in all areas and encourages independent research through courses like Introductory DNA Science. In the arts, students are encouraged to develop existing interests and to explore their talents in new ways. The department offers advanced courses in drama, ceramics, studio art, and music, as well as art history.
Department Director: Lynette Sumpter
Average Class Size: 10
Full Time Teachers: 60
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 78.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1
Saturday Classes: Yes
Number of AP Courses Offered: 21