St. Mark's School

Southborough, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, Episcopal

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Age Quod Agis: Whatever you do, do it well. St. Mark’s School motto has guided our community for more than 140 years. Founded in 1865 as an intentionally small residential community, the School challenges its students to develop their particular analytic and creative capabilities by both inspiring their academic and spiritual curiousity and kindling their passion for discovery. Small seminar-style classes, a challenging curriculum and strong connections that students and faculty make in our classrooms are distinctive features of our academic program. Our community strives to maintain diversity amongst its students and faculty as refelected by their backgrounds and interests. Affiliated with the Episcopal Church and rooted in that tradition, St. Mark's embraces the rich diversity of the many faiths and nationalities of our students, faculty and staff. Our close proximity to Boston allows us to take advantage of rich cultural offerings. St. Mark's graduates leave with superior academic knowledge and confidence in their personal worth, strengthened and informed by a heightened sense of purpose, integrity, and citizenship. We value cooperation over self-interest, and we encourage each person to explore his or her place in the larger world beyond our campus.

25 Marlborough Road, Southborough, Massachusetts, USA 01772
508-786-6000

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Director of Admission: Anne Behnke
Admissions Phone:508-786-6111Fax:508-786-6120
Email: annebehnke@stmarksschool.org Website: www.stmarksschool.org


  • Application Deadline: January 31
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1865
  • Campus Size: 250 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Boarding
Grades 9th-12th
Day
Grades 9th-12th
Total
Girls     135 45 180
Boys     131 39 170
Total     266 84 350

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,130
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $39,225
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 29.00%
  • Average Awarded: $0
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $121,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0
 
 

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

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Writing Center
English:
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
History:
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Latin
Religion/Philosophy:
  • Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Micro & Macroeconomics
Sciences:
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Physiology
Math:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia
  • Robotics
Music:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
  • Music Studio
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Religion
    Interdisciplinary Studies Program


AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • German Language
  • Human Geography
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
 
 

Summary: Every day, within the walls of the Main Building, students attend classes, socialize over meals in the dining hall, and enjoy community-building events, such as weekend activities and twice-weekly all-school meetings. Just a few steps through the cloisters is Belmont Chapel, in which we share our spiritual lives. Our state of the art Performing Arts Center hosts student concerts and theater productions, and the Michel Faculty Athletic Center and numerous playing fields, are the setting for our multitude of teams. In this section of the website, you can find aspects of St. Mark’s life that enrich the school community. In addition to news articles, photo galleries, and a full calendar of upcoming events, “On Campus” offers a detailed look at the school’s residential life program, including weekly letters from the Dean of Students. Learn more about the chapel program and an array of community service opportunities and discover what our college counseling and technology programs have to offer students. For an even more detailed view of our community, peruse selections from student publications or download the latest issue of the St. Mark’s Magazine, or even see what’s on tap in the dining hall. So please, take a few moments and see what there is to experience On Campus; then schedule a time to visit us in person!

Department Director: Stacey Lee

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 12

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 6

No. of Boys Dorms: 6

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
 
Laundry Facilities 
Lounge 
Wireless Internet 
 
 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Frequently Asked Questions: Is there a dress code? While we do not require coats and ties daily, we do expect our students to conform to a dress code best described as “neat casual.” No jeans are allowed, and boys must wear collared shirts. Girls can wear either dresses, skirts, or dress pants. Sneakers are allowed. Are there scheduled study hours? Yes. Faculty supervised evening study runs from Sunday evening through Friday evening from 7:30-9:30 pm. Students typically work quietly in their rooms, at their desks, completing their homework. Are athletics required? Third and Fourth Form students are required to participate in an interscholastic sport in the fall, winter and spring. Fifth Formers participate in an interscholastic sport for at least two seasons, while Sixth Formers participate in as interscholastic sport for at least one season. What are clubs and activities like? St. Mark’s boasts more than 30 student organizations that meet a full range of interests and passions. Students can involve themselves in drama, music, the school newspaper, or the St. Mark’s Society – the school’s community service group that sponsors a wide range of hands-on service opportunities. Social activities include dances both on campus and at neighboring schools, trips to the movies and mall, as well as skiing, hiking and apple-picking excursions. Students can also take advantage of frequent cultural and social outings to Boston and the annual school trip to the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Facilities

  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Field House for indoor training & Turf Field

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Classics Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Snowboarding
  • Solar Car Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
  • Pizza & Politics Club
 
 

Arts Department Director: Barbara Putnam

Athletics Department Director: John Levandowski

Arts
  • A Cappella Group
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer Squash Ice Hockeky
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting
  • Cycling
 
 

Summary: The guiding philosophy behind the work we do in the St. Mark’s College Counseling Office is collaboration. Our team approach fosters information, experience, communication, trust, encouragement and the building of relationships; guiding and supporting each of our families through the intricacies of an increasingly complex college admissions process. Offering students a systematic, syllabus-anchored approach to finding the college that best suits their ambitions and aspirations is the primary goal. From the initial college exploration through the May 1st deposit deadline, families work directly and meet regularly with their designated college counselor to discuss and make appropriate choices. In the end, the student has been provided with advice, strategy, extensive information about colleges, and has grown in a variety of ways by the time enrollment in college takes place. While the formal advising program does not start until winter of the V Form year, college guidance is available to St. Markers as soon as they arrive on campus. When requested, our team collaborates with III and IV Form students, their families, advisors and the Director of Studies in planning an appropriate and intellectually stimulating course of study. In addition, we are happy to offer guidance about athletics, extracurricular activities, and summer programs – all potential factors in college admission. Given the breadth and depth of the opportunities available at St. Mark’s, we encourage students to deviate from what colleges normally expect as long as the choices are made thoughtfully and with genuine commitment.

Department Director: Eric Monheim

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

MIT 4 graduates
Bates College 10 graduates
Georgetown 10 graduates
Columbia 6 graduates
Boston College 16 graduates
Colby 9 graduates
Cornell 7 graduates
Dartmouth 3 graduates
Brown 3 graduates
Yale 2 graduates
Harvard 2 graduates
Tufts 7 graduates
Stanford 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA



Notable Alumni



Quotes from Alumni
 
 

Summary: THE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP INSTITUTE. July 6th - July 12th, 2014 An innovative collaboration between Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA designed to educate and support faculty and high school students as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens actively working to solve problems of global and local significance. Bring a team of students for a stimulating week of study, conversation and understanding. Meet new colleagues and friends from around the country and the world and go back to your school energized with an action plan designed to make a difference at your school. While teams will interact throughout the day, evening itineraries for faculty will vary from that of their students. Students will be offered a variety of fun, engaging social activities and will be supervised by St. Mark’s young alums. Faculty will network with other faculty over cocktails and dinner in a more relaxed environment. Midweek the entire group will take a field trip to Boston for an afternoon/evening of fun in the city. To learn more about the Institute and to register visit www.gc-institute.com or contact Laura Appell-Warren at gci@stmarksschool.org

Department Director: Laura Warren