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Your Child. Our Student. Their Future. Founded: 1970 Location: Historic Ortega is on the west side of Jacksonville, minutes from downtown, NAS JAX, and major highways Type of School: Independent, co-education day Campus: Almost six acres Facilities: 35 Classrooms, Administrative building, Library, Science Lab, Computer Lab, Music Studio, Art Studio, all-purpose dining and activities center, Early Learning Center, World Language classroom, three well-equipped playgrounds, large play field for outdoor activities and physical education, shared facilities with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Grades: Age 1 - 6th Grade Episcopal Tradition: We educate toward a larger purpose: inclusion and respect, understanding and compssion, service and social justice. We welcome students from all faiths and backgrounds. Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1, with average class size of 16 Financial Aid: 25 percent of our students in K-6th receive financial aid. We accept the Step Up for Students scholarship. Accreditation: Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Florida Kindergarten Council, and the Board of Regents of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The school is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida under the authority of, and as an integral part of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Florida. Mascot: Oxford, the friendly lion

4114 Oxford Avenue l Jacksonville, FL 32210 l 904.388.2632 l smeds@stmarksdayschool.org l www.stmarksdayschool.org

An independent day school for children age 1 through grade 6.


Life is

off to a roaring start at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School.

Here, your child will find a passion for learning, be inspired to explore the world, and step confidently on the paths to success in school and in life.

St. Mark’s welcomes students of all faiths from age one through sixth grade. Our safe and beautiful campus along the St. Johns River is nestled amid shady tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood. Conveniently located near downtown and easily accessed, our students represent diverse backgrounds and reside in 30 zip codes throughout Northeast Florida.


Life is

off to a roaring start at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School.

Here, your child will find a passion for learning, be inspired to explore the world, and step confidently on the paths to success in school and in life.

St. Mark’s welcomes students of all faiths from age one through sixth grade. Our safe and beautiful campus along the St. Johns River is nestled amid shady tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood. Conveniently located near downtown and easily accessed, our students represent diverse backgrounds and reside in 30 zip codes throughout Northeast Florida.


Pre-Kindergarten I & II

Pre-primary years are busy and exciting. We use each child’s natural curiosity to drive their desire for learning, and to promote growth in all areas of development: intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional.

It all begins

with our unique and innovative Early Learning Program (ELP) for one and two year olds

Early Learning Program I & II The toddler years are full of activity! While these little walkers and talkers are developing into confident learners, we are helping to enhance their inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and problem solving. Our play-based program lovingly engages their young minds and spirits in formative learning experiences.

and Pre-Kindergarten for three and four year olds.

“The teacher cares so much about our son and keeps us informed about everything going on in the classroom. We really like the music, language, and library classes, it adds another dimension to their learning which is fantastic. We also like the diversity in activities, as well as the fact that they have a lot of free play time.” - An Early Learning Program Parent


Pre-Kindergarten I & II

Pre-primary years are busy and exciting. We use each child’s natural curiosity to drive their desire for learning, and to promote growth in all areas of development: intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional.

It all begins

with our unique and innovative Early Learning Program (ELP) for one and two year olds

Early Learning Program I & II The toddler years are full of activity! While these little walkers and talkers are developing into confident learners, we are helping to enhance their inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and problem solving. Our play-based program lovingly engages their young minds and spirits in formative learning experiences.

and Pre-Kindergarten for three and four year olds.

“The teacher cares so much about our son and keeps us informed about everything going on in the classroom. We really like the music, language, and library classes, it adds another dimension to their learning which is fantastic. We also like the diversity in activities, as well as the fact that they have a lot of free play time.” - An Early Learning Program Parent


Full Day Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a special time for students to transition into a more structured learning environment. Children learn best through experiences that fascinate them. Kindergarten is full of creative environments and experiences that open students up to the wonders of the world around them. Because they stay for a full day of school, they have all the time they need to play, learn responsibility, build strong work habits, and develop cooperative social behavior.

Building a Strong Academic Foundation First Through Sixth Grade

As students progress from ďŹ rst through sixth grade, age-appropriate expectations evolve each year. Students working together in group settings and using their collective intelligence allows learning to take place in a social environment - a much desired skill in the workplaces of today and in the future.

A wise use of technology assists our lessons with research and reference. Students learn how to ďŹ nd information and present their ideas in a variety of ways, such as writing, videos, and podcasts. In the process, they also learn about taking care of the hardware and online safety. Since opening in 1970, St. Mark’s has proudly upheld a commitment to academic excellence. Our impressive accreditations, academic performance, and facilities enable us to attract and retain an outstanding faculty who are passionate about what they teach, devoted to their students, and admired by parents.


Full Day Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a special time for students to transition into a more structured learning environment. Children learn best through experiences that fascinate them. Kindergarten is full of creative environments and experiences that open students up to the wonders of the world around them. Because they stay for a full day of school, they have all the time they need to play, learn responsibility, build strong work habits, and develop cooperative social behavior.

Building a Strong Academic Foundation First Through Sixth Grade

As students progress from ďŹ rst through sixth grade, age-appropriate expectations evolve each year. Students working together in group settings and using their collective intelligence allows learning to take place in a social environment - a much desired skill in the workplaces of today and in the future.

A wise use of technology assists our lessons with research and reference. Students learn how to ďŹ nd information and present their ideas in a variety of ways, such as writing, videos, and podcasts. In the process, they also learn about taking care of the hardware and online safety. Since opening in 1970, St. Mark’s has proudly upheld a commitment to academic excellence. Our impressive accreditations, academic performance, and facilities enable us to attract and retain an outstanding faculty who are passionate about what they teach, devoted to their students, and admired by parents.


The sixth grade

EXPERIENCE We are good at making good impressions, and sixth graders are exceptionally impressionable.

To learn, students have to venture outside the comfort of what they already know. They have to be open to asking questions and making mistakes. We help them create a culture of inclusivity, trust, and respect. During the first weeks of sixth grade, students leave campus for an overnight spiritual, personal, and leadership building retreat. They end the year by spending a week together in the mountains of North Carolina experiencing nature and enjoying the trust and bonds of friendship that have been forged. With advanced and interesting curriculums, classroom studies evolve in the sixth grade as students move toward a middle school model environment. A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program encourages and challenges them to create truly impressive works.

Encouraging Personal Achievement “My son is doing quite well in his academic performance in middle school, particularly in his accelerated math class. I credit much of that to the excellent instruction and guidance he received in sixth grade at St. Mark’s. My husband and I are so appreciative of the team of teachers who helped prepare him. We feel his sixth grade experience at St. Mark’s was such a great stepping stone for him.” - Parent of an alumni


The sixth grade

EXPERIENCE We are good at making good impressions, and sixth graders are exceptionally impressionable.

To learn, students have to venture outside the comfort of what they already know. They have to be open to asking questions and making mistakes. We help them create a culture of inclusivity, trust, and respect. During the first weeks of sixth grade, students leave campus for an overnight spiritual, personal, and leadership building retreat. They end the year by spending a week together in the mountains of North Carolina experiencing nature and enjoying the trust and bonds of friendship that have been forged. With advanced and interesting curriculums, classroom studies evolve in the sixth grade as students move toward a middle school model environment. A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program encourages and challenges them to create truly impressive works.

Encouraging Personal Achievement “My son is doing quite well in his academic performance in middle school, particularly in his accelerated math class. I credit much of that to the excellent instruction and guidance he received in sixth grade at St. Mark’s. My husband and I are so appreciative of the team of teachers who helped prepare him. We feel his sixth grade experience at St. Mark’s was such a great stepping stone for him.” - Parent of an alumni


Our faith-based learning environment instills Christian values through spiritual, character, and leadership development. Episcopal schools are for people of all faiths and backgrounds. St. Mark’s students participate in chapel services, daily devotions, prayer, and the study and discussion biblical scripture, teachings, and values.

Instilling Christian Values The Fruit of the Spirit program is based on Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Students are taught about these values and are nominated for awards by peers and teachers who see these fruits in them.


Our faith-based learning environment instills Christian values through spiritual, character, and leadership development. Episcopal schools are for people of all faiths and backgrounds. St. Mark’s students participate in chapel services, daily devotions, prayer, and the study and discussion biblical scripture, teachings, and values.

Instilling Christian Values The Fruit of the Spirit program is based on Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Students are taught about these values and are nominated for awards by peers and teachers who see these fruits in them.


Stimulating Creative Expression We have high expectations for academic performance. However; opportunities beyond academics are numerous at every age level. Engaging and talented resource teachers provide an exposure to world languages (Mandarin Chinese and Spanish), art, music, sports, and sciences. Students gain the conďŹ dence of personal achievement and experience the joy of expressing creativity whether their passion is to perform on stage during a musical, or to be a part of a scoring play during a basketball game. In addition, our popular After-School Activities oer a wide range of stimulating classes in the arts, sciences, and sports, including participation in the NFISAC (North Florida Independent Schools Athletic Conference.)


Stimulating Creative Expression We have high expectations for academic performance. However; opportunities beyond academics are numerous at every age level. Engaging and talented resource teachers provide an exposure to world languages (Mandarin Chinese and Spanish), art, music, sports, and sciences. Students gain the conďŹ dence of personal achievement and experience the joy of expressing creativity whether their passion is to perform on stage during a musical, or to be a part of a scoring play during a basketball game. In addition, our popular After-School Activities oer a wide range of stimulating classes in the arts, sciences, and sports, including participation in the NFISAC (North Florida Independent Schools Athletic Conference.)


Fostering a Heart of Giving We believe in learning by doing and in using what we learn to make a difference in the world. At St. Mark’s, service learning opportunities abound. Hands-on experiences in each grade level intentionally use service activities to engage our students, enhance curriculum, affirm character values, and build relationships in the community, locally and globally. Service learning experiences are appropriate to our students’ ages and developmental abilities, deepening their knowledge and connecting the St. Mark’s community to real-world issues and needs. All of these experiences are designed to help students connect their class work to their life’s work.

DONATE SHOES TO SOLES4SOULS. MAKE INCREDIBLE FRIENDSHIPS WITH STUDENTS AT THE NORTH FLORIDA SCHOOL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION GROW SEEDLINGS TO BE PLANTED IN COMMUNITY GARDENS. COLLECT EXTRA CITRUS FRUIT TO DONATE TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. COLLECT GENTLY USED TEDDY BEARS TO MAKE “GOD’S LITTLE BEAR HUGS” FOR CHILDREN IN NEED. HOLD A ‘LEMONADE WAR’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER. INSPIRE THE COMMUNITY TO SAVE THE ST. JOHNS RIVER. MENTOR PUBLIC SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS IN READING AND WRITING. COLLECT BLANKETS AND MAKE TOYS FOR THE ANIMALS AT THE JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY.


Fostering a Heart of Giving We believe in learning by doing and in using what we learn to make a difference in the world. At St. Mark’s, service learning opportunities abound. Hands-on experiences in each grade level intentionally use service activities to engage our students, enhance curriculum, affirm character values, and build relationships in the community, locally and globally. Service learning experiences are appropriate to our students’ ages and developmental abilities, deepening their knowledge and connecting the St. Mark’s community to real-world issues and needs. All of these experiences are designed to help students connect their class work to their life’s work.

DONATE SHOES TO SOLES4SOULS. MAKE INCREDIBLE FRIENDSHIPS WITH STUDENTS AT THE NORTH FLORIDA SCHOOL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION GROW SEEDLINGS TO BE PLANTED IN COMMUNITY GARDENS. COLLECT EXTRA CITRUS FRUIT TO DONATE TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. COLLECT GENTLY USED TEDDY BEARS TO MAKE “GOD’S LITTLE BEAR HUGS” FOR CHILDREN IN NEED. HOLD A ‘LEMONADE WAR’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER. INSPIRE THE COMMUNITY TO SAVE THE ST. JOHNS RIVER. MENTOR PUBLIC SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS IN READING AND WRITING. COLLECT BLANKETS AND MAKE TOYS FOR THE ANIMALS AT THE JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY.


Your Child. Our Student. Their Future. Founded: 1970 Location: Historic Ortega is on the west side of Jacksonville, minutes from downtown, NAS JAX, and major highways Type of School: Independent, co-education day Campus: Almost six acres Facilities: 35 Classrooms, Administrative building, Library, Science Lab, Computer Lab, Music Studio, Art Studio, all-purpose dining and activities center, Early Learning Center, World Language classroom, three well-equipped playgrounds, large play field for outdoor activities and physical education, shared facilities with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Grades: Age 1 - 6th Grade Episcopal Tradition: We educate toward a larger purpose: inclusion and respect, understanding and compssion, service and social justice. We welcome students from all faiths and backgrounds. Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1, with average class size of 16 Financial Aid: 25 percent of our students in K-6th receive financial aid. We accept the Step Up for Students scholarship. Accreditation: Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Florida Kindergarten Council, and the Board of Regents of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The school is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida under the authority of, and as an integral part of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Florida. Mascot: Oxford, the friendly lion

4114 Oxford Avenue l Jacksonville, FL 32210 l 904.388.2632 l smeds@stmarksdayschool.org l www.stmarksdayschool.org

An independent day school for children age 1 through grade 6.

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