Life at SM
- Is there a dress code?
- Is financial aid available?
- Are there scheduled study hours?
- How can I get extra help?
- What is the day student experience at St. Mark's?
- Are athletics required?
- How do grade levels correspond with form numbers?
- What are clubs and activities like?
- What happens on the weekends?
- Tell me about the advising system.
- What is St. Mark's looking for in an applicant?
- What is a typical day like?
While the majority of students live on campus, day students are an integral part of the School community. Given the breadth of academic and extracurricular opportunities available at St. Mark’s, every student, regardless of boarding status, can take full advantage of them. It is not a rare occurrence to see day students here on campus well into the evening hours, studying with a boarding friend in the library or running a club activity. The Burnett House Lounge, part of the Center renovations in 2013, is available for day students to socialize and store their belongings. On the weekends, day students can participate in the full slate of activities and even spend Saturday night in a friend’s dorm room.
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 an interscholastic sport for at least one season. Please refer to the athletics section of our site for more information on the athletics program.
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. Click here for a full list of our clubs and activities.
Whether you want to watch a movie with friends in your dorm room or crave a change of pace off campus, you’ll find something that fits your mood. A sample of weekend activities includes: Weekly trips to the Natick Mall where students can shop and catch a movie, dances both on-campus and at local independent schools, concerts and dramatic performances by students and visiting professionals both on and off campus, buses to Harvard Square and Copley Square, trips to golf driving ranges and bowling alleys, trips to Six Flags and inter-dorm competitions. Click here to view upcoming weekend activities.
Each St. Mark’s faculty member serves as an advisor to a small number of students. Advisors meet with their students formally once a week, and informally throughout the day, to monitor their progress, give audience to their concerns, and guide them through the rigors, challenges and expectations that go along with being a St. Marker. Students are assigned a particular advisor for their first year, and though they may choose another at the end of their first year, most remain with that advisor for their St. Mark’s career.
We look for students who are superior, not only academically, but also in integrity and maturity. Here, we believe that the measure of student achievement is more than grade point average. St. Markers are eager to try new things, experiment, and challenge themselves. Students attending St. Mark's are challenged:
- To learn deeply and think critically.
- To be resourceful.
- To be creative problem-solvers with an understanding of the importance of inquiry.
- To develop intellectual self-confidence and curiosity.
- To communicate and listen carefully.
- To operate with integrity and honesty.
- To develop necessary skills to live in a diverse community and global world.
- To develop healthy habits of mind, body, and spirit.
The academic week extends from Monday through Saturday, beginning at 8 am and ending at 3:05 pm. Within the academic day, time is dedicated to music and arts instruction. Activities and athletics follow classes, and faculty supervised evening study hall runs from 7:30-9:30 pm, Sunday through Friday. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, classes end at lunchtime to allow for athletic competitions.