Getting Ready Academic Information
- Summer Reading
- Textbook Information
- Private Music Lessons
- Academic Programs
- Signature Programs
Required Reading for US History (All Levels)
To prepare for your Advanced US History and US History classes in the 2022-2023 Academic Year the History and Social Sciences Department requires all students to read and think critically about the articles below:
- Smithsonian Magazine, “Rethinking Jamestown”
- National Museum of Natural History, “Struggling to Survive”
- Smithsonian Magazine, “Massachusetts’ Plimoth Plantation Will Change Its Name”
- Smithsonian Magazine, “Why the Myths of Plymouth Dominate the American Imagination”
These articles will be used in class during the first week of school in September. Enjoy the break and we look forward to working with you in the fall!
Third Form Required Reading
The summer reading for The Global Seminar will be used throughout the year as we make connections between the text and the themes we will study.
We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee
We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee, is a novel based on the experiences of Chee’s family members during World War II. The book is centered on a group of teenagers from San Francisco who are sent to Japanese internment camps in the 1940s. As Americans of Japanese descent, all of the characters are caught between their Japanese parents and grandparents, and their ties to the country in which they were born. As the U.S. government struggles to deal with its citizens - and its own - fear, these teenagers struggle to find their own identities and voices from behind the fences of these temporary detention centers.
As you read this book, you should look for connections to the following themes, which form the structure of The Global Seminar:
- Civil discourse
- Globalization (Conflict & Resolution)
- Human rights
- Finding and using your voice
Throughout the year, you will be asked to refer back to the book, so bringing a copy back to school with you, and being familiar with its contents is an essential starting point to our year together.
Summer Bookshelf (Optional Reads)
These texts are completely optional, but hopefully one sparks an interest. Start here, and read widely!
- Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie, Americanah
- Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
- H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream
- Nicole Chung, All You Can Ever Know
- Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
- Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America
- Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
- Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land
- Laila Lalami, The Other Americans
- Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
- Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
- Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
- Tommy Orange, There There
- George Orwell, 1984
- Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine
- David A. Robinson, The Barren Grounds
- Brian Stevenson, Just Mercy
- Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
- R. Eric Thomas, Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America: Essays
- Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys
- Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
- Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Many of the books used in our courses have online components, which cannot be purchased with used books. For this reason, textbooks are distributed on the first day of class. Faculty provide our bookstore with a list of the books a student has received, and the bookstore charges the student's Lion Card.
All books and supplies will be available for purchase in our bookstore.
The school’s technology system provides a communications network within the school, educational resources and access to the internet. Use of this system is dependent upon members of the community abiding by the standards outlined in the School Handbook. If you have any questions about this access, the community standards, or the technology needed to use this system, please contact the Academics Office (DeanofAcademics@stmarksschool.org), the Dean of Students Office (DeanofStudentsOffice@stmarksschool.org) or the Technology Department (Helpdesk@stmarksschool.org).
Computer Hardware and Software Requirements: The school supports both Windows and Macintosh computers on the network. All student rooms have wired access to the network and an ethernet cable (RJ45) is required. In most areas of the school, wireless access is also available. For more details on the Technology Requirements please check the link to the right.
MS Office is the school standard and can be downloaded, free of charge, from the MS Office online portal using your St. Mark’s credentials. Additional information for this process will be provided during Orientation.
Please note: St. Mark’s does not allow attaching personal wireless devices (including wireless routers) to the data network
Fifteen professional musicians teach and coach in the St. Mark’s Music program. Typically, over sixty students participate in our private music lesson program. Lessons are offered for a fee on a non-credit basis, or for credit as part of the Music Studio course. Students may also seek permission to take lessons as an independent study project or in lieu of sports.
Select this link to sign up for private lessons.
Instruction is offered in these areas:
- Keyboard — piano (classical, jazz, pop), classical pipe organ
- Voice — (all styles)
- Strings — violin, viola, cello, bass, Chinese guzheng
- Guitar — acoustic, electric, bass
- Winds — flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon
- Brass — trumpet, trombone, French horn
- Percussion — timpani, drum set, ethnic drumming
An email will be sent to new students and parents in early May with links to Course Request Forms and Placement Tests. If you have questions about courses, please contact the Academics Office.
Academic Placement materials are released in early May and due May 23.
St. Mark’s educational philosophy is to advance three core values: intellect, character, and leadership. By advancing these core values in a developmentally appropriate method, St. Mark’s provides an education of consequence, sending into the world individuals who are prepared to make a meaningful difference in whatever arena they choose to focus their talents.
Our commitment to innovation as well as to interdisciplinary, experiential and community based learning is what sets us apart and is at the core of what our Signature Programs are built on.