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- Summer Reading
- Textbook Information
- Private Music Lessons
- Academic Programs
- Signature Programs
We will not have an all-community summer reading text this year. Instead, our goal is to identify a text that we can all read and process together in-depth in the flow of the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that there are still required selections for incoming III Formers, and students of Advanced United States History. Students can expect to discuss and write about these selections with their peers and teachers in the opening weeks of the school year.
- For Incoming III Formers:
A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
“When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. Then he set off on a journey to find his mother” (Goodreads).
- For Students of Advanced United States History:
1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy by James Horn
Members of the St. Mark’s faculty and staff have compiled this list of recommended selections to encourage student summer reading. While not required beyond the selections above, we do hope that students will take the opportunity to read widely this summer!
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 below:
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 SM Music program. Typically, over sixty St. Mark’s 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.
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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 late April 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 21.
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.