St. Mark's School

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
25 Marlboro Road
Southborough, MA 01772
  • St. Mark's School educates young people for lives of leadership and service.
  • 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 curiosity and kindling their passion for discovery.
  • We value cooperation over self-interest, and we encourage each person to explore his or her place in the larger world beyond our campus.

Upcoming Events and News

  • St. Mark's VI Former Wins State Science Fair Honors - 05/15/2020 - Alexandria "Ally" Bauer, a VI Form boarder from Natick, Mass., placed second at the 2020 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, held virtually this year.
  • Connections Keep School Community Vibrant, Engaged - 05/12/2020 - This spring, St. Mark's has kept its community vibrant and engaged in all areas of school life by staying connected through virtual platforms.
  • 70 SM Grads in College Sports This Past Year - 05/12/2020 - It has been a very different experience for most of the 70-plus St. Markers playing intercollegiate sports this year. Not only were spring seasons abbreviated or cancelled outright, but many ...morewinter campaigns were cut short in the midst of tournaments or championship runs. hide
  • Poetry Week a St. Mark's Success Story - 05/01/2020 - Throughout the week of April 20, St. Mark's students, alumni, faculty, and staff participated in Poetry Week, creating, presenting, and sharing poems with the School community

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars  
    Phillips Andover (Post Graduate)
    The school's layout makes for quite a unique and homey atmosphere. All classes are located in the main building, and the building itself is centered around Forbes, the student center. The main building also houses. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars  
    Bates College
    St. Mark's is extremely community based, and I believe it has made both students and faculty proud to be a member of this school. Because a majority of the school functions within one or two. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    Franklin and Marshall College
    I felt that the teacher-student connection at St. Mark's was something unique, and something I did not realize how unique it was until I graduated. As opposed to college, I felt it was easier and. . .
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St. Mark's School is listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 310 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
St. Mark's SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18651907
Campus Size250 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment360 students310 students
% Students of Color
41%
25%
% International Students
21%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
70%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Classroom and chapel dress codes)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3218
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
81%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$141 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$65,460$58,260
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$52,140$30,000
% Students on Financial Aid
31%
38%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$43,703$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 31Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT85%-
Acceptance Rate
27%
57%
Director of AdmissionsAnne E. Behnke
Associate Director of AdmissionsElise Morgan

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3218
CoursesAdvanced AB Calculus, Advanced Art History, Advanced BC Calculus, Advanced Biology, Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Environmental Science, Advanced European History, Advanced French Language and Culture, Advanced German Language and Culture, Advanced Latin Readings, Advanced Music Theory, Advanced Philosophy and Literature, Advanced Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Advanced Physics: Mechanics, Advanced Physics: Modern Topics in Physics, Advanced Psychology, Advanced Spanish Language and Cultures, Advanced Statistics, Advanced Studio Art, Advanced Topics in Computer Science, Advanced Topics in French Literature, Advanced Topics in German Literature, Advanced Topics in Latin Literature, Advanced Topics in Mathematics, Advanced Topics in Music, Advanced Topics in Spanish Literature, Advanced United States Government and Politics, Advanced United States History, Advanced World History, History Research Fellowship: An Advanced Topics Course in History, STEM Research Fellowship: An Advanced Topics Course in Science

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1416
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations6724
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Peer Tutors, Acolytes, Admission Prefects, Admission Tour Guides, After-School Tutoring, Alpine Snowboarding, Alumni Ambassador, Amnesty International Club, Animal Rights Club, Band/Jazz Groups, Black Student Union, BMX Biking, Boys, Brantwood Camp, Calligraphy Club, Chinese Students Association, Christian Students - God Squad, Classics Club, Climate Action Group, D.O.P.E. Sports Club, Debate Club, Diners Club, Electronics Club, Field Sports, Freestyle Skiing, French Club, Gaming, German Club, Girls, Green Team, Honor, House (Dorm) Prefects, Iaido, International Club, Investment Club, IT Club, Jewelry Design, Kayaking / Sea Kayaking, Literary Magazine, Mozaic, Medical Club, Middle Eastern Alliance for Peace, MMA, Opinator--student newspaper, Political and Current Events (PACE), Protection of Animals and Wildlife (PAW), Right Rwanda, River Rafting, Sexual Minorities and Straight Supporters (SMASS), Students for Students, Teach Choate, Teach Music, Tiger Lilies

Arts and Music Programs:
Actor's Guild, Choir, Dance Club, Engineering Club, Freestyle Snowboarding, Handball, Jazz Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, Book & Pen Group, Dry-land Training, Fishing Club, Music Instruction, Pep and Marching Band, Theater Dance & Music

College Matriculation

Year: 2006 - 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College16
George Washington University15
Colby College14
Tufts University14
Trinity College13
Boston University11
Georgetown University10
Bucknell University8
Middlebury College8
MIT7
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Founded in 1865, St. Mark's School educates young people for lives of leadership and service, challenging students to take charge of their education, inspiring their academic and spiritual curiosity, and kindling their passion for discovery.
  • We have crafted an intentionally small community with the specific goal of encouraging close relationships between faculty and students that gives our students courage to stretch, to dream big, and think beyond themselves.Innovation and tradition are part of our educational DNA.
  • The "school under one roof" design of our main building, an outstanding academic program that combines traditional classroom techniques with experiential learning,  a culture that stresses social justice and global perspective, and an athletic program designed to challenge both college-bound athletes and those seeking fitness alone, all come together to create a robust environment unique to St. Mark`s. Graduates leave St. Mark`s ready to live lives of consequence in the 21st century.
  • St. Mark's School accreditations: NEASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ben Bradlee - Former editor, The Washington Post
    • Tarah Donoghue - Former Deputy Press Secretary to Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States from May 2006 to August 2007; worked for former Vice President Dick Cheney
    • Thomas Kean - Former New Jersey governor; former chairman of the 9/11 Commission; former president of Drew University
    • Julie Kennedy - Founder and leader of AMERICA SCORES; President of the Mycelium Group
    • Suzanne P. King - US Olympic cross country skier, 1994 and 1998 Olympic games
    • Robert Lowell - Former sixth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress; Pulitzer Prize recipient; National Book Award recipient; National Book Critics Circle Award recipient
    • Ashley Merriman - Premier Chef at Branzino in Seattle, WA; former contestant on Top Chef Season 6
    • Storey Musgrave - Astronaut
    • Georgia Chaffee Nassikas - Artist
    • Scott Young - Retired American professional ice hockey right winger; First round draft11th overall in 1986 by Hartford Whalers; played on the U.S. National Team; played on three Winter Olympic teams 1988, 1992, and 2002; won 2 Stanley Cups in 1991 and1996

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