St. Mark's School - Review #3
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2005-2009|
|Sports and Activities:||I played varsity football, squash and crew. I was the captain of the crew team my senior year. I was also one of eight monitors, who are basically representatives of the student body. I was a peer discussion leader with new freshmen in their first year at St. Mark's, and also participated in choir.|
|College Enrolled:||Franklin and Marshall College|
|Home Town, State:||Springfield, MA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 more comfortable to discuss not only classwork and problems in or outside the classroom, but also any other problems or concerns you had. The general sense of comfort and welcoming between all students and faculty was the the most memorable aspect of the school for me.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think the best thing that happened to me while I was there was the people I met. I could tell as I got closer to the end of my time at St. Mark's that many of the friendships I had would extend way past our St. Mark's time. I felt that many people thought the same thing and knew that St. Mark's created special bonds.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My only advice to kids going to boarding school is to have an open mind. You never know what you will get into when you go to a school with so many opportunities. Try something new.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, I enjoyed everything. I loved St. Mark's and I feel it greatly helped mold me into who I am today.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
My final words are to enjoy it while it lasts. High school flies by before you know it, and enjoy it.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I thought the academics were terrific at St. Mark's. The curriculum offers a chance for you to explore new topics you wouldn't be able to at other schools or public schools. Personally, I had never really even seen a word of Latin before attending St. Mark's, and now it is one of my majors in college. I feel St. Mark's gives you a chance to explore a wide variety of studies. The small class size and round table orientation also helps provoke more critical discussion and involve everyone in the class.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics at St. Mark's are extremely valuable and important to a St. Marker's high school experience. The coaches were all welcoming and willing to give anyone a shot, even if they had never played before. Being able to play three sports a year also promotes playing multiple sports as opposed to sticking to one all year round.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts programs at St. Mark's are top notch, especially the music department. The faculty in the music department are outstanding, and the performances of the choir and ensemble groups really show it. The energy the faculty in these departments bring is very visible and translates to the performances on stage and in the art room.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The extracurricular activities are decided on between the student run activities committees and the deans office. They collaborate to ensure students have ample opportunities for something to do on campus or take a trip into nearby Boston. Everyone makes an effort to have great activities weekly.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm life at St. Mark's is great, with a large majority of the school boarding. Living in a dorm at a younger age allows you to mature and handle responsibility of your own, while still being able to live with your friends. The Coe House has been labeled one of the top dorms in the country, and has been home to brave and decent men for many years and will continue to do so.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining services provide you with three meals a day, and also have a small cafe on campus which is open to provide service in times when the dining hall is closed. The dining hall itself is a spacious room made of all wood, and seems straight out of Hogwarts, which makes dining in here a great experience.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Around the school, there are places to eat downtown and our own golf course a block away that kids can play for free. There are shops and the Natick mall less than 15 minutes away and Boston is just 30 minutes away.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life is tremendous at St. Mark's, and displays the comfort level that St. Mark's has. It is common to see anyone talking with anyone, no matter what class they are in. I felt this was a interesting aspect of the school.
|9:30 AM||Class, sometimes school meeting.|
|3:00 PM||Sports practices|
|8:00 PM||Study Hall|
|11:00 PM||Lights Out|
|9:30 AM||School Meeting|
|5:00 PM||Dinner and Free Time|
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- 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. . .
- 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. . .
- 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. . .
What prompts somebody to start a boarding school? The motives range from idealism to munificence right on through to capitalism. The common thread seems to be ample capital and a vision of what education can do.
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.