Philosophy and Goals:
St. Mark Catholic School functions under the premise that students enrolled in this school have the ability to learn and can learn well. Learning is a lifelong process and this process begins in the grade levels incorporated in this school program. During these years, the child’s individual ability levels cannot be calculated, predicted, or tracked. The child’s ability levels will change each time the student encounters a new learning experience. This school will incorporate high expectations for the escalation of the students ability as he/she successfully approaches and completes learning experiences designed in the program of curriculum and instruction.
The overall education package is aimed at the growth of the student’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, cultural, and physical, and self-disciplined endowments.
Religious education forms the cornerstone for life. Students learn the teachings, traditions, and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; the relevance of scripture, the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the promise of salvation. Moral education guides and illumines the students intelligence for moral decision making, forming the will and developing the conscience.
Academic education focuses on the intellectual development the student as he/she advances through a variety of learning experiences. Cognitive development is sequential and exploratory as designed in the planned program of curriculum and instruction.
Social and cultural developments result from an organized plan of student appreciation and involvement in school, parish, and community activities. These activities are presented in both intra-curricular and extra-curricular arenas. Students participate in music, literature, and art activities that promote creativity and an appreciation for aesthetic values.
Physical education strengthens the energies of the body, focuses on healthy lifestyle choices, contributes to self confidence, and promotes a cooperative team spirit. Although competitive sports are sanctioned by the school, students are encouraged to enter sports programs for the benefit that personal physical change can bring, and not for the sake of winning at all costs.
Discipline focuses on the respect for oneself and for others. Incorporation of gospel values is used to set positive examples for Christian behavior and to build a true sense of social justice. Self discipline is the ultimate goal of all students as they experience age-appropriate consequences for actions and responsibilities.