St. Mark's Academy is a scholastic force to be reckoned with among private schools in Brevard County. In spring 2015, its students' average score on the national Stanford Achievement Test was the 88th percentile. (Stanford reports scores only as percentiles.) That meant St. Mark's students scored better than 87 percent of the students taking the test nationwide.
In addition, many students qualified for the prestigious Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). The program recognizes gifted children in grades 4-6 and offers support and enrichment to its participants and their families. TIP requires a Stanford test score of 95 percent or better. In St. Mark's fourth grade, 71 percent of students qualified; in fifth grade, 68 percent; in sixth grade, 58 percent.
In fact, school-wide, two-thirds of St. Mark's students in grades K-6 scored in the 95th percentile or above.
Class sizes are small, usually 10-18 students. (This year, two more were added to the sixth grade to accommodate children of parishioners who wanted to attend.) The curriculum includes music, physical education, Spanish and a STEAM program for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. In the new STEAM Lab, students build robots and examine and test scientific theories. The lab even has a 3-D printer.
After school the children play basketball and participate in coding and Lego classes/programs.
This year, about 30 percent of St. Mark's Academy's 115 students receive financial aid of some kind. Several have received $5,200 stipends from the Florida Step Up For Students program; others have received lesser amounts from the school as discounts in tuition (which totals about $8,300 when fees are included). We strive for a diverse student body, and children of all faiths are welcome.
The academy's growth in students and programs – indeed the growth of St. Mark's Church's parishioners and programs – is restricted only by the size of the school/church facility. We are bursting at the seams.
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