St. Mark's School

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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 371 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $65,460
  • Acceptance rate: 29%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

School News

  • St. Mark's Earns Special Olympics National Honor - 11/05/2020
    Special Olympics Massachusetts announced this month that St. Mark's has earned National Banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. St. ...moreMark's has been active in facilitating and hosting Special Olympics events on campus for the better part of two decades, and is currently recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. hide
  • Brantwood Camp and St. Mark's: A Century of Collaboration - 11/05/2020
    Today, St. Mark's proudly asserts in its mission statement that it "educates young people for lives of leadership and service." It was in 1920 that St. Mark's introduced its very ...morefirst formal program of community service and outside leadership opportunity, when it began a collaborative relationship with Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire. hide
  • NHL, Yale Come Calling for SM Hockey Players - 11/05/2020
    Hockey tradition at SM continues... In the most recent National Hockey League draft, Ian Moore, co-captain of the 2019-2020 Lions, was selected in the third round by the Anaheim ...moreDucks, while Sean Farrell, who played for St. Mark's in 2016-2017, was picked in the fourth round by the Montreal Canadiens. In addition, Tucker Hartmann '20 another captain of Coach Corazzini's record-setting 2020 team, has joined the long line of college and university-level hockey players from St. Mark's by committing to play at Yale. hide
  • Alumna making a difference in Kenya - 11/05/2020
    The Leo Project is making a difference in the lives of Kenya natives through the work of former St. Marker Jess Danforth '02. The Leo Project is a nonprofit ...moreprogram providing educational and medical resources in Kenya. This idea and follow-through stems from the values Jess learned at St. Mark's and serves to honor her best friend and fellow St. Marker Caitlin O'Hara '01 who died at the age of 33 of complications from cystic fibrosis. hide
  • Standing Up, Speaking Out: St. Mark's and St. Markers Respond - 10/05/2020
    St. Markers around the country (including current students and alumni of all ages) have been responding to current events: speaking out and standing up to make a difference in these ...morechallenging times. hide

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
371 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
53%
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
St. Mark's School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
83 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
81%
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced 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
Average Percentile SSAT
76%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Classroom and chapel dress codes)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day: $52,140
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$56,000
Acceptance Rate
29%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Anne E. Behnke
Admissions Associate
David Lubick
Endowment Size
$144 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
74 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Academic Peer Tutors, Acolytes, Admission Prefects, Admission Tour Guides, After-School Tutoring (Community Service), Alumni/ae Ambassadors Program, Amnesty International, Animal Rights - PETA, Badminton Club, Black Student Union, Brantwood Camp (Community Service), Chinese Students Association, Christian Students - God Squad, Classics Club, Dance Team, Debate Club, Dining Hall Prefects, Electrical Vehicle Club, Fishing Club, French Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, German Club, Green Team - Environmental, Honor Council, House (Dorm) Prefects, International Club, Investment Club, Jewish Students - Jew Crew, Korean Student Association, La Voz Latina, Language Clubs, Lutheran Social Services Programs (Community Service), Marlborough Boys & Girls Club (Community Service), Math Institute, Micro-Lending Program (Community Service), Model UN, Modern Greek Club, Motion Picture Club, Muslim Club, Orientation Team, Orphanage Outreach (Community Service), Our Father's Table (Community Service), Outdoor Adventure Club, Peer Counselors, Peer Discussion Leaders, Ping Pong Club, Pizza & Politics, Religious & Cultural Clubs, Robotics (FIRST Team 3566), Say What! (improv group), SHADES, Ski & Snowboard Club, Spanish Club, St. Mark's Society (Community Service), Step Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Disciplinary Committee, Student Government, Technology Prefects, The LEO - Academic Journal, The Lion - Yearbook, The St. Marker - Newspaper, The Vindex - Magazine, Ultimate Frisbee Club, WSMR (Students' Radio Station), Yoga & Meditation Club, Young Democrat Club, Young Republican Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Actors Guild, Chamber Players, Choir, Jazz Band, Marksmen and Royal Blues (male and female a cappella groups), Photography Club

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.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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When I attended, St. Mark's employed the best English teachers anywhere. We learned the art of writing. Ben Bradlee, who edited the Washington Post for decades, attended St. Mark's. All their lives, students remember the athletic program. When one attends school with someone, one remembers those classmates as long as one lives.
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St. Mark's does many things well: The school fosters and encourages an environment where diversity is embraced, students have voice and recognition, and relationships are strong. The generally positive atmosphere represents the student body, which is full of many different types of people. The many opportunities to pursue academic interests both inside and outside the school makes SM a great prep school. Lastly, the athletic teams value perseverance and hard work over winning, and the coaches are very skilled.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 371 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $65,460
  • Acceptance rate: 29%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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