St. Mark’s Day School is an N-8 school in Brooklyn that accepts children beginning from the age of 2. Because the school continues on through elementary education, many children remain at St. Mark’s after preschool to continue their studies. School hours are from 9am until 3pm Monday through Friday.
St. Mark’s operates on a September through June schedule. Parents are encouraged to participate in the school through volunteering in classrooms, fundraising and helping with field trips. While St. Mark’s school is an Episcopalian school, it welcomes diversity, and children of all faiths are welcome to attend. There is also a summer camp and an after school program. Breakfast and lunch are served at the school. The after school program includes a snack.
While St. Mark’s stresses academic achievement and most of the school day is teacher led, at the preschool level much of the teaching is play-based. Children learn to play together, socialize and follow instructions. History, pre-reading, pre-math, and pre-science skills are taught through stories, games and hands-on activities as opposed to a traditional academic manner. In addition to traditional academic subjects, St Mark’s also gives children the option to learn either French or Spanish.
To help with the development of gross motor skills, there is a large outdoor facility that allows children to run and play. Children also have access to music and arts programs to help with the development of fine motor skills. At the preschool level this is primarily songs and movement as well as arts and crafts projects.
For more information or to schedule a visit, visit the website of St. Mark’s.