The Middle School years are among the most formative in any boy’s development. That is one reason that at St. Mark’s, Middle School is a time to learn how to learn. In grades 5 and 6 there are no cumulative grades. While boys do receive scores on individual tests, quizzes, homework, and assignments, there are no end-of-term grades. We are most interested in the boys learning how to study each individual subject; how to organize a binder, a backpack, and a locker; how to manage and budget their time; and how to navigate the ins and outs of a nine-period day. Content material is important, but not more important than the acquiring of the general skills necessary to be a successful student, no matter what the class or the school. Grades 7 and 8 do begin the process of cumulative grades, as well as competitive sports and various social opportunities.
Academics, the fine arts, and athletics all combine to expose students to the broadest education possible. An emphasis on ethical values, leadership, and spirituality fosters the empowerment of the whole boy. Middle School is a time of learning, a time of fun, and a time of growth. The transition from boyhood to manhood begins in Middle School, but it does not end there. Grades 5 through 8 do provide the opportunities for the exploration of what each boy can do and what he might become.
Warren Foxworth ’66Head of Middle School