The 2017-2018 application fee for 1st - 4th grade applicants is $50. The fee for 5th - 11th grade applicants is $175.
*There is an additional $285 testing fee, payable to CATS, for 1st - 4th grade applicants. *There is an additional $65 testing fee, payable to ERB, for the 1st grade AABL test. *There is an additional $105 testing fee, payable to ERB, for the 2nd - 11th grade ISEE test.
Under certain circumstances, the fees may be waived. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.
Available space in each grade is determined by the sum of planned growth and attrition. Planned growth numbers represent the minimum number of boys who will be admitted in a grade level and attrition may push the planned growth numbers higher. The planned growth numbers for each grade are as follows:
For the Lower School (1st-4th), boys are required to test at St. Mark's on one Saturday morning in the fall or winter for approximately four hours. While here, they will participate in groups of about seven students and three teachers in a variety of activities that will feel to them like a morning at school. They will be evaluated on their performance, communication and behavior throughout the testing sessions. Standardized and non-standardized tests will also be administered and grades will be considered by the Admission Committee. All Lower School candidates are also tested individually by a CATS group educational psychologist who will administer a cognitive skills evaluation.
In addition to the submission of a completed application, boys applying to grades 5-11 will take the ISEE test and will be a part of a small group discussion on campus with a St. Mark's faculty member. Optional visits are offered for applicants to spend a school day on campus with a student ambassador.
The Independent School Entrance Exam is an admission test that has four levels: Primary (for applicants to grades 2, 3 and 4), Lower (for applicants to grades 5 and 6), Middle (for applicants to grades 7 and 8) and Upper (for applicants to grades 9 through 12). The ISEE has different forms at each level for security purposes.
At the Lower, Middle and Upper levels, the ISEE consists of three parts: (a) carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests; (b) reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about the student’s strengths and weaknesses in those areas; and (c) an essay section. The ISEE evaluates not only the student’s level of reading, but also his ability to comprehend material drawn from the sciences and humanities. The ISEE essay is timed and written in response to a prompt. This essay is not scored; it is photocopied and sent to the schools to which the student applies.
St. Mark's discourages the practice of prepping applicants for the admission test or any other component of the Admission process. Special coaching creates anxiety and may contribute to a decision that is not in the candidate's best interest. The School requires that parents not subject Lower School applicants to any type of diagnostic testing or evaluation within a six-month period preceding the St. Mark's test. The best way to prep your son for his test is to ensure that he sleeps well the night before.
Sons of employees, alumni, trustees and siblings of current and former students will receive preferred consideration when all other factors are considered equal. First and foremost, admission decisions are based upon the qualifications of the individual candidate.
St. Mark’s awards approximately $2.3 million dollars in financial aid each year. Admission decisions are made prior to financial aid decisions. To apply for financial aid, indicate your interest on the application.
Yes, the boys wear grey pants or shorts with white oxford shirts. Seniors wear blue oxford shirts. Belts and shoes must be brown or black. Uniforms are available at Culwell & Sons and the Lion's Closet on campus.
While St. Mark's was born out of the tradition of the Episcopal Church, a non-sectarian chapel program provides spiritual and moral direction while exhibiting respect for the multitude of religious traditions represented in our community. The Chaplain incorporates the teachings and traditions of many religious faiths, and frequently invites other religious leaders to participate in chapel services. Chapel services raise questions, share information and perspectives about different religions, and offer guidance on living a moral, responsible, and spiritual life.
The doors for Lower School open at 7:30 AM and classes begin for all at 8:00 AM.
1st and 2nd grade classes end at 2:45 PM, while 3rd and 4th grade classes end at 3:15 PM. For all Lower School boys, there is an after school program available each school day until 5:30 PM for an additional fee.
As part of the new student orientation process each spring, St. Mark's conducts placement tests for academic subjects and auditions for fine arts electives. The school departments make course assignments for each student based upon previous school transcripts and placement test information. The goal is always to put each student in a class where he will have the greatest opportunity for success while being appropriately challenged.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.