St. Mark's Schoolreview by Vanderbilt University student. St. Mark's has a very well-balanced academic program, retaining their historic strength in the humanities while implementing a world-class STEM program in recent years. My teachers never failed to make the classes both challenging, intellectually stimulating, and fascinating. The student body, while competitive in the same vein as most other prep schools, was undoubtedly the highlight of my experience. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such a wonderfully diverse, intimate, connected, and deeply funny group of people. I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of the St. Mark's student body, and would recommend it with every fiber of my being. Let it be a testament to the St. Mark's experience that when I meet up with my old friends from school (still some of my closest friends in the world) we warmly reminisce and wish we could relive those wonderful years of our lives. The academic programs at the school definitely prepared me for the academic rigors of university, as I went on to attend a prominent university and felt the transition was as seamless as possible.
I wholeheartedly, entirely, completely, absolutely loved my experience at St. Mark's School, and wouldn't trade those years for anything. I made lifelong friends, connections with teachers that last me to this day. I awkwardly suffered through my first heartbreak, my first failures, and some crippling social situations as any young person would. However, these experiences, compounded by the wonderful dynamic of living with all young people, forced me to grow in the most wonderful ways. Without St. Mark's, I would not be the wildly independent, funny, confident, and well-educated person that I am today. In terms of the ethnic and socio-economic background of the students, I would say that while there is a definite contingent of upper-middle class white students, there is certainly diversity in the community. The school itself is quite small compared to other boarding schools, which lends a sense of intimacy and community to the school culture. Watch out for those librarians, though! They are vicious.