At St. Mark’s, Character and Leadership education spans grades 1-12 and is integrated across academic and co-curricular programs. Given the comprehensive scope of this approach, we developed learning outcomes for our students at the culmination of Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School.
Similar to learning content in the academic disciplines, students will develop fluency with the concepts and skills of character and leadership at varied paces along their path to manhood. We believe that the joy of boyhood should remain sacred, so we do not rush our boys through this special time in hope of arriving more quickly to adolescence and manhood. Rather, the concepts, virtues, and skills outlined in our program have been developed in age-appropriate ways to help students thrive during boyhood on the way to later adolescence and manhood.
Curriculum and Approach: The framework for the content is organized according to concepts (Head), virtues (Heart), and skills (Hands). Within each category, students learn specific vocabulary words and key concepts; they learn and practice behaviors of good character and habits of leadership; and faculty facilitate guided reflection assignments as a tool for self-assessment towards growth and mastery of concepts. Our goal is for each student to master specific concepts and skills to enable him to engage, serve, and lead in ways that provide care for the people around him and help his communities thrive.
Scope and Sequence across grades 1-12: Within the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, essential concepts, vocabulary words, and skills will be introduced and taught to students. These concepts are scaffolded across the Divisions to allow students to review and practice concepts while being introduced to new ones over time. As a boy advances through the School, he will encounter these fundamental concepts and skills in the classroom, playing fields, advisory, and other programs. Each year, each student’s level of understanding will be assessed, and his growth acknowledged. As students become older, a higher degree of understanding is expected of them, which is reflected in the following outcome statements for each Division.