AT THE HEART OF OUR CURRICULUM:
OUR CATHOLIC FAITH

St. Mark offers a comprehensive course of study designed to implement our mission of education. At the heart of our curriculum is the study of our Catholic faith. Our Religion curriculum follows that of the General Catechetical Directory. In all other areas of the curriculum, Saint Mark aligns itself with the Standard Course of Study as outlined by the State of North Carolina. Main curriculum courses include Religious Education, STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Computer, Foreign Language, and Physical Education.

Elective Classes

ELEMENTARY – Students in grades K-5 have weekly classes in:
Spanish
Computer
Physical Education
Art
Music
Library
In addition, Guidance classes are provided bi-weekly. Additional electives at the Elementary level are offered as follows:

LEAP (Learning Enrichment Activities Program) is provided for grades 1-5. Bi-weekly for 1st and 2nd grade,
and weekly for 3rd – 5th grades. There is also a pull-out portion offered to students for 3rd – 5th grades.

Band is offered beginning in the 4th grade. Band includes classes and group lessons in their instrument.
Dance is offered on a quarterly basis to all grade levels.

SIXTH GRADE – A combination of required and optional electives complete the Middle school curriculum. Dance is offered on a quarterly basis to all grade level as an additional elective.

Required

Art I
Computer
Guidance
Music
Physical Education
Spanish
Study Hall

Optional

Band (may take the place of other Fine Arts)
Honors Chorus

SEVENTH GRADE – A combination of required and optional electives complete the Middle school curriculum. Dance is offered on a quarterly basis to all grade level as an additional elective.

Required

Guidance
Health
Music
Physical Education
Spanish
Study Hall

Optional

Band (may take the place of other Fine Arts)
Honors Chorus
Yearbook
Broadcast Journalism
Computer
Painting
Art II
French Culture
Geography

EIGHTH GRADE – A combination of required and optional electives complete the Middle school curriculum. Dance is offered on a quarterly basis to all grade level as an additional elective.

Required

Guidance
Music
Physical Education
Research
Spanish

Optional

Band (may take the place of other Fine Arts)
Honors Chorus
Multimedia or Computer
3-D Art or Art III
French Culture
Geography

Fine Arts

“Engaging in the Arts can spark the imagination in a way that can change a child’s life forever, revealing God-given talent or new artistic worlds to conquer.” At St. Mark, we offer band, visual arts, music, choir, dance, and musical theater to stimulate creativity and imagination. Student artwork – including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and drawings – is displayed in the hallways throughout the year. Middle school students are given the ability to schedule one-on-one musical help and practice.

Clubs and Activities

St. Mark engages students by offering a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs, including, but not limited to: Lego Club, Girls on the Run, Math Counts, Let Me Run, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, Student Council, Chess Club, Accelerated Reader, Yearbook, Band, Choir, Junior Achievement, Alter Servers, and Musical Theater.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Program of the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools is a regional program established in each of our nine schools: St. Matthews, Our Lady of the Assumption, St. Ann, St. Gabriel, St. Mark, Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School, Christ the King, St. Patrick, and Charlotte Catholic High School. The Learning Support Program was created for the purpose of addressing the individual learning needs of our students. At St. Mark there are three Learning Support teachers, who are certified and experienced in working with specific learning needs.

The Mission of the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools’ Learning Support Program is to recognize and facilitate a successful learning environment for each student experiencing learning differences in the classroom.

Guidance and Counseling

The guidance and counseling program at St. Mark follows the belief that the school experience is a developmental process. Our counselors assist in fulfilling our mission statement by helping all students set and meet goals academically, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially. The St. Mark guidance and counseling program offers classroom guidance, group guidance, and counseling support for individual students. Guidance classes are provided on a bi-weekly basis to grades K-5, and on a weekly basis to grades 6-8.

After School Enrichment Program

Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS) has designed an After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) that provides a safe, supervised, child-centered environment for students in grades K-8, for a small fee. The program includes snacks, recreation and games, arts and crafts, holiday parties, and programs from outside groups. It also provides assistance and time to complete homework and school projects. ASEP runs from dismissal until 6:00 p.m on days school is in session. Registration forms are available on the MACS website and at the school.

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