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Welcome to the St. Mark’s Episcopal School website and thank you for your interest in our exceptional school!

Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal School, where children are known and loved.  Our mission, “to provide an academically enriched program in a nurturing Christian environment,” is evident on every corner of our campus every day.  Our students are challenged and prepared for success in the area’s most rigorous secondary programs.  As important, they are nourished spiritually and reminded that God’s grace strengthens them and guides them in all they do.

Deb Strainge, Head of SchoolEpiscopal schools are special.  In our ever changing world, it is a comfort to know that our children gain an understanding of God’s love while also being inspired in exceptional academics and enrichment activities.  As a lifelong educator, I am extraordinarily grateful for all that our school culture offers to students and families.  I invite you to explore our website to gain an understanding and appreciation for the wonderful balance of opportunities that St. Mark’s provides. 

Our teachers are amazing: professional, dedicated, creative, fun-loving, and kind.  In the short time I have been a part of the St. Mark’s family, I have been more than impressed with the quality of instruction and the loving care provided by our faculty and staff.  Children are excited to come to school every day.  As important, our teachers make children feel safe to experiment, to trust their abilities, and to take intellectual risks; they are not afraid to make a mistake.

St. Mark’s is a safe place.  Starting with the design of our campus, keeping our students safe is our primary concern at St. Mark’s.  We have well designed security measures and protocols that are regularly reviewed and adjusted.  Our full-time security team is constantly patrolling the campus.  We are a community committed to being vigilant and wise, so our students and their families feel safe.

St. Mark’s school is poised to take an important step forward as the search is underway to call the next sitting Head of School.  Parish leaders, Vestry, and Advisory Board are proactively leading the search with the goal of finding a strong educator who is a good fit for the St. Mark’s culture.  As Interim Head, I will support the search as I strive to celebrate all of the wonderful traditions of St. Mark’s Episcopal School.  Having served for 24 years as Headmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School in Tampa, I am well acquainted with the culture of an elementary Episcopal Parish school.  Serving as Interim Head feels like coming home.

If you are visiting our website to find a school home for your children, I encourage you to schedule a visit to St. Mark’s so that you can personally experience the joy of day-to-day life on our campus.  I know that you will be impressed.  We are anxious to help you learn more about our wonderful school.  I hope to see you soon.

Scott Laird
Interim Head of School

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