Discover St. Mark School
Since 1897, the mission of St. Mark Catholic Grade School has been to foster the academic life and spiritual growth of its students and to teach children the Catholic faith. St. Mark School has a dedicated, highly trained faculty and staff. Our teachers are supportive, encouraging, and committed to helping students succeed. Visit St. Mark School and see for yourself all the wonderful opportunities we have to offer your children!
Mission & Philosophy
The missions of St. Mark School, with the help of God, are to foster the spiritual growth and academic life of its students and faculty and to teach students, with the cooperation of parents, the Roman Catholic Faith.
The goal of St. Mark School is to provide instruction and experience the Catholic faith so the graduate will:
- Have learned God's message as proclaimed by the Church.
- Realized Jesus' presence in prayer and worship, as well as plan and participate in prayer service and liturgies.
- Have prepared for and received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
- Have learned elements of appropriate behavior in the Church as well as knowledge about and appreciation of other Christians and non-Christian faiths.
Shadowing is the process of following a student through all or part of the school day to gain insight into what a student experiences within the school setting. This allows the student to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a part of St. Mark’s School family! Contact the school office to schedule your shadowing visit today.
St. Mark’s School offers full day and half day Pre-K programs for three- and four-year olds. Our Pre-K classroom is closely involved with Bradley’s Psychology Department’s Pre-K Child Study Center.
Recognizing the need to teach the whole child: mind, body, and soul, St. Mark’s School fosters a spiritual growth with a sound foundation in Catholic teaching and tradition. We embrace the Gospel values, which we teach in religion classes as well as incorporate throughout the entire curriculum. St. Mark’s is a warm, welcoming school where respect, compassion, and responsibility define the environment.
Along with daily religion classes, students participate in:
Since 1897, the mission of St. Mark’s School has been to foster the academic life and the spiritual growth of its students and to teach children the Catholic Faith. St. Mark’s School has a dedicated, highly trained, faculty and staff. Our teachers are supportive, encouraging, and committed to helping students succeed. Visit St. Mark’s School and see for yourself all the wonderful opportunieties we have to offer your children.
Academy of Reading and Math: An interactive software program designed to supplement classroom programs for both for at-risk students and for enrichment.
Altar Server Training: 5th - 8th Grades
Band: 5th - 8th Grades
Declamations: A speech and recitation program and competition for students; 5th - 8th Grades
First Lego League: A robotics and engineering program; 4th - 8th grades.
Foreign Language Academy: Courses after school in Chinese, and French.
Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts: Opportunities for students of all ages.
Illinois Math & Science Academy - Fusion: An after-school science and math enrichment program for students who qualify. 4th - 8th Grades
Scholastic Bowl: A group for Jr. High students who participate in academic competitions.
S.M.A.R.T. Kids: An after-school litter pick-up and recycling program. 3rd - 8th Grades
Spring Musical: A fully produced musical. 4th - 8th Grades
Student Government: 4th - 8th Grades
Tutoring: Title I - Grades K-8, Title I ESL - Grades K-8, Bradley University “America Reads” - Grades K-5, & Afternoon Tutoring & Homework Help - Grades 5-8
Soccer - Boys & Girls
Cross Country - Boys & Girls
Baseball - Boys
Basketball - Boys & Girls
Track & Field - Boys & Girls
Cheerleading - Girls
Parish School Association: The PSA is an organization for both the parish and the school that holds a variety of events and fundraisers for SMS.
Room Parents: This group of parents help plan classroom parties and events throughout the school year.
Men’s Club: This group is also made up of parishioners and school parents who hold events and fundraisers for the SMS.
Sons of St. Joseph: Sons of St. Joseph is a parish organization of men that meets every other Saturday to join in prayer and discussion regarding family life and fatherhood.
St. Mark Auction Committee: Each year the school holds an annual auction as one of the school’s largest fundraisers.
Athletic Coaches: All sports at SMS are coached by volunteers.
Concessions: Another way SMS raises funds is through concessions at sporting events. Help is needed before, during, and after events.
SCRIP Program: A year long school fundraiser where gift cards are sold to buyers with a percentage of the sale going to support the school.
Bible Study: This group meets every Friday morning after mass, and includes both men and women from the school and parish.
St. Mark School is accredited by the State of Illinois, the Diocese of Peoria, and the North Central Association/AdvancEd.
St. Mark School has earned continuing accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI's high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term.