Where is St. Mark’s?
Address: 100 North Highway 46 Bypass, Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Here is a map.
When is registration?
Registration for current families begins February 1, 2016 and for new families on February 15, 2016. More registration information.
How much does St. Mark’s cost?
Fees vary depending on the age of your child and the number of days enrolled. More information on fees.
What if we are from a different cultural and/or religious background?
We warmly and openly welcome all children and families at St. Mark’s and celebrate diversity. Our goal is to create an environment where children experience inclusive activities and attitudes on a daily basis. We do not teach specific religious doctrine but focus on developing caring relationships and the experience of wonder in the world around us.
Where does my tuition money go?
St. Mark’s is a not-for-profit ministry of St. Mark’s Methodist Church. Our school budget is funded through tuition, fundraisers and grants. It covers salaries, supplies, equipment and a monthly donation to the church’s operating budget. Funds also support continuing education for teaching staff and capital improvements to our facility and play yards.
Do you offer scholarships?
Every attempt is made to keep tuition as affordable as possible. Scholarships are available if needed and can cover up to one fifth of the full tuition. Requests may be made in writing to the Nursery School and Kindergarten Office and will be kept confidential.
How much parent participation is required?
A family’s classroom participation varies based on classroom enrollment and ranges from twice a semester to once a month per class.
Can I pay extra for less parent participation?
While we encourage parent participation for the benefits it provides to the classroom experience, this option is available. Please contact the office for more information.
Do you have a curriculum?
Yes. We have a curriculum for our nationally accredited (NAEYC) Nursery School and Kindergarten. The Nursery School curriculum has adapted The Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge, et all, as an educational framework. The Kindergarten uses a creative play-based/project-based curriculum. More information on the Nursery School curriculum and Kindergarten curriculums and may be found in the respective Parent Handbooks.
What are your hours?
The hours vary depending on the age group. Nursery school classes dismiss at 11:30am and kindergarten classes dismiss at 12:30pm. There is an optional lunch bunch program available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 12:30pm.
Are you open year-round?
We are a nine-month program from August through May, following the MCCSC school calendar. In June St. Mark’s offers summer camp opportunities for children three and older who have completed our program.
Does the school close for school snow days?
We follow the MCCSC decisions regarding closings due to inclement weather. If the MCCSC schools are closed, we will be closed. If the schools are on a two-hour delay we will follow a delay schedule.
* Delay schedule: All classes will begin at 10:30am. Classes will dismiss at 11:45. Kindergarten classes will dismiss at 12:30. Lunch Bunch will dismiss at 12:30pm.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Children do not have to be potty trained to come to St. Mark’s – we welcome children in all stages. As your child is ready, and at the parents prompting, teachers will assist parents with the potty training process by reinforcing at school the efforts at home.
What if my child doesn’t know any English?
Many of the children enrolled at St. Mark’s come from countries other than the U.S. and do not know any English when they start. Our teachers are patient and understanding and many have experience working with children who know no English. When we speak to your child, we will use gestures, facial expressions, context, and other non-verbal cues along with words to help him understand. Children learn quickly. Before long, your child will be speaking English fluently.