We strive to meet the learning needs of all of our students. Prior to admission to St. Mark’s, students may be tested. Our admissions entrance testing process allows us to take each student’s academic history and learning needs into consideration. This way, we are able to determine how we can best partner with the family so that their child can be successful.
St. Mark’s Lutheran School Admission
The following are suggested steps to take to enroll at St. Mark’s. Should you have any questions about this process, please contact the principal, Tim Kollmorgen via email:
- VISIT THE CAMPUS
- Contact the school office or principal Kollmorgen for an appointment. Open House is regularly scheduled for the last Sunday in January, from 1-3 PM – but you are welcome to come and visit any time.
- SPEND THE DAY
- Have Your Child Spend the day at St. Mark’s (Be a Saint for a Day!) St. Mark’s allows your child to “shadow” one of our students so they can experience the academic and spiritual life. Details and dates can be coordinated with principal Kollmorgen.
- SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
- An application form is available in the tour packet, or from our office, or you may fill out the online application here. With the application, bring in the completed Records Request Form and the appropriate enrollment fee.
- AWAIT ACCEPTANCE
- Each student’s admissions file is reviewed by our Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s potential for success at St. Mark’s. Parents will be notified via letter or email of the committee’s decision for admittance into our school.
- TUITION ASSISTANCE
- We want your family to be a part of St. Mark’s Lutheran School. It is our goal that no one is denied a quality, Christian education at St. Mark’s because of financial need. To apply for financial aid, please use FACTS – a nominal fee will be charged to process your application. You should also check if you qualify for an EdChoice scholarship – either based on your assigned school building – or based on your income. If you need help, feel free to contact Mr. Kollmorgen (email@example.com).
- AUXILIARY PROGRAMS
- St. Mark’s parents who are seeking services not provided by our staff do have additional options. Students requiring Speech and Language Therapy have access to one program that meets on campus during school hours. This program allows students to obtain the help they need during regular school hours, thus easing the burden on the family. Our speech therapist tests every child at the beginning of each new year. More information can be found by contacting our therapist, Ruth Brothers, at 575-3354. She is available on Tuesdays.
Life At St. Mark’s School
Religion class is held each day in all classes: however every Wednesday all students from Preschool-8th grade attend chapel in our church, Pastor Fenker leads worship while teachers take turns teaching an object lesson to all students.
Family Fun Nights
Family Fun Nights take place every other month during the school year. Teachers pick the themes for these evenings and set up a fun, family experience. Previous Fun Nights have included: a Bonfire, Outdoor Movie Night, swimming, skating, Christmas Crafts, and a family Cornhole tournament!
An annual event that has each student complete a project according to a given theme. The project is something the students work on throughout the school year and their work is displayed at the Learning Fair event. Every other year, the event is a Science Fair.
This event is held every Fall to raise money for our “extras” that benefit our children, but aren’t in the budget. The students take pledges and earn prizes based upon the amount collected. Items purchased in the past include everything from sports equipment to library books.
Presented each year in mid-December. Our preschool has their own Christmas Program with Pre-3s, Pre-4s, and Pre-K participating. Grades K-8 also have their own program with vocal solos and special Christmas music performed by our talented students.
National Lutheran Schools Week
National Lutheran Schools Week is celebrated every Spring with daily chapel services, daily dress-up themes, and service projects. Other NLSW events include guest speakers, Grandparents Day and the Spelling Bee!
Stage productions are presented by the whole school (K-8) each year. Students get the experience of performing in front of a large, live audience and showcase their talents in front of parents, grandparents, and peers.
Math Camp is an annual event held on the first Friday in May. Grades 1-6 can participate and grades 7-8 act as helpers. We have a cookout, sundae bar, and fun math games. The students also use math skills to figure out the costs of their meals and sundaes with difficulty based on grade level. The evening concludes with a family camp out on our back field. In the morning, we have breakfast where the students once again put their math skills to work. This is an event that the kids look forward to every year.
A part of the seventh and eighth grade experience. Each spring, seventh and eighth graders travel to different places with teachers and parent chaperones. It is a great bonding time for the kids and a special way to learn in a different environment. Past trips have gone to Gatlinburg, Asheville, and St. Louis.
Preschool students are not left out of the fun, they also have many events each year. These include field trips to the Nature Center, Cincinnati Zoo, and Shaw Farms, a visit from the Fire Department and other special guests, Holiday parties, and an end of the year bike parade!