Our mission at ST. MARK School, an extension of our Parish, is to be a Christ-centered community, welcoming God’s children to continually grow in grace and wisdom. Recognizing the dignity and the uniqueness of each child, we promote academic excellence through a faith-based education. By developing a Catholic foundation “rooted in faith, knowledge and service,” we send forth our students on their journey through life to share the light of Christ.
Our program of strong academics and strong faith and moral development within a strong community is the hallmark of ST. MARK School.
Our challenging academic program employs critical thinking and exceeds local, state, and national standards. We strive to meet each child’s individual needs through differentiation, advanced academics, and small class sizes, all within a strong faith-based community.
Why Choose ST. MARK?
When choosing a school, what are the considerations one must make? In Northern Virginia, there are “good schools” aplenty. So, why come to ST. MARK Catholic School?
With our strong academics, strong values and strong community, our students find their gifts and talents and learn how to be successful in school and in life. If this is the kind of school you seek, then ST. MARK Catholic School is for you!
A 2015 Blue Ribbon School, named by the U.S. Department of Education, ST. MARK School has a current enrollment of 350 students. Here at ST. MARK, we seek to nurture the whole child: academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. This commitment has helped our school to earn the Blue Ribbon distinction.
At ST. MARK Catholic School, children ages three years through grade eight grow in faith, knowledge and service under the instruction of experienced, caring teachers. Please take your time enjoying our website and learning about the many qualities that make ST. MARK a truly unique, Christ-centered community.
Since 2003, students have come to ST. MARK School eager to learn, are celebrated for their uniqueness, and allowed to grow to their own unique potential. ST. MARK Catholic School students share the light of Christ in all of their endeavors both in and out of the classroom. Our graduates excel in high school and beyond, attending Diocesan high schools, Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in D.C., additional local private high schools, and some public high schools, including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
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Thank you for your interest,
Thank you for your interest in ST. MARK Catholic School for your family!
Everything you need to begin the application process is included below.
We review each application once all materials have been submitted and received. Applications are accepted, and application decisions are made, on a rolling basis once the re-enrollment process for current families has been completed (usually end of January of the enrolling year), and until classes are filled. Registered, active ST. MARK parishioners receive priority consideration. After January 12, 2024, applications will be processed on a rolling basis, with placement offered as remaining spaces permit.
Application decisions are sent to families once a full application review has been completed.
- Complete the Online Application (upload all required documents when applying: birth certificate, Baptismal certificate, immunizations records, and custody agreement, if applicable)
- Submit $100 non-refundable application fee (just one fee per family). Make checks payable to ST. MARK Catholic School and mail check to: ST. MARK Catholic School, ATTN: Admissions, 9972 Vale Rd, Vienna, VA 22181.
- Sign and deliver Release of Student Records form to current school.
- Sign and deliver Teacher Narrative form to current school.
- Complete the Parishioner Verification Form (ST. MARK Parishioners only). Upload completed form as part of the online application, or email completed form to [email protected].
- Submit Immunization Records to ST. MARK. You may upload them through the online application, or email immunization records to [email protected].
- Complete the Preschool Preference Form (Preschool applications ONLY) Upload completed form as part of the online application, or email completed form to [email protected] * Please note, actual program offerings may vary based on parent interest.
- Submit a completed VA School Health Entrance Form Upload completed form as part of the online application, or email completed form to [email protected] (must be submitted prior to the first day of school)
Tuition at ST. MARK Catholic School is cost-based and the same amount is paid for each child in a family.
Kindergarten – Grade 8: $8,950
Preschool – 5 Days
Full Day: $10,800
Half Day: $8,300* *limited spots available
International Students: $16,275
*due before I-20 is issued
Out of Parish Yearly fees: In addition to the tuition at the left, families who are out-of-Parish will pay the following fee (per family):
$2,000 per family for 5-day, full day preschool through grade 8.
$1,000 per family, with just one child in part-time preschool.
Chromebook Fee (required for all current students in rising grade 1, and all new students grades 1-7): Includes Chromebook, case, license, and extended warranty. Families pay a one-time purchase fee (approximately $550).
To qualify for the ST. MARK in-parish rate, a family must be a registered and contributing member of the Parish by February 1st of the year prior to enrollment unless moving into the area from outside of Fairfax County. The expectation is that, as Parishioners, families will contribute to the Sunday collections. The Parish reserves the right to confirm a family’s financial commitment and to adjust tuition for those not contributing to the Parish on a regular basis.
Registration fees are due upon acceptance. This non-refundable fee reserves each student’s spot in the class and helps offset the costs of textbooks, workbooks, technology and software licensing fees, technology upgrades, classroom furniture, and material needs for each child. The fees are as follows:
|Registration fee (Preschool – Grade 8)
Financial assistance for Catholic education is provided by the Diocese of Arlington and ST. MARK Parish, for K-8 students who qualify. An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program is available below.
FACTS Grant & Aid is the tuition aid program utilized by the Arlington Diocese. Step one for consideration to receive financial aid is to complete the online FACTS application. The application may be accessed below.
The due dates for financial aid applications are:
January 2024, for those with students in both ST. MARK and a Diocesan High School.
March 13, 2024, for those with students only at ST. MARK.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Mrs. Crystal Sheehan, ST. MARK Parish Business Manager, at 703-281-9100.
May God bless you and your commitment to Catholic education!
Extended Day Care
We are thrilled to be able to offer extended care to our families for the 2023-24 school year. Ms. Thomas will be leading EDC this year. Please contact the school office at 703-281-9103 if you have any questions.
This year we are able to offer EDC on a contract-only basis to students in grades K-8. Contracts for the year are available for the following:
- Mornings only (7:00am – 8:30am)
- Afternoons only (3:30pm – 6:00pm, including 12:30pm – 6pm on early dismissal days)
- Both mornings and afternoons, including 12:30pm – 6pm on early dismissal days
Extended Daycare (EDC) Information
Full Week: Contract
Thank you for your patience as we worked on our plans for 2023-2024. For those families who would like to register their child(ren) for full-week EDC (5 days per week), please see the attached contract. Rates for 23-24 have remained the same as they were last school year. Please send completed contracts to our EDC Director, Ms. Thomas, at [email protected]. Contracts received by August 29 will be given priority.
Because EDC must adhere to student/teacher ratios prescribed to daycare centers, staffing greatly affects the number of students that can be in EDC each day. Schools across the country, SMCS included, are facing staffing challenges. As a result, partial-week EDC cannot be guaranteed at this time. If you are interested in EDC on a partial-week basis only, please fill out the attached interest form and return it to Ms. Thomas via email or in-person at Welcome Back Day. Partial-day availability will be evaluated beginning August 29.
The EDC program is outlined and described in the Extended Day section of the Parent/Student Handbook.
…attend high schools in the Arlington Diocese, Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., local private high schools, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and other public high schools.
Our first graduating classes have attended competitive colleges and universities including: The Air Force Academy, University of Alabama, Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon, Catholic University, Clemson University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, James Madison University, Mary Washington, the Naval Academy, Notre Dame, Syracuse, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, and Xavier, to name a few.