Catholic Classical Education at St. Mark

Welcome to St. Mark Catholic Classical School!  The faculty and staff invite you and your family to explore the distinctive Catholic Classical Education found at St. Mark.   St. Mark Parish School was formed to be a mission for the parish and support for parents in the raising of Catholic children.  A Catholic Classical education frees the student to be the fullest version of themselves.  Instructing in what is good, true, and beautiful in the world.  Not just learning to learn but to appreciate the wonder and wisdom of the world.  The classical tradition nourishes the human soul, inspires the intellect, and is grounded in virtues and values. 

  • The study and development of faith, wisdom and virtue is at the core of building character in every child, so they may grow fully and with integrity.
  • A program of study modeled after the Trivium based on grammar, logic and rhetoric, engages the natural stages of a child’s development and their desire to learn. It encourages them to rigorously learn fundamental facts and truths, ask questions, think deeply and critically, and effectively communicate what they discover.
  • Exposure to excellence and the work of the greatest thinkers, creators and communicators in history inspires students to great purpose and achievement.
  • Curriculum that is integrated (inter-disciplinary) and scaffolded (frequent return to concepts and deepening of knowledge and understanding) aids in establishing connections, cementing concepts and promoting relational thinking.
  • Chronological history of Catholic history and Christian anthropology provide the backbone of the curriculum in order to enrich all subject matter and provide perspective and relevancy.
  • Emphasis on strong grammar skills provides structure for understanding and conveying knowledge; the foundation for a well-formed intellect and mastery in all subject matter.

We invite you and your family to come and explore the outstanding teaching of our Catholic faith, academics, arts, and service, and hope you will join our small community on a journey which nourishes the human soul, inspires the intellect, and is grounded in virtues and values. 


God Bless You,

Mrs. Kathryn Palmquist-Keck

St. Mark Catholic Classical School is conveniently located just off I-5 in Shoreline.

How we made the change to a Classical Catholic Education model
A few months ago parents, parishioners, Principal Keck, faculty and Father Maurer all joined together to examine a new educational platform for the children of St. Mark Parish School.  After thorough research and benchmarking they joyfully discovered that the Classical Catholic Education model would be a natural fit. 
St. Mark Parish School is now one of three schools offering this enhanced educational format in the state of Washington.
You may be wondering why Catholic Schools around the United States are migrating towards a Classical Education method?  These independent testimonies say it best.  Click the link below to view.