Catholic Classical Curriculum

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


The classical tradition nourishes the human soul, inspires the intellect, and is grounded in virtues and values.

Year 1: 

  •     Latin instruction kindergarten - 8th grade
  •     History/religion and literature integration
  •     Teaching mimetic lessons

Year 2: 

  •     Integration of music and art
  •     Beautify hallways and common areas with beautiful art
  •     Math curriculum updated

Year 3: 

  •     Science integration
  •     Weaving together the threads of disciplines


Each grade level focuses on a specific time frame in history. 

Preschool: Introducing the Bible-Ms. taught by both Eamaer McGuigan/Mrs. Marcella Little

Kindergarten: The Cradle of Civilization Year taught by Ms. Nicola Beard

First Grade: The Greek Year taught by TBA

Second Grade: The Roman Year taught by Ms. Lucille McInerny

Third Grade: The Medieval Year taught by Mr. Joe DiAte

Fourth Grade: The Modern Year taught by Ms. Pauline Storino

Fifth Grade: The American Year taught by Ms. Yvette Herra 

Sixth Grade: The Ancient Year taught by Mr. Tom Doran

Seventh/Eighth: The Christendom Year taught by TBA


History books, classical literature, Theology of the Body, and a Latin curriculum were added in 2020.  


Prayers in Latin:

Sign of the Cross - In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen


Glory Be - Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Sritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculrum. Amen.


Hail Mary - Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominu tecum. Benedicta tu I mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen