“Our flexibility and willingness to follow a child’s lead will allow remarkable things to happen, if we let them.”
--Bev Bos

Our Nursery School offers programming for children four months through five years. With low teacher to child ratios, children who attend St. Mark’s are given the freedom to play, form friendships, take risks, have fun, and take the lead in their exploration with support from loving adults who are committed to honoring this important period of development.

At St. Mark’s we believe play is the work of the child. Indoor and outdoor classrooms are thoughtfully curated to be learning environments where children and families feel free to be themselves, to make choices, to try new ideas and delight in their discoveries and abilities- nurturing their body, mind, and internal desires.

Teachers form strong relationships with children and use observation to follow the lead of the child and support each child’s creativity, curiosity, and experiential learning as they follow their own path. As children develop more complex social relationships they are supported to communicate, problem solve and resolve conflicts, and find their own voices.

We celebrate the diversity of our community and welcome families of all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures. As parents in our program, you are valued and provided the unique opportunity to contribute to the fabric of our programming through parent participation days. This allows parents a first hand experience of their child’s daily activities, an opportunity to meet their child’s peers, and allows the children of St. Mark’s to experience the many faces of love and caring within our community.

Our Kindergarten is one of the few half day programs available in Bloomington, offering children an alternative opportunity to grow and learn at their own pace. Kindergarten is a very special year in your child’s life. Many people consider Kindergarten the first step of a child’s academic career. We consider this year a continuation of what we hope will be a lifetime love of learning and an important year of social and emotional growth.

Our project-based, play-based, NAEYC accredited program uses a child-centered, emergent curriculum. An emergent curriculum is one that is decided by the children’s interests as they occur. Teachers work with the children at the beginning of the year to decide upon a topic of inquiry. Afterward, much of our learning revolves around this topic of interest. We extend our project to last until interest wanes. Sometimes, we explore several topics of interest. Other times, an inquiry may last the entire year. Over the course of the year, Kindergarten students learn skills while participating in project work, centers, and small and large group time.

At St. Mark’s we believe play is the work of the child. Indoor and outdoor classrooms are thoughtfully curated to be learning environments where children and families feel free to be themselves, to make choices, to try new ideas and delight in their discoveries and abilities- nurturing their body, mind, and internal desires.

These activities meet and exceed the Indiana State standards as well as the requirements and expectations of most first grade programs throughout our area. More importantly, children will be given the opportunity to grow and flourish in a developmentally appropriate, inspiring environment.