St. Mark’s infuses sustainability throughout curricula and extracurricular programming across campus life. Sustainability serves as a central topic around which students practice collaborative problem solving, critical thinking, and communication of their thoughts and ideas both in and out of the classroom. Experiential learning in the Lion Term for III Form students uses environmental, economic, and social sustainability as a lens through which to evaluate and understand the community around them.
Students for Sustainability (S4S) is a group of action-oriented students who are passionate about building their capacity for leadership through a commitment to advancing sustainability initiatives on campus. The main objective of this student group is to educate, raise awareness, and implement solutions to advance sustainability on campus. S4S has organized a Game Day Recycling Challenge, Weigh the Waste events, and is integrating sustainability into Prefect responsibilities. Interested in joining S4S? Email the Sustainability Coordinator!
Learning in/and Action
- Global Citizenship Initiative
St. Mark’s School recognizes that a global education is a critical component of a 21st century education. Therefore, the goal of the Global Citizenship Initiative, through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, is to help our students see and appreciate the distinctive features and the beauty that exist in the variety of cultures of the world, to appreciate the human universals that make all people more similar than different, and to inspire our students to become global citizens.
- Chewonki Program/Mount School Program
Each Fall and Spring St. Mark’s students in 11th grade have the opportunity to spend one semester living at The Mountain School, a working farm in Vermont, or at Chewonki Semester School, living on and exploring a 400-acre peninsula on the coast of Maine. Both opportunities allow students to become intimately connected with the natural world through practical, experiential, and academic experiences.
- Saturday programming
St. Mark’s Saturdays offer students and faculty an innovative opportunity to engage in relevant, developmentally appropriate academic, service, and character and wellness coursework. Through courses such as Hiking and Outdoor Appreciation, The Growing Project, and Independent Research Project, students can explore sustainability issues both on campus and in the greater Boston area.
- Chestnut Hill Farm
Our Southborough campus is very fortunate to be located less than two miles from Chestnut Hill Farm, a Trustees of Reservations property. The 131-acre community treasure has over two miles of hiking trails and, since 2015, a seasonally operated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Students from The Growing Project, a Saturday program course, as well as students who select to work in our Community Garden in the spring spend time volunteering at Chestnut Hill Farm. In addition, we have begun to incorporate produce from the CSA into the food served at our dining hall.
- Lion Term
Lion Term is a 3-week interdisciplinary, experiential education program that allows students to expand their understanding of a new topic, take academic risks and pursue new interests. Students 3rd and 4th Form will have the opportunity to explore their connection to the world around them: 3rd Formers will use environmental, economic, and social sustainability as a lens through which they evaluate and understand the community around them; 4th Formers will explore ideas of community leadership and social responsibility while partnering with local organizations.