St. Mark the Evangelist School

  • NY


55 West 138th Street
New York
United States

About Us


St. Mark the Evangelist School has been educating local youth for over one hundred years. Our school was founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1912 as the first Catholic school in New York City for African-American children. A century later, St. Mark's continues to carry out its original mission: "to provide a holistic education that is academically fulfilling, shaped by Catholic values, and attentive to the heritage of African-Americans."

St. Mark the Evangelist School provides a high-quality, values-based education to 280 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds to learn together in a safe, nurturing environment. Our curriculum is based on the Common Core Learning Standards, and our teachers integrate the latest educational technology into their lessons. St. Mark's also offers numerous enrichment programs that encourage students to excel in both academics and the arts.

After a ground-breaking agreement with the Archdiocese of New York, in September 2013, St. Mark the Evangelist School joined the Partnership for Inner-City Education ("the Partnership"), a newly formed network of six Catholic elementary schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. The Partnership manages and supports the schools' academics, operations, finances, and development, and leverages the power of the network by bringing all six schools together for professional development and best practice sharing. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit