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St. Mark’s Preschool

Address: 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA

Location:St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Address:111 Oenoke Ridge Rd, New Canaan, CT
Website:St. Mark's Preschool
Drop Off:Yes
Lunch Bunch/Extended Day:Yes (2s excluded)
Birthdate Cut-Off:September 30th


The school believes the educational process should address all areas of learning – social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual. A wide variety of activities are designed to reflect the children’s interests and abilities and to help develop reasoning skills. The school provides a flexible curriculum of age-appropriate activities through which children learn and explore while guided and encouraged by their teachers. Structured activities emphasizing acquisition of basic skills are balanced with child-directed ones, providing many experiences that help nurture self-expression, self-discovery and self-esteem.

Learning and fun are not limited to the classroom, as SMP makes every effort to take the children outdoors daily, whether on our newly built playground, to our expansive Great Lawn or even to the New Canaan Nature Center located directly across the street. As an Episcopal school, the values of faith, hope, love and service are fundamental to the program. Chapel, a weekly session led by our clergy, introduces a lesson as a means to further explore these values. Parents are an important, integral part of their child’s education and of the school community and are urged to become involved in all areas of school life.


2019-2020 Schedule

2 Year Olds - 2 Days
Tuesday & Thursday

2 Year Olds - 3 Days
M, W, F

3 Year Olds - 3 Days
M, T, Th

4 Year Olds - 4 Days
M, T, W, Th
M, W: 9:00-1:55 & T, Th: 9:00-12:00

Pre-K - 4 Days
M, T, W, Th
M, W: 9:00-1:55 & T, Th: 9:00-12:00

Enrollment Process & Dates:

To begin your admissions process, please call the school at 203.972.7888 to set up a private tour.

Download application form here.

$100 non-refundable application fee due with application.

Current Families:

by 11/26: re-enroll children. Priority spaces for siblings and parishioners are also considered at this time.

New Students:

Beginning in January, first round of admissions decisions are made. Thereafter admissions are on a rolling basis. Children may be asked to visit as we are making our decisions.

*Please note: enrollment priority is based on the following hierarchy:

1. Siblings of SMP Students

2. Children of Parishioners

3. All other applicants to balance our program, with consideration to the date a complete application is received

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