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19 CHERRYTREE Court, Kitchener, N2N1L9

19 CHERRYTREE Court, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1L9

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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This immaculate well-cared for 3 level backsplit is ideally located on a quiet court in the family friendly Forest Heights neighbourhood. Includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, newer galley style kitchen with pantry, built-in dishwasher, and microwave/convection oven.
$849,000

1430 HIGHLAND Road W Unit# 2A, Kitchener, N2N0C3

1430 HIGHLAND Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2N0C3

2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
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Low Condo Fees! Only $175 a month. This modern 2 bedroom apt. condo is located in the Ira Needles and Blvd. community and is perfect for young business professional. Empty nesters or the savvy investor. Located close to shopping, highways, food and entertainment. This open-concept home is decorated nicely and has large windows and updated kitchen. All appliances included and fireplace and TV.
$519,900

83 NEWBURY Drive, Kitchener, N2N2X5

83 NEWBURY Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2N2X5

3Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
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WOW!! A RARE opportunity to purchase/rent back offering from the Sellers. Ideally located in a desirable and family-friendly neighbourhood. Steps away from nature trails, green space, and just a short walk to John Darling Public School. Entertainment, shopping, and the expressway are just minutes away. This lovely home sits on a premium 50ft lot and offers over 2,000 sqft. of living space.
$800,000

1460 HIGHLAND Road Unit# 6B, Kitchener, N2N0B7

1460 HIGHLAND Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2N0B7

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
Visitor ParkingParking(s)
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With 1,212 sq ft of living space, this well-cared for, move-in ready condo is your perfect home for first-time buyers, downsizers and investors looking for a condo with good space, and an ideal location! Offering two spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms and an open concept living space all on one level, it gives you plenty of space for family living and entertaining guests.
$550,000

41 MONTEAGLE Crescent, Kitchener, N2N1N2

41 MONTEAGLE Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1N2

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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Situated on this QUIET CRESCENT LOCATION in the SOUGHT-AFTER FOREST HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD, this RENOVATED BUNGALOW offers a spacious floor plan featuring NEW FLOORS ON THE MAIN LEVEL. A large living room upon entry welcomes you into the home with a SUN-DRENCHED WINDOW at the front of the home.
$674,888

47 BROOKSIDE Crescent, Kitchener, N2N1H2

47 BROOKSIDE Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1H2

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
Attached GarageParking(s)
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Not holding offers! See it today, buyer it today. Move in ready home perfect for downsizers, investors, or first time home buyers. The professionally renovated main floor features an open concept living room/dining room/custom kitchen perfect for entertaining friends and family. It also includes two bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms and main floor laundry.
$929,900
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Overview

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School (simply St. Mark from here on out) is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school located at 240 Autumn Hill Crescent in northwest Kitchener (in the Forest Heights neighbourhood). It has a student population of around 260 students, with just under 30 staff members. St. Mark opened officially in 1978 – it’s been serving the community for four decades now!
 
St. Mark’s affiliated Parish is St. Mark Roman Catholic Parish (sometimes referred to as St. Mark Church). St. Mark Church and St. Mark School have a long, shared history and to this day they are closely affiliated. Indeed, between 1982 and 1991, future St. Mark Church parishioners came to St. Mark School’s gymnasium for Sunday Mass. The current Pastor works closely with students at St. Mark.
 
As a brief aside: who was St. Mark? St. Mark the Evangelist was born and lived in the First Century AD; he wrote sermons, served as the first Bishop of Alexandria, and is traditionally ascribed as the author of the Gospel of Mark. St. Mark is associated with the symbol of a lion – sometimes a winged lion.
 
Fittingly, St. Mark’s team name is the St. Mark Lions, and their mascot is a lion. St. Mark’s school motto is, “Growing in skill, wisdom and strength.” The school offers Extended Day Care (not all schools offer this service). The office phone number is (519) 743-4682.
 

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Location

St. Mark is located fairly central within the northwestern Kitchener neighbourhood of Forest Heights. Forest Heights is a well-established, suburban neighbourhood that’s great for families: it has good access to shopping, parks, the Conestoga Parkway, and schools. You can read more about the Forest Heights neighbourhood itself in our article on it here.
 
In terms of St. Mark, it is right beside the large and lovely Westheights Park, which has multiple trails, a densely-forested area, and a sizable pond – indeed, it qualifies as a Natural Area in addition to a park. The impressive Forest Heights Community Trail lies just south of St. Mark (with a few shops, and St. Mark’s Church, along the way), and the Forest Heights Community Library (and Forest Heights Pool!) are a few blocks northeast.
 

Ranking

The Fraser Institute is a Canadian organization that, among other things, compiles publically-available data about elementary and secondary schools in four provinces and determines their overall ranking. The data comes from the Grade 3 and Grade 6 Testing conducted each year by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). These tests assess Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
 
The Fraser Institute’s ranking takes the average performance in each of those variables, while also accounting for Gender Gap, percentage of tests written below standard, and percentage of tests not written, and determines a ranking out of 10. St. Mark’s current score (as of the 2017 EQAO results) is 7.4/10, down slightly from its even more impressive score of 8.2/10 in 2016.
 
St. Mark’s score places it solidly in the top 20% of all schools in Ontario (there are over 3000), and incidentally, the 3rdbest school named St. Marks (there are 11 in total). Locally, St. Mark is currently among the top 10 elementary schools in the WCDSB, and it is the 4th highest-ranked school in all of Kitchener (both school boards).
 

Extracurricular Opportunities

St. Mark has a variety of athletics opportunities, clubs, and social opportunities for its students. One of their more recent clubs (and a very fitting one for the technology hub that is Kitchener-Waterloo) is the Computer Club, in which students learn to code, problem-solve with peers, and work hands on with technology. They even visited the Google headquarters in Downtown Kitchener’s bustling Innovation District! You can read more about Kitchener’s Downtown Tech Industry if you’re interested.
 
St. Mark is also quite dedicated to its role in the community and participates in fundraisers for a wide variety of causes. It’s been taking part in the Terry Fox Run for over a decade, and it’s even placed #22nd in all of Ontario for fundraising.
 
Combining their fundraising spirit and diversity of clubs is St. Mark’s Social Justice Club, which operates in partnership with the “Free the Children” organization. It has raised funds for Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane, provided medical supplies in Kenya and goats in India, and more. On a more local level, the Social Justice Club also works with senior citizens and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
 


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    After Graduation

    St. Mark is part of the Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (Resurrection CSS) family of schools. Upon graduating from Grade 8, St. Mark students are zoned for Resurrection CSS, which is located further north (just south of the Kitchener/Waterloo border). However, students interested in a subject not offered at their zoned school can transfer to another one if they so choose. You can read more about Resurrection CSS in our article on it here.
     

     

    Stay Informed

    There are several ways to stay informed about St. Mark: one of the easiest is simply checking their online Calendar once in a while. If you’re looking for more details, you can peruse their announcements and Newsletters here (as a sample of what to expect, here’s the June 2018 newsletter).
     
    Finally, you can follow the St. Mark Twitter account. It’s fairly active every month, tweeting about what’s going on at the school and sharing a variety of pictures (particularly those from special events). In June, 2018, for example, the Grade 7 class visited Kitchener Fire Station 5 (view photos here). Check out their account here: Saint Mark Lions.
     

     

    Conclusion

    St. Mark has strong academics, a particularly involved and dedicated School Council, and a close bond with the nearby St. Mark Church. It has many athletic opportunities, and quite a few popular clubs and activities – of particular note are their impressive Social Justice Club and Computer Club. Students attending St. Mark can expect a fine education, and all the encouragement needed to become community-involved, well-rounded individuals.
     

    Written by Will Kummer

     

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