Saint James School

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Saint James School

Saint James School

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
St. James, MD co-ed 8-12 240 28% 7:1 11 Opt’l 1270 90

The Mission of Saint James School is to prepare young men and women for academic success in college, and to challenge and inspire them to be leaders for good in the world.We seek to do this within a small and familial residential community which values the moral and spiritual development of our students.

Believing that young people are raised best in close relationship with each other and with adults who care for them, we remain committed to our enduring character as a small coeducational boarding school with a limited number of day students predominately in the younger forms. In educating our students, we seek to develop and nurture all their talents and intelligences, challenging them to grow academically, athletically, artistically, socially, and morally in the context of a close and supportive residential community.


Throughout its history, Saint James has remained committed to the precepts of sound mind and body, emphasizing the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and moral development of each student through challenging academics, daily athletics, extensive activities, and community service. At the start of each academic day, the entire School gathers for Chapel, providing an opportunity for thought and reflection for faculty and students of all faith traditions. Simultaneously challenged and supported, Saint James students study a traditional core curriculum, which provides a solid foundation for strong academic achievement at the collegiate level.

 Special Highlights

Core Curriculum. The hallmark of Saint James School’s academic program is our core curriculum, which is designed to provide a sound foundation in all disciplines and to prepare our students for further study at a four-year college. Both rigorous and supportive, the academic program stimulates and challenges students to develop their strengths and to cultivate and improve skills in other disciplines.

Community Service. To encourage students to see service as a natural and vital aspect of their lives, Saint James requires a minimum of 15 hours of community service for every year at the School. This requirement must be met by the student’s graduation day. Service hours may be completed beginning on a student’s first day at Saint James School. The requirement may be met through projects done during vacations at home or by participating in the many volunteer opportunities regularly scheduled by the School as weekend activities. Such service activities are among the most popular offerings on a typical Saint James weekend.

 Top colleges attended by students

College Park, College of Charleston, Davidson College, Elon University, Emory University, Furman University, Harvard University, Sewanee – University of the South, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Maryland

 What the school looks for in students…

“Saint James seeks a variety of qualities in applicants. In addition to a strong commitment to academics and athletics, Saint James seeks students with an eagerness to be involved in our community, a desire to form close, mentoring relationships with faculty, and a commitment to developing their capacity to be leaders for good in the world.”