St. James School

17641 College Road,
Hagerstown, MD, 21740-0217
Tel: (301)733-9330
Grades: 8 - 12 | 220 students
AMAZING vs.
The Same Old Thing: Internationally recognized as one of the best small boarding schools in the country, Saint James boasts a challenging core curriculum, preparing our students for college success, not stress.
Located just 70 miles drive from the cities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and three international airports, our 672-acre campus is a serene home for 220 students from 19 states and 12 countries.
With all full-time faculty residing on campus, relationships are at the core of our community.
Saint James is the oldest Episcopal boarding school founded on the Oxford Movement, with rich traditions dating back to 1842.
Saint James is different than other small boarding schools in that we instill a humble confidence in our students which allows them to lead, learn, and live a life of rich experience; a large variety of interscholastic sports provides all students the benefits of athletic competition, sportsmanship, and leadership, while an impressively broad array of offerings in the Arts allow students to flex their creative muscles.  Saint James School's stellar college-preparatory curriculum, with a fun social life free from cliques and where students can grow and gain an advantage, is what makes Saint James amazing.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades 8 - 12
Year Founded 1842

Student Body

Total Students 220 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade St. James School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 11 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, European History, French, Government, Latin, Literature, Physics B, Spanish, Studio Art, United States History  
Average SAT score 1835
Average ACT score 26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Blazer and slacks for boys; blazer and skirt or slacks for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $27,200
Tuition Notes Day student tuition: $27,200 Boarding tuition (tuition, room and board): $40,800
% on Financial Aid 33%
Average Financial Aid Grant $20,465
Acceptance Rate 54%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Benjamin H. Douglass
Admissions Associate Sarah C. Hopkins

Sports

Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballTennis,
VolleyballWeightlifting,
Winter TrackWrestling,

School Notes:

    • What makes Saint James different form other boarding schools?
    • College Success vs. College Stress: Our challenging core curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore their intellectual curiosity, becoming thinkers, rather than skimmers. At the same time, Saint James ensures their preparation for college, giving them an advantage in the college process. 100% of our classes are accelerated college prep, along with our 14 Advanced Placement offerings. On top of a full course load, students are also involved in competitive athletics, a superb fine-arts program, nationally touring choir, music ensembles, and other cultural opportunities and events.
    • Friends vs. Cliques: With 220 students, Saint James is a small community welcoming to all individuals. Here, you will find older students hanging out with younger students, day students hanging out with boarding students, and international students hanging out with domestic students, as a single cohesive community.
    • Expectations vs. Anything Goes: With a strong, moral grounding, founded in the Oxford Movement of the Episcopal Church, Saint James students are kind and genuine. We all begin our academic day with a Chapel service and our Honor Code forms the cornerstone of trust and moral living on campus. Because of our size and culture, every student has an opportunity to be important at Saint James. Providing countless opportunities for leadership and success that are unmatched by other schools, Saint James students go to college with a true advantage.
    • Campus Beauty vs. Campus Ordinary: 672 beautiful acres set on the rolling hills of Western Maryland afford our students with a peaceful and safe home. Located seven miles from Antietam National Battlefield, Saint James played an integral role in the Civil War. Our beautiful campus is only one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and three international airports. School accreditations: Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae: James Holloway - Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of StaffAlfred T. Mahan - 19th century naval strategist, author of The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783

    Profile last updated: 09/02/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Ebenezer Christian School (3.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Ebenezer Christian School (3.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Gateway Christian Academy (4.1 miles away)
 All Schools  |High Schools High Schools  |Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  |Preschools Preschools  |Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Hagerstown Ebenezer Christian School
    Alternative School (Christian)
    17618 Virginia Ave
    Hagerstown , MD , 21740
    (301)791-4801
    Alternative School (Christian)
    3.1  mi  |  42  students  |  Gr.  1-12
  • Williamsport Cedar Ridge School
    All-boys | Special Education School (Christian)
    Po Box 439
    Williamsport , MD , 21795
    (301)582-0282
    All-boys | Special Education School (Christian)
    4.1  mi  |  42  students  |  Gr.  2-12
  • Williamsport
    Gateway Christian Academy
    (Church of God)
    Po Box 590
    Williamsport , MD , 21795
    (301)582-4595
    (Church of God)
    4.1  mi  |  73  students  |  Gr.  PK-12
  • Hagerstown The Learning Center/Meritus
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    535 Summit Avenue
    Hagerstown , MD , 21740
    (301)790-9450
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    4.4  mi  |  50  students  |  Gr.  NS-PK
  • Hagerstown
    Huyetts Mennonite School
    (Mennonite)
    16404 National Pike
    Hagerstown , MD , 21740
    (301)790-2252
    (Mennonite)
    4.6  mi  |  53  students  |  Gr.  2-11

School Reviews

  • Recommended September 07, 2013 - Saint James School challenged my son academically for the first time in his scholastic experience. Coming from a public school setting, the difference in the quality of education, the ability of the teachers to actually teach, and the community bonds that exist were all in stark contrast to what my son and daughter have experienced in public schools. Also, in a time where schools are cutting extracurricular programs, we all love that Saint James has mandatory sports, arts, and community service participation. We could not be happier with the school on every level. - Posted by Parent

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?         Add School Reviews - Recommended Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Recent Articles
Getting Involved With Your Child's School
Getting Involved With Your Child's School
Getting involved with your child's school benefits both you and the school. It's a win-win for all concerned.
SAT Prep
SAT test prep takes time to do properly. We explore some of your options here.
Rankings or Comparisons?
Choosing the right private school for your child involves comparing schools as opposed to ranking them.
Request Information
I am a: Parent   Student  
Email:
Parent or guardian name:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Male   Female  
Currently grade:
Seeking entry grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Public   Private   Parochial  
Applying for financial aid?:
Yes   No   Don't Know  

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.

Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!