St. James Academy

Tel: (410)771-4816
Grades: K-8 | 300 students
Originally founded in 1821 and reestablished in 1957, St. James Academy is a coed Episcopal parish day school for children in Kindergarten through Grade 8.
IB Middle School, technology integration, strong athletic program, developmentally appropriate early childhood focus in K& Prefirst, many after school programs 

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other religious school association(s)
Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1821

Student Body

Total Students 300 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade St. James Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 17 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(traditional uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition: $10,850 - $17,000
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Dianne Fowler


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Dance, Drama, Private Instrumental music and voice lessons, Recreation Council athletics, chess club, karate, scouting Dance, Drama, chess club, karate, scouting, Private Instrumental music and voice lessons,
Recreation Council athletics,

School Notes

  • A strong, safe learning community of 300 students on 89 acres of green space.Extensive professional development provides a skilled faculty who build close relationships with students and parents. High energy classrooms with many resources for deeper exploration of content and hands-on experiences. Weekly chapel and faith in action projects develop students spiritual life. Parent volunteerism builds community and supports school enrichment programs. 
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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   05/17/16
With 10 years (so far) of being a SJA parent and with three children currently attending, I believe that this school is unique and utterly special and we have been blessed to be a part of it! With an incredible faculty, low student-teacher ratio, and rigorous academic program, St. James Academy offers a peerless K-8 educational foundation to its students. Plus, SJA's middle school is the only private middle school in the area to integrate the IB program into the curriculum, preparing children for greater intellectual demands and critical thinking in high school and beyond. The other big bonuses about SJA: 1) tuition nearly half of equivalent private schools and 2) extracurriculars are right on campus. Karate, tennis, chess, robotics, drama, scoutings, voice and instrumental lessons just to name a few--this school will meet your child's interests and needs. SJA even has its own Rec Council. As a mom of three, I can't tell you how much I appreciate having all these things in one spot. Plus, the campus is beautiful and hosts many sports and social activities for SJA families throughout the year. The hard-to-define but utterly special thing about SJA is its sense of community. The whole family is welcomed immediately and made to feel at home always. Parents linger and talk after carpool. Older students high-five younger kids arriving at school. Alumni drop in to hug teachers and pop backstage during play rehearsals to say hi to their younger friends. Teachers become lifetime mentors. The school becomes a second home. Everyone smiles going in and coming out. It is a special place.
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