St. James School

Tel: (860)643-5088
Grades: PK-8 | 390 students
Saint James School prides itself on following the Catholic tradition in education excellence.
Based in a Christian atmosphere, your child will experience positive growth academically, spiritually, morally, and socially.
Religion is a fundamental component of their education, but being Catholic is not a prerequisite.
Our prerequisites are to have both a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.
Students of many different religious denominations make Saint James their school, and their exposure to the Catholic faith adds to their life experiences.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1921
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2010

Student Body

Total Students 390 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade St. James School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Please visit our website at for the current tuition rates.


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, SoccerBasketballCross Country,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess Club, Drama Club, Instrumental Music Program, Middle School Dances, Robotics Club, Student Council Chess Club, Drama Club, Robotics Club, Instrumental Music Program,
Middle School Dances,
Student Council,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Summit School/new Hope Manor (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Summit School/new Hope Manor (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Cornerstone Christian School (1.1 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Manchester
    Summit School/new Hope Manor
    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-12 | 21 students
    0.4 miles
    60 Hillard St
    Manchester, CT 06042
  • Manchester
    Grades: 7-12 | 21 students
    0.8 miles
    71 Haynes St
    Manchester, CT 06040
  • Manchester
    The Cornerstone Christian School
    (Church of the Nazarene)
    Grades: PK-12 | 206 students
    1.1 miles
    236 Main Street
    Manchester, CT 06042
  • Manchester
    Assumption School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 144 students
    1.3 miles
    27 Adams Street S
    Manchester, CT 06040
  • Manchester
    Manchester KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 39 students
    1.4 miles
    481 Spring St.
    Manchester, CT 06040

School Reviews

SJS is an outstanding institution... caring faculty, supportive, nurturing environment, & top notch academics. We LOVE this school!
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
I transferred all three of my children from public school and have not regretted it. It took the first school year at SJS for my oldest to catch up academically, but now she is on the honor roll. The teachers make keeping up to date on your child''s learning by sending class work home daily, posting homework on their web pages, and having the students write their upcoming tests and homework assignments in their yearly planners. All the teachers provide excellent structure and discipline. The best way to learn more, and see the difference, is to have your child shadow for the day. If you are concerned about cost, financial aid is available, and they have a used uniform closet to help defray costs. It is worth the sacrifice to your pocketbook to give your kids a great start.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
my mother and her six siblings all atteded saint james school in the 1920s'' and 30s''. i graduated from saint james in 1956. the wonderful teachers and priests at saint james continue to this day as an inflience and guide in my life. Thank You ! Saint james. Sincerly! Raymond v. Adamson
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/24/15
Quality education with a focus on family, church and society. We could not be happier that we found Saint James. We were only planning on sending our child to the school for one year while our family transitioned to a new town. We now have both children enrolled in the school and a few of our friends have also transitioned their children from the public schools. It is a magnificent school that provides a tremendous value. It is a K-8 school but it feels so much smaller. Very close community with tremendous families that help create a foundation for our children.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
I currently have two children attending St. James, grades 5 and 2. My children are very happy at the school and strive for success everyday. While I truly believe you can achieve an excellent education in the public school system, the difference at St. James is that there is a strong sense of community. My children are taught to be good moral individuals and to respect everyone. This is evident when my children participate in sports within the town and I observe public school children not demonstrating respect or compassion to their teammates. Bullying and disrespect are not tolerated at St. James. For me, it is equally important to raise my children to be respectful as well as provide an excellent academic foundation. St. James provides both.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
We switched out of the public school system a few years back and have been extremely happy at Saint James School. The academics really are outstanding and the teachers/staff are compassionate yet provide a perfect balance of structure in their classrooms. I really love that they still place a high importance on some of the traditional learning that other schools are abandoning. I also love that my children are getting faith integrated into their daily lessons. I know wherever we choose to send them for high school and beyond, we have given them the best foundation.
- Posted by Parent, 07/03/13
This is our first year at St James and I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing experience this has been! It''s not just a school, it''s a community - my kids'' (grades 2 & 3) classmates welcomed them with open arms and helped ease their transition to a new school. We transferred from a smaller parochial school in town and we are blown away with the level of education St James offers. This was what I always expected from a parochial or private school. My 2nd grader is learning techniques for test prep through highlighting and testing! Wow! My 3rd grader is taking Spanish (in addition to our family''s native language outside of school) - the instructor has high expectations, but we expect nothing else. The other parents have welcomed us into the community and we can see where the children have learned their compassion. Mrs. Kanute, the principal, greets every child by name in the morning and makes sure they make it safely to the playground. It''s wonderful to see her so involved on a personal level. We are happy to see what more is in store for us! :)
- Posted by Parent, 10/27/12

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