St. James School

17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740-0217
Tel: (301)733-9330
Grades: 8-12 | 220 students
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. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
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
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade St. James School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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
Average Financial Aid Grant $20,465
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Benjamin H. Douglass
Admissions Associate Sarah C. Hopkins


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,
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: 06/09/2015

Nearby Private 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 (3.6 miles away)
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  • Hagerstown
    Ebenezer Christian School
    Alternative School (Church of God)
    Grades: KG-12 | 34 students
    3.1 miles
    17618 Virginia Ave
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Williamsport
    Grades: PK-12 | 73 students
    3.6 miles
    Po Box 590
    Williamsport, MD 21795
  • Williamsport
    Cedar Ridge School
    All-boys  | Special Education School (Christian)
    Grades: 3-12 | 36 students
    4.1 miles
    Po Box 439
    Williamsport, MD 21795
  • Hagerstown
    The Learning Center/Meritus
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 50 students
    4.3 miles
    535 Summit Avenue
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Hagerstown
    Grades: K-NS | 2 students
    4.4 miles
    879 Commonwealth Avenue
    Hagerstown, MD 21740

School Reviews

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, 07/24/15

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