Saint James School

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 689-acre campus is a serene home for 235 students from 18 states and 15 countries. With 95% of 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.

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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 AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
Year Founded1842

Student Body

Total Students240 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Saint James School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, European History, French, Government, Latin, Literature, Physics B, Spanish, Studio Art, United States History
Average SAT score1270
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Blazer and slacks for boys; blazer and skirt or slacks for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,700
Tuition NotesDay student tuition: $30,700 Boarding tuition (tuition, room and board): $51,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$20,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJohn Tucker
Admissions AssociateKelly Espy


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
LacrosseMartial Arts,
WeightliftingWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.37 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Alzheimer's Awareness Club, Big Sib/Little Sib, Chess Club, Creative Writing Club, Culinary Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Game Development Club, Garden Club, Historical Society, Investment Club, Maker Club, Math Club, Model UN, Newspaper, Psychology Club, Speech and Debate, Sports Medicine Club, Student Activities Committee, Tour Guides, Vestry, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Boys' A Cappella, Chamber Orchestra, Chapel Choir, Dance, Flute Ensemble, Girls' A Cappella, Playwriting and Directing, Private Music Lessons, Stage Crew, String Ensemble, Studio Art, Theater, Wind Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Team, Ski Club

School Notes

What makes Saint James different form other boarding schools
  • Our challenging 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 15 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.
  • With 235 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.
  • 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.
  • 689 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.

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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.
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