St. James Catholic School was founded in 1912. For over 100 years St. James Catholic School has provided an exceptional Catholic Christian education to students in Etowah County. St.James School is a K-3 through 8th grade school accredited by Advanced ED, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We have a diverse student body that reflects the world today. We are truly a family-oriented school where you can witness the love and respect the students, faculty, and staff have for one another. Please call the school for a visit and see what a great education your child will receive. Mission Statement: St. James Catholic School proclaims the faith of Jesus and promotes social, educational, and spiritual excellence.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 136 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

St. James Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Alabama for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
136 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
St. James Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Please see the school's website for updated information.

School Notes

  • Our pre-school program, three year old through five year old kindergarten, provides a loving family oriented atmosphere where our young students thrive and learn each day.  The students learn so much so quickly through the use of centers, manipulative activities, and creative play.  The classes are small, so each child receives individual attention. 
  • The students in first through eighth grade receive an excellent education.  Our students learn how to think critically and logically, and how to work cooperatively in hands on activities. We provide a challenging curriculum in all areas as well as enrichment courses in choir, drama, track, computer, music, PE, art, and library.  Our science lab, computer lab, and library are equipped with up to date equipment, computers, and books. 
  • Our students participate in the Builders Club, the Junior Beta Club, and Scholars Bowl.  When our students enter the area high schools, they are prepared for the advanced college prep classes.  Throughout the years, many of our graduates have been valedictorians for the area high schools and have earned full scholarships to in-state and out of state colleges, including Harvard University. 
  • Our well balanced academic program is directed toward spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and moral growth so that our students can make moral decisions and be of service to family, church, community, and nation.
  • Enrollment is currently open to the public. 

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 136 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Alabama is $7,452 for elementary schools and $7,933 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alabama is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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