St. James Catholic School

St. James School, Rockford's first Catholic parish, was founded in 1853.
Our school was founded in 1886, at the time there were 3 teachers and 85 students.
We now have a full staff and over two hundred eighteen students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
St. James School strives to provide our students with a curriculum that enables academic excellence, while instilling the basic skills necessary to succeed.
Instruction in Reading, Math, Language, Science, Social Studies, and Handwriting are the foundation of our academic curriculum.
We recently added a new science lab, art room, computer lab, and school chapel.
The students also have weekly access to library skills/resource education and physical education.
Our students receive religious education at every grade level; this is the foundation of their spiritual preparation.
Students are encouraged to participate in school masses and prayer services held throughout the year.
Our goal at St. James School is to foster a gospel-centered learning environment supported by parents, students, and staff as a team effort.
As a Catholic community, it is important for every member to demonstrate fair treatment of one another.
In an effort to encourage positive Christian behavior, we recognize responsible and acceptable school behavior with our "Pride" program and on an individual basis.
Our discipline policy can be found in the student handbook.
Uniforms play an important role in the philosophy of our Catholic School.
They minimize the importance of competition or preoccupation with what we wear, and help reduce the financial burden on parents.
This policy can also be found in the student handbook.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students155 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade St. James Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to St. James Catholic School is Easterseals Academy (0.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Ctr (0.8 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Rockford
    Easterseals Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 87 students
    0.7 miles
    8301 Mitchell Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115
    Rockford, IL 61104
    (815) 623-4800
    0.7 1-12
  • Rockford
    Grades: NS | 13 students
    0.8 miles
    122 Williams Park
    Rockford, IL 61104
    (815) 489-9501
    0.8 NS
  • Rockford
    St. Paul Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-8 | 82 students
    0.8 miles
    811 Locust St
    Rockford, IL 61101
    (815) 965-3335
    0.8 NS-8
  • Rockford
    St. Peter Cathedral
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 160 students
    1 miles
    1231 N Court St
    Rockford, IL 61103
    (815) 963-3620
    1 PK-8
  • Rockford
    Keith Country Day School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 281 students
    1.7 miles
    1 Jacoby Pl
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (815) 399-8823
    1.7 PK-12

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