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

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students
155 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
47%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. James Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • 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.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for St. James Catholic School?

The application deadline for St. James Catholic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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