St. James School

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St. James School students are growing up in North Philadelphia, where the downward pull of poverty has been felt for generations. Our purpose and the greatest measure of our success is empowering students to gain the knowledge, skills, confidence and inner strength to forge their own upward path to the future they imagine.
To fulfill our purpose, we act daily to realize the bold vision of our founders that St. James School would be a place where students are encouraged to discover their academic, social, emotional, physical, spiritual and creative gifts.
We actively collaborate with family caregivers to raise healthy, joyful young people who are inspired to learn.
As the only Episcopal school in the city of Philadelphia, St. James is providing 85 students in grades 4-8 with a top-quality, faith-based private education.
Thanks to more than 1,000 annual donors and scores of volunteers, our school is tuition-free.
Throughout grades 9-12, our Graduate Support Team stays in close contact, mentoring and tutoring graduates to ensure their success. Support continues as they apply to and enter college, technical school or a career.
Graduates of St. James School never stop being "our students.".

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 4-8
Year Founded10
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer Programming is a mandatory part of our school programming, thus the payment information is the same.

Student Body

Total Students88 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade St. James School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Students wear a white button down SJS shirt, with khaki pants/skirts, along with a tie that correlates with their grade. Students can choose to wear their school blazer or sweater. Students have a casual uniform for PE class days. )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30
Tuition NotesAll of our students are on full scholarships! We request that families participate in our Monthly Family Fee program, where they submit $30 a month. We are able to with families on this goal of $30 a month and strive towards 100% participation.
Admissions DirectorSarah W. Carroll

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBasketballCheering,
ClimbingCrew,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianFlag Football,
FootballKayaking,
Rock ClimbingSailing,
SoccerSwimming,
Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boys Group, Creative Writing Club, Engineering Club, Girls Group, Mathematics Enrichment, Meditation Club, Reading Enrichment, School Newspaper and Yearbook, Student Reconciliation Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Missoula Children's Theater, Piano Lessons, Tune Up Philadelphia - Trumpet and Clarinet, Violin Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Club, Sports Clinics

School Notes

  • As the only Episcopal school in the city of Philadelphia, St. James is providing 85 students in grades 4-8 with a top-quality, faith-based private education. Thanks to more than 1,000 annual donors and scores of volunteers, our school is tuition-free.
  • Our maximum class size is 18 students, and we typically have 2+ adults working in each classroom. Our school is extended day and extended year - offering programing from 7:50 AM through 5 PM on weekdays, math clinics 2 Saturdays a month, and a fun, enriching STEAM program through July.
  • Throughout grades 9-12, our Graduate Support Team stays in close contact, mentoring and tutoring graduates to ensure their success. Support continues as they apply to and enter college, technical school or a career. They never stop being "our students."
  • To qualify to attend St. James School your student must live in our immediate school area, and be eligable for free and reduced lunch. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all 5 grades. 

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Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to St. James School is Mercy Career & Technical High School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Prodigy Learning Center (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Martin De Porres School (0.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Mercy Career & Technical High School
    Vocational/Technical School (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 327 students
    0.3 miles
    2900 W Hunting Park Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19129
    (215) 226-1225
    0.3 9-12
    327
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: K-5 | 357 students
    0.4 miles
    3345 W Hunting Park Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19132
    (215) 228-7678
    0.4 K-5
    357
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 484 students
    0.9 miles
    2300 W Lehigh Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19132
    (215) 223-6872
    0.9 PK-8
    484
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-1 | 84 students
    1.1 miles
    2001 W Lehigh Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19132
    (215) 226-7600
    1.1 PK-1
    84
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: 9-12 | 547 students
    1.3 miles
    1717 W. Allegheny Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19132
    (215) 219-3943
    1.3 9-12
    547

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $7,722 for elementary schools and $13,416 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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