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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.".

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Students: 88 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-8
Year Founded
10
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer Programming is a mandatory part of our school programming, thus the payment information is the same.

Student Body

Total Students
88 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
St. James School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(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. )

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
All 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 Director
Sarah W. Carroll

Sports

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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Students: 88 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $8,601 for elementary schools and $14,040 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 68% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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