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Saint James School is Service*Academics*Faith*Excellence

Saint James School is a small Catholic school where every child thrives! Saint James School (SJS) was founded in 1992, by combining three local Catholic schools into one: Saint Joseph's, Saint Andre's and Saint Mary's. The first letter of each school was used which created the name James and Saint James School was named after Saint James the Greater.  In 2010, Notre Dame de Lourdes School also joined Saint James to create the only local Catholic preschool, elementary school and high school in the area.  


SJS provides a quality educational experience that teaches the whole child.  It integrates faith, service and learning in a value based education that ensures every child that graduates from Saint James School will have the fundamentals needed to succeed in any path that they choose.  When you read the names on the honor roll at the area high schools, you will recognize former Saint James students.  


Check out this link to an article on our Students to Sisters program that appeared in Harvest magazine.  This article and the mission statement truly reflects who we are as a school.  We teach the whole child, we do not just teach academics but we teach our students to be caring and respectful and that is woven into all aspects of the school.  Our mission is who we are-


Saint James is a Catholic parochial school committed to fostering spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth in a S.A.F.E.* and collaborative environment while empowering students to be creative, to think critically, to act responsibly and to serve with integrity.

*Service - Academics - Faith - Excellence



Saint James School is S.A.F.E.


  • Each month, students participate in "Casual for a Cause" where they decide upon a worthy charity in which to donate. This is decided upon by Student Council and it could be canned goods for the food pantry, scarves and mittens for the needy or money for charitable organizations.
  • 7th and 8th graders complete at least twenty hours of community service before going on their 8th grade class trip.
  • Respect, consideration and empathy are woven in all parts of the school day and is evident when you walk the halls.


  • Small class sizes with most classes of between 15 and 18 students.
  • STREAM (Science*Technology*Religion*Engineering*Art*Math) activities in grades K through 8
  • On average, 90% of students make the honor roll in their first semester of high school.
  • On average, 50% of students graduate high school in the top 10% of their class because of the foundation they received while at Saint James School.
  • For the last two years, nationally normed tests shows on average that three quarters of students score within the distinguished or proficient category in reading and math.


  • Students start each day leading with a prayer and the pledge in front of the entire school.
  • Faith is embedded in the school day.
  • Students either celebrate mass at Saint Joseph's Church or attend a prayer service each Wednesday. Students lead different parts of the mass or the prayer service. 
  • Religion classes are taught in the classroom and in practice.


  • Full Day Kindergarten program.
  • Early Childhood program for three and four year olds with a flexible schedule to meet your needs.
  • Certified, qualified and knowledgeable staff.
  • Currently going through a voluntary comprehensive accreditation process through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) to be the best we can be!
  • Curriculum is aligned to the Archdiocese of Hartford Standards.
  • Competitive sports teams and after school clubs.
  • Band and guitar lessons offered during the school day.
  • Middle School can participate in a First LEGO League Robotics Club
  • Accessible tuition with scholarships and financial aid available.
  • Before care and after care.
  • Fully licensed child care facility for three and four year olds with after care.
  • French is offered from preK to eighth grade.
  • Assignments and grades can be seen online so you always know how your child is doing and what work is missing.
  • Saint James School has a homemade hot lunch choice each day or students can make their own sandwich at the sandwich bar.  A complete salad bar and a complete fruit bar accompanies the hot lunch or sandwich choice each day.  Saint James School is a Gold School of Distinction for it's lunch and for promoting physical activity each day.

Most importantly, SJS has a warm, friendly environment where all students succeed and grow into respectful, faith-filled young men and women. Saint James isn't just a school, it's a family!