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Our graduates have been accepted by hundreds of prestigious high schools, colleges and universities across the country

98% of our eighth graders are accepted into their first choice high school


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St. James Academy is set along 89 acres of rolling hills in Monkton, MD


The St. James theatre program has been a vital part of my son, Joey’s life. I believe he found his inspiration and enthusiasm watching the middle school plays as a lower school student. He observed how much fun the cast would have on stage along with the camaraderie between them. These performances are simply amazing!

Christie Grant, Former SJA Parent

Welcome From Charlotte Riggs, Head of School!

Welcome to St. James Academy!

Thank you for visiting the St. James Academy website to see our wonderful school. St. James was founded 200 years, and today we are still committed to of program of excellence that prepares our students for lifelong learning.

The philosophy of St. James Academy to pursue knowledge, build community, and serve others as children become citizens of a global community both inspires and resonates with me as an educator. I care deeply about an academic environment where children can be challenged and supported in every aspect of their school lives.

Drawing from my time in the classroom, on the sidelines, and as an administrator, I am committed to continuing the strong academic tradition at St. James while upholding the importance of fostering outstanding individuals. I am thrilled to be part of an Episcopal school that emphasizes the important balance of knowledge, community and a global perspective.

In my third year as Head of School, I am grateful for meaningful partnerships: with parents to raise extraordinary young men and women, with faculty and staff who are passionate about teaching and truly care for their students, with a board that is committed to supporting the school with its time and talents, with an administration sharing wisdom and expertise, with our Rector and the St. James parish, with alumni who care deeply about their alma mater and its success, and with students who are bright, kind, creative, driven, and spirited about this community.

It is my pleasure and privilege to lead St. James Academy. I look forward to meeting you virtually and in-person and sharing the St. James experience with you.


Charlotte Riggs, Head of School