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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 the type of school that feels like an extended family to its students, faculty, and parents. Its smaller size fosters such a great environment for everyone involved to learn and grow together. The experience extends far beyond the classroom, and it is what makes SJA special.

Bryan Lopez, SJA ParentOlivia, Grade 6 | Luke, Grade 3 | Lexie, Grade 2

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

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October 20, 2017 in 2017-2018 School Year

Jazz Band

By: Dr. Lucie Pentz Over the weekend I was talking to my husband who is a fellow child psychologist and knows our community well. I was preparing a talk for…

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October 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

By: Dr. Lucie Pentz Who do you want to be when you grow up? This is the million dollar question. A few summers ago, on a pleasant July night, I…

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September 12, 2017 in 2017-2018 School Year

Permanent Head Search Update

Dear Parents, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends of the Academy: On behalf of the Board of Trustees,  I would like to welcome you the ’17-’18 Academic Year at SJA, and…

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April 28, 2017 in 2016-2017 School Year

Spotlight on Mrs. Oleszczuk

Mrs. Oleszczuk is an experienced kindergarten teacher, with a Master in Reading Instruction and a Master in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. Career highlights: 6 years as a kindergarten…

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Welcome From Maureen Walsh, Interim Head of School!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. James Academy. Our school is dedicated to bringing young children into their educational journey, teaching and guiding them as they grow in confidence and ability, and preparing them for secondary and higher education. The foundations our students develop at St. James will unfold over a lifetime.

Small by choice and mission, St. James provides each student with a child-centered and individualized academic experience. Our young students are guided by talented and experienced teachers who masterfully bring our students’ strengths and talents to the forefront. As a result, each child grows intellectually, socially, and emotionally throughout his or her experience. Small class sizes allow us to nurture, develop, and know each child.

Our strong academic program is structured to meet the needs of children at each stage of their development. In other words, we help our students learn to read, and then to read well; we encourage their ability to learn the “languages” of math and science, to develop as writers, and to become artists and explorers. In Grades Six, Seven and Eight, our students pursue the rigorous and prestigious International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, a curriculum that serves them well as they prepare for academically demanding high school programs in public, private and parochial high schools.

Treating each other with courtesy and generosity are hallmarks at St. James Academy. Here at St. James, we are invested in developing traits that may seem “old-fashioned.” But we deeply believe that children must learn and model essential social skills that include civility, manners, and kindness above all else. We believe that a St. James student should be bright, capable, forthright, confident and courteous.

You have many compelling choices for your child’s education. Visit St. James and see what a wonderful experience we can offer to your child and to your family.

Maureen Walsh
Interim Head of School