High School, College & Beyond

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


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

Athletic Enhancements – The Pavilion


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

Recent News & Events

December 14, 2017 in 2017-2018 School Year, Uncategorized

Lessons from Christmas Carp

By: Dr. Lucie Pentz As we are working our way through the Advent season and getting ready for Christmas, our lives are filled with festivities, yearly chores and eager anticipation…
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December 14, 2017 in 2017-2018 School Year

PreK Open House- January, 19, 2018

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November 3, 2017 in 2017-2018 School Year

Praise vs. encouragement

By: Dr. Lucie Pentz I can remember it as vividly as if it were yesterday even though it was nearly twenty-five years ago. I was in High School babysitting for…
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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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St. James Academy will be closing at 1:00 PM today, Friday December, 15th due to inclement weather. All after school activities including After School Club are cancelled. ... See MoreSee Less

St. James Academy will be delayed two hours and will open at 10:15 A.M. today, Thursday, December 14, 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday, we welcomed Bridget Linsenmeyer, SJA Alumna, to campus for a career presentation. Bridget is a musical performer, song writer, and teacher of voice and piano at the Brooklyn, NY School of Rock. She is finishing her M.A. at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study in song writing and social change.

"Bridget represents all of the fundamental values of the Performing Arts at SJA. She portrays that success in performing arts comes from persistence, consistency, and never giving up," said Music and Performing Arts teacher, Mrs. Martin.
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Congratulations to Bridget on her accomplishments ! Beautiful voice !

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. Warmly, Maureen Walsh Interim Head of School