Mission and Philosophy
St. James Academy offers, in a Christian environment, a program of excellence for the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical development of our school community to promote a global perspective and intercultural understanding, to prepare each individual for life long learning, and to live a creative and compassionate life worthy of a child of God and a contributing member of our world.
St. James Academy, founded in 1821, is a learning community dedicated to providing an Episcopal, coeducational experience for students (of any color, national, religious, or ethnic origin) in Kindergarten through Eighth Grades. The Academy provides small group instruction addressing student learning styles, individual attention, and personal concern for the individual facilitating a balance among Pursuing Knowledge, Building Community, and Serving Others as children are to become citizens of a global community.
“When a student joins St. James Academy,
we welcome the entire family into our community.”
— Karl Adler, Head of School
GLOBAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
The St. James Academy (SJA) community offers a multicultural curriculum to promote intercultural understanding and respect. Students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions, and to work cooperatively in order to understand and synthesize different points of view inclusive of gender, religion, national origin, and socioeconomic status. These pursuits create and sustain a culture of inclusion grounded in the SJA mission. SJA has incorporated the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission statement into daily planning: “IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
St. James Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of education policies, admission policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.