There is No One-size-fits-all Approach to Education


St.-James-Academy-instrumental-music-class-At SJA, we recognize that students learn in different ways. The low student/teacher ratio gives us the flexibility to adhere to a rigorous traditional curriculum and also tailor classes for students to explore and discover their own interests and strengths.

Greatness Lies Within

There is something great within each child, each class, each teacher.  SJA offers opportunities to explore technology, athletics, and the arts in a vigorous academic environment on the beautiful 89-acre campus.

How to Learn is as Important as What to Learn

Students who develop strong academic skills have an advantage. Students from an early age develop skills in preparation, planning, organization, collaboration, research, and presentation.

The World is a Classroom

As the only private middle school in the region accredited to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme, SJA brings the world to your child.  This honors-level approach to education opens young minds to think beyond the page and explore beyond borders.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

St. James Academy’s learning community is comprised of actively engaged teachers, intergrade “buddies”, advisors, a school counselor, and involved parents.  Students are mentored, supported, and inspired at every step on their learning paths.

Global Awareness

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.”