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Life at Saint James

For the past century Saint James Catholic School has provided a dynamic Christ-centered learning environment.

We believe that all aspects of our educational program profess our Catholic faith, values and traditions and foster lives rooted in Gospel values. Recognizing that each person is a unique child of God, we strive to enable all persons to develop their full potential. 

We at Saint James Catholic School believe that:

  • The doctrine of the Catholic faith is presented not only as knowledge to be learned but as life to be lived.
  • Participation in the Sacramental life of the Church is integral to developing the Catholic faith.
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary, as the first disciple of Jesus, is our model in fidelity to the Word.
  • Parents are recognized and respected as the primary educators of their children.
  • Teachers and parents form a partnership in educating their children.
  • The dignity of the individual, as a unique child of God, is respected and nurtured.
  • Catholic education embraces the challenges and advancements of the future while maintaining traditional academic excellence.
  • Diverse abilities, talents, and learning styles are recognized and developed through a variety of teaching strategies.
  • Our multicultural student body provides opportunities for students to appreciate and understand the richness of the variety of cultures.
  • Service to the Church and community creates a greater awareness of our global interdependence and enables students to support the missionary activity of the Church.

As part of the Religion program, students have the opportunity to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on a weekly basis. The entire school participates at 9:30 a.m. Mass on Holydays of Obligation when school is in session, for the opening and closing of school, and for special occasions as designated on the school calendar. The students honor the Blessed Mother by taking part in the annual May Procession and through devotions such as the recitation of the Rosary. Stations of the Cross and other various prayer experiences are held throughout the year.

Sacramental preparation is directed by the Director of Religious Education of the parish. Classroom teachers provide the daily instruction on the Sacraments and the DRE plans the events, provides the parent information meeting, and conducts the practices. Usually, second graders receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Eighth graders receive the Sacrament of Confirmation which is administered by the Bishop of the Diocese or his Designee.