Sign In
Owens Library Catalog
Visit the online catalog.

2014-2015 School Calendar
View Calendar

2014-15 School Profile
Click here to view the 2014-15 School Profile.
Share Share E-mail E-mail Print Print


The hallmark of Saint James School’s academic program is our core curriculum, which is designed to provide a sound foundation in all disciplines and to prepare our students for further study at a four-year college. Both rigorous and supportive, the academic program stimulates and challenges students to develop their strengths and to cultivate and improve skills in other disciplines. All students are grounded in the basic skills and content of traditional liberal arts and sciences. Advanced Placement courses are offered for able and interested students who wish to pursue subjects in greater depth. Electives are offered to upper-form students for enrichment and the exploration of new interests.

To foster the self-discipline of effective time management and study habits, students work in their dorm rooms, the library, or the study hall room. A dedicated faculty inspires, teaches, and encourages our students to meet a particular challenge or strive for an ambitious goal. They are available to students either by appointment or informally, and students are urged to seek out a teacher whenever they need extra help. Small classes, typically 10 to 12 students, ensure that each student is engaged and actively involved in class.
"...challenge and inspire them to be leaders for good in the world." - Academics
Faculty Profile
Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens is in her seventh year as Latin Teacher. The North Carolinian is not alone, however, as her twin sons Patrick and Steven Hart are fifth formers. The former public school teacher talks about the transition from public to private school, what she likes best about teaching and having her children in class.

You were teaching Latin at a North Carolina public high school prior to Saint James?

I taught Latin at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I was looking for a better opportunity professionally and also one for my sons. A friend of mine teaches at Woodberry (Virginia). He suggested I look into a boarding school community, which I had never considered before.

This is your seventh year at Saint James…something must have clicked?

MS: It’s tough being away from family, but Saint James School is a great school community and the school has been great for the boys. We have grown closer together. And it’s great to live in a different place that is so rich in history and natural resources. I love to go out exploring and hiking on the AT (Appalachian Trail).

What about teaching differences in the classroom?

MS: It’s a different way of teaching because of the small class size. I can help the students a lot more. And that is what’s so gratifying – always finding a way to help a student. My goal is not to give up on anyone.

Have you seen the fruits of your labor?

MS: Being the only Latin teacher, you are with them from the very beginning to the very end. I have had students take AP (Advanced Placement) Latin who I didn’t think stood a chance of taking it and they excelled in it. You develop a close relationship with them and get to share in their succesess as a result of their time and effort.

Have you had your sons in class?

MS: Yes…(laughs) I tried to get them to call me Ms. Stevens, but they rolled their eyes and said ‘Mom’ instead. It’s been very rewarding to see my boys develop into young men in a great school community.
Book List 2014-2015 (for download)
Book List 2014-2015 (PDF)
Follow this link to download a copy of the 2014-2015 Book List.

Please note that the list does not include English books, which must be purchased new, and will be available through the School Store during Orentation and Welcome Week.
Book List 2014-2015
A History of the Modern World Since 1815*
AP European History:

R. R. Palmer

*note: this book is out of print. You may need to search multiple vendors to locate it.

A History of the Modern World to 1815*
AP European History:

R. R. Palmer

*note: this book is out of print. You may need to search multiple vendors to locate it.

America’s History, For the AP Course, 8th Edition
AP United States History:

James A. Henretta
ISBN-13: 978-1457628931

American Democracy Now
Political Economy:

Brigid Harrison
ISBN-13: 978-0073526393

An Ordinary Man
Developing Nations:

Paul Rusesabagina
ISBN-13: 978-0143038603

Archimedes and the Door of Science
Ancient History:

Jeanne Bendick
ISBN-13: 978-1883937126

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
AP World History:

Jared Diamond
ISBN-13: 978-0143117001

Colonial Encounters in the Age of High Imperialism
Developing Nations:

Scott B. Cook

Earth And Its Peoples
AP World History:

Richard W. Bulliet

Finding Nouf
Developing Nations:

Zoë Ferraris
ISBN-13: 978-0547237787

Global Studies: China
Developing Nations:

Zhiqun Zhu

Global Studies: The Middle East
Developing Nations:

Azzedine Layachi

Naked Economics
Political Economy:

Charles Wheelan
ISBN-13: 978-0393337648

Not So Quiet...
Modern European History:

Helen Zenna Smith

Political Economy:

Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN-13: 978-0316017930

The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century, Student Edition
United States History:

Gerald A. Danzer
ISBN-13: 978-0618689873

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version
Introduction to Christianity:

NRSV Bible Translation Committee
ISBN-13: 978-0195283808

The Western Tradition, Vol. 2: From the Renaissance to the Present
AP European History:

Eugen Weber

U.S. History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination
AP United States History:

John J. Newman
ISBN-13: 978-0789189042

World History: Patterns of Interaction
Ancient History & Modern European History:

Holt McDougal
ISBN-13: 978-0547491127

Advanced Placement French: Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination
AP French Language:

Richard Ladd
ISBN-13: 978-0133175370

Allons Au-dela!
AP French Language:

Inc. Pearson Education
ISBN-13: 978-0133179538

Bon voyage! Level 1 Workbook and Audio Activities
French 1:

Conrad Schmitt and McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN-13: 978-0078656323

Bon voyage! Level 1, Student Edition
French 1:

McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN-13: 978-0078791444

Bon voyage! Level 2 Workbook and Audio Activities Student Edition
French 2:


Bon voyage! Level 2, Student Edition
French 2:

McGraw-Hill Education

Bon voyage! Level 3, Student Edition
French 3:

McGraw-Hill Education

Bon voyage! Level 3, Workbook and Audio Activities Student Edition
French 3:

McGraw-Hill Education

Le Petit Nicolas
French 200:

ISBN-13: 978-2070364237

Une Fois Pour Toutes C2009 Student Edition
AP French Language:

Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0133611236

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Omnibus Workbook
Latin 1:

North American Cambridge Classics Project
ISBN-13: 978-0521787475

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Student's Text
Latin 1:

North American Cambridge Classics Project
ISBN-13: 978-0521782289

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 2 Student's Text
Latin 1:

Stephanie Pope
ISBN-13: 978-0521782296

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 3 Student's Text
Latin 2:

Stephanie Pope

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 4 Student's Text
Latin 3:

North American Cambridge Classics Project
ISBN-13: 978-0521534147

Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
Latin 3:

HarperCollins Publishers

Ovid: Amores, Metamorphoses
Survey of Latin Literature:

Charbra Adams Jestin
ISBN-13: 978-0865164314

The Student's Catullus
Survery of Latin Literature:

Daniel H. Garrison

Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6
Latin 3:

Barbara Weiden Boyd
ISBN-13: 978-0865167643

Español 1
Spanish 1:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616052515

Español 1: Practice Workbook 1
Spanish 1:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616052478

Español 1: Speaking and Listening Workbook 1
Spanish 1:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616052485

Español 2
Spanish 2:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616052560

Español 2: Practice Workbook 2
Spanish 2:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616052522

Español 2: Speaking and Listening Workbook 2
Spanish 2:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616053499

Español 3
Spanish 3:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616059101

Español 3: Practice Workbook 3
Spanish 3:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616059293

Español 3: Speaking and Listening Workbook 3
Spanish 3:

Inc. Santillana USA Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 978-1616059187

Algebra 2, Grades 9-12
Algebra 2:

Holt McDougal 

Calculus: A Complete Course
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and Multivariable Calculus:

Ross L. Finney
ISBN-13: 978-1256063957

Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach

Michael Serra
ISBN-13: 978-1559538824

Holt McDougal Larson Algebra 1: Student Edition 2011
Algebra 1:

Holt McDougal
ISBN-13: 978-0547315157

Precalculus with Limits
Math Analysis:

Ron Larson
ISBN-13: 978-1133947202

Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic

Franklin D. Demana
ISBN-13: 978-0131369061

Campbell Biology in Focus, AP Edition
AP Biology:

Michael L. Cain
ISBN-13: 978-0133102178

AP Chemistry:

Steven S. Zumdahl

Environmental Science: Your World, Your Turn
Environmental Science:

Jay Withgott
ISBN-13: 978-0133724752

Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology:

Edwin F. Bartholomew
ISBN-13: 978-0131362161

Fundamentals of Physics
AP Physics C:

David Halliday
ISBN-13: 978-0470547892

Holt McDougal Biology: Student Edition 2012

Holt McDougal
ISBN-13: 978-0547586663

Holt McDougal Physics: Student Edition 2012

Holt McDougal
ISBN-13: 978-0547586694

Modern Chemistry: Student Edition 2012

Holt McDougal
ISBN-13: 978-0547586632

Science Explorer: Chemical Building Blocks
Introduction to Physical Science:

Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0133651119

Science Explorer: Chemical Interactions
Introduction to Physical Science:

Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0133651126

Science Explorer: Motion, Forces, Energy
Introduction to Physical Science:

Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0133651133


Saundra K. Ciccarelli
ISBN-13: 978-0205973361