From the Headmaster
Founded in 1842, Saint James School is the oldest Episcopal boarding school based on the English model in the United States. We are a co-educational boarding school with a smaller day student program, located near Hagerstown, Maryland, just over an hour from the nation’s capital. Our campus is situated on a picturesque 100 acres surrounded by more than 600 acres of School-owned farm land. Approximately 240 students divided into Forms II-VI (grades 8-12) attend Saint James School.
Tradition is still very much a part of the fabric of our school. Morning chapel, along with family-style meals, are time-honored institutions, as is our honor code and our high expectations for community involvement and personal behavior. In these ways, we seek to prepare young men and women both for academic success in college and to be leaders for good in the world. Because of our strong tradition of academic excellence, with competitive athletics and a full program in the arts, Saint James competes with the most selective boarding schools in the nation. With a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, we are able to give our students specialized personal attention to meet their needs both within and outside of the classroom. Saint James School is committed to developing the “whole person,” helping to develop and nurture our students’ talents and intelligences, and challenging them to grow academically, athletically, musically, artistically, socially and morally. Our more traditional values and structure also contribute to a close, safe and supportive residential community.
Saint James offers a strong sense of community, and one in which faculty and staff care deeply about the development and well-being of each student. At Saint James, every student is important. We provide a solid liberal arts education with electives for enrichment and the exploration of new interests. Our programs stimulate and challenge young men and women to cultivate their strengths and improve their skills in multiple disciplines—but most of all to be better people: resilient and self-confident, caring and helpful.
At present, our students represent 15 states and 17 countries. Just under forty percent of our student body receives financial aid, providing socio-economic diversity. Our geographic, cultural and religious diversity add to a culture and learning environment that is rich, varied and rewarding.
All Saint James graduates attend four-year colleges. The Saint James experience (academic, residential, athletic, musical, artistic, social and moral) prepares students for the social and academic challenges to come, positioning them for successful careers in a wide range of professions and business endeavors throughout the country and the world. We hope you will visit us to see Saint James for yourself.
The Revd. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan
The Revd. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan was appointed headmaster of Saint James School in June of 1992. A teacher and chaplain at both the school and university levels before he came to Saint James, he is one of the few Episcopal priests still serving as the head of a secondary school in the United States. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Father Dunnan holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Harvard University and master's and doctoral degrees in theology from Oxford University in England.