Leanne

I am so lucky to attend a school where literally every person knows my name and genuinely cares about my well being.

I first visited Saint James when my brother, Andrew (Class of 2011), was in Saint George and the Dragon. I thought it was the funniest play I had ever seen, and I really wanted to one day participate in it because all of the kids in the crowd were so supportive of the Second Form students on the stage.

Before coming to Saint James, I attended an ordinary, public middle school where I rarely had over a half hour of homework and the environment was incredibly cliquey. Saint James, however, pushes you to involve yourself in every aspect of the school: academics, athletics, and the arts. This does not allow for any cliques. While the academics can be challenging, they force you to schedule your time as you have other commitments that are just as important to you.

When I did my shadow day, which Saint James calls a Day of Class, I got the full sense of the “Saint James experience.” I noticed how involved and kindhearted the teachers were, how normal it was for the other students to go out of their way to introduce themselves to you, and how the overall positive environment of the School is a reflection of the happiness and closeness of the students.

The community here is unrivalled in its closeness. Hugs, hanging out in other people’s rooms, and going to teachers’ houses to make cookies are typical, everyday events. Other schools, especially public schools, lack the environment to really experience and value this kind of intimacy. I am so lucky to attend a school where literally every person here knows my name and genuinely cares about my well being.

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