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Saint James School is a boarding school located near both Washington, DC and Baltimore for students in grades 8-12. 

Founded in 1842, Saint James is a coeducational, Episcopal school that welcomes students of all backgrounds and faiths. Located in central Maryland on a 100-acre campus surrounded by 700 acres of school-owned farm land, Saint James is five miles south of Hagerstown and 70 miles from both Washington, DC and Baltimore.

Saint James is primarily a boarding school with a smaller day student program, and the school prides itself on offering a personalized approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment. As a result of the strong tradition of academic excellence, with competitive athletics and a full program in the arts, Saint James School challenges its students to grow academically, athletically, artistically, socially, and morally.

Saint James School At-A-Glance

Saint James Chapel
Time-HOnored Traditions

Tradition is 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.

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Lifelong Success

Portrait of a graduate:Miles Ahead

Spread across the globe, our alumni are anchors in their communities and leaders of their professions. We recognize them by the qualities they share.

'Leader for good' is embedded in my soul. I always remember that simple phrase and try to live up to that powerful mission.

Dave Rath '85

Saint James student
SJS Graduates are:

Equipped with big ideas and powerful skills, able to distinguish themselves in any setting.

Two SJS graduates at Commencement
SJS Graduates Are:

Self-confident, well-spoken, and fearless.

A female student sits at a desk
SJS Graduates Are:

Comfortable speaking the truth and living by their principles.

A member of the Chapel Choir speaking during Lessons & Carols
SJS Graduates Are:

Kind and moral, people with the desire to lead for good.


Saint James School Diversity Statement

Saint James School is an Episcopal boarding school which is committed to the academic, moral, and spiritual education of our students and to the Church’s vision of a just society. As such, we believe in fostering a diverse, inclusive, and safe community wherein all students, faculty, and staff are supported and encouraged to learn and grow in respectful relationship with each other. We are therefore also committed to having difficult conversations in which we explore our differences of experience and perspective in good faith and in the firm belief in God’s love for all of us.

Non-Discriminatory Statement

Saint James School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, ethnic origin, or any other protected category in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid program, athletic and other School-administrated programs, or employment practices in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

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Accreditations and Affiliations

Accredited jointly by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education.

Member of the Cum Laude Society, NACAC, PCACAC, ACCIS, College Board, NAIS, AIMS, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools.

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SJS At-a-Glance

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360 Campus Tour

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Benefits of Boarding

Why boarding school? Discover why you should live and learn at SJS!

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