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Academics at Saint James
Saint James students dig deep, embracing intellectual challenge and stretching themselves in broad exploration of core academic disciplines.
Small classes (typically 10-12 students) ensure engagement and mastery of material. A variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, 16 total, allow interested students to pursue subjects in greater depth. Electives are offered to upper-form students for enrichment and the exploration of new interests.
Saint James supports our students in ways that only a community of this size and character can. Expert teaching, advising, and mentoring help them cultivate the confidence, skills, and habits of mind that lead to success in college—and beyond.
Here, you'll major in discovery and specialize in trying new things. Rather than narrow your focus now, you'll explore a broad liberal arts curriculum, building a balanced mind and a nuanced understanding of the world.
In individual and cooperative settings, students learn creative problem solving, strengthen analytical reasoning skills, and explore the benefits of technology.
A lab-based approach to biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, anatomy, physiology, and robotics builds skills of scientific reasoning, quantitative problem solving, and data analysis.
Promotes critical thinking and powerful expression through expository writing and close analysis of the great works of American, British, and world literature.
History, religious studies & Social sciences
Through research, analysis, writing, and discussion of significant figures and events, students deepen their understanding of and facility with powerful ideas.
Through study and practice of music, theater, and visual arts, students immerse themselves in creative thought while discovering or honing personal expression.
Classical & Modern languages
After having the opportunity of building facility with Latin, students tackle either Spanish or French—building language skills while exploring the literature, history, and values of other cultures.
Well rounded and
The Saint James approach leads students to develop the exact set of skills, experiences, and intangibles colleges are looking for:
- Four years of rigorous coursework in five subject areas, including a foreign language.
- Critical and creative thinking.
- Intellectual curiosity.
- A varied slate of extracurriculars.
- Leadership experience.
- Strong citizenship, generosity of spirit, and personal integrity.
- Demonstrated ability to work hard, manage time well, juggle multiple responsibilities, and thrive.
There is no better preparation for college.
The College Process
Starting in 3rd Form (9th grade), each Saint James student receives personalized, step-by-step guidance and encouragement through the college preparation, search, and application process.
The Best Preparation
Academic Benefits of
Boarding means more time with your teachers and deeper relationships. The 24/7 immersion in our community creates additional opportunities to develop independence, resilience, and self-motivation, providing the best preparation for the demands of college.