Student Programs


Dancing with the Students

In partnership with Dancing with the Students, our lower school students participate in ballroom dancing lessons to develop positive self-esteem, confidence, proper manners, and respect for others, all while having fun.

Tune Up Philly

St. James School partners with Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s  Tune Up Philly program to teach students trumpet, violin, and clarinet. Through the program students not only grow their musical skills, but also improve their cooperative learning and teamwork.

St. Mark’s Boys and Girls Choir

A group of St. James students are members of The Saint Mark’s Choir of Boys and Girls, which rehearses weekly and sings for mass on Sunday morning.  Being part of the choir gives students an outstanding after-school music education with professional choral training, music theory, leadership development, homework help, choir camps and trips, and a chorister stipend.

Students Run Philly Style

Our partnership with Students Run Philly Style, a program which pairs volunteer Running Leaders with teams of students to inspire them to complete of a full or a half marathon, strengthens our students’ bodies, as well as their courage and self-confidence.

Special Equestrians

St. James School partners with Special Equestrians’ GaitWays for School Success, an equine-facilitated learning (EFL) program, in which students participate in unmounted equine-assisted growth and learning activities leading up to riding sessions. Through the program, students learn leadership skills and have increased awareness and control of their emotions and behaviors.

Missoula Children’s Theater

St. James students work with Missoula Children’s Theater professionals twice each school year to learn, stage, and perform a play over the course of one week. Students learn important life skills through this performing arts experience.  

City Skies

Through the Franklin Institute’s City Skies program students use observational tools and NASA’s educational web content to knowledgeably explore the sky and increase their understanding of science, technology, and the city of Philadelphia.