St. James School is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underresourced students in a nurturing environment. The school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students.

Founding Story

Click here for a brief history of the mission to open St. James School


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What Sets Us Apart

St. James School is more than a middle school. We are committed to walking alongside graduates through high school and beyond—providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring and all the tools they need to succeed. Learning does not stop in mid-afternoon—with 10-11 hours of programming a day, Saturday school twice a month, and a school year that stretches until the end of July.

While our focus is on a students’ academic needs, their emotional and physical health is just as important, St. James School provides: an experienced chef who makes inspired, healthy family-style meals; an onsite nurse practitioner; a team of trained mental health professionals who help students work through trauma and other adversity; extraordinary teachers and staff who are committed to going above and beyond every day.

St. James community members collect and deliver clothes and food to families who are struggling to make ends meet. Several live on campus and, even on their days off, can be found playing pick-up basketball games or helping with homework. With the investment of a wide network of donors, volunteers and friends, we see every day the incredible impact we are having here in North Philadelphia.

The St. James School Difference:
Educating the Whole Child

Today, St. James School provides a much needed alternative for the children of Allegheny West, serving 63 students in grades 5-8, as well as its graduates.

  • Tuition-free model where all students receive full scholarships

  • Rigorous academic programs including a unique array of enrichment activities like robotics, instrumental music, rowing, and chicken tending

  • Faith-based learning in the Episcopal tradition

  • Small classes of 18 or less students per grade

  • Extended day, week, and year

  • 5:1 student/instructor ratio

  • Positive, nurturing, and holistic school culture

  • Comprehensive, ongoing high school placement and graduate support

  • Extensive family engagement, with parents committed to
    volunteering four Saturdays annually

  • Picturesque campus with safe, green space to play and learn

  • Freshly prepared healthy meals served family-style

  • Computer and iPad access for each child

  • Summer learning program includes an overnight camp

Annual Reports

2015-16 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

2012-13 Annual Report

2011-12 Annual Report



ANTI-DISCRIMINATION St. James School admits students of any race, color, religion, nationality, gender, and ethnic origin to all privileges, programs and activities at the school. St. James School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies.

Please read about our commitment to anti-racism education