Everyone needs a goal to pursue, something to work towards, or a vision to live up to. Students at St. James School enter each day working to adhere to their Lower School (REACH) and Upper School (AGAPE) codes. Just as easy as it is to receive a negative point by doing the wrong thing, students must work hard to earn REACH or AGAPE points by living up to the elements of each (see bottom).

Students are also recognized each Monday during a full school awards ceremony. Each week grades 5 through 8 come together to celebrate each other’s successes and growth. Awards include:

  • Student of the Week: The student that was the best version of themselves the week before. 
  • On a Roll: Students that worked hard to achieve their goals.
  • Turned Up: Students with perfect attendance. 
  • I’m So Fly: Students with perfect uniform. 
  • Conduct Awards: Students with exemplary citizenship and zest for learning in each class. 
  • Culture Awards: Students are awarded for their commitment to our REACH and AGAPE school codes. 

UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 7 & 8)


“Agape is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. When you rise to love on this level, you love all…not because you like them, not because their ways appeal to you, but you love them because God loves them. This is what Jesus meant when he said love your enemies.”

As defined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • Be flexible: when life doesn’t go as expected be willing and able to adopt “Plan B”
  • Show respect and be open minded to those who are different
  • Change is a part of growth
  • Think about what is really important in life


  • Be thankful for all you’ve been given in life
  • Recognize what other people do for you and pay it forward
  • Say “thank you” and do something nice to show your appreciation
  • Respect the natural environment and all of its animals


  • Think about what behaviors or actions teachers expect of you
  • Find solutions to conflicts and show that you care about the feelings of others
  • Be sensitive and find ways to show you care about people other than your close friends
  • Identify what emotions you feel and respond in a mature way


  • Show love for all people even when you dislike their actions
  • Allow others to speak without interrupting
  • Keep your temper in check, use coping mechanisms
  • Stay committed to your goals


  • Finish what you start, even when frustrated
  • Do the right things especially when you don’t want to
  • Do the best you can with what you’ve been given
  • Try hard even after experiencing failure

LOWER SCHOOL (Grades 5 & 6)



  • Be prepared every day – come to school on time and in uniform
  • Take ownership of your actions, do not blame others
  • Handle disagreements maturely
  • Know what is expected of you in every situation


  • Try new games, food, and activities even if you haven’t liked them in the past
  • Show your classmates and teachers praise when they do well
  • Find something to look forward to each class
  • Believe that effort will improve your future


  • Demonstrate good listening skills, eye contact and posture
  • Notice when your classmates are feeling down and build them up
  • Be full of thought, consider the consequences of your choices, words and actions
  • Find a way to say please and thank you


  • Come to school ready to learn everyday
  • Read all directions, participate in class, ask questions
  • Be creative, take risks, don’t be afraid to fail
  • Always read your DEAR book when you have free time


  • Homework — Just do it!
  • Have a “no excuses” attitude
  • Go above and beyond what is asked
  • Set goals and make a plan to achieve them