Student Programs

Vetri Cooking Lab

Vetri Cooking Lab is a program for students 4th through 6th grade that focuses on cooking, nutrition, and food education featuring STEM core concepts. Developed by the culinary and education experts at Vetri, this program is designed to empower students to make healthy choices by arming them with knowledge about their food and hands-on preparation of food items. Participants in the program will learn what real food is and what it’s best, as well as where to find it and what to do with it. The curriculum recipes are tailored to make the most of limited settings and teach a wide range of culinary skills needed to prepare nutritious, delicious and affordable meals.

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.

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.