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Our Starry, Starry Night!

Our Starry, Starry Night!

The atmosphere was celestial — dark paneled draping with strings of bulbs, glittered bowls with twinkling lights, cocktails pun-named "gin-terstellar & tonic" and "mars-garita," star stickers earned for visiting students' exhibits. It was a truly "An Interstellar...

What Happens on Weekends? Look and Listen!

What Happens on Weekends? Look and Listen!

Learn why students spend ‘days off’ on campus, what baptism really means, how children got adults to vote, and what one student learned by trying new things.

St. James Welcomes Two Servant Year Members

College is an exciting time in the life of young adults, and it comes with a lot of questions. One of the biggest that each person wrestles with is: "What is next?" The Servant Year program is a partnership between St. James School, Saint Mark's Church and the...

Opening Doors Ceremony: A Welcoming Tradition on Clearfield Street

A light morning rain on Monday, September 10th did not dampen the joy filling the St. James School Dining Room for a favorite school tradition — the annual Opening Doors Ceremony. In fact, every inch of space in the school’s Dining Room was filled with students,...

Congratulations 2018 Graduates

The fourteen students became the fourth graduating class of St. James: Mackenzie Austin — Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Makiyah Blackwood — West Catholic Preparatory High School Jerome Brothers — Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School Cherrelle Charlton —...

Serving Across the Country

Service is an important part of the identity of St. James School, and we love when our graduates continue to live out this important practice in their own lives. To support and encourage this value, St. James put together a graduate service trip to Beaver Island,...

Class of 2018 Graduation

As the 11 month school year comes to a close, the eighth grade students at St. James got ready to say “goodbye, see you soon” as they move on to high school. The graduation ceremonies began with a meaningful Baccalaureate mass on Friday, June 15th, after the last day...

Get Your Game On

St. James students battle it out for the title of House Cup champions. Upon arriving at St. James in 5th grade, each student gets chosen into one of four value-based houses: Benevolentia for kindness Humilitas for humility Industria for diligence Patientia for...

Quarter Million Plus in Scholarships Raised at Fun, Festive Benefit

Over 250 guests gathered at the Union League on Monday May 21, 2018 for the 4th Annual Dr. Audrey Evans Scholarship Benefit, celebrating "The Sound and Spirit of St. James School." The joyous event included an orchestra performance by St. James students, recognition...

Wanamaker Week 2018

The week of April 30th marked St. James School’s second annual Wanamaker Week, a week-long celebration of our Wanamaker Scholarship Society donors - those who contribute from $2,500 to over $30,000 annually and are united by their passion for educational equity. The...

Exciting Expansion News

In the fall of 2018, we will welcome 16 4th graders! Construction has begun! We hired Cicada Architecture Planning and MayDay Construction to creatively expand and reconfigure the current ground-floor art classroom as the new 4th grade classroom and art room. The...

Professionals of Color Share their Stories on Career Day

[column col="3/4"] Career Day 2018 brought an impressive roster of professionals of color to our campus for presentations and lively Q&A sessions with students. The volunteers who came to share their personal career stories made an important contribution to our...

2nd Annual Black History Month Living Wax Museum

On Friday, February 23rd, St. James School hosted its 2nd Annual Black History Month Living Wax Museum. To celebrate Black History Month, all students brought noteworthy historical black figures to life by dressing in costume and giving biographical presentations. The...

St. James Celebrates MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 16th, marked St. James School's 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Prayer, Service and Action. The day started with a prayer service led by School Chaplain, Fr. Andrew Kellner. Reading from Reverend King’s last Christmas sermon at Ebenezer...

St. David’s Field Dedicated

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, St. David's Field was dedicated at St .James School. With the help of confirmands, adult sponsors and Rector of St. David's Church The Rev. Frank Allen, a new green space was officially commissioned for the St. James School community and...

Donor Twin Challenge Over 222 Gifts

Thanks to you, we surpassed our goal of 222 and will receive an additional $22,000 from generous donors. OPENING DOORS TO LIFELONG LEARNING Over the summer, Founding Board Members Philip Price, Jim Ballengee, and Douglas Marshall challenged St. James School to raise...

Opening Doors 2017-2018

It seems that every year, St. James School is blessed with beautiful weather for the annual Opening Doors ceremony. Monday, September 11, 2017, was no exception as the school celebrated the beginning of year 7. Sixteen years after the tragic events of 9/11, the...

Chef Featured on Safe Kids Website

Chef Deborah Anthony is always cooking up something good...and this story is all about her and the wonderful lunches she prepares for St. James School students! See full story here: https://safekidsstories.com/smells-like-someone-cares-e85df6bcc844

Student Documentary Captures St. James Difference

Luke Miani and Noah Rubin, now graduates of Lower Merion High School, partnered on their senior project to create a 17-minute documentary about St. James School amid the educational crisis in the city of Philadelphia. During the final weeks of class at Lower Merion,...

Summer Camp: Four Weeks of Learning & Fun

Summer at St. James provides a unique opportunity for our students to grow and learn in an environment that reminds them that learning can be fun. And this year was no exception, thanks in part to the gifts of St. James School partner churches Church of St....

Grad Spotlight: Nydira ’17

Since joining St. James School in 2013, Nydira has excelled in the classroom—she earned High Honors numerous times, won the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, snagged the Head of School’s Ambassador Award of Excellence, and became Student of the Week too many times to count. In 2016, she received the Ellis Trust Grant and was a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars National Semi-Finalist. Nydira’s hard work over the years has paid off! She delivered the commencement address as the class of 2017 Valedictorian and will attend William Penn Charter School in the fall.

2017 Year End Ceremonies

Congratulations, Class of 2017 [layerslider id="10"] On the eve of graduation, students, staff, and families gathered Friday, June 16 for the 2017 Baccalaureate Mass at the Church of St. James the Less, a pre-graduation celebration. Led by school chaplain The Rev....

A Win-Win: House Cup

It is said that good players inspire themselves and great players inspire others. St. James School laid the foundations of good sportsmanship and good times with its 3rd annual House Cup Day, held Friday, June 16, 2017. To develop a positive school culture, St. James...

First Rowing Experience

St. James students added a new skill set to their resume -- rowing! Thanks to a unique partnership with Philadelphia Gold Cup Challenge, students had the opportunity to train with experts (and even some Olympians) in the fundamentals of rowing. Gold Cup volunteers...

Traffic Protest Featured

St. James School's recent traffic protest was featured in Philly Tribune. Read full story here: http://www.phillytrib.com/news/st-james-school-an-integral-part-of-community/article_296b0399-eb99-5833-901e-7f9615982361.html

Neighborhood Protest

The Philadelphia Tribune - St. James School took part in a protest to help protect neighbors along the neighboring streets, arguing that new traffic devices would cause great danger for children and adults alike. See the full story here:...

Enrichment Club is Building Foundations

The historic Church of St. James the Less (est. 1846) is a designated National Historic Landmark, a distinction marking it as a property of significance for all Americans. Both Partners for Sacred Places and the National Park Service combined curriculums to begin an...

2017 Benefit Reaches for the Future

2017 Dr. Audrey Evans Scholarship Benefit OUR STUDENTS. OUR FUTURE.   On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, St. James School transported The Union League of Philadelphia into the future with the 3rd annual Dr. Audrey Evans Scholarship Benefit. This event was themed Our...

The Court Dedicated

St. James School's New Recreation Area Officially Recognized “Play is the work of childhood.”—Jean Piaget, psychologist (1896–1980) All children need a safe place to play. And while St. James School is blessed to have a pastoral campus--with stately trees, ornamental...

Tax Day 2017: New Program to Give

ATTENTION INDIVIDUALS:  LEARN HOW A NEW PROGRAM ALLOWS YOU TO REDIRECT YOUR TAX DOLLARS FROM HARRISBURG TO ST. JAMES SCHOOL. ARE YOU SENDING YOUR TAXES TO HARRISBURG... You may be asking: Why on earth is St. James School telling us about taxes?! An exciting new...

Grad Spotlight: Tynae ’16

Meet Tynae Class of 2016, Future Veterinarian At St. James School, Tynae truly blossomed. She excelled inside the classroom as well as participated in numerous activities outside the classroom including school musicals, student ambassadors, art honor society, and as a...

Grad Spotlight: Keenan ’16

Meet Keenan Class of 2016, Future Engineer Keenan struggled academically at first, but in time he earned Student of the Week at St. James—then he earned it a few more times. He began to flourish and, after expressing an interest in engineering, spent a day shadowing...

Holy Week 2017

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” -- Saint Augustine Our Holy Week journey began by celebrating Palm Sunday during our weekly Thursday Mass. The school community gathered at the schoolhouse and then processed with palms to the Church of St. James...

Rally for Speed Safety

For decades, the streets around St. James School have been plagued by speeding drivers. In 2000, a little boy was struck and killed by a speeding car on the corner of Clearfield and Hunting Park. From 2000 to 2009, neighbors of Allegheny West including Rose Cooper,...

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