Admission is guided by the following criteria:
- Demonstrable academic achievement appropriate to the grade level (at the Preschool level this is determined in terms of readiness).
- Demonstrable aptitude and behavioral patterns for academic work.
- Family belief in private, Christian education.
St. James selects those children who meet its academic standards and who, in its judgment, will benefit most from a progressive curriculum and nurturing environment. Positions will be offered to qualified students as space permits. Families who receive written notification of acceptance, must return the enrollment contract, along with the registration fee, birth certificate, and immunization record, within ten days of notification to reserve the student's place for the next school year.
The following students will be given priority regarding admission:
- Applicants with siblings currently enrolled
- Applicants whose parents are alumni of SJDS
- Applicants whose parents are parishioners of St. James' Church
When a class reaches maximum enrollment, a waiting list will be developed consisting of all qualified applicants, and parents will be notified should a vacancy occur.
St. James Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
Preschool Applicants may enroll in St. James' Primary I class on the first school day following their third birthday if they are potty-trained. Applicants for the Primary II program must be 3 years-old by June 1st, and 4 years-old by September 1 for the Pre-Kindergarten program. St. James Primary I students move directly into our Primary II program the school term following their first year unless the teacher, Curriculum and Assessment Director, and parent agree that the child is prepared to enter Pre-K.
FIRST - SEVENTH GRADE
St. James Day School was established to provide academic excellence. The Head of School has the final decision regarding the acceptance and placement of students. St. James recognizes its inability to provide special services such as speech, hearing, behavior modification, or learning disability tutoring. Therefore, there are valid reasons why St. James must set definite requirements for entrance. While we do practice differentiated instruction to teach to individual learning styles, if the time comes when the School feels it can no longer serve a student successfully, a discussion is held with the parents to help them find a school which can supply those services we cannot provide. New applicants for grades 1-6 must provide two teacher recommendations from their previous schools, copies of report cards and standardized tests, and any special services documentation in their academic file. If necessary, we will arrange to have applicants take the Stanford 10 Achievement Test and/or the Otis Lennon School Ability Test to determine if we can best serve the student. Students who are accepted to SJDS will be admitted when a space becomes available in a particular class. Grades 1-6 maintain a maximum class size of 18 students per section.