Wow, what a great school indeed! The teachers are fabulous and that is the most important thing. They are so dedicated, professional and patient - I don't know how they do it all. If you are looking for a school that is the whole package, this is it. Faith, community, safety, academics, arts, music,
... Read more foreign language, lab sciences, technology, field trips...nothing is missing. Parents are really involved too, and that is a positive thing. I can't stress enough, from the warm and loving preschool, through the fun and challenging younger grades, to the high achieving upper grades, what a great experience this school will provide your child. I am so happy my children have been here. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/13/12
Saint James Academy is an excellent school!. My child has thrived here. The academics are above standard, (the school is adding Ipads this year), the teachers care about the children and there is a strong sense of community. Parents are encouraged to be involved with volunteering and are welcome in
... Read more the classrooms. The children are taught to be kind and to respect one another. The school truly is a gem and we are could not be more proud to send our child here. Definitely check it out! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/23/12
I have had the opposite experience from some previous posters: I love this school, the teachers and the principal. First grade was fantastic for my child, and we love the teacher. She is great with the kids - loving, patient, kind, firm, and dedicated. She taught them so much! I don't know why
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Posted by a parent on 10/15/11
Another Christian value is honestly. How many of last year's graduating class tested into geometry? The year before the school shared with the parents the high school math placement scores. They bragged about the high number of kids that tested into geometry. Last year's class parents could not get
... Read more an answer out of the principal - because she knew the scores were a reflection on the poor math teaching skills this class had received. Last year's class was taught math for two years by in inept teacher and their math scores reflected it. This inept teacher is still at the school. Read less
Posted by a other on 09/26/11
Good grief ! The negative comments seem more focused on the personal struggles parents have rather than the quality of education children receive here. Enrollment is down like many private schools in poor economic times. Also, there are some excellent alternatives nearby in the public schools and
... Read more a competing Catholic school which opened within the past five years. St. James Academy is a traditional, Catholic education for K-8 students. The standards are high and parents are expected to help bring their children along in the Faith, volunteer for the school or parish, and help in fundraising efforts. We're expected to act like ...well, Christians and I am glad the standards are what they are here. It shows in the results. The results are indisputable. SJA graduates go on to high schools like Cathedral Catholic, St Augustine Prep, Our Lady of Peace, Santa Fe Christian, as well as the fine public schools. It is not an exception to hear that SJA graduates attend Notre Dame, Boston College, Villanova, Stanford, Berkeley, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, UCLA, USD,DePaul, USC, among others, SJA Graduates become achievers. Submitted by Brian Brady Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/21/11
I feel badly for parents who may be conned by the glowing reviews. They probably have been written by St. James employees or parent volunteers. In a nutshell, the teachers simply do not care. The cold, unapproachable principal's main concern is money. Parent volunteers are allowed to play favorites.
... Read more It is true that St. James does rely heavily on parent volunteerism. These parents truly run the show. One parent coach played her own daughter and her daughter's friends heavily while letting other equally skilled girls sit on the bench. Many parents were furious and complained, but the principal did nothing. Another BIG volunteer and PTA member put extremely inappropriate photos on her Facebook regarding her child's class project. The principal was made aware. Again, she took no action. The parent is still a HUGE presence at the school. This, and the poor quality of teachers compelled us to find a new school. Our children BLOOMED in their new school. The teachers actually care about their students. Volunteers are not authority figures. The teams are coached by professionals. The Christmas program is run by teachers. It is such relief it is to be out of such a poorly run school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/18/11
Opinions are subjective. Lets be fair as to what this school is about. 1) Small school - 1 class per grade. 2) Solid academics - The bar is set high and can be challenging at times for all. 3) Well funded. - active parents organize and raise A LOT of money that not only fill a $900 gap per student
... Read more but provides for additional expenses. 4) excellent facility. - Smart boards in every class, updated computers, very nice buildings. Strong financial management. 5) Strong family connections -'parents in prayers' groups, parents in class. Social fund raisers. 6) Noticeably well mannered and mature students. The expectations are high at this school and it can be challenging for almost all at times - for parents as well. 1 class per grade and they don't teach to Lowest common denominator. This may not be best for some, although as they strive to hit the bar and meet the challenge they learn more than a mediocre experience. No school or teacher is perfect. Not all parents will get along. Maybe because its smaller the little issue become larger in scale to some. St James is an academical above-average school that will more than prepare your child for the next step. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/07/11
Saint James Academy, I give it two thumbs down. Moving on after this year is over.
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Posted by a parent on 04/04/11
A once great school that has gone to the dogs. The staff, parents and new principal all deserve their current miserable state. The school is in major financial trouble despite the flood of Range Rovers, Mercedes and other high-end vehicles driven by the "Housewives of Orange County" wannabes. It's perhaps
... Read more one of the only Catholic schools I've ever seen where the priest is so detached most kids have no idea who he is. The parish is in financial ruin and so is the school. With the value of the land - and many rumors about the dioceses selling the land - I doubt SJA will be around in 5 years. Go someplace else...St. John in Encinitas or Notre Dame in Carmel Valley. We moved our one child and it's like shackles were removed. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/27/11
I have two boys at this school and although they are not above average they are doing fine. There is no perfect school. This school has its issues, but the new principal is very approachable and willing to work with each family if you have a legitimate concern. Everyone from the front office staff
... Read more to the junior high staff really cares about the kids. The curriculum is challenging (but that's what we want, right?) and the kids are definitely not taught down to, but the teachers are willing work with your child if needed. There are lots of after school options, and activities from sports to homework club. If you are looking for a challenging curriculum, good teachers, and a place where your kids can grow spiritually and academically this is a good school for you. Read less
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Solana Beach schools — St. James Academy is located at 623 S Nardo Ave, Solana Beach CA 92075. 623 S Nardo Ave is in the 92075 ZIP code in Solana Beach, CA The school district for St. James Academy is the Diocese Of San Diego. St. James Academy is a Catholic school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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