My three children all attend Saint James School - grades first, fourth, and seventh. My oldest came into SJS in fourth grade. She was academically far behind after four years in public school. It took her most of the school year to catch up, but the teachers were supportive, and willing to stay after
... Read more school for her. She is never asked to tutor her fellow students. She is always given work to meet her needs, is challenged and is never bored. She also loves the basketball program which has been an unexpected blessing. My middle child has always been a bit of a dreamer, and can get lost in class. He has been taken out of the classroom for extra tutoring in math, and has received speech services which have helped with his reading. My youngest can be a bit of a discipline problem. His teacher has clear rules, and there are punishments. His teacher says he is now one of the best in class. I wasn't certain if we could afford the tuition, but after having my children shadow at the school for the day, it was clear it was a sacrifice we had to make for them. We do apply for financial aid every year, and there is a well stocked uniform closet to help defray expenses. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/16/13
This year we are starting our 4th year at St. James. We transferred in when my oldest entered 5th grade. Our kids made the transition from single-class-per-grade to two-classes-per-grade much easier than we imagined. The benefits of the larger environment are both academic and social. There is
... Read more a monthly printed newsletter to keep everyone in the loop, as well as the school website for day to day information and a Facebook page for fun stuff. You will always know what is going on at school! We have no regrets about transferring our kids to St. James. It was the best thing we could have done. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/02/13
This is our first year at St James and I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing experience this has been! It's not just a school, it's a community - my kids' (grades 2 & 3) classmates welcomed them with open arms and helped ease their transition to a new school. We transferred from a smaller parochial
... Read more school in town and we are blown away with the level of education St James offers. This was what I always expected from a parochial or private school. My 2nd grader is learning techniques for test prep through highlighting and testing! Wow! My 3rd grader is taking Spanish (in addition to our family's native language outside of school) - the instructor has high expectations, but we expect nothing else. The other parents have welcomed us into the community and we can see where the children have learned their compassion. Mrs. Kanute, the principal, greets every child by name in the morning and makes sure they make it safely to the playground. It's wonderful to see her so involved on a personal level. We are happy to see what more is in store for us! :) Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/26/12
This is a national Blue Ribbon school, and rightly so. The teachers are wonderful -- very concerned and willing to go out of their way to work with students and parents. There is a very caring atmosphere. It is well equipped and provides and excellent education at all levels. Our child transferred from
... Read more another school, so we are really aware of the differences. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/28/11
I am giving this school an average rating because I have mixed feelings. The good: strong education, sets high standards for students in areas of academics, civic, personal and moral behavior, supports athletics and the arts. Concerns: Learned through internet search that one of the middle school
... Read more teachers does not uphold the same personal or moral values expected in this setting. Unfortunately my daughter and her friends found this information on their own. Very upsetting for her to see and for me to try to explain. We love our school, but the school administration needs to be more selective and thorough when hiring staff. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/19/10
This school has been excellent for my 3 children. It offers discipline while still providing a loving and caring environment. The teachers are amazing and help any child who asks for it. It is amazing in athletics and academics. The academics include Spanish, which helped my children in high school.
... Read more The school is also very welcoming to new students, which is most likely the reason for the size of the school. My oldest child is graduating high school and going on to UVA., and my other two children are at Northwest Catholic High School and receiving high honors. I love ths school and would recommend it to anyone! Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/05/10
I am a parent of two children at St. James in grades 6 and 8, I am very pleased with the high academic standards that are set and enforced. It has been a great experience for my children and I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone.
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Posted by a parent on 11/22/09
School has a high degree of effort spent on raising money. After paying a huge tuitiion for my daughter, she was told to get summer help. Will go back to public school system as the resources for additional help is more competent. Not racially balanced and school projects a caste system that is way
... Read more out of line with reality. If you are not part of the Mom's Club you are an outsider. Not a school for projecting compassionate surroundings for others less fortunate. My daughter will not return in September. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/01/09
i am a student in 6th grade and i just love this school i wouldnt want to go anywhere else were all a big family and treat eachother very well. all the teachers are very nice and activities we have here are so great!
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Posted by a student on 01/01/09
My daughter and son have already graduated from St. James and my third child is in 5th grade. We made the switch from public school when my daughter was in 6th grade. Her grades were slipping because the teachers had no control over the classroom. She, and my sons, thrived at St. James. There is structure
... Read more and discipline, but the kids are taught basic religious principles like respect, kindness, compassion for the less fortunate and how to contribute positively to society through community service. The active participation of the parents in school activities makes all the difference. The teachers know we are partners in helping our children grow into fine adults. This school gives a very solid foundation and the students strive to do their best academically. Having volunteered for years as a lunch duty parent, I can honestly say the kids at this school are really fine youngsters. Read less
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Manchester schools — St. James School is located at 73 Park St, Manchester CT 06040. 73 Park St is in the 06040 ZIP code in Manchester, CT The school district for St. James School is the Archdiocese Of Hartford. St. James School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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