Nationally & Locally Recognized For Excellence

Saint James School (Pre-K – Grade 8) is a proud recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence.   This award recognizes high-performing schools, where students rank at the top of their peer group nationwide in both reading and math on standardized tests.  On the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, Saint James students consistently score several years above grade level, and the yearly gains made by each group of students exceed expected progress.

Kindergarten – 8th Grade Program

Saint James School has been a leading choice for educating children in Manchester and surrounding towns since it first opened its doors in 1922.  Many changes have happened at the school since then, but the basic principles that have turned generations of Saint James graduates into compassionate, disciplined, critical thinkers have not.

Pre-Kindergarten Program

Saint James School offers a comprehensive Pre-K program in a nurturing Christian environment. As part of the Saint James community, children have an enriching experience that includes various opportunities to be part of what they fondly refer to as “the big school.” It’s a unique environment that cannot be found elsewhere.

Latest News

  • Book Fair Fun!October 3, 2022 - 1:10 am

    Our Scholastic Book Fair is up and running!  The book fair is a great way to encourage reading and build home libraries.  It is also a great way to support our school as 50% of all purchases go directly to the school.

  • Kindergarten STREAM Fun!September 23, 2022 - 1:59 am

    Today during their STREAM Special with Mrs. Poth, our Kindergarten students listened to the Dr. Seuss favorite “Ten Apples Up On Top”, then engineered their own contraption to hold ten apples. 

  • New Innovation Lab Dedicated to Longtime VolunteerSeptember 21, 2022 - 10:40 am

    In commemoration of FIFTY YEARS of volunteer service to our school community, Saint James School has dedicated our new STREAM Innovation Lab in honor of Mrs. Carol O’Neill.  The dedication was formally announced along with the unveiling of the STREAM Innovation Lab at our Centennial Open House event this past Sunday.