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

  • Hour of Code and National Family Code NightDecember 6, 2021 - 8:10 am

    This week, all K-8 students will again be participating in the worldwide initiative #HourofCode2021 during their STREAM classes in honor of Computer Science Education Week. In addition, this year SJS families also are invited to participate in the fun of coding at home by attending a special NATIONAL FAMILY CODE NIGHT on Tues, Dec 7 […]

  • Celebrating St. Nicholas DayDecember 6, 2021 - 2:01 am

    In keeping with tradition, our Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students left one shoe outside their classroom this morning in celebration of St. Nicholas Day (Feast Day of St. Nicholas).  More commonly observed in Northern Europe, St. Nicholas Day is…

  • 3rd Grade Ice Cream Cake Slice SculpturesDecember 6, 2021 - 1:03 am

    During their art class on Friday, 3rd graders used the dab-and-fold method with markers and model magic to create fun colors for their five-layer ice cream cake slice sculptures.  These unique creations will be glazed and saved for display in the Spring art show.  Great job Sabers!