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

  • Observing Ash WednesdayFebruary 14, 2024 - 2:28 am

    Today our K-8 students observed Ash Wednesday with a prayer service with Father Marcin and Deacon Ramon, with Pre-K3 through Grade 8 students having the opportunity to receive ashes.  Since today is also Valentine’s Day, our students/staff also participated in a $1.00+ dress down day in support of The American Heart Association.

  • 3rd Grade Science FunFebruary 9, 2024 - 9:25 am

    SJS 3rd graders have been learning about small animals and habitats as part of their science lessons. On Wednesday students dissected (sanitized) owl “pellets,” as part of their lessons on owls and what they eat. Third graders are also…

  • Pre-K Field Trip to KindergartenFebruary 6, 2024 - 1:06 am

    Today our Pre-K4 students visited the big school Kindergarten classrooms AND spent some time in the Innovation Lab with Mrs. Poth.  The innovation lab, where students explore coding, engineering, and other STEM-related topics) is one of the weekly specials students at SJS enjoy beginning in Kindergarten.