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

  • Reminder: SJS SpiritwearJuly 26, 2021 - 5:12 am

    Show your school spirit and support SJS with Saint James School Spiritwear!  Please note that the Navy shorts, Navy Sweatpants, and Navy Sweatshirts (only) MAY be worn to school on Gym day (for grades K – 8).  The Gray t-shirt required for gym day, however, must be from Lands’ End or Dennis Uniform company. If […]

  • Have A GREAT Summer!June 15, 2021 - 7:07 am

    As another year of learning comes to a close we wish to Thank You again for choosing to be part of the Saint James School family, and for the various ways that each of you help make Saint James School such a special place!   We wish everyone a healthy, relaxing Summer Vacation and look […]

  • Last Day PicturesJune 15, 2021 - 3:19 am

    Today our students enjoyed an end-of-year Celebration of Mass in their classrooms, enjoyed an awards ceremony over intercom, and had an ice cream treat from Highland Park Market compliments of HPM and Father Cavanaugh. Congratulations to …