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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

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.



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

  • Class of 2020 Get TogetherAugust 7, 2020 - 9:12 am

    Since we were unable to have our traditional Grade 8 Banquet in June due to the pandemic, last evening Saint James School brought the Class of 2020 back to our campus for a special get-together. Students enjoyed Pizza – made and cooked right on the spot in a wood-burning oven – and specially made desserts while catching up and signing each other’s yearbooks. Here are

  • Return to In-Person Learning Q&A and WebpageAugust 7, 2020 - 3:29 am

    With just over a month to go until the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we thought it would be helpful to have a page on our website where everything is posted regarding the protocol for this upcoming school year.  In addition to our two published plans (K-8 and Pre-K) you will also find a […]

  • Health Form ReminderAugust 7, 2020 - 3:17 am

    As a reminder from Mrs. Vignati, per state mandate students entering PRE-KINDERGARTEN, KINDERGARTEN and 7TH GRADE must have an updated physical form (pertaining to a physical within the last year) on file with the school prior to starting school this year.  Health forms are required even if your student will be doing DISTANCE learning. If you […]