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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

  • Reminder: Picture Day is MondaySeptember 18, 2020 - 10:15 am

    Individual Pictures will be taken on Monday, September 21st  For students in grades K-8, this is considered a DRESS DOWN (or “Dress Up”) Day, where students will come to school in whatever you want their picture taken in.  They will wear that attire for the entire school day.  Please note all student attire must adhere […]

  • Lands’ End Uniform SaleSeptember 18, 2020 - 3:05 am

    Lands’ End will be having a sale of 40% off school uniform items September 17th – 23rd.  To activate the sale, use CODE: PALS and PIN: 3615

  • Mum Sale/FundraiserSeptember 18, 2020 - 2:38 am

    Support our school, and begin your fall home decorating by purchasing locally grown, beautiful mums from Botticello Farms! As we welcome the autumn air this season, the HSA will once again be having our Fall Mum Sale through October 4th. Choose your favorite color mums from an abundant selection of 9 inch pots.  The school […]