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

  • Grade 8 Hosts International Day Showcase!April 24, 2024 - 2:29 am

    Congratulations to the Saint James School 8th Grade class on an outstanding job hosting International Day today! In addition to turning in a written report and giving an oral presentation to their classmates, parents, teachers, and younger peers, the students also created/displayed maps, a travel brochure, a travel website, and prepared local cuisine from their assigned country. Great job Sabers!!!

  • Holy ThursdayMarch 28, 2024 - 3:52 am

    Our Kindergartners have been learning about the Holy Triduum at an age appropriate level.  Today, for Holy Thursday, students…

  • Congratulations SJS Basketball!March 20, 2024 - 1:02 am

    Yesterday we celebrated the end of season banquets for our JV and Varsity basketball teams.  The JV teams enjoyed a pizza party during school, while the Varsity teams and their parents enjoyed their celebration in the evening.