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

  • Tuesday! Dine Out In Support of SJS!October 7, 2022 - 10:15 am

    This coming Tuesday, October 11th all SJS families and friends are invited to enjoy dinner at Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza (in the plaza by BJs in Manchester) in support of SJS!  Twenty percent (20%) of all sales (dine-in and take-out) from 5pm – 9pm will be donated back to SJS!  Please encourage your family and […]

  • Celebrating St. Francis of AssisiOctober 4, 2022 - 1:34 am

    Today classes learned about St. Francis of Assisi in honor of his Feast Day (October 4th). Pre-Kindergarten students also enjoyed a blessing of the (stuffed) animals with Deacon Bill from St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

  • Book Fair Fun!October 3, 2022 - 1:10 am

    Our Scholastic Book Fair is up and running!  The book fair is a great way to encourage reading and build home libraries.  It is also a great way to support our school as 50% of all purchases go directly to the school.