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 3 Reading CaféNovember 21, 2022 - 2:46 am

    This morning, third grade students were surprised (and excited!) find their  classrooms transformed into “Reading Cafés” – each with a roaring fireplace (on the viewboard), decorated tables, and their teacher dressed as a maître d’. This special lesson was to teach the 3rd graders about different genres of books and to encourage them to broaden their reading horizons.

  • Food Drive THANK YOU!November 18, 2022 - 11:03 am

    A huge Thank You to all of our Pre-K through Grade 8 families that supported this week’s Thanksgiving Food Drive for MACC Charities!  The amount of food donated was exceptionally generous and will undoubtedly make a huge difference in our community this Thanksgiving!  

  • Kindergarten Teamwork Building ChallengeNovember 18, 2022 - 1:10 am

    Today for their STREAM class, kindergarten students had to work in teams to build a Thanksgiving table that was big enough and sturdy enough to hold all the food.  Here are a few pictures from Mrs. Gangloff’s class.  Nice teamwork Sabers!