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

  • Ascension Thursday MassMay 26, 2022 - 10:52 am

    Today our 1st & 2nd graders celebrated Mass at Saint James Church (Mass was live-streamed on the classroom view boards for all other grades).  Great job by our 2nd grade readers!

  • Scrapbook Book ReportsMay 25, 2022 - 1:29 am

    For their final book report of the year, SJS 5th grade students had to select a Newbery Award-winning book and make a scrapbook (written in 1st person) following a defined rubric from their teacher. 

  • Grade 4 Sea Creature PresentationsMay 24, 2022 - 6:30 am

    SJS 4th grade students recently finished researching and writing a report on an assigned sea creature, along with creating a model of their animal using recyclable materials and/or craft-related items.  Yesterday, 4th graders spent the morning presenting..