Nationally 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

  • Lands’ End SaleSeptember 20, 2019 - 12:32 pm

    Now through September 24, 2019, Lands’ End is offering 40% off full-price styles; plus an additional 25% off school uniform sale and clearance styles with the Promotion Code LESUFRIEND and PIN 1234.

  • 6th Grade STREAMSeptember 19, 2019 - 1:28 am

    Today during during their STEM/STREAM class, 6th grade students worked in small groups to plan and construct a tower from dried spaghetti, tape, and string.  In addition to standing on its own, the tower also had to be sturdy enough to hold a large Marshmallow on top without collapsing under the weight.

  • Class Pictures TomorrowSeptember 17, 2019 - 1:23 pm

    As a reminder, class pictures will be taken tomorrow.  All K-8 students need to be in their formal/winter Saint James School uniform for class pictures this Wednesday, September 18th: K-5 Girls: Uniform Skort,  Uniform polo, NAVY knee socks or tights K-5 Boys: Uniform Khaki PANTS, Uniform polo, socks (navy, black, or tan) 6-8 Girls: Uniform […]