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

  • SJS 2024 Art Show A SuccessMay 22, 2024 - 8:17 am

    A huge Thank You to SJS Art Teacher Mrs. Rafferty for all her hard work putting together an amazing Art Show for our students, staff, and families earlier this week!  What amazing talent our students have!

  • Father/Daughter DanceMay 13, 2024 - 2:32 am

    Lots of fun and dancing at the Saint James School Father/Daughter Dance this past weekend!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped pull together this fun, annual event for our families!

  • Grade 4 Sea Creature ReportsMay 9, 2024 - 2:10 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 afternoon presenting an overview of their research to students in the younger grades, including our pre-k4 students.