Pre-K – Grade 8 Open House: March 26th at 6:30pm

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

  • No School Monday/TuesdayFebruary 15, 2019 - 12:10 pm

    As a reminder, there is no school this coming Monday and Tuesday (February 18th & 19th) for February break.  Have a wonderful long weekend, and we will see you back at school on Wednesday, February 20th.

  • Read Across America Dress DownFebruary 15, 2019 - 11:41 am

    Saint James School will join schools across the country in honoring Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the Read Across America initiative on Friday, March 1st.  In addition to some special reading activities that day, March 1st will also be $1.00 Dress Down for students and staff.  Proceeds from the dress down will benefit Catholic Charities’ Family […]

  • SJS Summer Camp 2019!February 15, 2019 - 11:41 am

    We are excited to announce that that the Saint James School Summer Camp Program will be back for Summer 2019!  Like last year, the program will run from the end of school through the last full week in July with SJS teachers and staff running the sessions. Our Saint James School Summer Camp is available […]