Frequently Asked Questions

Does Saint James School follow the Common Core curriculum?

The simple answer is No.  Our curriculum is set by the superintendent, principals, and teachers within the Archdiocese of Hartford, who together seek out best practices to develop a curriculum that provides students, at all levels, an exceptional foundation for the next grade.  We also utilize curriculum mapping, which is a progression of concepts and skills that align from one grade to the next.

At Saint James School our goal is to prepare students to be well-educated, independent, critical thinkers; Students who are exceptionally well prepared to meet the challenges of high school, college, and participate effectively in a global society.  While our curriculum does have elements of the Common Core, it also emphasizes many of the “basics” that have been lost in other school such as creative writing/creative thinking in all grades (K-8), cursive penmanship (starts in 2nd grade), grammar/spelling/vocabulary (starts in 1st grade), traditional math in all grades (extremely important for success later on), patriotism/values/compassion, reading of the classic authors, and so much more.

Each year our graduates go on to a wide variety of schools – Catholic high schools, public high schools, prestigious prep schools, and magnet & technical schools – with a solid foundation for success.

What are the school hours?

The school hours are 7:55am – 2:05pm. The schoolyard is supervised in the morning starting at 7:30am until the bell rings at 7:55am.

What are the Kindergarten hours?

Saint James School offers both full-day and half-day Kindergarten. The full-day session is the same as our regular school day – 7:55am – 2:05pm. The half-day session is 7:55am – 10:45am. Each of our Kindergarten classrooms will have a mix of full-day and half-day students.

The entire Kindergarten curriculum is covered in the morning before the half-day students are dismissed. The rest of the day includes lunch, recess, two enrichment periods with various learning experiences, and a rest period.

What about before and after school?

We offer an Extended Day Program from 6:15am – 7:30am and 2:05pm – 5:30pm.

What kind of transportation do you offer?

If you are a resident of Manchester and live over one-half mile from the school, your child may use the bus service provided by First Student Transportation Company, through the Town of Manchester. Out-of-town residents must provide their own transportation.

What do the children do for lunch?

A hot lunch program is available for grades 1-8 through the Town of Manchester food services.  A menu is sent home monthly and is also available on our website.  The cost of hot lunch, including milk, is $1.75 for grades 1-5 and $2.00 for grades 6-8.  For those children bringing their lunch, milk is available for $.40.  Kindergarten students bring their lunches, eat in their classrooms, and are able to purchase milk daily.

What extra-curricular programs do you offer?

We offer a variety of after-school activities and sports for various grade levels including:

Girls

Boys

Activity

Grades

Activity

Grades

Chess Club

4 – 8

Chess Club

4-8

Soccer

3-8

Soccer

3-8

Cross Country

5-8

Cross Country

5-8

Instrumental Music Lessons

4-8

Instrumental Music Lessons

4-8

Basketball

4-8

Basketball

4-8

Student Council

6-8

Student Council

6-8

Robotics Club

6-8

Robotics Club 6-8

For more detailed information  check out the extra-curricular link on the main menu.

How do I learn more about the Pre-Kindergarten?

Our Pre-Kindergarten program is housed in the building adjacent to the school. Please feel free to call the director, Sandra Valentine, at 649-1396 for more information. The Pre-Kindergarten offers both morning and afternoon sessions for 4 and 5 year olds and an afternoon session for 3 year olds. In addition, our Pre-Kindergarten offers a 5-day program for 4 and 5 year olds.