About Our School

St. James School is a Preschool through Eighth Grade elementary school situated on the border of Erie and Wesleyville. Our campus includes St. James Daycare, St. James Place, St. James School and Athletic Field, as well as the Church. We offer a “traditional” faith-based education with an engaging and challenging curriculum that is aligned to state and national standards. We are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

St. James lays the groundwork for your child’s faith-based education beginning with our Daycare Facility, accepting families with children from 6 weeks to 6 years. Students enrolled at the Daycare are afforded the opportunity to attend our 3-year-old or 4-year-old Preschool program at a minimal cost. Our Kindergarten experience features both a full-day and half-day program to accommodate working families while preparing them for a smooth transition to First grade. Our elementary school, Grades 1 – 8, not only utilizes the Diocesan curriculum, we also pride ourselves in tradition, the teaching of values, and the formation of the “whole” student.

At St. James, our motto is “We Care”. We care that our students grow spiritually, physically, and intellectually.

School Hours
Grades 1 to 8 8:40 AM to 3:00 PM
All Day Kindergarten 8:40 AM to 3:00 PM
Half-Day Kindergarten 8:40 AM to 11:15 AM
Pre School: MWF – 4 years of age TTH – 3 years of age Morning Session: 8:40 AM to 11:15 AM Afternoon Session: 12:15 PM to 2:45 PM

School Staff

  • 4 Sisters of the Divine Spirit
  • 11 Full-Time Faculty
  • 1 Full-Time Teachers Aide
  • 2 Part-Time Teachers
  • Technology Instructor
  • Music Instructor
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Art Instructor


Student tuition rates vary depending upon the number of children enrolled at Saint James School and whether or not you are listed as a member of Saint James Church. Tuition assistance is available from the Diocese of Erie through the STAR Fund. Information about the fund and tuition assistance applications for the STAR Fund can be found by clicking the link below. 2014-2015 Tuition Table STAR Fund Tuition Assistance

Programs for Gifted Students

  • Jr. Inkspots – Creative Writing Club – Grades 4-5
  • Sr. Inkspots – Creative Writing Club – Grades 6-8
  • Math Counts – Accelerated Math – Grades 4-8
  • Technology Enrichment – Grades 7-8
  • PJAS Science Competition

Programs for Remediation

  • Speech and Language Development
  • Full-Time Reading and Math Specialist

Computer Classes

  • Computer classes are taught in Grades 1-8
  • State of the art computer lab in Saint James Place
  • Wireless computer access throughout the school

Introduction to Spanish

The Spanish language is introduced and taught in Grades 7 and 8


Small class sizes and individual attention with convenient morning or afternoon sessions available. Our Goal: Help your child gain self-confidence, become more independent and develop interpersonal skills Programs: Our preschool program includes a formal religion program, letter recognition, math skills, writing skills and computer skills.


Half-day and whole-day classes are available. Curriculum: Religion, reading and mathematics readiness, science-based activities, social studies, exciting monthly themes, physical education, fun art activities, music, and the Alpha Time Letter People!


School uniforms are worn beginning in the First Grade and can be purchased at the Red Door. Gym uniforms are worn beginning in the Fifth Grade. Preschool and Kindergarten children are to wear clean play clothes.

Hot Lunch Program

Saint James takes pride in its Hot Lunch program. It is available each day beginning at 11:10 AM and continues until 12:30 PM

Take Home Thursday

We try to send all school communications, children’s papers, and other information home every Thursday. This allows us to stay in contact with the parents and inform them of school happenings & events and their child’s academic progress.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Girl Scouts: Grades K thru 7 (Daises, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, Cadets)
  • Cub Scouts: Grades K thru 5
  • Altar Servers: Grades 3 thru 8 (Girls and Boys)
  • Safety Patrol: Grades 7 thru 8 (Girls and Boys)
  • School Choir
  • Bell Choir


Transportation is available through your local school district. For specific bus information, please check your local school district office.

After School Program

An after school program, staffed by St. James faculty, is offered at the school on days when school is in session. It runs from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and may be used on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Saint James Day Care Center

Saint James has a state licensed Day Care Center available for its parishioners. The center offers full-time care for children from age 6 weeks to kindergarten. The center operates on a 12-month schedule from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Before school care is available at the center for Saint James School students. For more information call the Day Care at (814) 898-1088.