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1250 Newport Street
Denver, CO 80220

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3 stars
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July 13, 2014
As a parent of two students at St. James, I can attest to the strong moral character and quality of education my children have received over the past several years. Are the children required to perform? Yes. Are there rules that they have to follow? Yes. Does this anger some that attend? Absolutely, but it s probably good in the end. The students receive a great education and a traditional foundation in the Catholic faith. Some may find that difficult or even inflexible, but for me, it is nothing less than refreshing. Imagine that, a Catholic school that is truly Catholic. St. James is a wonderful school and I very happy that they are a beacon of light in what can otherwise be a world of watered-down Catholicism.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2014
This school used to be wonderful with great academics and a terrific atmosphere for the students as well as their families. Unfortunately, things have changed drastically : the constant staff turnover and the fluctuation of the calander is ridiculous and I'm extremely disappointed with the consequence system. Some of the teachers have absolutely no regard for especting the parents. I know of one instance where a child spoke one word while walking down the hallway with his class and his mother was called in from work in the middle of the day; all because her child said "oops". I've recently pulled out my son from the school and realized, among other things, that my son was really missing out on a proper education compared to the school he attends now. I would highly recommend that you look at other schools because there is absolutely no benefit to sending your child here.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
This is an excellent school and one to which I am proud to send my children. I have two current students here and two of my children have graduated and gone on to Catholic high school. My children have been challenged academically and have grown to be strong Catholic young adults thanks to St. James. The statements made by a couple of the other parents here are simply not true. The principal is a fully licensed school administrator with several degrees in education. When she took over at St. James the enrollment was down to only 130 students, the academics were a mess, and the Catholic identity of the school was completely lacking. Enrollment is now at 250 students, one hundred percent of our eighth graders are accepted to Catholic high schools and even score in the top ten on the high school placement test, and we are a strongly Catholic school. Calendar changes happen anywhere you go and sometimes a last minute change is necessary, but these situations have been few and far between here. Every member of the faculty is a practicing Catholic. The faculty is a wonderful mix of veteran and new teachers, who are vibrant and excited to be there. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
Do not send your child to this school, you will regret it! Teacher turnover is incredibly high due to lack of leadership from the incompetent principal. As a matter of fact, she doesn't even have the proper administrative credentials to be principal! She was brought in by Father Felix several years ago to act as his puppet and has managed to stay on, even though she has dragged the school down tremendously. The teachers they do have here are very inexperienced and for many, this is their first job right out of school. As another reviewer stated, she has no regard for the difficulty of finding child care and she has often changed the school calandar at the last minute. Just one of the many examples of why I have zero respect for this principal and have been so disappointed with st James to the point that I pulled my kids out halfway though the semester. Think long and hard before sending them here!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
The Christmas program this year just blew me away! The students, parents, teachers and staff continue to impress me away year after year. Six years ago, St. James was a school in decline. Today, I would put St. James up against any school in the area - it simply outperforms the rest.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
This is our first year at St. James and I must say it has met all of my expectations and more! I think the Principal, teachers, staff are wonderful. I think the curriculum is strong. I appreciate the way they teach the Catholic faith. I want to instill in my children the beliefs and values I grew up with and St. James is the perfect school to reinforce what we teach at home.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
We love St. James, we love the teachers and we love the principal. I would imagine that families that are not Catholic would not like the emphasis on the Catholic faith, but it is a CATHOLIC school, and we love it. Having grown up in public schools all my life, I feel like St. James is a HUGE step up. You can drill all the math and science in the world into your children, and it is good to understand the physical world, but what about the really big questions? The purpose of life, the reason for suffering, right and wrong. St. James does a great job addressing both faith and reason. I also love the student body, which is very diverse and from all economic and social backgrounds. Also, a previous comment said that enrollment is going down, this is not true. Enrollment is at an almost all time high. The folks at St. James deserve nothing but our community's thanks. I think St. James will prepare my children to be good and do good.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
St. James School is a wonderful family, the Principal is very involved, the teachers want the kids to succeed and learn, has small class sizes, and there are many opportunities of sports and with an emphasis on the Catholic Faith.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2013
I have three students that attend St. James and I would say it is a great school. One review said that St. James has a one-size fits all approach to education. This is just not true. As a parent, it is sometimes difficult to realize that the world doesn t revolve around your child. St. James has a firm academic and Catholic approach to education. It s not a watered-down version of Catholicism that you see in a lot of churches and schools these days. The teachers provide a nurturing environment where everyone is welcome. What you want from a school is to teach your child how to succeed on their own and that is exactly what you will get at St. James. The students here are challenged academically and spiritually. If you don t see the importance of both, all you need to do is drive past any public school. The faculty and staff at St. James are wonderful. St. James simply out performs several of the other schools in the area. (Check the archdiocese website.) St. James students continually have some of the highest scores on the high school entrance exam. This was highlighted this year where one student had the highest score on the high school entrance exam.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
This school has great kids that come from wonderful families. Sadly this school has a one-size fits all approach to education and lacks the ability to apply common sense to everyday situations. My child attended St. James for two and A half years and it was a terrible experience for her and our family. In addition, this school is totally disorganized and changes the school calendar at a whim making childcare arrangements very difficult on working parents. Run don't just walk away from this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
I previously posted about how wonderful this school was. Was, the key word. The 1st year the new principal was great, and over the last 2 years there has been a steady decline in parent support and respect. Every year there is a huge turnover in staff for such a small school. The new assistant principal is no better. The academics are not bad but not excellent. Parents do your homework before you sign on the dotted line!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
We really wanted this school to work out. it's our neighborhood Catholic School but we had to move our kids to another school after trying for 3 years. The principal is convinced it's always the staff (not her) that is the problem and consistently used the clean sweep every year (not renewing contracts). It made all the teachers walk on eggshells and the school is in a constant state of flux with all new teachers each year. Academics could just never get up to par of the other Catholic schools in the area. Until it is under new direction and has a few years to stabilize I would recommend you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
My Son attended St. James Catholic School for two years. We ended up moving him to another Catholic School do to the Principal, which is so sad because the school is very close to our home. The teachers are great if only they would stay, the turn over is very high due to this principal. My advice look at other Catholic Schools. St Pius X in Aurora is an excellent school with a superior principal!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
We have been with St. James for 6 years! Since Preschool, the school has made my husband and I a part of the St. James Family by involving us in all aspects of our daughters academic year. The classes are always favorable with student/teacher ratio. Our daughers academic excellences and concerns have always been addressed immediately. St James offers sports year round to fit anyones interest or talent. Art is also an after school option along with Liturgical Choir. Sports Programs are #1! The Jayhawks Widgets Basketball (both boys and girls) clinched both division titles "Division Champs" Girls, "Best Sportsmanship" Boys! After school care always the right amount of study time, quiet time and play time. Father Felix, St James Pastor, is truly beautiful with all the children, Whether teaching sacramental study or saying mass on Sunday, Father will always stop to say hello to the children and knows all of them by name. My daughter will of course complain about the homework but she wouldn't have anthing other than St. James. . She grew up there from Preschool.Changes and all, we love it. The staff is getting to where it needs to be, slowly but surely.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Old School = Exception School, the focus of this school is the three r's. The students here LEARN.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
The teachers and principal are happy, involved and intelligent. They not only teach academics, but teach the children how to be well adjusted members of society, instilling values of Love of God, respect to others, volunteerism, how to make the right choices. There are many opportunities of sports and team spirit. It is a well diversified school!

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no rating March 31, 2010
I'm very disappointed in the principal and the lack of leadership.

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no rating February 03, 2010
Our family started at another local Catholic School but soon switched to St. James. The small class sizes (capped at 18 students for preschool and 20 students for k-8th) make a huge difference in the learning environment. The Principal is very involved and accessible. Likewise, i can not say enough about the high quality of the teachers. The specials starting at preschool (Spanish, P.E., Music and Art) truly make it an exceptional school

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December 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
My children are thriving here!

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October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
We love this school. We feel it is a much better school with the new teaching staff. My children have never been happier or healthier!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
St. James is the answer for parents looking for individual attention, a family atmosphere, and non-pretencious settings. This is a quality school with loving teachers! Plus, the new playground and soccerfield is agreat draw.

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no rating October 08, 2009
St. James has a comprehensive program, unlike anything that can be offered in our public school system. Not only is it set to help our children achieve scholastic success by implementing the fundamentals along with Spanish, Technology and many choices for Physical Education. This is all from preschool on. On top of this, they are a Catholic school whose main principals are geared towards teaching our children values. The school in this way becomes an extended family and is tight-knit and supportive. This Whole Person approach is truly unique and desirable. I highly recommend our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Great school with an emphasis on the Catholic Faith. If you are serious about your child learning the faith, this is the school for you.

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no rating October 08, 2009
St. James is a small, community school with an emphasis on faith based learning. Everyone knows everyone and is treated as a child of God. Children are cared for as if they are part of an extended family. We have great new teachers who are excited to teach and push the kids out of their comfort zones. The teachers want the kids to succeed and learn. Our teachers for the first time have motivated my 4th grader to read outside of school. Yeah! I never thought that would happen. He asks to read instead of playing video games. I am very excited for the future of St. James.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
My child is starting his 6th year at St. James. He is not the best student and the teachers at St James have really worked with him to bring out his best in learning. The community at St James is also excellent. They are very supportive, caring and giving. The new fundraisers are about quality family time. Our son is excited to learn and we love that St James is 'old school'. The focus is on the fundamentals of learning and it shows in the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Our child is very happy at St James and is getting such a quality education. Great neighborhood school.

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- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2009
St James has seen a turnover of a significant percentage of teachers and staff over the last 12 months. The new principal is a poor communicator and a worse administrator. After devoting many years to this school and church community we will be leaving at the end of this year, if not sooner. Fortunately there are many other good schools to choose from. Its just sad to see what was once a great school go downhill so quickly and dramatically.

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April 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 21, 2009
This was once a good school, there has been a shift toward religious studies over academics. Current administration isn't welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
I have daughters in St. James, and I am pleased with the whole-person education they re receiving. St James is a superb and affordable alternative to horrific Aurora public schools and Lowry's exorbitant private academies. An average class size of 14 gives the excellent teachers a lot of freedom. St. James is on solid financial ground and will be open next year with enrollment about where it is now, around 130. The Archdiocese won't close the school, it serves important African-American and Hispanic-American Catholic communities, to the benefit of all. Well-behaved, culturally-diverse student body is postured to succeed in High School and beyond. The new principal took some time to grow into the position, and had to resolve a personnel action in a way that alienated some parents, thus the extremely polarized reviews you see here. But she has grown into the position and is a plus for the school.

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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
I love this school. It has wonderful leadership and wonderful teachers. Both of my children are doing great here. They even have a gifted and talented program which no other catholic school has! This is a great community for true catholic education!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Enrollment is declining (which speaks to parent satisfaction) and teacher morale is declining as well. One of the biggest issues here is that the Archdiocese of Denver refuses to acknowledge that there are any problems wich doesn't bode well for any improvement of the current situation.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
Great building, great kids, but new principal is really struggling. She has been very confrontational with parents and teachers and has made many parents, ourselves included, feel unwanted.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
Awesome school. Getting back to its true calling of offering a faith-based education. Wonderful faculty and staff. We are so excited to have the option for our three children of a truly Christian education in the heart of the city. Thank you Saith James!!!

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February 20, 2009
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February 11, 2009
new direction of school not good. new princpal and new teacher. School could close. Look very closely before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
Under new leadership(not good) 08/09 enrollment has dropped below 130- Archdiocese came to speak to parents and warned them the school could be closed. Be careful before writing a check.

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2008
This is a great school where the many of the middle schoolers are winning academic scholarships to Catholic High Schools. There is a new principal who is really taking the school community to the next level.

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December 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2008
I think St James is an excellent school. My first grader has homework that is too hard for me! He is learning so much.

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November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
I have been a parent at St.James for over ten years. During this time St. James has gone through many changes. In the past five years it has done nothing but improve in all areas. Mrs. Loiselle as been a great asset to the school. She is supportive with both students and parents. Her first priority is the safety and well being of the students. I have one child who excels in school and one who had struggled in school. St.James reaches out to all students. Their goal is to see every child succeed. My oldest child went on to a Catholic college with a major in biology. She contributes her success to her 7th and 8th grade science teacher. She has says he is the 'Best Teacher Ever'. St.James has been a great school for my family.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
St. James has it all: terrific leadership, committed and experienced teachers, an open and involved community, a truly diverse student body and a commitment to excellence in academic, spiritual and character education. There's no better school around!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
We were very disappointed in this school. My children received good grades but were not challenged. My 7th grader and 6th grader had the same science homework for the entire year. The principal seems more interested in the uniform dress code than anything else.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
We are extremely satisfied with this school. We had moved to the area so our son was new to the school but the students and staff made him feel at home immediately. Now our son LOVES school and this has impacted his grades in a very positive way. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
This school has it all...family atmosphere, caring teachers, extracurricular activities... we love it here!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
We love the small classes, students get more individual attention and do very well academically. We also love the specials (Art, Music & PE) which are offered to all students, the teachers are excellent and are as qualified as High School level instructors! St. James is a great community that offers many opportunities to be involved in your child's education. Tina & Steve

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
My children can be a challenge, one has ADHD, the teachers and prinicpal are optimistic, helpful, and we couldnt be happier.

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St James Catholic School
1250 Newport Street, Denver, CO  80220
(303) 333-8275
Last modified St James Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St James Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews.