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.
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.
Our child is very happy at St James and is getting such a quality education. Great neighborhood school.
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.
This was once a good school, there has been a shift toward religious studies over academics. Current administration isn't welcoming.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
new direction of school not good. new princpal and new teacher. School could close. Look very closely before enrolling.
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.
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.
I think St James is an excellent school. My first grader has homework that is too hard for me! He is learning so much.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This school has it all...family atmosphere, caring teachers, extracurricular activities... we love it here!
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
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