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St James School

Private | PK-8 | 419 students


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Posted August 30, 2014

My daughter attends St James and is currently in kindergarten. She transferred last year from a public school where she was regressing due to an uncontrollable learning environment. All I can say is WOW and thank God for St James! The difference really is night and day, the teachers are phenomenal, they manage to be kind and compassionate while maintaining order and a healthy learning environment. The whole community is friendly and helpful, there is always someone to help you if you need it. The tuition is very reasonable in my opinion, and as for the fundraisers that is to be expected with a non profit school. I drive quite a distance to get there everyday and many ask me why, but to me it is worth the 30 minute. To know my child (eventually children) will get a superior education while being held to the high social and moral standards that we as a family have set for them is priceless. I cant wait for my son to be old enough to attend so that I can be in the HSA because the parents involved are friendly and welcoming. We would and do recommend this school to anyone who wants to give their child a great educational experience while being held to high moral standards.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2014

We are so glad we found Saint James. We initially planned on having our oldest child attend the school for one year while our family transitioned into a new town. Now 4 years later all of our children are enrolled in the school and several of our friends have transferred their children from public schools. The sense of community is the number one thing that comes to mind. As a parent it is important for my children to have a safe, structured learning environment. It is a K-8 school that has tremendous families. The school is very friendly to all and you will find the older students always lend a hand to the younger students. We couldn't imagine a better place to build the foundation for our children's future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2013

My three children all attend Saint James School - grades first, fourth, and seventh. My oldest came into SJS in fourth grade. She was academically far behind after four years in public school. It took her most of the school year to catch up, but the teachers were supportive, and willing to stay after school for her. She is never asked to tutor her fellow students. She is always given work to meet her needs, is challenged and is never bored. She also loves the basketball program which has been an unexpected blessing. My middle child has always been a bit of a dreamer, and can get lost in class. He has been taken out of the classroom for extra tutoring in math, and has received speech services which have helped with his reading. My youngest can be a bit of a discipline problem. His teacher has clear rules, and there are punishments. His teacher says he is now one of the best in class. I wasn't certain if we could afford the tuition, but after having my children shadow at the school for the day, it was clear it was a sacrifice we had to make for them. We do apply for financial aid every year, and there is a well stocked uniform closet to help defray expenses.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 2, 2013

This year we are starting our 4th year at St. James. We transferred in when my oldest entered 5th grade. Our kids made the transition from single-class-per-grade to two-classes-per-grade much easier than we imagined. The benefits of the larger environment are both academic and social. There is a monthly printed newsletter to keep everyone in the loop, as well as the school website for day to day information and a Facebook page for fun stuff. You will always know what is going on at school! We have no regrets about transferring our kids to St. James. It was the best thing we could have done.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2012

This is our first year at St James and I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing experience this has been! It's not just a school, it's a community - my kids' (grades 2 & 3) classmates welcomed them with open arms and helped ease their transition to a new school. We transferred from a smaller parochial school in town and we are blown away with the level of education St James offers. This was what I always expected from a parochial or private school. My 2nd grader is learning techniques for test prep through highlighting and testing! Wow! My 3rd grader is taking Spanish (in addition to our family's native language outside of school) - the instructor has high expectations, but we expect nothing else. The other parents have welcomed us into the community and we can see where the children have learned their compassion. Mrs. Kanute, the principal, greets every child by name in the morning and makes sure they make it safely to the playground. It's wonderful to see her so involved on a personal level. We are happy to see what more is in store for us! :)
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Posted March 28, 2011

This is a national Blue Ribbon school, and rightly so. The teachers are wonderful -- very concerned and willing to go out of their way to work with students and parents. There is a very caring atmosphere. It is well equipped and provides and excellent education at all levels. Our child transferred from another school, so we are really aware of the differences.
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Posted August 19, 2010

I am giving this school an average rating because I have mixed feelings. The good: strong education, sets high standards for students in areas of academics, civic, personal and moral behavior, supports athletics and the arts. Concerns: Learned through internet search that one of the middle school teachers does not uphold the same personal or moral values expected in this setting. Unfortunately my daughter and her friends found this information on their own. Very upsetting for her to see and for me to try to explain. We love our school, but the school administration needs to be more selective and thorough when hiring staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 5, 2010

This school has been excellent for my 3 children. It offers discipline while still providing a loving and caring environment. The teachers are amazing and help any child who asks for it. It is amazing in athletics and academics. The academics include Spanish, which helped my children in high school. The school is also very welcoming to new students, which is most likely the reason for the size of the school. My oldest child is graduating high school and going on to UVA., and my other two children are at Northwest Catholic High School and receiving high honors. I love ths school and would recommend it to anyone!
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Posted November 22, 2009

I am a parent of two children at St. James in grades 6 and 8, I am very pleased with the high academic standards that are set and enforced. It has been a great experience for my children and I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone.
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Posted August 1, 2009

School has a high degree of effort spent on raising money. After paying a huge tuitiion for my daughter, she was told to get summer help. Will go back to public school system as the resources for additional help is more competent. Not racially balanced and school projects a caste system that is way out of line with reality. If you are not part of the Mom's Club you are an outsider. Not a school for projecting compassionate surroundings for others less fortunate. My daughter will not return in September.
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Posted January 1, 2009

i am a student in 6th grade and i just love this school i wouldnt want to go anywhere else were all a big family and treat eachother very well. all the teachers are very nice and activities we have here are so great!
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Posted September 5, 2008

My daughter and son have already graduated from St. James and my third child is in 5th grade. We made the switch from public school when my daughter was in 6th grade. Her grades were slipping because the teachers had no control over the classroom. She, and my sons, thrived at St. James. There is structure and discipline, but the kids are taught basic religious principles like respect, kindness, compassion for the less fortunate and how to contribute positively to society through community service. The active participation of the parents in school activities makes all the difference. The teachers know we are partners in helping our children grow into fine adults. This school gives a very solid foundation and the students strive to do their best academically. Having volunteered for years as a lunch duty parent, I can honestly say the kids at this school are really fine youngsters.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2008

I have 1 child going in to 1st grade she has done 2 years of pre school and just completed kindergarten. She has learned so much and is reading so much right now I love the school
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Posted June 18, 2008

I'm in 7th soon to be 8th grade! I love this school it is so helpful and were all a very large family.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 31, 2006

My children have been students at the school since Pre-K3. My oldest child is currently in 8th grade. Choosing St. James was one of the best decisions my wife and I have made for our children's future. It has been a perfect fit for my children academically, spiritually and socially. Academically the school ranks high when compared to others within the Archdiocese. With two classes for each grade, the school is larger than most in the Archdiocese as well. With the larger student population, more academic programs become possible. Religion is part of the core curriculum and a fundamental component of the learning experience. The school's mission is: 'We must work to provide an environment in which parents and teachers collaborate in giving youth a complete Catholic education, striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by fulfilling our obligation toward family, church, and society'. Parental participation is the key part.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2005

I have had children in this school for the last 9 years and could not be happier with the education and environment provided by this school. My children who have graduated are in the top of their classes in high school and clearly have an excellent foundation for their academic future. I also believe the value based education has helped them develop good judgement. The principal continues to recruit excellent teachers and raise the bar in all areas of the school. the improvements in the aftercare program in the last two years have been remarkable. the kids really love going there and it's convenient and affordable.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2005

I have 2 children at St James and cannot be more satisfied with their education. The tuition is less than the other schools in the neighborhood and the fund raising programs are family oriented and well attended. Other schools we looked at have mandatory fundraising as well but the building security was far inferior to St James security. If you can afford private school for your kids, this school was best value of the 4 we looked at.
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Posted January 11, 2005

Way too much pressure put on parents to volunteer and raise money. Very little help for the disadvantaged. Allergy free tables at use for everyone. Pastor decides what tuition should be, even if one can only afford a small amoun weekly. Tuition way too high for the non communication between faculty and parents. If you are either rich, or have 60 hours a year to volunterr (mandatory), then this would be a school for you. Being a religious school, children still have to pay to attend outside classes to receive sacraments. We only lasted three years there. If you are not 'in', you are out.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 61%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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73 Park Street
Manchester, CT 06040
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