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St. James the Less School

Private | K-8 | 497 students


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Posted October 18, 2013

I currently have two children attending St. James the Less. They both seem to be doing very well. I love the multicultural feel of the school. This school focuses on helping children become well rounded individuals. The school does not seem to focus on creating "Catholics" but rather Christians. The students do learn about the sacraments and those that are Catholic receive them.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2013

My husband and I both went to this school and graduated in 01'. This year our daughter started the 1st grade. It was a wonderful school then and it is a wonderful school now. My daughter is advanced and the teachers accommodate her with extra curriculum to make sure she is challenged. Most of the teachers are the same ones that taught when I went there. My daughter s teacher is one of the newer ones and she does a wonderful job.
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Posted January 12, 2012

I currently have a student attending this school and very disappointed with the teachers and principal. The principal does not seem to know what is going on. Teachers are under qualified and the school has a high teacher turn-over rate. I feel my child is not getting a quality education. Do not send you child to this school. The Catholic Diocese needs to step in and totally revamp this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2011

I am a former student of this school, i went there for 4 years and the schools' academics are way behind all public schools even columbus public. They don't prepare students for the future at all. The teachers are rude- always yelling loudly at students, they spread rumors about students to other parents and they are certainly unqualified to teach. The school overall is dirty; there are roaches in the back of the cafeteria and bathrooms and theirs ants in the food. This school did not prepare me for high school only pushed me farther back, my parents wasted money on that school thinking since its a private school than the education would benefit me well. They regret every penny they spent on my tuition. It needs to be torn down or inspected. Those years i spent there were the worst years of my life. If you want your kid to be successful, avoid this school!

Posted May 22, 2011

The Principal needs to ask parents their feedback about the staff performance. Teacher aids are so under qualified to work with young children (K,1 and 2 grades). It does not feel like a religious environment whatsoever. They are always yelling, pulling and carrying unhappy faces. Every single time I volunteered I have seen the same teacher aid abusing young children. Ask your children...find out this is so disappointing that the current principal is not aware of it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2008

My children have been going there since preschool. The teachers really care about the kids and will work with you to help them develop in to polite, caring, Christian adults.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2008

I went to St. James and graduated in 1984. I am still familiar with it and I can tell you that little has improved since I left. The school is in terrible shape and the teachers are sub-standard at best. I had a very bad experience there and I know from parents that have and have had children there that the present day situation is as bad and in some ways worse than when I attended. I honestly don't see how anyone could give this school a good review. The school should either be demolished and rebuilt or at minimum, repairs should be made. One would think that they would at least keep the school clean for the sake of the students health.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 4, 2008

Myself and my child love this school. I went there as a child, as did my entire family. I'm 40 now and my 7-year old has attended for 3 years. The staf is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2007

What a fantastic school. The kids come first here with a caring and dedicated faculty and staff. The children are safe in their secured building. From kindergarten through 8th grade the children are shallenged and taught at their individual level whether it is remidial or advanced.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2007

Horrible. Never send your child to this school. The staff is unprofessional. Don't waste your time. Unclean, old, falling apart, horrible teachings and I wouldn't even let my child out on the playground!
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Posted June 16, 2006

It's a good school, your child will have lots of fun there while recieving a great education. they have good teachers who are kind and fair and has time for everybody. Plus they have a very fine dress code policy and well behaved students. Students who go to this school always get a chance to help people all around the world with some of their faboulous service projects. Plus it is a nice religoius area where your child can find a good path to a good future.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 23, 2004

Great school-Great one on one with students. Parent participation is great. Never had any problems.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 37% 3%
Black 29% 19%
White 26% 77%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Yvonne R. Schwab
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
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  • (614) 262-6798


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  • Diocese of Columbus
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1628 Oakland Park Ave
Columbus, OH 43224
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