The four-year program from 3rd through 6th grade consistently produces critical thinkers who graduate from St. James' and go on to make significant contributions to our communities, both locally and globally. The goals of the St. James' 3–6 curriculum are as follows:
- To build upon the foundation set in the early grades
- To provide challenging academic content that prepares students to be successful at competitive secondary schools and in their chosen careers
- To help students become global citizens
- To continue character education by emphasizing our Core Beliefs, kindness, and a sense of community.
The curriculum is comprised of language arts – which includes specific study in reading, vocabulary, spelling, and English – social studies, mathematics, and science. Adding to the rigor and the breadth of a St. James' education are our specialty classes, which include visual art, technology, library and media studies, music, physical education, health, religion, and Spanish.
Technology integration contributes to the success of our academic program, and we use current tools like SMARTBoards, interactive projectors, Chromebooks, iPads, and computers to bring greater access to information and to assist students in organizing, creating, and presenting what they have learned in a variety of formats.
Equally important in the St. James' experience is creating an environment where our students are encouraged to value community service, diversity, ethics, and strong moral values. Further, we nurture our students' spiritual development through weekly chapel services and religion classes that focus on building a personal relationship with God and respecting and learning about how others in our community and around the world do the same.
Our focus on academic acumen and spiritual development has allowed our graduates to have a strong record of achievement at some of the best independent schools in the city, including Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Campbell Hall, Oakwood, and Winward – just to name a few. Beginning in the 4th grade, we speak with parents about school choice and making the best choice for secondary school because we believe that it is important to work closely with families well ahead of the start of this process. Our matriculation process focuses on helping families place their children in selective schools that best meet each student's learning needs. Throughout the school year, we facilitate various workshops for families in 4th through 6th grade to provide them with the information they need to make informed choices. An administrator also meets individually with each 6th grade family to discuss school choice, timelines, and the application process. We invite admission officials from different local independent schools to make presentations to our 6th grade students. In short, we guide our families through each step to help them apply to schools where they will experience the most success.
St. James' 3rd through 6th grade curriculum strives to strike a balance between hard work, fun, caring for others, and global awareness. We acknowledge learning as a lifelong process, and we believe that our program will prepare our students to make significant contributions to creating a very bright future for our communities.