Participating in athletics is a wonderful way for students to stay active while having fun and making lasting friendships. Under the guidance of caring and qualified coaches, students form positive habits of mind and body that endure both on and off the playing field.
St. James’ has partnered with JMG SportsWise to bring top-notch after-school athletic programs to our campus. Students in all grades have the unique opportunity to participate in interscholastic soccer, basketball, and volleyball competition, for which they prepare via varied exercise and team-building activities. All sports programs allow students to further develop the physical, intellectual, mental, and social skills that they learn in their classrooms. JMG SportsWise makes these active-learning opportunities possible by employing professional, semi-professional, collegiate, and international coaches with experience and expertise in both athletics and early-childhood education.
St. James’ athletic programs provide a supportive learning environment in which children not only develop motor skills and coordination but also learn the importance of honesty, teamwork, and fair play. By participating in our athletic programs, children internalize the value of sportsmanship – learning to win and lose with grace.
Sports instruction is differentiated according to students’ developmental readiness. Students in preschool through 2nd grade begin to develop general athletic competence by playing a variety of fun and active games that also reinforce discipline, self-regulation, and sharing of responsibility. Students in 3rd through 6th grades continue working on these skills and apply them in competitive game play. Coaching at this level focuses on specific techniques and strategies tailored to each sport.
Students at all levels, beginning in Kindergarten, compete against teams from other schools. Through 2nd grade, our young athletes take on other schools in scrimmages and less formal matches, with an emphasis on fundamentals (and fun). Older students compete as part of the co-ed Hollywood–Wilshire League, of which St. James’ is a founding member.