Program Offerings

St. James has three divisions within the school. Early Childhood is made up of students in preschool and kindergarten, our Elementary program consists of grades 1 – 4, and our Middle School serves students in grades 5-8. The school day for students in elementary and middle school begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Please see the early childhood classes below for times and age requirements.

THREE HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL (must be 3 by December 31)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

This class is meant to be an introduction to schooling. Students focus on learning the routines and social behaviors necessary to succeed in a school setting. Students begin to understand and regulate their own emotions as well as understand the emotions of others. Basic math and language actives are built into the daily routine and fine motor development is focused on as a precursor to writing.

FIVE HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL (ages 3-4)

 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

This class is meant for students with some school or class experience. the focus is on building social growth through collaborative play and encouraging independent problem solving. Letter of the week is introduced to lay the groundwork for reading. Math is integrated into the units of study.

THREE FULL-DAY PRESCHOOL (ages 3-4)

 8:45 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Full-day preschool follows the same morning and focus as the half-day preschool. In addition, it offers some enhanced learning opportunities for the afternoon. A period of Choice Time allows for additional language, math and social development. In addition, handwriting is introduced and the students will participate in Mandarin class to beg a foundation for understanding other languages.

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN (must be 4 by September 1)

 8:45 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

This class is meant to prepare children specifically for kindergarten. Independent problem solving is further developed. Letter of the week and Handwriting Without Tears is continued. Literacy and math centers are introduced to meet children at their developmental level and build individual math and language skills. The afternoon is for students to work collaboratively on an in depth study of a particular topic.

KINDERGARTEN (must be 5 by September 1)

8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Kindergarten balances building the academic skills necessary for first grade with the child-centered inquiry and development that occur through opportunities for open-ended and engaging play. Students begin Writer’s Workshop and Daily 5 to build reading and writing skills. They experience the Everyday Math curriculum and continue their work in Handwriting Without Tears and Mandarin. The afternoon continues to be an opportunity for students to work in depth on their chosen topic while building their skills of collaboration problem solving and presenting their learning to others.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Extra school care is a necessity for some families to be able to attend St. James. It is our intention to offer as flexible and cost effective a program as we can. Before school care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after school care is available from 3:20-6:00 p.m.  More information about our extended day program can be found here.

Sample Schedules

Five Half-Day Schedule

Time

Monday 

Tuesday 

 Wednesday

 Thursday

Friday 

8:30 a.m.

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

9:00 a.m.

 Morning Meeting   

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting 

9:20 a.m.

 Snack

 Snack 

 Snack 

 Snack 

 Snack 

 9:40 a.m.

 Choice Time

 Choice Time

 Choice Time

 Choice Time

 Choice Time

10:20 a.m.

 Library 

 Story Time

 Music

 Story Time

 Science

10:40 a.m.

 Recess

 Recess 

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

11:10 a.m.

 Bible Stories

 Bible Stories 

 Chapel

 Bible Stories 

 Bible Stories 

11:30 a.m.  

 Star Bag

 Star Bag

 Star Bag

 Star Bag

 Star Bag

11:45 a.m.

 Dismissal 

 Dismissal 

 Dismissal 

 Dismissal 

 Dismissal 

JK Schedule

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

 8:30 a.m. 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 Table Activities 

 9:00 a.m. 

 Morning Meeting   

 Morning Meeting   

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting 

 9:20 a.m.

 Story Time

 Story Time

 Story Time

 Story Time

 Story Time

 9:40 a.m.

 Phonics

 Library 

 Music 

 Science 

 Phonics

 10:00 a.m.

 Snack

 Snack

 Snack

 Snack

 Snack

 10:20 a.m. 

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 10:50 a.m.  

 Centers

 Centers

 Centers

 Centers

 Centers

 11:30 a.m.

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

 12:00 p.m. 

 Rest

 Rest

 Rest

 Rest

 Rest

 12:50 p.m. 

 Bible Stories 

 Bible Stories 

 Chapel

 Bible Stories

 Bible Stories

 1:10 p.m.

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 1:30 p.m.

 Spanish

 Handwriting 

 Spanish

 Handwriting 

 Choir

 2:00 p.m. 

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

 2:50 p.m.

 Dramatization

 Dramatization

 Dramatization

 Dramatization

 Dramatization

 3:10 p.m.

 Show and Tell

 Show and Tell

 Show and Tell

 Show and Tell

 Show and Tell

 3:20 p.m. 

 Dismissal

 Dismissal 

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

Kindergarten Schedule

 Time 

Monday

 Tuesday 

 Wednesday 

 Thursday

 Friday

8:15 a.m. 

Table Activities

Table Activities  

Table Activities   

Table Activities   

Table Activities  

8:45 a.m. 

 Morning Meeting  

 Morning Meeting  

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

9:00 a.m.

Snack

Snack

Snack

Snack

Snack

9:20 a.m.

Daily 5

Daily 5

Daily 5

Daily 5

Daily 5

10:00 a.m.

Recess

PE

 Recess

 PE

 Recess

10:20 a.m. 

Class Meeting

Library

Class Meeting

Music

Class Meeting

10:50 a.m.

Writer’s Workshop   

 Writer’s Workshop   

 Writer’s Workshop  

 Writer’s Workshop  

 Writer’s Workshop  

11:40 a.m.

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

 Lunch

12:10 p.m.

 Reading

 Reading

 Reading

 Reading

 Reading

12:50 p.m.

 Bible Stories

 Bible Stories

 Chapel 

 Bible Stories

 Bible Stories

1:10 p.m.

 Spanish

 Choir

 Spanish

 Science

 Science

1:30  p.m.

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

 Choice

2:10 p.m.

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

 Recess

2:30 p.m.

 Math

 Math

 Math

 Math

 Math

3:00 p.m.

 Dramatization

 Dramatization

 Dramatization 

 Dramatization 

 Dramatization

3:20 p.m.

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

 Dismissal

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