St. James Academy - Virtual Tour

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From entering our Reggio Emilia – inspired PreK to a layered foundation through 8th Grade, student experiences are guided by the core values of pursuing knowledge, building community, and serving others. SJA Graduates are well-prepared to become citizens in a global society!

Campus 360 View

Campus 360 View

St. James Academy is located on 89 acres of rolling countryside in northern Baltimore County. The school building - includes a design thinking lab, science labs, theatre, and a full-size gymnasium. The campus also includes multiple playgrounds, athletic fields, and a new outdoor classroom/pavilion.

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Lower School Playground

Middle School Playground

Middle School students have many opportunities throughout the day for movement which helps with their physical, mental, social, and emotional growth.
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Sports Fields

Lower School Art Room

Students create various projects ranging from painting, printmaking, ceramics, and three-dimensional sculptures. Every grade level works with multiple mediums. At St. James Academy, self –expression is encouraged. Each art project gives students real choices for expressing their feelings and ideas, allowing for autonomy over their subject matter and medium. Risk-taking gives the students opportunities for self-discovery, which leads to confidence, builds self-esteem and character. Art history, social studies, and multicultural lessons are the common threads woven throughout the art program during a student’s time.
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Pavilion/ Outdoor Classroom

Susan Tucker Moore Theatre

The performing arts are alive and thriving at St. James Academy. From grade-level performances to our student-lead annual Talent Show, St. James Academy provides a well-rounded performing arts education to every student. Students explore physical and mental warm-up techniques, gain practical application of vocal crossing training and theatrical dance skills, and work in full and small ensemble groupings. SJA offers three after-school musicals per year.
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Macdonald Hall Lobby
Entrance

Entrance

The Elizabeth I. Legenhausen Library Media Center

The Elizabeth I. Legenhausen Library Media Center

The Elizabeth I. Legenhausen Library Media Center benefits students as they engage in technology, literature, reading, and research skills that allow them to become effective problem solvers. This area provides students with the latest tools to enhance their learning. Throughout the year, visiting authors talk with students about their careers as writers and illustrators and dedicate a piece of artwork.

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PreK

PreK

At St. James Academy, we strongly believe in allowing our students to explore, create, and discover throughout their journey to acquiring the knowledge and skills that will ensure lifelong learning. Free-choice is at the heart of the Reggio Emilio inspired philosophy, and the children genuinely drive their educational journey. The curriculum is student-centered with an emphasis on nature, inquiry, and exploration. In addition to language arts and math instruction, PreK students attend music, art, library, physical education, technology and science classes. This also provides them with opportunities to interact with various teachers and transition from space to space as they learn to navigate in a larger school setting.

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten program is designed for multi-sensory and hands-on discovery. We balance the targeted language and math instruction with open-ended experiential learning in science and social studies throughout the Lower School. Lower school students receive differentiated instruction based on their developmental levels.

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First Grade

First Grade

Our smaller class sizes allow us to know whether a student should be academically extended or supported. A 1st Grade highlight is the annual “Ag Day” celebration which caps off a unit of study about agriculture.

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Second Grade

Second Grade

Students experience enrichment classes of Music, Art, PE, World Language, Library, and technology. Hallways display cultural events, musical and dance performances, sports team representation, and library skills, encouraging a love of reading and self-choice.

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Third Grade

Third Grade

We offer 1-1 laptops for students in 3rd Grade through 5th Grade and iPads for the lower grade, thus enabling students to utilize such platforms as Google Classroom and Seesaw.

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Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

SJA students learn essential success skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. They are encouraged to share their thoughts, work in teams or independently, especially when working on Project Based Learning activities. PBL emphasizes active engagement in meaningful real-world projects, and our students are encouraged to discover knowledge through intrinsically motivating projects that give the children a purpose to their learning.

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Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

At the end of their time in the Lower School, our Fifth Graders can reflect on their growth through the experiences they have had here at SJA. Whether in classwork, Specials lessons, Student Council, educational visits, and after-school activities on the stage in a musical or the school field representing a team, all will have met and overcome new challenges. Our goal is to facilitate this journey in a safe and fun environment, enabling our children to be well-rounded lifelong-learners who will take all they have gained to the next level in our Middle School.

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Middle School Hallway

Middle School Hallway

At St. James Academy, students participate in hands-on and multi-sensory science projects and labs. Technology is integrated into science instruction.

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Music Rooms

Music at St. James is a vital part of a well-rounded education. Teachers instill love and appreciation for music in our students. Students are encouraged to try a wide variety of instruments and explore all genres of music. The students experience a diverse, robust, and unique music education.
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English and Math Wing

Middle School students engage in an enriching academic program. Small developmental math groups appropriately challenge students in each grade. Course offerings include 6th Grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. English classes blend exploration of literature with grammar instruction and a strong writing program. Students are encouraged to think critically and collaboratively through Socratic seminars.
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World Language

St. James Academy students begin learning World Language in PreK as cultural exploration. As students engage in global learning, they develop skills that enable them to be global citizens. Language acquisition helps develop the key 21st-century skills that provide a framework for successful learning in the classroom and beyond.
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Makerspace

St. James’ Makerspace area encourages collaborative learning, critical thinking, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit. Students participate in many open-ended discussions and are encouraged to participate in tasks that promote exploration and discovery. All grade levels use the Makerspace. To further enhance learning, we offer 1-1 laptops for students in 3rd Grade through 5th Grade and iPads for the lower grade, thus enabling students to utilize such platforms as Google Classroom and Seesaw.
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Science Lab

Science Lab

At St. James Academy, students participate in hands-on and multi-sensory science projects and labs. They explore many topics, making discoveries (and a few messes!) along the way. Technology integration enhances student engagement.

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Macdonald Hall Lobby

Macdonald Hall Lobby

6th Grade students have their area to begin and end the day – transition year to Middle School.

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Macdonald Hall

Middle School Art Room

Students create various projects ranging from painting, printmaking, ceramics, and three-dimensional sculptures. Every grade level works with multiple mediums. At St. James Academy, self –expression is encouraged. Each art project gives students real choices for expressing their feelings and ideas, allowing for autonomy over their subject matter and medium. Risk-taking gives the students opportunities for self-discovery, which leads to confidence, builds self-esteem and character. Art history, social studies, and multicultural lessons are the common threads woven throughout the art program during a student’s time.
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Tower

Tower

St. James Academy teachers are encouraged to invite professional guests to visit their classrooms to expose our students to the world around them. SJA hosted a School Sculpture Residency with actor and kinetic artist, Kevin Reese. As a kinetic artist, Kevin was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, the inventor of the mobile. In a full schedule of classes during the residency, Kevin met with every SJA student to create a permanent kinetic sculpture for the school and smaller group mobiles for the library and lobbies. Over five days, students designed, measured, cut, sanded, painted, and assembled the sculpture, giving them a hands-on experience of the creative process.

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SJATV Radio Station

SJATV Radio Station

SJA TV-Radio is a student-run and student-lead radio show that runs every morning. Students broadcast current events, the St. James Academy school prayer, honor code, and pledge of allegiance. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for younger students to participate in public speaking, and parents are invited to visit and watch the shows. When grade-level guests appear on the show, the student body lines the hallways to cheer for them.

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St. James Church

St. James Church

As an Episcopal school, St. James Academy is an inclusive community that is grounded in reason and open inquiry and rich with tradition. We have a core belief that each child is endowed with gifts from God. The exceptional educational opportunities and relationships within the community support our focus on creating contributing members of our world. St. James Academy students are empowered for lifelong learning and are leaders during their time here and as they move on to high school and beyond. Students attend weekly chapel services which serve as important opportunities for the SJA community to gather together.

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St. James Center: Gym

St. James Center: Gym

Physical movement is important at St. James Academy. Students participate in PE 1-2 times a week. All grade levels learn about physical fitness and develop skill sets in a variety of sports. Middle school athletics begins in fifth grade, and students can choose from over ten different sports.

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