Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

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  • National Merit Commended Student

    Saint James School Senior Edward Kim received National Merit Commended Student recognition this fall.

  • Mrs. Shoults’ Art Chosen for Exhibition

    Artwork designed by Saint James High School Art Instructor, Mrs. Evelyn Shoults, was selected for the NAEA exhibition in Alexandria, Virginia through April 2018.

  • STJ Takes The Lead in Independent Schools

    Saint James School hails the largest number of independent school National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the area for the second consecutive year. Seniors Declan Fitzpatrick and Eric Rice have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists.

  • Claudia Hubbard Elected Youth Governor

    Saint James School sent an energized delegation of students to participate in the 69th YMCA State Youth Legislature that convened the last weekend in February. The session was highlighted by the election of Saint James Junior, Claudia Hubbard, as the Alabama Youth Governor for 2018.

  • STJ TEAMS Finish First in STEM Competition

    STJ earned the top spot, placed first in the state, during the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) STEM competition on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. For the problem solving portion of the contest, one of the Saint James 11th/12th grade teams won first place! The second 11th/12th grade team earned an exceptional time with their robot arm. Read more.

  • STJ National Merit Semifinalists

    Four Saint James School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists, a prestigious honor awarded to only 16,000 students out of the 1.5 million who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These exceptional Saint James students are the largest group from any independent school in the area achieving this high honor.

 Congratulations Gyuna Kim, Ian Tsekouras, Connor Taylor, and Daniel Kim.

  • STJ Speech and Debate Brings Home the Win!

    Bradley Wascher '16 was named the National Champion in Extemporaneous Commentary and Sophomore Salena Bulls was a Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June.

  • High Marks in National French Contest

    High marks for students who competed in The National French Contest of the American Association of Teachers of French, Le Grand Concours, this spring.

  • Top Scores on National Spanish Exams

    Congratulations to several STJ world language students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2016 National Spanish Exams.

  • Saint James Sophomores Selected for UA Capstone Academy

    Sophomores Nathan Ashner and Sydney Brashears were nominated by the Saint James high school faculty and selected by the University of Alabama Capstone Council to attend a two-day leadership conference in Tuscaloosa, March 3rd and 4th.

  • STJ at YMCA Youth Legislature

    From passing bills in legislative chambers, to serving as a Presiding Officer, to playing major roles in the way legislation is passed in each house, Saint James School participants excelled in every aspect of the mock legislative program.

  • STJ at Bus Boycott 60th Anniversary

    Saint James students were a part of history on December 1, 2015 as they marked the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott along with local, state, and national dignitaries.

  • STJ Robotics Win in Auburn

    The Saint James School Robotics Team competed & earned high commendations in six categories at the War Eagle B.E.S.T. Robotics competition October 9-10 in Auburn.bb

  • Saint James Homecoming 2015

    Saint James School Senior Lauren Talkington was crowned Homecoming Queen by Head of School Dr. Larry McLemore during halftime ceremonies on Friday, October 2, 2015.

  • Bradley Wascher Named National Forensics Finalist

    Bradley Wascher, Saint James School senior, won third place in the nation for Extemporaneous Commentary at the National Forensics Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

  • $8.4 Million in Scholarships

    STJ Class of 2015 earns a record-breaking $8.4 million in college scholarships!

  • 2015 State 4A Golf Champions

    Saint James Golf Team wins State 4A title and is recognized by Mayor Strange at City Council Meeting May 19, 2015.

  • Saint James Golf Team Wins State!

    Coach Nigel Card and his golf team took the course to a winning season! STJ Golf Team: Walker Carr '15, Chase Hastey '17, Wells Hooper '15, Cooper Sharp '17, Jay Spivey '15, and Walker Wise '15.

  • Middle School Named for Mrs. Richardson

    Saint James School celebrated its inaugural Sunset on the Quad Sunday, April 19th on campus. The event was designed to be an annual school-wide fundraiser, and this year the gala was in honor of retiring Head of School, Mrs. Melba B. Richardson.

  • AAIS Lifetime Leadership Award

    Mrs. Richardson was awarded the AAIS Lifetime Leadership Award during the biennial conference in March 2015.

  • STJ Forensics is taking a National Stage

    The STJ Forensics Team, directed by Dr. Ian Turnipseed, qualified a Saint James School student for the National Speech and Debate Tournament in every category - a rare accomplishment to be lauded.

  • Saint James Band is Awarded Superior with Distinction

    Congratulations to the Saint James Band for their performance and 'Superior with Distinction' recognition at the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment at Opelika High School.

  • STJ Named Top High School in River Region

    Saint James School was named the top independent school in the River Region. In a statewide list published by Niche.com via Yellowhammer, naming the top 20 private high schools in Alabama, STJ was recognized as the seventh best in the state and the number one high school in the River Region.

  • Barringer and Stewart Awarded Forensics Scholarships to University of Alabama

    STJ Seniors Pearce Barringer and McLean Stewart were each awarded the Alabama Forensics Council Scholarship, a full scholarship to the University of Alabama, after competing at the University of Alabama Hall of Fame High School Speech and Debate Tournament held January 16 and 17, 2015 in Tuscaloosa.

  • Saint James Board Names Future Head of School

    The Saint James School Board of Directors unanimously selected Dr. Larry McLemore as the succeeding Head of School following Mrs. Richardson’s retirement June 30, 2015.

  • Halftime Celebration

    Saint James School honored its Head of School, Melba Richardson, Friday, October 17, 2014 during a halftime presentation. Mrs. Richardson announced her retirement in early summer, effective June 30, 2015, which will complete 32 years of service to STJ.

  • Homecoming Queen 2014

    Senior Winston Belle (Win) Woodson, daughter of Marti and Frank Woodson of Montgomery, was crowned Saint James School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen in halftime ceremonies during STJ’s October 10 match-up against the Bullock County Hornets.

  • Join the STJ Robotics Team in Opelika October 11th

    Saint James School’s Robotics Team is gearing up for the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics competition to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Opelika High School in Opelika, Alabama.

  • STJ Celebrates 200th Anniversary of National Anthem

    The Saint James School student body and faculty gathered in the school quad Monday morning to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the penning of the Star Spangled Banner on September 14, 1814. The ceremony was led by Sadie Argo, president of the Saint James high school Student Government Association, and Win Woodson, president of the senior class.

  • Press Box Named for J.R. Brown

    The Saint James School community came together Friday, September 12, 2014 to dedicate the stadium press box to 1980 alumni, J.R. Brown. In a half-time ceremony, the Head of School, Melba Richardson, Board of Director Chair, Helena Duncan, Saint James Athletic Director, Jerry Browning, and former Saint James Board Member, Frank Woodson, presented a Remington bust and plaque to Mr. Brown prior to unveiling the new press box signage.

  • Saint James AP Scores Sail Above State, National and Global Averages

    Over the past five years, Saint James students have far surpassed the national and state AP scores consistently. In 2014 alone, the Saint James AP students who scored a three or higher was nearly double the percentage of Alabama students who scored the same. Additionally, that same group of Saint James students’ soared by the global AP scores with 79% of STJ students scoring a 3 or above. The global results showing only 61.3% scoring a 3 or higher.

  • Junior Win Woodson Elected Girls State Governor

    STJ’s Win Woodson was elected to the prestigious position of Governor of Girls State in early June. Woodson was chosen from a select group of 2014 junior girls from across Alabama, assembling in Tuscaloosa for a weeklong, spirited, experiential learning opportunity providing a greater understanding of American government. Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. (Woodson is shown here with STJ's Director of Advancement Dr. Larry McLemore.) In addition to Girls State Governor, Saint James is the 2014-15 home to Montgomery’s Youth Mayor, Alabama’s Youth-Governor Elect, and one of two U.S. Senate Youth Program delegates from Alabama.

  • $6.8 million in college scholarships!

    Saint James School’s Class of 2014 has been awarded a record-breaking $6.8 million in merit-based college scholarships to an impressive list of colleges and universities across the United States. The awards were received by 50 students (57 percent) in the 88-member class.

  • Saint James School Graduates 87 in Class of 2014

    Commencement exercises for Saint James School’s Class of 2014 were held on May 19, at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. All 87 of the graduates will attend colleges and universities across Alabama and throughout the nation in the fall.

  • Lee Selected for Special MIT program

    Junior Justin Lee has been selected to join the 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC). The prestigious MOSTEC program is free of charge to students who are selected and provides an enriching, mostly online, experience from July 2014 - Jan 2015, as the students submit their college applications.

  • Music Honor Society Inducts 2014 Membership

    The Saint James chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 17 new members on April 25.

  • Boys and Girls Tennis Teams Are State Runners-Up

    STJ Varsity Boys and Girls competed in the 4A AHSAA Tennis State Tournament in Decatur, AL on Apri. 21-22. With strong performances by all players, both the boys and girls teams were awarded State Runner-Up trophies.

  • Smith Named AMEA President-Elect!

    Saint James School Band Director Susan L. Smith was recently elected Alabama Music Educators Association President-Elect. She will serve two years as President Elect and two years as President and two years as Past President. Smith has led the Saint James School band to national acclaim on multiple occasions through the Super Regional and National Bands of America competitions.

  • A Winning Season for STJ Debate!

    Ending a very successful regular season, Saint James School students received the top individual awards at the Alabama Forensics Educators State Tournament on April 3-5, held on the campus of Carver High School in Birmingham. The team captured Second Place, Overall, as well as State Champion in Individual Events, and Second Place Winner in Congressional Debate. Junior McLean Stewart was named Alabama Forensic Student of the Year, the award given for the tournament’s most outstanding competitor. Junior Hayden Cavanaugh received the Outstanding Competitor of the Year Award, reserved for the student earning the best scores in a total of three events. In addition, team sponsor Dr. Ian Turnipseed was elected the Alabama Forensic Educator Association President -- a position he will hold for the next two years.

  • Argo Named YMCA’s Big Buddy of the Year

    Saint James School’s Sadie Argo won the citywide YMCA Alisa Roberts Second Mile Award as the City of Montgomery’s Most Outstanding Big Buddy for her work with her “little buddy,” Da’Marcus Jackson.

  • Technology Allows 8th Graders to Interview Civil Rights Author

    Eighth graders “facetimed" with Dr. Chris Crowe, author of "Mississippi Trial 1955" in early April, after reading his novel as part of their assignment in history class. Dr. Crowe’s book examines the famous case of Emmett Till, whose murder was one of the triggers of the modern-day civil rights movement.

  • 2014-15 Cheerleaders Named!

    The varsity, junior varsity, and middle school cheerleaders squads for 2014-15 have been posted! VARSITY SQUAD: Sadie Argo, Lauren Attwood, Sally Brown, Emma Donaldson, Dimiah Epps, Lindsey Holcombe, Taylor Holman, Emma Moody, Lauren Parish, Rachel Rampy and Hannah White. JV SQUAD: Mya Averette, Abbey Engles, Claudia Hubbard, Grace Kirkland, Hannah Mathis-Ray, Katie McIntyre, Lauren Millo, Aaliyah Sims and Alexa Wimpee. MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUAD: Emilee Arrington, Bryson Belich, Shelby Craft, Lucy Edwards, Lauren Harrison, Hannah Keene, Jordan King, Virginia Morris, Faith Morris, Sarah Rice, Katie Leigh Smith and Emma Williams. Congratulations to all!

  • National Merit and National Achievement Finalists!

    Kathleen Cunningham, a member of the class of 2014, has been named a National Merit Finalist, and classmate Jared Hunter has been named a Finalist in the National Achievement program.

  • STJ’s Cassie Sadie Elected Alabama’s Youth Governor!

    Delegates to the YMCA’s 66th Annual Alabama Youth Legislature elected Saint James School junior Cassie Sadie as the 2015 Youth Governor during the event held on Feb. 21-23 in downtown Montgomery. The mock student government program allows 300 high school students from across the state to “take over” the operation of Alabama’s state government functions for a weekend, in a simulation intended to teach students about executive, judicial and legislative operations. Sadie is the first student from Saint James ever to be elected to the position of Youth Governor. Sadie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie. She will assume her duties next year.

  • Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams Win “Southern Shootout”

    Saint James School Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer teams both won the 2014 Southern Shootout Elite Flight Soccer Tournaments on Feb. 14-15. It was the first time the STJ Girls have won the tourney since the team began participating in 2011. Congrats to our varsity teams!

  • STJ Eighth Graders Visiting Nation’s Capital!

    A highlight of their last year in middle school, STJ eighth graders and chaperones once again brave the cold to explore the history and beauty in Washington, DC. One of the regular stops on the tour is Mt. Vernon, the home of Revolutionary War leader and first U.S. President George Washington.

  • STJ students win 63 Gold, Silver & Honorable Mentions in S.E. Region-at-Large Scholastic Art Awards

    STJ received 63 Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention wins in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards for the SOUTHEAST REGION AT-LARGE, a very impressive showing. Entries now will be reviewed by judges in New York City to determine the National Scholastic Art Award winners. (pictured: Gold Key winners).

  • Watch Apple Present STJ with their Distinguished School Honor!

    Computer giant Apple, Inc. conferred its prestigious Apple Distinguished School award to Saint James, in a school-wide ceremony in late January. Mayor Todd Strange, the Saint James Board of Directors and other prominent guests were on hand for the happy occasion. “Of the many schools that I work with that are Apple Distinguished Schools, Saint James School is among the very top,” said Apple’s Adair Caperton in presenting the company accolade.

  • STJ Named Overall Champions in UA Forensics Tourney

    Saint James School’s Speech and Debate Team won the Overall Sweepstakes Award as well as Individual Events at the University of Alabama Hall of Fame High School Speech and Debate Tournament held on Jan. 17-18 in Tuscaloosa. The STJ team came in first out of 17 schools from five states, including local participants such as the Montgomery Academy, Trinity Presbyterian School, and other competing area schools.

  • Greenberg Named DAR Good Citizen

    Senior Abigail Greenberg has been named the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Chapter Winner for Saint James School, as well as Southeastern Conference Winner for the state of Alabama. The latter title indicates Abigail is among the top four DAR winners in Alabama, and will compete against them for determination of the Alabama DAR Good Citizen.

  • Eight Saint James students selected for statewide Honor Choir

    Saint James chorus students Caitlin Hicks, Mary Villageois, Miranda Therkelsen, Emma Frakes, Zach Jeffcoat, Jay Spivey, Joe Taylor and Alexander Chung have been selected to perform in the 2014 Alabama Vocal Association Honor Choir, a statewide choral assembly composed of approximately 100 students from across the state of Alabama.

  • STJ Elementary Students Help MACOA Feed Older Adults

    Saint James School second and third graders did their part to help the Montgomery Area Council on Aging fulfill their mission of serving older adults by collecting food items for the agency as part of their holiday community service project. The seven and eight-year-olds collected more than 200 jars of peanut butter and instant coffee as a class donation to the Montgomery community organization.

  • STJ band members selected for college honor bands

    In addition to the accolades and laurels received by the award-winning Saint James School Marching Trojans, several individual band students have been selected to participate in a variety of college-sponsored Honor Bands.

  • STJ Freshman Mock Trial Team Qualifies for National Competition

    The Saint James School Freshman Mock Trial Team, coached by Montgomery attorneys Wells Robinson, and Rory McKean reaped high honors for their participation in the 2013 Alabama YMCA Youth Judicial Competition.

  • STJ Golf Raffle Makes One Football Fan Very Happy

    The Saint James Golf Team completed a successful BCS-related raffle/fundraiser on Monday, December 23 with the drawing for a travel package for two to the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, Cal. on Jan. 6.

  • STJ theater students shine at State Theater Festival

    Saint James School Thespians made an impressive showing at the 73rd Annual State Trumbauer Theatre Festival competition held at Troy University on Dec. 5-8.

  • STJ Senior to Meet Obama, Biden as Ala. Rep. to U.S. Senate Youth Program.

    Big news came for Jared Hunter this month when the STJ high school senior learned he is one of only two students in the state selected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate Youth program funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

  • Saint James is an Apple Distinguished School

    Saint James School (STJ) is an Apple Distinguished School, a title reserved for learning institutions displaying innovation, leadership and educational excellence.

  • STJ’s Madison Smith Receives Top Female Choral Honor

    Saint James senior choral student Madison Smith named Outstanding Female Choral Student in District VI for the Alabama Vocal Association.

  • STJ Robotics Team Designs “Most Photogenic” Robot!

    The Saint James Robotics team proved that robots can be “pretty as a picture” too, when the school’s team-designed robot won “Most Photogenic” at Auburn University’s B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition in Auburn on Nov. 18.

  • Four Saint James Students Chosen for Prestigious All-State Show Choir

    Saint James School High School Show Choir members Catherine Bradwell, Emma Colson, Blake Sanders, and Madison Smith have been selected to the 2014 Alabama All-State Show Choir. It is the second time Colson, Sanders, and Smith have received the honor.

  • Eight STJ Actors Headed for State Competition

    On Nov. 1-2 eight Saint James School Performing Arts Department members competed at the District Walter Trumbauer Festival held at Opelika High School. All eight received superior rankings and now continue to the State Trumbauer Theater Festival on Dec. 6-7 at Troy University.

  • Saint James School 2013 Homecoming Court!

    Senior Laura Catherine Clark, daughter of Fred and Blake Clark, was crowned Saint James School ‘s 2013 Homecoming Queen in halftime ceremonies during STJ’s Nov. 1 match-up against the Catholic Knights.

  • College Board Names 22 STJ Advanced Placement Scholars

    The College Board has recognized 22 Saint James School students for earning AP Scholar Award status due to their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

  • STJ’s Marching Trojans Named Super-Regional Class A Champs

    The Saint James Marching Trojans Band was named the Bands of America Super-Regional Class A Champions after their performance in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Oct. 26. The very last band to compete, the Marching Trojans performed to an audience of nearly 10,000 -- lighting up the crowd on all three levels of the stadium.

  • STJ’s Jared Hunter Named National Achievement Semifinalist

    Saint James School senior Jared Hunter has been named one of only 1,600 Black American high school seniors across the country to be named Semifinalists in the 50th Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

  • Two STJ seniors will represent AL in Army All-American Marching Band

    Saint James High School’s Madison Smith and Alexander Chung have been named to the U.S. All-American Marching Band that will perform during January’s Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school football game. Both seniors, Smith and Chung are the only Alabama students selected for the prestigious 125-member band from more than 1,300 nominees representing 47 states.

  • STJ Robotics Team Advances to Regional Competition

    After 13 rounds of competition, the Saint James Robotics team’s personally designed and constructed robot took Third Place trophy in the B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition in Auburn on Oct. 18-19. The team now advances to the next level.

  • These Marching Trojans are All-Americans Too!

    Congratulations to Madison Smith and Alexander Chung for being named U.S. Army All-American Bowl Marching Band members! Only 125 students are selected for this honor throughout the U.S. Smith and Chung fly to San Antonio in Jan. for one week to practice and perform with the band during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl!

  • Cunningham is Merit Semifinalist!

    Senior Kathleen Cunningham has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, a prestigious honor awarded to only 16,000 students nationwide, from 1,500,000 program entrants. She is the third National Merit honoree from the school in as many years.

  • STJ grad’s fundraiser for homeless good Samaritan in Boston hits $66K

    The good news is it's a national story that keeps on growing! Earlier this week '04 alum Ethan Whittington started an online fundraiser to help a homeless Boston man who had done the right thing by turning in a backpack he'd found containing $40K of cash and checks. Ethan's mom credits STJ with instilling her son with some of his "community service ethic" while he was a student here!