Frequently Asked Questions
The Admissions Office is located in the Elementary Building.
Directions to the Admissions Office: Come down the main drive of the school. The elementary building (which houses the Admissions Office) is the last building on the left. There is a big bay window in the middle of the building. Come in to the door to the left of the window, as you face the building . A sign above the door says Admissons, telling you you're in the right place. Ring the doorbell and you will be buzzed into the building. Our office is right across from the door you entered.
We would love to give you a personal tour of our school. We recommend a one-on-one visit. It allows you, as a parent, to make a more-informed decision about your child’s education. Please contact Kate Bartlett at 334-273-3021, to schedule a tour.
Yes. Students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to visit and observe a typical day at Saint James School! Please fill out our form to give us more information. A member of our Admissions staff will contact you to confirm a date.
Activity Fee for Pre-K3 through Fifth Grade // Consumable Books for Pre-K3 through Eighth Grade // Day Field Trips for all grades // Fall School Pictures for all grades // Junior & Senior Class Fees // Most Middle School Textbooks // PTO Dues for each family //Student Admission to all Home Sporting Events // Technology Fees for all grades // Iliad Yearbook for all students.
In considering an applicant for admission, the Saint James School Admissions Committee considers the student’s prior academic record, prior testing, teacher recommendations and Saint James admissions testing. A candidate should be above average to gifted ability within the college-bound population and have an academic record commensurate with this ability. The student should be respected by his or her teachers and peers and have a strong attendance and behavioral record.
When the committee reviews test scores, they are looking for scores that are indicative of candidates who are above average to gifted ability within the college-bound population. There is no specific test score minimum. In addition to admissions test scores, the admissions committee completes a thorough review of an applicant’s prior academic record, prior achievement testing and teacher evaluation forms. Conduct and attendance records are also considered.
The admissions staff of the school enjoys meeting each applicant and his or her family. At Saint James this is usually done when the family comes for a campus tour.
There are times when a family may be moving to Montgomery from another part of the country or even from out of the country and much of the admissions process is completed by phone, mail and e-mail. These students may apply and be accepted before arriving in Montgomery. When this happens the family normally comes by the school for a tour when their move is complete.
Each year we have a number of applicants who live in other parts of the country and even in other parts of the world. The application process can be completed prior to your move to Montgomery. The application, prior test scores, teacher evaluations, and grade reports can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the admissions office. Students may register to take ISEE, our required admissions test, at any of the ISEE test sites. Once the admissions process is complete the applicant’s parents will be notified by mail.
Submit all requested materials to the admissions office and schedule testing in a timely manner. The night before the admissions testing make sure your child goes to bed early and that he or she eats a good breakfast prior to coming for testing.
Siblings and children of alumni receive priority admission upon successful completion of the admissions process. We do offer a family discount for multiple children.
We do accept qualified new students in the middle of the year pending space available, but we encourage you to enroll your child as early as possible.
There is not a required dress for these visits but we encourage our visitors to wear clothes of conservative nature since our students wear uniforms each day.
We will contact you should an opening become available.
Absolutely. We recommend you consider the reason for denial and focus on improvements in that area before reapplying.
All registration fees must be paid by cash or check.
Tuition payments are handled through a billing company for Saint James School. You can choose to make these payments of cash, check, debit card, or even some credit cards.
Please be aware that 8th through 12th grade applicants may be INELIGIBLE to participate in the sports program at Saint James School due to the following Alabama High School Athletic Association Guidelines:
A new student transferring form another AHSAA Member School in Montgomery will not be eligible the first year.
A new student must live within the City Limits of Montgomery.
A new student must Not receive Financial Aid.
A new student moving into Montgomery, must make a bona fide move with the entire family.
There may be other reasons for ineligibility so please refer to the above link for the rules on eligibility. If you have any questions or concerns about Alabama High School Athletic Association Eligibility rules, please contact the Admissions Office or Athletic Director, Jerry Browning.
Pre-K3/K4 Half Day is from and 7:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Elementary School (Pre-K3/K4 Full Day, Kindergarten-5th Grade) is from 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 6, 7, & 8) is from 7:50 a.m. - 3:02 p.m.
High School (Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12) is from 8:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
*School hours are subject to change
Students at all grade levels are required to wear school-approved uniforms.
Parker School Uniform website: www.parkersu.com
Or you may order uniforms online from Lands' End.
Click the link above or the box below and follow the instructions. An informational flyer for online ordering from Lands' End is available if you click here.
The after school care program (STJ Wonderworks) coincides with the school calendar and is open to students from Pre-K3 through the fifth grade. Four different sessions are offered daily from noon to 5:30 p.m. Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten children include lunch,supervised play time, story time, rest time, indoor games and movies. First through fifth grade activities include supervised study hall, snacks, activity time, and playground time. To enroll their children, parents must sign an Extended Day Contract and attach the applicable registration fee
Saint James School is Montgomery’s independent school leader in implementing an English as a Second Language (ESL) program across all grade levels. This program enhances non-English speaking students’ understanding of the English language. The ESL program enables our international students to excel academically and socially, enriching their Saint James School experience.
Students have the option of bringing their lunches or they may purchase them from the school on a monthly basis. Nutritious hot meals and a drink are available for elementary students. Milk and juice may also be purchased separately. Local franchises provide middle and high school students an optional rotating menu. Microwaves are available to all students and drink vending machines are available to middle and high school students.
Saint James School is dedicated to academic excellence and to the personal growth and well-being of its students. This mission requires a safe and drug-free environment. Saint James School has shown leadership and commitment to its students and to the community by instituting an innovative drug-testing program for employees and students in eighth through twelfth grades. Every student in grades 8–12 will be tested once during the months of August and September. Students in grades 6–12 will then be randomly tested throughout the school year.. The drug-testing program is designed to help students resist drug use. It is based on principles that assist students rather than punishing them on the first offense and is intended to empower parents with valuable information for active participation in their child’s life.