Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Academic Philosophy

The middle school program for sixth through eighth grades serves as a transition between elementary school and high school in both environment and course material. Students are introduced to advisory groups, teaming, exploratory courses, and electives. The middle school provides the structure that supports these changes.

We recognize the individuality of students and appreciate their talents, interests, and needs. Students learn in an environment where mutual respect, shared responsibility, and the value of each individual are emphasized. All students are held to high expectations and the process of learning as a life-long experience is encouraged. Academic programs are geared toward providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum while recognizing that middle school students also need structure, support, consistency, and encouragement as they mature through these vital years.

Each middle school student is issued an iPad each year, which has become an invaluable learning tool in our curriculum. This 1:1 program allows the students to always have access to the tools and resources of the 21st Century classroom. Our finding is that students learn best and are more engaged when they are able to access, analyze, and synthesize information using digital tools. The 1:1 iPad program helps our students to achieve and be successful in a fully digital learning environment.

Although emphasis is given to the core academic instruction, an integrated curriculum is the focus for middle school instruction. The middle school program is designed to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and cultural well being of each of our students. We strive to develop maturity, self-confidence, skills and knowledge.

Through advisory periods, exploratory courses, electives, and core academic courses, students strengthen their abilities and explore and develop individual talents. We strive to create classroom environments that are inviting and conducive to learning, taking into account the varied learning styles of our students.

Middle School Students are nurtured in an environment created especially for the needs of their age group in which they are encouraged to develop a sense of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-reliance.