Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

STJ Named Top High School in River Region

Saint James School is located on Vaughn Road in Montgomery, Alabama - just across from Blount Cultural Park including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Saint James School Ranks Number One in River Region

Saint James School was named the top independent school in the River Region fall 2014. The statewide list published by via Yellowhammer named the top 20 private high schools in Alabama and STJ was recognized as the seventh best in the state and the number one high school in the River Region.

“What an honor to receive this recognition,” Mrs. Melba Richardson, Saint James Head of School stated. “We have been perceived for years as the innovative school leading the way, and to see validation of this is the reward for the outstanding efforts from the entire Saint James School community.”

2015 marks the 60th anniversary for Saint James School. Beginning as a kindergarten only school to now educating nearly 1,000 students Pre-K3 through 12th grade, STJ is Montgomery’s oldest independent school providing the most well rounded course offerings in the area, according to the study. STJ was named best high school through the combination of its rigorous academic curriculum, a wide array of offerings in the fine and performing arts, participation in over 40 competitive athletic programs, and its diverse student body.

The Best Private High Schools ranking provides a “comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at private high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.” It uses “data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 120,000+ opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from over 16,000 current students, recent alumni and parents.” is a site that works to “make choosing a neighborhood, college or K-12 school a more transparent process.” Their data is compiled through “insights from everyday experts.” The criteria that was used to create the top high schools list included student experiences including academics, teachers, safety, extracurricular offerings; looking at the academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes; evaluating the student body in terms of a diverse population - fostering an accepting, positive school culture; and student engagement in the school’s extra curricular activities and sports.

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