Principal’s Welcome

Scanlon-Smith-Principal_0-176x220Hello! My name is Jennifer Scanlon-Smith, and as principal of St. James School, I’d like to welcome you and thank you for taking time to learn more about our school. I feel blessed to be the principal of St. James and I look forward to continuing its longstanding tradition of excellence. Our school has been educating children in the Catholic tradition since 1955.

St. James School provides children in Prekindergarten through 8th Grade with a Catholic education aimed at empowering children to achieve their full academic and Christian potential, by becoming prayerful, lifelong learners and good stewards of God’s gifts.

As a fully accredited Diocesan School, we are committed to delivering academic excellence in family classroom environments, plus we have exciting opportunities beyond the classroom through which students can learn and grow as scholars and individuals throughout their years.  We recognize and celebrate the diverse learning styles, interests, talents, and cultures of our students and strive to offer a rich variety of meaningful learning experiences that will inspire innovative thinkers and confident learners.

Our mission is to provide academic excellence through a Christ-centered curriculum in a Prekindergarten through eighth grade school while believing that each child is a unique creation of God. St. James students have a variety of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities such as scouts, sports, service projects, Mad Science club, chess, electives, choir and student ambassadors. As each student moves through our programs, we will support his/her effort to become a responsible decision-maker and a good citizen of our school and of our community. St. James School cultivates respect for self and others.

In addition, St. James School has a dedicated and experienced staff, an active PTO and School Board, and a deep partnership with caring and committed families.  Parental involvement is prevalent and welcome in our school.

We’d love to introduce you to our school community. Here at St. James School, We Are Growing Together; Faith, Family and Friends. The lessons learned here, both in and out of the classroom, prepare each child for service to the local and global community.

We welcome you to come and see what a difference our school makes. We will give you a tour of our campus, answer your questions and introduce you to our St. James family.

You can schedule a tour by contacting the school office at 816-781-4428 or by inquiring online.

We look forward to hearing from you!