About Our School
St. James is fully accredited by the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools, and is recognized by the National Association of Episcopal Schools, TANS (Texas Association of Non-public Schools) and the state of Texas.
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We are affliated with St. James' Church, and hold the annual Advent service there in December, as well as 6th grade graduation and closing exercises in May or early June.
St. James Episcopal Church
St. James Day School is a private school serving Pre-K through 6th grade and located on 25 acres of natural woodland in Texarkana, Texas. Established by the Episcopal church in 1948, St. James is fully accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES), and as such, is also recognized as accredited by the state of Texas, the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Learning takes place in five buildings on our beautiful campus as well as in our amphitheater and on our newly established St. James Nature Trail created by St. James alumnus, Ben Norton.
A diverse student population is drawn from both sides of the twin cities as well as from surrounding rural communities in both Texas and Arkansas. With only one public entrance to school grounds, our children play in a safe and secure setting that is a continuous source of pride for our families.
We are a hands-on school that believes in educating the whole child, body, mind, and spirit. A small student/teacher ratio allows every teacher to fully know your child’s unique talents and abilities, and the time and tools to challenge your child to reach his or her highest potential.
St. James is an unappologetically Christian school built on Judeo/Christian ethics and demanding high character of its students and teachers. Affliated with the Episcopal church, Christian education is scripture-based and non-denominational. Weekly all-school chapel services are held in the Lower School Commons and conducted by the rector of St. James' Church and follows the order of Morning Prayer with hymns and scripture readings. The school's motto, Nisi Dominus, is the very foundation of the school: Unless the Lord build the house, their labor is in vain that build it.
TEACHING WITH THE ARTS, FOREIGN LANGUAGE, and DAILY P.E.
As a private school, St. James is not bound by the state’s reduction of fine arts education, and still offers outstanding experiences in both visual and performing arts without shortchanging our math and science programs. Beginning with our 4-year-olds, all students have both music and foreign language with specialized teachers in that field.
Spanish is taught in PreK-4 through the 6th grade, with one quarter of French being added to the program for grades 4 through 6, and Latin for Middle School. All students have daily P.E. in our gym or on our playing fields.
St. James is a hands‐on school! Teachers and administration spend considerable time planning field trips and projects in order to provide progressive experiences that truly enrich the curriculum for a given class. Traditionally, our preschool classes takes in‐town field trips for hands‐on experience in their areas of study. First and second grades travel to Millwood Lake as they study plants and insects. Third grade plans a day trip to the Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock for their state and community government study, and are often privileged to meet the governor, federal judges, and senators. Fourth grade plans day trips to the Kilgore Oilfield Museum and to Jefferson in their study of Texas history, and to the MidAmerica Science Museum in Hot Springs for science. Fifth graders are continuing a new tradition for an overnight trip when they visit Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. this spring. Heifer Ranch offers an extraordinary opportunity for students to experience some of the challenges of global hunger and poverty with experimental, hands‐on Global Village immersion experiences. The traditional 6th grade trip, a four day, three night trip to Mo Ranch in the Hill Country takes place each fall. Sixth graders participate in the ropes course and both low and high elements as they learn new ways to support each other and achieve the “impossible” through teamwork. Some years, sixth grade students also take a national or international trip as a culmination of their years at St. James. The graduating class of 2010 traveled to China.
St. James was founded in 1948 by members of the Episcopal church in Texarkana. Our beautiful campus is a gift from the Diocese of Dallas and we are grateful for our proud heritage with St. James Church. The rector and curate conduct all-school chapel each week, and the rector serves as chaplain for the School.