Saint James School

17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tel: 301-733-9330 x 3004
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12 | 220 students
AMAZING vs The Same Old Thing: Internationally recognized as one of the best small boarding schools in the country, Saint James boasts a challenging core curriculum, preparing our students for college success, not stress.
Located just 70 miles drive from the cities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and three international airports, our 672-acre campus is a serene home for 220 students from 19 states and 12 countries.
With all full-time faculty residing on campus, relationships are at the core of our community.
Saint James is the oldest Episcopal boarding school founded on the Oxford Movement, with rich traditions dating back to 1842.
Saint James is different than other small boarding schools in that we instill a humble confidence in our students which allows them to lead, learn, and live a life of rich experience; a large variety of interscholastic sports provides all students the benefits of athletic competition, sportsmanship, and leadership, while an impressively broad array of offerings in the Arts allow students to flex their creative muscles.  Saint James School's stellar college-preparatory curriculum, with a fun social life free from cliques and where students can grow and gain an advantage, is what makes Saint James amazing.
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Saint James School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 8-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1842 1909
Campus Size 672 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 220 students 295 students
% Students of Color 24% 19%
% International Students 18% 20%
% Students Boarding 75% 68%
Average SAT Score 1835 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1580 - 2050 -
Average ACT score 26 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 58% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $20 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$42,600 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$28,400 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 35% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,465 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 54% 58%
Director of Admissions Ben Douglass  
Associate Director of Admissions Amelia Fitzsimmons  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
AP Biology AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC AP Chemistry
AP English Literature and Composition AP European History
AP French Language AP Latin - Vergil
AP Music Theory AP Physics C
AP Spanish Language AP United Stated History
AP World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 14 24
ExtracurricularsAcolytes, Art Club, Bai Yuka (Yearbook), Camping Club, Choir, Cum Laude Society, Drama, Fencing Club, Historical Society, Hockey Club, Latin Club, Literary Society, Tour Guides, Vestry

School Notes:

  • What makes Saint James different form other boarding schools?

  • College Success vs. College Stress: Our challenging core curriculum affords students the opportunity to explore their intellectual curiosity, becoming thinkers, rather than skimmers. At the same time, Saint James ensures their preparation for college, giving them an advantage in the college process. 100% of our classes are accelerated college prep, along with our 14 Advanced Placement offerings. On top of a full course load, students are also involved in competitive athletics, a superb fine-arts program, nationally touring choir, music ensembles, and other cultural opportunities and events.
  • Friends vs. Cliques: With 220 students, Saint James is a small community welcoming to all individuals. Here, you will find older students hanging out with younger students, day students hanging out with boarding students, and international students hanging out with domestic students, as a single cohesive community.
  • Expectations vs. Anything Goes: With a strong, moral grounding, founded in the Oxford Movement of the Episcopal Church, Saint James students are kind and genuine. We all begin our academic day with a Chapel service and our Honor Code forms the cornerstone of trust and moral living on campus. Because of our size and culture, every student has an opportunity to be important at Saint James. Providing countless opportunities for leadership and success that are unmatched by other schools, Saint James students go to college with a true advantage.
  • Campus Beauty vs. Campus Ordinary: 672 beautiful acres set on the rolling hills of Western Maryland afford our students with a peaceful and safe home. Located seven miles from Antietam National Battlefield, Saint James played an integral role in the Civil War. Our beautiful campus is only one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and three international airports.

  • School accreditations: Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • James Holloway - Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Alfred T. Mahan - 19th century naval strategist, author of The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Mercersburg Academy (19 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • MercersburgMercersburg Academy
    300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    19 mi | 430 students | Gr. 9-12
  • MiddleburgFoxcroft School
    P.O. Box 5555
    MiddleburgVA 20118
    42 mi | 165 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Sandy SpringSandy Spring Friends School
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy SpringMD 20860
    49.6 mi | 553 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • McLeanThe Madeira School
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    50.3 mi | 308 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Front RoyalRandolph-Macon Academy
    (United Methodist)
    200 Academy Drive
    Front RoyalVA 22630
    50.9 mi | 294 students | Gr. 6-12
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