17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tel: (301) 733-9330 Ext. 3004
Saint James School Photo #1 - Saint James' picturesque 800-acre campus is conveniently located only 70 miles from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
Saint James School Photo #1 - Saint James' picturesque 800-acre campus is conveniently located only 70 miles from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
Saint James School Photo #2 - Saint James School has 240 students from 20 states and 30 countries.
Saint James School Photo #3 - Pursuing a classical liberal arts and sciences education, our students gain the knowledge, skills, and intangibles needed for college success.
Saint James School Photo #4 - With an average class size of 11 students, our inspiring educators build relationships that go beyond the traditional student-teacher dynamic.
Saint James School Photo #5 - Athletics are an integral part of the Saint James experience-keeping our students active; helping them develop teamwork, leadership, and discipline; and providing opportunities to embrace new experiences.
Saint James School Photo #6 - Opportunities for artistic expression abound at SJS-from taking guitar lessons to throwing a pot on a wheel to singing a tune on stage.
Saint James School Photo #7 - Commencement is held on the fabled steps of Claggett Hall. 100% of Saint James students are accepted into college, with 95% admitted to one of their top three choices.
Saint James School Photo #8 - Boarding means 24/7 immersion in our community, which creates additional opportunities to develop independence, resilience, and self-motivation, providing the best preparation for the demands of college.
Saint James School Photo #9 - Saint James is an Episcopal school, welcoming students from a broad range of faiths and backgrounds.
Saint James School Photo #10 - Six times a week, we gather for seated meals, a tradition that has shaped the Saint James community since our founding in 1842.
Founded in 1842, Saint James School is a coeducational, Episcopal boarding school with a smaller day student program.
Located in central Maryland on a 100-acre campus surrounded by 700 acres of school-owned farmland, Saint James is located 70 miles from both Washington, DC, and Baltimore.
With three-quarters of our students boarding and the student body representing 20 states and 30 countries, Saint James prides itself on offering a personalized approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment.
As a result of the strong tradition of academic excellence, with competitive athletics and a full program in the arts, Saint James School challenges its students to grow academically, athletically, artistically, socially, and morally.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $54,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,500
  • Acceptance rate: 54%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Saint James School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 294 schools) for:


School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Saint James School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
800 acres
125 acres

Student Body

240 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Blazer required for all students; tie or bow tie is required for boys
Average Class Size
11 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$35 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
John Tucker
Associate Director of Admissions
Kelly Espy

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computers Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin - Vergil, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United Stated History, AP World History



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Chapel Vestry, Community Garden Club, DEI Committee, FAB Lab Maker Club, Investment Club, Model United Nations, QED Math Club, Robotics Club, Speech and Debate Team, Student Activities, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Boys' A Cappella, Chamber Orchestra, Choir, Girls' A Cappella

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Well rounded and well prepared. Saint James students explore broadly and think deeply, balancing scholarly work and the spirited pursuit of other interests. Small classes (typically 10-12 students) ensure engagement and mastery of material. A variety of AP and post-AP courses (17 total) allow interested students to pursue subjects in greater depth. 
  • Saint James supports our students in ways that only a community of this size and character can. Expert teaching, advising, and mentoring help them cultivate the confidence, skills, and habits of mind that lead to success in college--and beyond.
  • Conveniently located just 70 miles from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, our beautiful 689-acre campus is home to 240 students, with 75 percent choosing to board on campus. By choosing to live at Saint James, you gain a second home--and a second family of friends, teachers, mentors, and coaches who are focused as much on your happiness as your performance in the classroom.
  • Saint James students grow by trying new things. We offer 14 different sports, a wide variety of clubs, service opportunities, and an excellent fine arts program that includes drama, dance, music, and visual art.
  • As an Episcopal school, Saint James introduces all of its students to the liturgical traditions of Anglican Christianity focusing on our common values of humanity, integrity, and compassion. Worshipping alongside people of many faiths gives you constant exposure to other cultures and beliefs. A culture of open dialogue -- where differing perspectives are valued and encouraged -- will allow you to develop skills of civil discourse.
  • We invite you to visit to experience firsthand our unique community. See for yourself that everything you've been looking for really does exist in one school.
  • Saint James School accreditations: Accredited jointly by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • James L. Holloway, III '39 - Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Alfred T. Mahan - 19th century naval strategist, author of The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Saint James School cost?

Saint James School's tuition is approximately $54,500 for boarding students and $33,500 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of Saint James School?

The acceptance rate of Saint James School is 54%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 58%.

Who are famous alumni from Saint James School?

Saint James School famous alumni include: James L. Holloway, III '39 and Alfred T. Mahan.

What sports does Saint James School offer?

Saint James School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.

What is Saint James School's ranking?

Saint James School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of students on financial aid.

When is the application deadline for Saint James School?

The application deadline for Saint James School is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $54,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,500
  • Acceptance rate: 54%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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