Saint James School

17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tel: (301) 733-9330 Ext. 3004
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 16 states and 26 foreign countries, the school 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.

Top Rankings

Saint James School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:

  • Category Attribute
Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Saint James SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered8-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18421907
Campus Size689 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment235 students300 students
% Students of Color
56%
25%
% International Students
28%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
70%
Average SAT Score1270* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Blazer required for all students; tie or bow tie is required for boys)
Casual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$25 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,500$59,750
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,500$33,500
% Students on Financial Aid
61%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$25,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 31 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
54%
58%
Director of AdmissionsJohn Tucker
Associate Director of AdmissionsKelly Espy

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
CoursesAP 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1416
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1823
ExtracurricularsClub 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

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

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 235 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 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

Profile last updated: 09/13/2021

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