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About St. James Academy

The St. James Experience

The Catholic Faith Community of St. James Academy weaves Christ's message into the fabric of each school day so that the whole child can develop in body, mind and spirit. Working within an educational program that integrates spiritual, moral, academic, social, cultural and physical precepts, the faculty and staff assist parents in the education of each child.

We believe... In modeling Christ's teaching, we strive to prepare children to live in the world as responsible citizens and as faithful stewards of creation in an ever changing environment. We provide a student-centered, Catholic-based curriculum which values cultural and intellectual diversity in our commitment to excellence.

We encourage... St. James is a fully accredited, Catholic elementary school (K-8) that has been serving the San Diego North County Coastal community since 1952. St James employs fully credentialed teachers -- 8 with masters degrees. The Academy is part of the vibrant St. James Catholic Community. Faculty and administration are diligent in their commitment to ongoing academic improvement and take great pride in providing a warm, personal, yet challenging, educational environment for the Academy's student.

We care... The St. James faculty is united in faith values and dedicated to the principles of Catholic education. This includes instruction in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith in addition to teaching respect for all individuals and encouraging compassion and social responsibility. All faculty members are committed to their own growth as teaching professionals. They work closely with parents to provide the best possible education for the students.

Curriculum Overview

St. James Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum that is based on Catholic values and the California State Frameworks. See below for an overview of our curriculum and our citizenship standards.


  • Religious instruction, celebrations and weekly liturgies
  • Smart Boards in every classroom and Science Lab with Interactive Student Response System
  • Computer education for Kindergarten through grade 6
  • Science Lab for Kindergarten through grade 8
  • Physical education for Kindergarten through grade 8
  • Extracurricular sports programs throughout the year for grades 5-8
  • Music education for Kindergarten through grade 8
  • Progressive grade to grade writing program
  • Honors pre-algebra class in grade 7
  • Honors algebra in grade 8
  • Spanish for Kindergarten through grade 8
  • Bully Prevention Education Program


The students of St. James Academy exemplify the successful efforts of both parents and teachers in instilling high moral values and social consciousness. The children have a respect for authority, and responsiveness to those in need. Students are continually given opportunities to grow in self-responsibility. Rising to the challenge of developing their potentials to the fullest, students undertake an impressive variety of creative, academic and outreach endeavors. The students' educational experience is also enriched by the diversity of culture among them.


The St. James Academy Team!

St. James Academy has a 16:1 faculty-student ratio that includes 11 full time faculty, 7 part time faculty, 1 resource teacher and Teacher aides K – 8th.

Our Faculty & Staff

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  • Pastor - Fr.​ ​ Gerard​ ​ Lecomte​ ​ CJM
  • Principal - Mrs. Christine Lang
  • Office Manager - Mrs. Lisa Cooper
  • Bookkeeper - Mrs. Aminy Johnson

  • Kindergarten - Mrs. Nicole Girod Website
  • First Grade - Ms. Carrie Humann Website
  • Second Grade - Mrs. Bethany Radcliffe Website
  • Third Grade - Mrs. Courtney Niemeyer website
  • Fourth Grade - Mrs. Cindy Skraby Website
  • Fifth Grade - Mrs. Sally O'Neill Website
  • Sixth Grade - Ms. Sarah Phillips Website
  • Eighth Grade/Jr. High Algebra/Math - Ms. Lauren Mottles Website

  • Science/Religion - Mrs. Teresa Wilson Website
  • Seventh Grade/Junior High Language Arts/Social Studies - Mrs. LeeAnn Mott Website
  • Library - Mrs. Jamie Schlehuber
  • Resource - Mrs. Cherine Tavassoli
  • Resource - Mrs. Heidi Drake

  • Preschool Director - Mrs. Christine Leo (Preschool Page)
  • Preschool Teacher - Mrs. Laurie Saunders
  • Preschool Teacher - Mrs. Cindy Velasco
  • Preschool Teacher - Ms. Kelly Edwards
  • Technology - Mrs. Amber Wilcox Website
  • Aide - Mrs. Jenna Gallo
  • Aide - Mrs. Christina Reed
  • Aide - Mrs. Sarah Phillips
  • Aide - Mary Kelly
  • PE/ PM Day Care - Mrs. Kelly Ramsay

Advisory Board

Many families may be wondering what the answer is. We have provided this document to give you a quick but thorough understanding about the Board's work. Unlike a public school board which is regulatory, a Catholic school board is consultative in nature. It operates in the policy-making process by formulating and adapting policy.

The Diocese of San Diego describes why the church needs school boards today.

  • To promote the concept of lay ministry
  • To develop ownership and stability
  • To offer financial advice
  • To develop and defend policy
  • To serve as a good public relations source
  • To enable the principal to spend adequate time as educational leader
  • To encourage strategic planning

The St. James Academy Advisory Board participates in decision-making in designated areas of responsibility. These areas include planning, policy formulation/enactment, finances, the selection or appointment of the principal, development including public relations and marketing, and evaluation. As recommended by the Diocese, the Board guided by the diocese drafted and approved its constitution in 1998.

Important School Information

School Hours - 8:00 am - 2:45 PM

Jr. High Hours - 7:45 am - 2:55 PM

School Uniforms - required

Handbook - Click here to download


Extended Day Care Program

    1. Before School Care - 7:00 - 7:45 AM. Operated by St. James Academy (Billed separately from tuition)
    2. After School Care - 3:00 - 5:30 PM. Operated by the St. James Academy (Billed separately from tuition)


St. James Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and The Western Catholic Education Association; Member of National Catholic Education Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development


Kind Words About Us...

"One of the greatest benefits of a St. James Academy education is the commitment of faculty to continued personal growth."

"St. James Academy promotes a spirit of enthusiasm that fosters a sense of community thereby maintaining a strong Catholic mission."

"St. James Academy did an excellent job at incorporating a variety of supplemental texts, materials and methods to meet the needs of the students and their various learning styles!"

"They integrate Christian values into the curriculum, with an emphasis on spiritual development, positive approach to discipline and community building activities."

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St. James Academy is a private Catholic school in North County, San Diego. If you are searching for the premier preschool, elementary school or junior high school in proximity to Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, contact us today!