Class Structure & Curriculum

ReadingA Class With Purpose...

We believe in a balanced program of child-centered and teacher-directed learning activities. We aspire to create a developmentally appropriate classroom that builds on your child's natural curiosity. Our program provides a solid foundation for our children's cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative, and spiritual growth. Our teachers are committed to nurturing individual growth and to developing a life-long love for learning in each child.

In the Preschool classroom, you will find numerous learning centers carefully created to meet the individual interests and needs of our children.

  • Our dramatic play center that includes child-sized furniture, props and play clothes, puppets and puppet theater, and other materials that support children's learning through play. Students in this center can act and role-play, which results in the practice of social and language skills.
  • In the blocks and puzzles center, students will find plenty of puzzles, blocks, games, train sets and more. In this center, student's imaginations are stimulated as well as their development in skills such as planning, problem solving, cooperation, and hand-eye coordination.
  • In the science center there are a variety of ongoing investigations that go on throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to explore, investigate, observe, record, and discuss topics of their interest. We have our own personal library with a wide range of literature for students to explore.

Important Dates

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."


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!