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North County’s Premier Catholic School
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A California State Framework of Education


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 partner with 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...

… tradition and excellence. St James Academy is a fully accredited, Catholic elementary school (K-8) that has been serving the San Diego North County Coastal community since 1952. Faculty and administration are diligent in their commitment to ongoing academic improvement and take great pride in providing a warm, personal, and challenging, educational environment for the students.


We Care …

… about others and creation. The St. James Academy 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.


Our Academic Approach



St. James Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum that is based on Catholic values, the Diocesan and California State Standards. We promote curiosity and learning in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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St. James Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association. Faculty are fully credentialed; many with master’s degrees.

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Additionally, St. James Academy is a Member of National Catholic Education Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Honors & Enrichment


Instrumental Instruction for 4th-8th grade

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

Character Development

Inclusive Learning Environment

Spanish for Kindergarten through grade 8

Bully Prevention Education Program  


Balance & Beliefs

Religious instruction, celebrations and weekly liturgies

Sacramental prep in Grade 2

Standard-based differentiated instruction

Computer education for Kindergarten through grade 6

Science Lab for Kindergarten through grade 8

Physical education for Preschool through grade 8

Overnight retreats and camp for Grades 4 - 8

Electives for Grade 7 & 8


Culture & Development



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 potential to the fullest, students undertake an impressive variety of creative, academic and outreach endeavors. Our inclusion program recognizes all forms of learning and fosters growth for every student. The students' educational experience is enriched by the diversity of culture among them.


Words from Our Families

Here are some of the testimonials we've heard over the years as we continue to follow in the footsteps of "A Higher Devotion to Excellence."


"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."


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


"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!"


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