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About This School

St James is a private middle school in Highwood. The principal of St James is Deborah Dedeo. 138 children attend St James and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at St James is 15:1. Northwood Jr High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Black, non-Hispanic 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6%
Asian 6%
White, non-Hispanic 55%
Multiracial 18%
Hispanic 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the worst schools I ever sent my child to all they do is have wars about who's father has more money and what vacation they go on. I would not recommend sending your child here for 4th and up they recently got rid of Mrs dedeo. She being replace with the 6th 7th and 8th grade math teacher. If you want your child to be managed by someone who doesn't even have her masters be my guess but I don't recommend it and in 5th your child will have 9 pages of homework with horrible child was bullied and when she told the teachers just said their just trying to figure out who you are and when my child defends herself she is the bully and they would call me in a heart beat

  • (3 years ago)

    As a retired military family we have traveled the country from coast to coast and experienced montessori schools public schools home schooing and by the grace of God we found St. James School. All four of my children have attended the thrived at this school. The faculty go above and beyond to ensure that all students are taught at their level. Children are encouraged to work at their own pace and if they are advanced then they move up. If they need help they are given exttra help. No one is just "pushed" along. It is a loving and nurturing environment with the same values and morals that we teach at home. I feel that these teachers are my partners and this school is truly and extension of our home.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a fan of St. James! I have two daughters in 2nd and 4th grades at St. James. They are excited everyday to go to school and disappointed on days they don't. As I parent this is a wonderful feeling. Beyond that I feel that the education they are receiving is really preparing them for their future learning experiences. The principal teachers staff and parents work together as a family to make sure that my girls are getting what they need to not only be great students but also great people. I volunteer weekly at the school and see first hand how the teaching staff is fully involved in making sure that my children are engaged and getting the most out of school. This school has been a great fit for us it gives me peace of mind to know that my children are happy and leaning at St. James.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is about average. They are not in the top 10% in the country. The class sizes vary from year to year. When there is not enough enrollment like in my 3rd grade daughter's class they combined 2nd/3rd grade and did not tell us until school started. My child had already learned her 2nd grade material.

  • (4 years ago)

    My girls love this school! Fantastic teachers warm atmosphere safe envirnoment. Highly recommended!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am thrilled to have my children at St. James school. I know they are receiving a terrific education from the best teachers. Besides the superior scholastic benefits they are beginning their school years with a foundation built on values character and morals. St. James is an extended family for us and I have 100% confidence and comfort in my heart each day I drop my children off for school. I know they are in the best hands every minute they are there.

  • (6 years ago)

    St. James is a wonderful school near or at the top 10% in the country for test scores small class sizes. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. I give it a 10!!

  • (9 years ago)

    St. James offers an excellent educational opportunity in a safe family-oriented neighborhood. Students score in the top 10% nationally on standardized test and continue to do well at the next level with a high percentage achieving National Honor Society recognition. St. James students and parents benefit from the effort to instill the morals and values consistent with Christian teachings. This is done with a greater emphasis on the teachings themselves rather than being religion-centric. This creates an environment where many non-Catholic families are part of the St. James family. We've found St. James to be a superior and affordable alternative to the admittedly very good Highland Park/Highwood schools as it provides much more of the tangible and intangible aspects of education that public schools cannot.

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