St. James the Greater School represents more than a century of excellence in Catholic education. On September 8th, 1902, our school opened under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, NY. Classes were held in a variety of buildings during the early years.
In 1948, the parish planned for a new school to be built in two sections. The first wing of the 'new' school opened in 1950. The second wing, including the gymnasium, was completed in 1962.
The thoughts and actions of our entire school community are guided by our Mission Statement: St. James the Greater School seeks to enrich and develop the spiritual, academic, and social needs of students in an elementary setting (K-8) by providing an excellent education in an atmosphere of a Christian community, characterized by mutual love and concern.
The students of St. James the Greater School are joyful and faith-filled. You can see it in their enthusiastic celebration of weekly Mass, their singing, praying and participation in the living Rosary. They are impressive evangelizers, constantly encouraging one another, their parents and community to live their faith, and to practice mutual love and concern.
This is just a small list of reasons to love St. James the Greater
We believe that the benefits of St. James the Greater to the community of St. Louis are immeasurable. Our goal is to remove the cloud of imminent closure by nurturing an organization that provides financial stability and longevity to an important neighborhood institution.
Please consider signing a pledge of intent for an annual, monthly or one time monetary donation to Keep St. James, Inc. These pledges are to help us gauge the interest in this very important cause. It’s also important to note that Keep St. James, Inc. is currently filing to become a 501(c)(3), which would allow your donation to be tax deductible. Thanks so much for your consideration and support.
St. James the Greater School is located in Dogtown, between Interstate 44 and Interstate 64, near Forest Park. It’s a small town in a big city. Take a stroll down Tamm Ave, and you’ll smell wonderful aromas drifting from its two bakeries tempting you to come in. You’ll pass barbershops and hair salons where you can wave at people getting their hair cut and nails done.
And it is Dogtown of course, so you’ll see dogs and their humans going into the dog-grooming salon. There’s also an Irish shop, a daycare, a frame shop and guitar and violin shops. If you're hungry, stop by one of the friendly neighborhood eateries (one was voted best cheeseburger in St. Louis) where families and residents come together. You’ll pass tons of folks walking their dogs, kids riding their bikes, families walking to the zoo and runners who have made the streets of Dogtown part of their safe route. And no matter your skill level, you may be asked to join in a game of kickball at the St. James playground.
And during you’re walk, you’re most likely to pass third- and fourth-generation residents who have put their faith in the neighborhood and in St. James the Greater School, the cornerstone of Dogtown. People and business come here and stay here because of the community and the people who call Dogtown home.
Stop by St. James the Greater, we’d love to show you what makes it great.
We get by with A LOT of help from our friends!
...So we decided to share them with you. Thank you so much for the love and support.
St. James the Greater is conveniently located between Interstate 44 and Intestate 64, near Forest Park, allowing all St. Lousians easy access.
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