Our Mission

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.

Our Faith

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.

To Love St. James

This is just a small list of reasons to love St. James the Greater

  • Conveniently located between Interstate 44 and Intestate 64, near Forest Park, allowing all St. Lousians easy access
  • St. James serves the Southwest corridor of St. Louis City with a Catholic education institution
  • St. James’ property offers room for growth and future expansion
  • St. James is structurally sound and was rated higher than other options by the facilities committee during the exploratory phases of the South City Collaborative
  • Vast schoolyard away from traffic and busy streets
  • Safe, child drop off area
  • Large classrooms and gym
  • Strong community support from businesses and residents
  • Nearby educational facilities – St. Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis History Museum
  • Natural educational opportunities in Forest Park: John F. Kenney Memorial Forest, Nature Reserve Prairies, Savannah & Wetlands
  • Accredited - St. James the Greater School has fulfilled all requirements for annual accreditation by the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA), a member of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations. In addition, St. James School has met all guidelines for accreditation set forth by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
  • Degreed and accredited teachers
  • Carlson’s Kids – Named in honor of Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, "Carlson's Kids" is a curriculum-based Pre-Kindergarten program with separate classrooms for 3 and 4-year-olds.
  • Learning consultant - St. James partners with the St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association. Support ranges from assistance with test preparation, organizational strategies, note taking, reading and math strategies as well as classroom observations.
  • SMART Boards in every classroom
  • SMART Response PE wireless response system that synchs with SMART Board technology
  • Computer lab with 25 individual workstations
  • 30 iPad Minis for grades PK3 – 8
  • After school care
  • Extra Curricular Activities – speech team, parish athletics, altar server, safety patrol, chess club, robotics and student council

Make A Pledge

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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.

Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.(Matthew 18:20)

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The Neighborhood

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.

Seamus McDaniel's

Voted Best Burgers in the World! By the students at STJ

Felix's Pizza Pub

Pizza Pub.... It's in the name! Yum.

Heavy Riff Brewing

Science Never Tasted So Good!

Failoni's Restaurant & Bar

Food, Fun and Singing if you dare!

Nora's in Dogtown

Voted one of the best sandwich shops in America! Look it up!

The Pat Connolly Tavern

The owner (STJ Alumni) is using his excellent education to run this landmark!

Imo's Pizza

Square pizza makes us happy!

Connect With Us

St. James the Greater is conveniently located between Interstate 44 and Intestate 64, near Forest Park, allowing all St. Lousians easy access.

We’d love for you to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter so we can continue to share our story with you. You can also email any stories or comments. We appreciate your support and thank you for keeping the faith in St. James.