FAQ

What are the school hours?

Nursery and Pre-K school hours: 9:00am-12:00pm.

Kindergarten school hours: 8:30am-12:00pm

Do you have extended care?

Yes, St James offers extended care in both the morning and the afternoon.  Morning play is available daily from 8:00-9:00am. Picnic After School is available daily from 12:00-3:00pm.

Our children have a range of After School Enrichment Classes to extend their day including Art, Manners, Music, Spanish, Science and Yoga. Classes typically run from 12:-12:45 every day. Registration occurs at the beginning of each semester, on a first come, first served basis. After school classes are very popular, so please sign up right away.

How do I register?

There is a $40.00 fee to place your child on the wait list.  Please complete our online wait list form, and send your check to our school office.

Enrollment priority: Active St. James Church members have first priority. Church members are those in regular attendance, active in church ministry, and make an annual financial pledge to the church. Siblings of current or former students have next priority.

What is the age for enrollment?

Nursery:

2-Day (Tuesday/Thursday): 3 years by December 1st, toilet trained
3-Day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday): 3 years by April 30th, toilet trained
5-Day: 3 years old by April 30th, toilet trained

Pre-Kindergarten: 4 years by September 1st

Kindergarten:  5 years by December 1st

How many children are in each class?

Nursery: 12 children per class, with a teacher and an aide
Pre-Kindergarten: 15 children per class, with a teacher and an aide
Kindergarten: 18 children per class, with a teacher and an aide

What is the tuition?

Annual Tuition for 2013-2014. Tuition is payable by the semester, or may be divided into 10 monthly payments due on the first of each month. A $5.00 processing fee is added to monthly payments. Tuition is based on an annual cost, so all monthly payments are the same regardless of the number of school days in the month. The school also charges an annual $400.00 Registration Fee.

Does my child need to be immunized?

All families must provide proof of the immunizations required by the State of California prior to the first date of enrollment.

How does the school place the children?

When grouping children into classes, we try to balance gender and birth date. We also try to balance familiar children with new children to give both a sense of comfort and an opportunity to meet new friends.

What are the children playing outside?

Children have many choices outside: Art Barn, Dramatic Play, bikes & scooters, basketball hoop, jump ropes, play house, a new installed climbing structure, sand box. (The murals in the dramatic play area were painted by the husband of one of our teachers!) Each class has their own designated play time to ensure the children have plenty of expansive space for play.

What do the children learn at chapel?

St Jame’s Parish Day School is part of St James’ Episcopal Church. Children enjoy a weekly chapel service that lasts about 15 minutes long.
They learn songs, hear Bible stories and discuss values such as kindness, compassion, and honesty.

What are some of the Special Events?

Monthly Special events: The children at St James’ enjoy a wide range of special events through the generosity of the Parents’ Association. For example, they have enjoyed enriching programs such as Snow Day, Fun & Discovery with Bubbles, Mad Science, Super Critters, and History through Music, just to name a few.

Field tripsBeginning in the MWF nursery class, the children walk to the library, the post office, and the fire station. In addition, different classes participate in some of these great trips: the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, the Glendale Center Theatre, and more.

What schools do your graduates attend?

Our graduates attend a wide range of local public and private schools. Recently, some of our graduates have gone on to the San Marino and South Pasadena public schools. In addition the children attend private schools such as Mayfield Junior School, Chandler School, Polytechnic School, and Holy Family School, to name a few. Our Parents’ Association hosts a breakfast in the Fall to allow parents the opportunity to learn more about elementary school options in the area.

What is the Parents’ Association?

The Parents’ Association was founded in 2000, as a way to formally support the school.  The objective of the Parents’ Association is to support the schools’ extra activities through organized fundraising. All parents have the opportunity to join the Board for the Parents’ Association. Learn more about the Parents’ Association.