St. James
Catholic School

Education   +   Faith   +   Service
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Saint James Catholic School was established  in 1965 at the request of Pastor James Munnelly. With the recommendation  from the Bishop of San Diego, Father Munnelly invited four Sisters of Mercy from Sligo, Ireland to staff the parish school. Sister De Chantal Finerty was the first principal of Saint James Catholic School. The Sisters of Mercy continued to serve as school administrators until the 2000-2001 school year,  when then principal, Sister Mary Francis Coleman, was called to serve as Chancellor to the Bishop in the Diocese of San Bernardino. At that time, the  school began its direction under a lay principal.

The Sisters of Mercy continue to influence and bless the Saint James School community in a teaching and parish ministry capacity. The school has been founded and imbued with the spirit of founder Mother McAuley, in living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Perris Valley community.  The school began with six grades, first through sixth. Each year, adding grades to accommodate the population desiring a Catholic education.

Today, Saint James Catholic School serves students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. The parish school serves many parishes in the Hemet Vicariate. The surrounding communities and the local public school district warmly support the school. Saint James Catholic School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educational Association. Saint James Catholic School takes pride in “Lighting the Way to a New Century so that Lives are Filled with Hope.”


Mission Statement


Our mission at Saint James Catholic School, is to live our Catholic Faith, achieve academic excellence and provide service to God’s people.


Philosophy Statement

We, the Saint James Catholic School Community, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, recognize the sacredness of each person and are dedicated to providing a Christ-centered environment for the formation and growth of the whole child. As educators, we partner with the parents, the primary educators, to enrich students academically and spiritually in fulfilling the mission of the Church. United in spirit, we create a community in which students appreciate and celebrate a diverse cultural population. We provide an educational environment that promotes academic excellence through a quality-focused curriculum. Students will become Faith-Filled Catholics, Life-Long Learners, Responsible Citizens and Creative and Expressive Individuals who have positive self-esteem, can think critically, and are ready to face the challenges of the world we live in.


Student Learning Expectations

The Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) are goals that we hope that all students achieve by the time they graduate from St. James Catholic School. They are interwoven into the entire school community and especially throughout student's lessons and instruction. They are an integral part of the school environment.

Learning Expectations: TK through 3rd Grade

Learning Expectations: 4th Grade through 8th Grade