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Welcome to St. James Academy

One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic

Faith-based, Student-focused 

Fund A Need 2014

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“Partners in Faith”

The St. James Academy Experience of these 3 students – Aaron, Jonathan and Sheridan is similar to many that have been through our school. We want as many students as possible to enjoy what is happening at SJA on a daily basis. This school year, we passed the 1 million dollar financial aid given. Almost 40 % of our families are receiving tuition assistance.

This past school year, our catholic schools in Johnson County enrolled less than 60% of the 8th graders in our Johnson County schools – the primary reason is finances. You now have a great opportunity. You have the opportunity to partner with St. James Academy. Become a “Partner in Faith” of the next generation of Catholics. As the cost of educating students increases, the more need we have to help our families.

You can give a gift to our families through our “Partners in Faith” initiative. Please help us to create experiences; experiences that Jonathan, Sheridan and Aaron shared.

Click here to Donate to the 2014 Partners In Faith


Cardinal Newman Society Names St. James Academy a
2014 School of Excellence on the
Catholic Education Honor Roll


On Monday, September 15, The Cardinal Newman Society named St. James Academy a 2014 School of Excellence on the Catholic Education Honor Roll*. Less than 5% of Catholic High Schools in the U.S. earn this distinction and St. James Academy is the first high school in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to earn the School of Excellence designation!
You, our parents and students, received this award for believing in and helping us successfully integrate Catholic identity throughout all St. James programs in addition to our achievements in academics. We started the school day today in an all-school assembly, congratulating our students on this accomplishment.
We also showed the video linked here, https://vimeo.com/105988652, kicking off our “10 for 10” series to coincide with the anniversary celebrating ten years of educating your sons and daughters. The “10 for 10” video series will highlight St. James Academy's story, how it began and important people who helped form our school and make it what it is today: a School of Excellence. Each month of this anniversary year a new video will showcase incredible stories of Faith, Resilience, Hope, and Community.
St. James Academy was chosen by the Cardinal Newman Society for its commitment to providing an integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities. This is a compliment to all our supporters. The credit for this award is shared among our founding leadership who established the culture and expectations, the families who took a chance by enrolling in a new school community and the faculty, staff and coaches who honor and abide by our mission.
We all take for granted the things that make our school deserving of this recognition. Things like having a Director of Catholic Faith Formation on the school’s leadership team, offering daily mass, hiring teachers and coaches that are witnesses to our faith, the list goes on. I’ve always said, if we do everything with Jesus at the center, success will follow. This award confirms that all the efforts are paying off! Thank you for holding me accountable.

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*Additional details about the award, standards and other schools who were recognized can be found at http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEDHonorRoll/Overview.aspx


Mission Statement

St. James Academy exists to pass on the Catholic faith to the next generation. The community is rooted in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and is dedicated to developing the minds and hearts of young people to know Truth, choose Good and live virtuously in the service of others. 

Great Things Are Happening At St. James Academy

  • St. James Academy was named a 2014 School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society
  • Enrollment for the 2014-15 School Year is at 837, grades 9-12.
  • St. James Academy is 51% female, 49% male.
  • St. James Academy has 4.7% non-Catholics enrolled for 2014-15 School Year.
  • Our largest Freshmen Class to date is the Class of 2018 with 246 students.
  • 7 students from the Class of 2015 are National Merit Commended students.
  • 18 students from the Class of 2015 are Kansas Honors Scholars.
  • 2014 Graduate Augusta Garies is attending the United States Naval Academy.
  • 7 students from the class of 2014 received National Merit Recognition, including four semi-finalists.
  • 2 students from the class of 2014 received Kansas Governor's Scholarships.
  • 27 students from the class of 2014 were Kansas Designated State Scholars.
  • 20 students from the class of 2014 were Kansas Honors Scholars.
  • Among our graduates joining the seminary are: 2014 - Mr. Andrew Bredemann, Mr. George Rhodes;
    2012 - Mr. Austin Krause, Mr. Keith Chadwick.  2011 - Mr. Doug Leikam, Mr. Thomas Maddock.
  • Graduates discerning joining the convent are: 2012 - Miss Kayla Mauro and Miss Grace Willy.
  • 67% of all St. James graduates the past five years received college scholarship awards for academics, leadership, stewardship and athletics.
  • To appreciate the effect the St. James experience has on students even after graduation, see the article from our Archbishop in the May 4, 2012 Leaven, "Make Catholic Education a Priority in your Family."
    St. James Academy is proud to partner with the Johnson County Library to help our students.  Students can receive tutoring through the JoCo Library Website by clicking on this link: Homework Help - JoCo Library.  Assistance is free with a Library Card.
    St. James Academy is pleased to be a member of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.

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For Love's Sake

Click here to learn more about how you can enhance the mission of St. James Academy by extending the love of Christ to all of its students burdened by illness through our "For Love’s Sake" program.
We miss you Chuck, Robert, Connor, Lauren, Zach and Brooks!
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.