School Life

Our traditions at St. James, new and old, help make our community second to none. From Gingerbread Day to Carnival to Easter Egg Hunts at the Old State Capitol, St. James traditions create an air of excitement all year long.

School Life at St. James

Our students learn and lead through an exceptional roster of campus activities that happen both in and out of the classroom. Our rich school life is one of the things that set St. James apart. Students experience everything our historic capital has to offer through walking field trips, cultural excursions, and visits to historic sites, and students and parents alike participate in school traditions, community events, and more.

School Traditions

St. James thrives on tradition and community. School-wide traditions range from Gingerbread Day and Carnival to the Blessing of the Animals and our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Old State Capitol.

Grade-level traditions like Mascot Day, Famous Americans, Pioneer Day, and the State Fair, as well as special 5th Grade traditions like Cap Day, the Pinning Ceremony, and an annual retreat create an air of excitement all year long and provide a warm and inviting environment for students and parents alike.

Episcopal Identity

As Baton Rouge’s leading Episcopal day school, we provide an inclusive, loving learning community steeped in the Episcopalian faith. Our spiritual education reinforces the God-given dignity and individuality of each child as expressed through the Anglican tradition and includes weekly religion classes for each grade and spiritual education and support from our school chaplain, Mother Lynn Hooks.

St. James’ Parents

At St. James, parents are our partners. As a St. James family, you have a wealth of opportunities to be involved in your child’s education, from joining your child for chapel each week to the St. James Soiree to lunch-and-learns that keep you up to date on what’s happening in your child’s education.

Lagniappe

The fun and learning don’t stop when the school day ends, though. Students have a wealth of opportunities to engage in after-school enrichment activities hosted on campus as part of our Lagniappe program.

These optional offerings offer families access to additional enriching experiences right here on our campus. Our classes and clubs range from Creative Hearts, a weekly art class taught by our resident art teacher Catherine Russell, to tumbling classes that incorporate socio-emotional development taught by our school counselor Ally Bayard to Pelican Pacers, a running club led by our P.E. teacher Coach Chandler. 

Whatever your child’s interest, there’s a fun and rewarding after-school experience waiting for them at St. James!