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A Modified Montessori Program for Jackson

St. James’ School strives to provide a rich learning environment for children which promotes and supports the spiritual, emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs of the developing young child. We aim to support the growth of each child to his or her fullest potential. Utilizing a balanced educational system of combined curriculums, we focus on following the child and encouraging the exploration of preschool concepts necessary for success in future elementary educational environments.

Our program provides opportunities for each child to grow and learn through a variety of structured activities and free play experiences. Experiences and activities are individualized to meet the needs of each child at his or her own stage of development. The St. James’ School believes that its ultimate purpose is to give young children the finest preparation for life by fostering self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning.

The St. James’ School is a five day a week, licensed educational center operating Monday through Friday for children who are within the ages of one year old through children in their pre-kindergarten year of school. A child’s age as of September 1st, will be used for decision of placement into the classroom.  St. James’ School’s mission is to follow each child’s individual needs, adjusting the curriculum and materials so that each child is served to their capacity.

The St. James’ School opens in mid August and closes mid May. Hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with Extended Day options each day until 2:00 p.m. Registration options include Two Days per Week (Tuesday and Thursday), Three Days per Week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), or Five Days per Week (Monday through Friday).

Registration begins February 1st.

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The St. James’ School provides children and families an experience different from other area programs for a number of reasons, most importantly our curriculum. Our classroom model intertwines the Montessori philosophy of education along with the traditional model of classroom instruction.

Our Montessori approach includes classroom areas devoted to practical life and sensorial materials. These works are provided to encourage the complete development of the child’s sensory system – hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling. It additionally encourages the child to prepare for and develop life skills.

Additionally, Montessori philosophy is used in the creation of our physical space, the preparation of our materials, and the establishment of our classroom rules. Classrooms are arranged with beauty and peace surrounding the space. Materials are prepared for the child to use in a complete and ordered way as to allow children to progress independently.

Traditional models of education have been combined in a way to consistently and completely stimulate the child in areas of math, science, geography, art, language, and dramatic play. Basic religious teachings are woven into our model to complete our church school teachings. Of course, materials that allow for free play and exploration are additionally available for a complete childhood experience.

Our theme based curriculum rotates on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Components interwoven into the above models are letters, colors, numbers, and shapes. Teacher-led small group projects further enhance a child’s complete grasp in educational goals. Classroom projects, parties, field trips, and daily circle time add another level of enhancement to our program.

As much as our curriculum sets us apart, our focus on each child and family independently makes us a truly unique experience. Children are not assessed based upon an age, but based upon educational development. Materials can be created for individual stimulation. Additionally, children are moved to higher or lower functioning rooms based upon educational needs. Family members are encouraged to visit the school to witness the educational excellence that their child is enjoying.

Dear Parents,

We are excited about your interest in St. James’ School, and are eager to share our philosophy and program. We are a vibrant community of engaged learners, talented and caring teachers and devoted families.

Our goal, simply put, is to instill in each child a love of learning, an open mind and a kind heart.

Registration for St. James’ parishioners begins on January 18th.  Registration applications can be downloaded from the St. James’ website.  All information for the school can also be accessed from the website.  Please note that community registration will begin on February 1st and enrollment is on a first come basis.  

If you would like additional information about the school or have any questions, please contact me at 601-941-4296. Thank you for wanting to get to know us further.


Whitney Veazey

| Director of Early Childhood Ministries


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