I was not only offered a greater capacity to understand, appreciate, and create art, but also opportunities to grow in patience, self-control, and community

By Helen Rhodes, Class of 2017

In the first class of the first day of high school, I found myself sitting in Ms. Denton’s Intro to Drawing class for the reason that nearly every student takes it… so that I could eventually take ceramics! Well, little did I know that ceramics would not be my strength, but I absolutely fell in love with the arts at St. James. As I progressed through nearly every art class St. James had to offer, I was not only offered a greater capacity to understand, appreciate, and create art, but also opportunities to grow in patience, self-control, and community…. Oh, and extensive problem-solving! By the time I got to senior year, I was the secretary-treasurer for St. James’ chapter of the National Art Honors Society (NAHS), a position which that freshman girl sitting in the Intro to Drawing class never would’ve imagined as a fit for her. Through my participation in the NAHS, I not only gained new friends and abilities, but I also experienced art as a skill that we can take out into the world and impact lives with.

Since graduating St. James in 2017, I am in the process of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Kansas. While in a major that offers little time for art, I enjoy projects in classes such as anatomy (pictured above), that allow me to utilize the skills I established through all those hours at the desks of the St. James art rooms. More importantly than the ability to create art, Ms. Denton and Mrs. Henderson’s classes have enabled me to more clearly see the beauties of everyday life in this extraordinary world, something they probably don’t realize they did for me and do for all of their students.

Innovation at St. James Academy

Everything at SJA starts and ends with the mission, and so we’re not just here to get kids ready for a career; we’re here to pass on the faith and educate the whole child, focusing more on who they become rather than simply what they’re able to do By Shane Rapp, Ed.D,...
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Try Summer Running – All Levels of Experience Welcome

"Well over 100 athletes participate in the SJA summer running program. Some have never tried distance running before. There are a good number of reasons why so many athletes and their parents find the program to be beneficial." By Coach Rob Harber The first day of...
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Student Counseling Committee

"Participating in the Student Counseling Committee has taught me many lessons about leadership and how to help the students of St. James." by Luke Ludwikoski, SJA Class of 2019 As a part of St. James and the Student Counseling Committee, I believe that the students...
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High School Shopping

"Dan realized how the “Christ-first” message he had heard from the staff and read on the website was not just talking. This young man was the young adult Dan wanted his children to become." By Dan and Julie Melchior, parents of 2017, 2020 and 2023 SJA graduates. After...
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Our Son Influenced the High School Choice for Our Family

"He said he was intrigued; he couldn’t quite put his finger on “how” that student body appealed to him ... He just knew he was attracted to whatever it was they brought to his school that day and he wanted to explore that further." By Heather Stoltz As we watch our...
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Transferring Into St. James

Considering Transferring to St. James?I realized God had spoken to me during those shadow visits that led me here, and once more in that Mass telling me, “You did it! You have found your forever home.” By Adeline McIntire, Class of 2021 It was April 26th, and it was...
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No One Sits Alone! (Celebr8 Awesome)

"I work in a place where practice starts and ends in prayer and where it’s ok and even encouraged to talk to kids about their lives and their struggles . . . it’s a pretty awesome place." By Nancy Dorsey, Staff and Coach of St. James Academy and Author of...
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How St. James Does STEM

While some of our neighboring public schools continue to add four-year, specialized tracks geared towards particular jobs, we believe St. James Academy is called to provide a different option: a well-rounded education rooted in objective truth and the liberal arts...
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Dear Future St. James Families

Join Us for Open HouseI really believe that no matter what your talents are, no matter what your skillset is, your academic abilities, your interest in faith life, how shy or outgoing you are, there is a place for you at St. James Academy! By An Anonymous Parent Dear...

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