Jeff Purichia
Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our St. James School community.

St. James is a Catholic elementary school, established in 1906, that serves students in grades K-8 as well as Child Development Programs for 3 and 4 year olds in the Heart of the Highlands. Prospective families choose our school because of our formative academic program, but most importantly, because we are committed to the mission of creating an academic culture of excellence where each of our students thrive. St. James is fortunate to have an outstanding team of teachers and staff, who work closely with parents to educate our most precious gifts – our children. With small class sizes, personalized instruction and innovative programming, St. James enables students to reach their full potential.

We are a Small School with a BIG Mission!!

Why do millions of parents across the country choose Catholic schools for their children? Here are the top ten reasons why, culled from answers to surveys conducted over the years.

1. Catholic tradition and academic excellence in a community grounded in faith
2. Balanced curriculum that includes art, music and foreign language
3. Emphasis on moral development, service to others and leadership skills
4. A 99% graduation rate
5. Strong preparation for further education
6. Safe and disciplined environment
7. Exceptional, dedicated faculty who help students reach their greatest potential
8. Individual attention in a caring community
9. Commitment to technology use to enhance education
10. Good stewardship of resources

I hope that it is evident to you that we are very proud of our School.

If you have any additional questions, please contact me personally, Jeff Purichia, by phone at 454.0330, ext. 22 or via email at: We encourage you to take a closer look at the St. James School experience by taking a tour with one of our team members.

I commend you for considering Catholic education, and I look forward to working with you in the very near future. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance as you continue on this journey.

Yours in Christ,
Jeff Purichia, Principal

Click on the link below to view the St. James Terra Nova (nationally standardized) scores as compared to other Louisville Archdiocesan schools. The profile years are grades 3, 5 and 7. The letters MNCE, for this spreadsheet purposes, stand for the archdiocesan average for all archdiocesan schools.

Test Scores