Saint James Mission Statement
St. James School provides students of different cultures a quality education in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment, emphasizing faith, service and love. We strive to provide a robust academic program designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners in a community where the unique gifts and talents of children are recognized and nurtured.
Saint James School Philosophy
St. James School seeks to provide for intellectual, moral, emotional, and physical growth in our young people within a Christ-centered atmosphere. Our school, with the support and cooperation of the parents, strives to prepare its students to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action.
Here, students are instructed in human knowledge and skills, valued for their own worth, simultaneously deriving their most profound significance from God's plan for Creation. Instruction in religious truth and values is an integral part of the school program. Religious education is not "one more subject" alongside the rest, but it is perceived as the underlying reality in which the students’ experiences of learning and living achieve their deepest meaning.
The formation objectives at St. James School will be implemented by participating in an organized program of religious education, liturgies celebrating the Eucharist and the reception of the sacraments.
The instructional objectives follow the various courses of study presented by the Office of Lifelong Formation and Education of the Archdiocese of Louisville. All school activities are integrated around the human relationship to God and the individual's relationship to others.
In order to achieve the ideas of our philosophy, the following vision statement will be used as our guide:
- We Believe
Each child is an individual of great worth, blessed with God-given gifts and talents.
Education is a life-long process which begins at home, is fostered at school, and continues throughout life.
The total development of each child includes spiritual, social, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth.
A well-balanced curriculum enlightened by faith is essential.
Our school promotes the love of God and one another through service to the school and community.
Our school celebrates students' diversity while recognizing our unity.
Our school recognizes different learning styles and provides a variety of opportunities for students to be actively involved in the learning process.
Our school creates a safe and nurturing educational environment that challenges each child to achieve his/her potential.
A continuous improvement process is essential for our school's success.
Saint James Curriculum Mission Statement
St. James School's curriculum is designed to use a variety of strategies that will allow each student to become a self-directed, responsible learner. The curriculum is an outcome-based education, created to provide individual students with opportunities for success in achieving the standards set forth by the Archdiocese.
Saint James Curriculum Philosophy Statement
The curriculum challenges our diverse population of students, whom we serve, to maximize their learning potential. Outcome based education addresses multiple learning and teaching styles, emphasizes application of knowledge and establishes a link to the Archdiocesan Curriculum Framework. The curriculum provides a guide, which enables the teachers to expect high levels of success for the students. Opportunities for individual success target the development of intellectual, spiritual, physical and moral responsibility within the student. The learning process fosters a total community commitment in which parents act as primary educators.
Archdiocese of Louisville Curriculum Mission Statement
The curriculum mission of the Archdiocese of Louisville requires schools to participate in the Archdiocesan Outcomes-Centered Educational System of curriculum decision-making, organization, and delivery.
Archdiocese of Louisville Curriculum Philosophy Statement
With regard to the role of curriculum in the Archdiocese, St. James:
- is based upon the belief the parent is the primary educator of the student;
- is based upon gospel values and the development of the whole child;
- is designed to educate all students to develop a lifelong love for learning and to become responsible, self-sufficient members of the church and society;
- is designed at the school level within the parameters of the district framework and reflects content standards based on effective research;
- is designed to offer a variety of strategies for instructional delivery, the effective use of learner time, and assessment based upon the developmental needs of the learner;
- is continually assessed for effectiveness by internal reflection, dialogue and long term studies with modification as needed.