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Our learning environment is designed to ignite curiosity, foster creativity, and inspire lifelong learning. Through innovative teaching methods, hands-on experiences, and personalized support, we empower students to explore their passions, overcome challenges, and achieve academic excellence.

St. James is characterized by its warm hospitality, strong sense of belonging, and rich cultural heritage. Nestled in the scenic beauty of the Ozarks and recognized as one of Missouri's top small towns, St. James offers residents outdoor adventures, community events, and meaningful connections. With award-winning restaurants, local artisans, and thriving businesses, our community is a perfect place to call home.

Mission & Vision


The mission of the St. James R-1 School District is to empower students through caring relationships, academic excellence, and community partnerships.


The St. James School District will empower all students to positively contribute to the community and world.

We Believe:

Everyone is valued and can learn.

We Believe:

Everyone deserves a physically and emotionally safe environment.

We Believe:

Building relationships and effective partnerships with the community and beyond.

We Believe:

Providing relevant, rigorous and viable curriculum that maximizes student achievement.

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Fostering a collaborative culture for student achievement and opportunities.


Certificated professional staff: 150 Classified Staff: 94 Total Staff: 244 Average years of experience of professional staff: 10 Professional staff with advanced degrees: 58.3%

Student Enrollment:

District Enrollment (PK-12): 1678 students Lucy Wortham James Elementary (PK-5): 740 students St. James Middle School (6-8): 450 students John F. Hodge High School (9-12): 520 students

Graduation Rate: