Why St. James

Darrel and Stephanie Bossung
Parent of St. James Student

2 years ago, my husband and I were in panic mode as the school year was about to start in a week and our public school district informed us they might not have room for our young kindergartner.  We had several close friends who sent their children to St. James and they urged us to looked into the school "just in case".     At first we were unsure if St. James would be a fit for us, as we are not members of the church or even of Lutheran faith.  However, after meeting with a few staff members, we quickly decided that regardless if there was room at the public school, St. James was a better choice for our family.   There were several factors that went into the decision, with the most important dealing with the quality of education.  Our designated county school holds an A rating from the state, so quality wasn't something we were willing to compromise.  Having that distinction was almost like a seal of approval, the first hurdle in our quest to find a school. We soon found that everyone we encountered at St. James, from the lunch cooks to the teachers and other families---everyone places a high value on education.     Another appealing factor of why St. James, comes in the form of class sizes.  At first this was appealing from a practical standpoint--less students = more attention.  However we quickly learned that having small class size not only benefits the teaching of math, reading, science, but also allows for a more nurturing educational atmosphere.  It has also allowed our child to form bonds with her classmates, whom come from families who share the same values as we do.     I'd be re-missed if I didn't mention another factor that played in our decision, no matter how small it may seem.  As two working parents, the fact that school starts before the typical workday begins, was important to us. Having a start time of 7:50 allows us to get everyone where they need to be on time.   But more importantly, this allows us to walk our child into the classroom, interact with her teachers/classmates and have a pulse on what's happening at the school. We're grateful for that little time to get to know the St. James family and see first hand the spirit of school--- something we wouldn't be able to get from just reading a newsletter.     Many families have different stories, each one unique, of how they came to their decision. This is our story of why we initially came to the school, but it's a story that isn't finished, as we continue to add reasons of Why St. James.  

Why St. James Testimonials
Nancy Sattler
Public School Teacher
Grace Gillespie
Public School Teacher
Brandon & Desiree Keiper
Parents of Students who Transferred from Other Area School
Daniel R. Sunkel, M.D.
Parent of St. James Students
Kristy McCain
Parent of St. James Students
Joy and Jason Plassard
Parents of St. James Students
Lisa and Tim Werth
Parent of St. James Students
Ted and Carrie Hovermale
Parents of St. James Students and Public School Teacher
Darrel and Stephanie Bossung
Parent of St. James Student
Stephanie and Donnie Fahler, M.D.
Lutheran Parents of St. James Students