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ADMISSIONS

Tuition & Affordability

Financial Information

Saint James School, Pre-K3 through 12, offers the highest quality independent school education in Central Alabama. As a Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) leader, Saint James provides students with a complete education at an extraordinary value. The exceptional array of opportunities and programs provided to Saint James students exceeds the school’s peers in the state and in the region.

2021-2022 tuition includes:

  • Daily Lunch for All Grades (excluding half day Pre-K3 & half day Pre-K4)
  • All School Supplies for Elementary Students
  • All School Supplies for Middle School Students (does not include calculator, ear buds, or iPad stylus)
  • Consumable Books for Pre-K3 through Eighth Grade
  • Day Field Trips for All Grades
  • Fall School Pictures for All Grades
  • Junior & Senior Class Fees
  • Most Middle School Textbooks
  • Parent Association (PA) Dues for Each Family
  • Student Admission to All Home Sporting Events
  • Technology Fees for All Grades
  • Iliad Yearbook for All Students

2021-2022 Tuition

Grade...Monthly | Yearly
Half Day Pre-K3...$575.92 | $6,911
Pre-K3...$809.17 | $9,710
Half Day Pre-K4...$664.67 | $7,976
Pre-K4...$853.83 | $10,246
K5...$925.50 | $11,106
Grades 1-5...$1,144.33 | $13,732
Grades 6-8...$1,219.83 | $14,638
Grades 9-12...$1,260.75 | $15,129

Multi-child and active duty military discounts available
All classes – including all preschool classes – are Monday through Friday.
Students in half-day preschool, (half-day Pre-K3 & Pre-K4), must be picked up at noon.

Elementary School: 7:45am – 2:45pm
Middle School: 7:45am – 3:11pm
High School: 8:00am – 3:19pm

After School & Summer Programs

We understand that parents oftentimes need a safe option for childcare beyond the school day and year. Saint James School is proud to offer a well-supervised after school program. STJ WonderWorks (Pre-K3 – 5th grade) and 9th Period (6th – 12th grade) provide a monitored time and space after school for students to complete their homework, engage in outside free-play, and participate in extracurricular activities and games.

During the summer, children entering Pre-K4 – 6th grade may attend Camp STJ full-time, part-time, or on a drop-in basis. Camp STJ offers fun, organized activities ranging from water day and arts to themed educational and recreational activities.

After School & Summer Programs

We understand that parents oftentimes need a safe option for childcare beyond the school day and year. Saint James School is proud to offer a well-supervised after school program. STJ WonderWorks (Pre-K3 – 5th grade) and 9th Period (6th – 12th grade) provide a monitored time and space after school for students to complete their homework, engage in outside free-play, and participate in extracurricular activities and games.

During the summer, children entering Pre-K4 – 6th grade may attend Camp STJ full-time, part-time, or on a drop-in basis. Camp STJ offers fun, organized activities ranging from water day and arts to themed educational and recreational activities.

After School Programs
Summer Camps

Admissions Application & Testing Fees

  • Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten Application Fee: $50
  • Pre-K4 and Kindergarten Testing Fee (payable to psychologist): $150
  • 1st – 12th Grade Application Fee: $75 (includes in-house testing)
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  • Saint James partners with FACTS Tuition Management to bill and collect tuition and fees. Families choose a payment plan when creating an online FACTS agreement. Only cash payments are accepted at the school.
  • One, four, ten, and twelve month payment plans are available through FACTS, with all plans requiring an initial payment in June. FACTS also offers families several tuition payment methods, including monthly automatic bank account deduction, monthly automatic credit card deduction, and payments by mail, phone and on-line. Families receive monthly statements and email reminders prior to their payment due dates.
  • Families pay full tuition for their oldest child and receive a 10% tuition discount for their younger children. Saint James also offers a 10% full time U.S. military discount. Discounts may not be combined.
    The Saint James School Board of Trustees sets tuition rates annually.

Parents seeking need-based tuition assistance apply through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) program. SSS is a national independent school service that establishes a family’s ability to pay for educational expenses based on data confidentially submitted by parents. SSS provides no funds to Saint James or to its tuition assistance applicants. All funds to support tuition assistance are generated through the Saint James School budget and through contributions to the school. Tuition assistance decisions are based on established policies and available funds. To be evaluated for assistance, a student must first complete the admissions process.

The Saint James School enrollment contract includes an unconditional obligation to pay tuition for the full academic year unless the student is withdrawn, in writing, prior to June 1, 2021. If a student is withdrawn for any reason after this date, tuition for the entire year is immediately due and payable on the date of withdrawal. For this reason, Saint James School offers all families an opportunity to participate in the Tuition Refund Plan with Dewar Insurance. This plan is an insurance policy that reduces the financial impact of withdrawal if the student attends Saint James for at least 14 consecutive calendar days in the school year. A brochure for this plan is provided with the enrollment contract. Pre-school students’ coverage is limited to on-campus learning only.

Parents are increasingly turning to student loans to enable their children to experience the benefits of an outstanding independent school education. Saint James School has partnered with Your Tuition Solution which offers the education loan families have turned to at over 2,400 private K-12 schools nationwide.

For more information, call 800-920-9777 or visit YourTuitionSolution.com.

A non-refundable registration fee of $300 per student for returning families is due February 22, 2021. After that date, the annual registration fee for returning students is $400. For new students, the registration fee of $400 is due upon submission of a signed enrollment contract. Not included in tuition: Overnight Field Trips; Some Course-Specific Materials, Supplies, and Performance Attire; College Board Advanced Placement Class Test Fees; Extracurricular Activity Fees, Materials, and Equipment; Team and Club Fees.

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