Our Mission

Our Mission

St. James Academy exists to pass on the Catholic faith to the next generation. The community is rooted in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and is dedicated to developing the minds and hearts of young people to know Truth, choose Good and live virtuously in the service of others.


Our Passion and Purpose

St. James Academy, the newest Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, welcomed its first class in the 2005-06 school year. Built to satisfy the increasing demand for Catholic secondary education, our school exists first and foremost to pass along the teachings, traditions and treasures of the Catholic faith. St. James Academy also strives to uphold the highest standards of excellence in all academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors. Students and staff are challenged to achieve their best and to demonstrate the strength of their faith by their example. 


Our Namesake and Inspiration

With vehemence of character and at times unrestrained zeal of purpose, St. James the Apostle and his brother, St. John, earned the name “Sons of Thunder.” That powerful, fervent spirit is the inspiration for St. James Academy’s Catholic fidelity, student-focused energy, compassionate fellowship, and competitive intensity. In the chapel and the classroom, on the field, and out in the community, our students aspire to be models of discipleship in the image of St. James.

Our Teaching Philosophy

St. James Academy espouses the belief that all students can learn and excel with proper guidance, spiritual support, and an environment in which they feel comfortable sharing and exploring their talents, knowledge and faith. True to these convictions, St. James Academy is unique in the greater Kansas City area for its uplifting prayer experiences, and excellent student-teacher relationships.


Putting Principles of Faith Into Practice

The real lesson taught at St. James Academy is that the charisms of our faith should be inseparable from the lives we lead. These charisms are One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. St. James Academy students, staff and faculty live out these charisms through spiritual direction, retreats, service to others, and an expectation of Christian behavior towards one another.