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Mission Statement


    Registration Opens - November 30, 2023

    Kindergarten and New Students


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    St. James the Apostle School - Mission Statement

    St. James the Apostle School, located in historic Carmel, New York, is a Catholic community of learning for students in grades PreK through 8th grade.  We are a family-oriented school grounded in the Catholic faith and committed to academic excellence.  Dedicated to the development of the whole person, we use a variety of creative approaches to meet the unique and individual needs of each child.  Students learn in an environment that provides discipline, safety, respect and love for their neighbor, as God intends. Our goal is to empower our students to become moral decision makers, effective communicators, critical thinkers and spiritually sensitive individuals, who will use their gifts and talents for personal and professional success and service to others.

Our Program

  • Our Superior Program Includes:

    Certified Teachers with Masters Degrees

    The 4 "R's - Reading, Writing Arithmetic and Religion

    Administration of NYS ELA and Math Exams

    "Real Time" Progress Reports

    Daily Homework Posted

    Full-time Nurse

    Full Day Kindergarten

    Full and Half Day PreK

    Physical Education

    Foreign Language – Spanish

    Art, Music, Library

    Student Chromebooks

    Smart TVs

    DARE Program

    Before and After School Program

    Hot Lunch Program

    Comprehensive Pastoral Involvement and Support

    Daily Roman Catholic Teachings and Values

    Mass Attendance every Friday

    Extra-Curricular Activities

Educational Goals

  • Why Should You Choose St. James the Apostle School for Your Child's Education?

    St. James the Apostle School is a Catholic community of learning united in our common belief of Jesus Christ.  As an educational community, we foster the development of the whole person.  By providing our students with the experience of learning, living and loving in this educational environment, and by using a variety of creative approaches to meet their needs, we enable them to lead meaningful, productive and enriching lives in today's world.  Our educational goals are based upon respect for the unique dignity of each person.  Our mission is to integrate the teachings of Jesus on salvation, community and service into our student lives.  Each child is to be treated with respect in order to nurture a positive self-image.  Our school, motivated by Catholic ideals, works with its students toward a more just society.

    Educational Goals

    Our purpose is to integrate our Catholic beliefs into the spiritual, educational, physical and social development of the students.  We are very proud of our school family.  Recognizing that ours is a partnership with parents, we ensure an environment where each individual has worth and deserves respect and dignity.  Excellence in our school is the result of the commitment of time, effort and funds which is shared by teachers, parents and the parish.  St. James the Apostle School challenges students to develop academic excellence and inspires spirituality based on Gospel values which give their lives passion and purpose.  Clergy, administrators, teachers and parents are committed to the growth of the school and its active role in the community.  All students are taught in a faith-based environment that instills self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, as well as responsibility.  A Catholic community composed of teachers, administrators and alumni makes a lasting impact on the lives of students.  St. James the Apostle School follows New York State Curriculum Guidelines and New York Archdiocesan Essential Learnings.  We teach religion as an academic subject, and offer opportunities for prayer, liturgical participation and community service.

    PreK 3 and PreK 4 Program

    Our Pre-K program offers the option of a full day or half day program for three and four year olds in a nurturing, spiritual and educational environment.  The program consists of academic skills in preparation for Kindergarten, as well as religion, arts and crafts, circle time, story time and play time.  We also offer an after-school program for our full day Pre-K Program.

    Full Day Kindergarten

    Our full day Kindergarten is a complete academic program.  The Kindergarten program also includes weekly classes in physical education, art, music and library.


Upcoming Events







Dates to Remember

  • November 21st

    Thanksgiving Feast

    November 22nd-24th

    Thanksgiving Recess

    November 30th

    Registration Opens for Kindergarten and New Students.

    Existing Students - Re-Registration Early February 2024

    December 1st

    9am Mass, Early Dismissal

    December 2nd

    St. James Christmas Bazaar

    Holiday on the Lake