ABOUT ST. JAMES
St. James Catholic School was established in 1965 at the request of Pastor James Munnelly. With the recommendation from the Bishop of San Diego, Father Munnelly invited four Sisters of Mercy from Sligo, Ireland to staff the parish school. Sister De Chantal Finerty was the first principal of Saint James Catholic School. The Sisters of Mercy continued to serve as school administrators until the 2000-2001 school year, when then principal, Sister Mary Francis Coleman, was called to serve as Chancellor to the Bishop in the Diocese of San Bernardino.
The Sisters of Mercy have since retired back to Ireland; however the school has been founded and imbued with the spirit of founder Mother McAuley, in living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Perris Valley community. The school began with six grades, first through sixth. Each year, grades were added to accommodate the population desiring a Catholic education.
Today, St. James Catholic School serves students in grades Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade. The parish school serves many parishes in the Hemet Vicariate. The surrounding communities and the local public school district warmly support the school. St. James Catholic School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educational Association. St. James Catholic School takes pride in our shield representing Faith, Wisdom, Character.
PROVIDING A CHRIST-CENTERED ENVIRONMENT.
St. James the Less Catholic School is an educational ministry of St. James the Less Parish that exists to form each student in a spirit of faith, wisdom, and character. Following the model of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, we provide rigorous academic excellence. We guide students in Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 8 to be faith-filled Catholics, life-long learners, responsible citizens, creative and expressive individuals, and problem solvers. The school welcomes all those who are willing to participate fully in our mission and philosophy.
A PLACE WHERE EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED.
We provide an educational environment that promotes academic excellence through a quality-focused curriculum. Our aim is to adjust and adapt our curriculum and teaching strategies to meet the academic abilities and learning styles of each of our students.
WE PROVIDE THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGIES FOR OUR STUDENTS.
When we implemented our Chromebook initiative, we were able to provided our students with the tools they need to learn and explore in today’s world. Our 1 to 1 technology has allowed our students to develop and explore new concepts and information and put this into practical experiences and allow them to compete in the future to be successful.