Our Program

We are one of the few dually accredited nursery schools in Maryland, having accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

We believe that the early years in a child's life are truly significant in the development of a child. Through careful and thoughtful planning of the learning environment and hands-on experiences, children are involved in activities which stimulate and motivate their interest and academic growth.

We provide opportunities for children to interact with a wide range of materials and with each other through play. Social skills, such as getting along with others and working in a group, are a focus of our program.

One of our main goals is for children to be well-prepared for kindergarten and for later life experiences - and most of all - to enjoy their first school experience!

Dual Accreditation

Our school strives to be the best in early childhood education and our dedication to completing and maintaining these accreditations is a testament to the commitment of our administrative and teaching staff. Your child will benefit from this commitment and will gain a strong first-school experience.

Enhancement Experiences

A connection to the larger community is an important part of a strong preschool education. Children at St. James are involved in a variety of fieldtrips, special guest presentations, monthly library story times, other enriching enhancement experiences. From safety units in the fall with visiting fire fighters to other special visitors children are engaged and stimulated.

Family Connection and Involvement

Our school strives to be the best in early childhood education and our dedication to completing and maintaining these accreditations is a testament to the commitment of our administrative and teaching staff. Your child will benefit from this commitment and will gain a strong first-school experience.

Spiritual Growth

St. James' has a deep Christian identity which is foundational to our educational program and part of what makes our school special. Children participate in Chapel Time with our Rector monthly. St. James' is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. This national organization offers resources for spiritual development, leadership mentoring, grants, and so much more.

Educated, Experienced, and Consistent Staff

Our school strives to be the best in early childhood education and our dedication to completing and maintaining these accreditations is a testament to the commitment of our administrative and teaching staff. Your child will benefit from this commitment and will gain a strong first-school experience.

Health and Safety

A connection to the larger community is an important part of a strong preschool education. Children at St. James are involved in a variety of fieldtrips, special guest presentations, monthly library story times, other enriching enhancement experiences. From safety units in the fall with visiting fire fighters to other special visitors children are engaged and stimulated.

Innovative Curriculum

Our school strives to be the best in early childhood education and our dedication to completing and maintaining these accreditations is a testament to the commitment of our administrative and teaching staff. Your child will benefit from this commitment and will gain a strong first-school experience.