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Saint James' Episcopal School provides exceptional, affordable educational offerings in Preschool (age 2) through Grade 5 that build strong intellect, character, and faith. Our excellent learning experience offers purposefully small class sizes, truly caring faculty, appropriately challenging academics, Christ-centered worship, and multiple global and local service opportunities.  The SJES experience teaches students to be kind, productive, conscientious, and fully prepared to make a significant contribution to any community they choose to join in the future.

This website provides insight into our mission and core values, plus helpful details for prospective families, donors and community partners. We encourage you to contact us if you would like more information about Saint James' Episcopal School.


Average Student:Teacher Ratio = 8:1
Accreditation, Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Member, National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
Member, Virginia Council on Private Education (VCPE) 
Voted Best of Fauquier 2023!

Our Mission

Experience the Episcopal traditions of service, compassion, and respect;
Enrich the whole child through the joy of learning, creativity, and faith;
Excel and grow in grace.

Our School Motto

The School's motto, "Follow Me," comes from Matthew 4:18-22:
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Our School Prayer

Heavenly Father, you love us as your children:
Bless our School, its faculty, staff, students, families, and friends; Bless our Church, its priests, leaders, staff, and all its members; Open our hearts to accept and serve others with compassion and respect; Enrich our minds with your wisdom so that we may learn to love and love to learn; Help us to excel and to grow in grace; Through Jesus Christ, our Savior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend. Amen.

Our Accreditation

Saint James' Episcopal School is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Founded in 1973, VAIS is the leader in advancing and advocating for independent school education in Virginia. The VAIS accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the international level through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). VAIS is also recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).

Non-Discrimination Policy

Saint James' Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin and admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. 

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