What admissions criteria does St. James Academy use to determine acceptance and enrollment?

St. James Academy wants to partner with any family that is seeking a Catholic education for their child, though at times we are limited by available space and/or resources. In the case of limited space for students, we use the following criteria:

  • Legacy
  • Johnson County Catholic Parish
  • Catholic
  • Non-Catholic

St. James Academy is a Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and adheres to Policy #6000 in the Archdiocese Handbook of Policies and Procedures.

How many students take the entrance test?

While the number varies from year to year, St. James receives about 250 test scores. Of those students, 225-230 typically will complete the full application process.

How many students are admitted?

This number varies from year to year, depending on the enrollment numbers for other grades. St. James strives to keep the culture of the school mission-centered, therefore, we try not to go over 950 students.

What entrance test do you give?

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the standardized test that each Archdiocesan High School uses for placement. We ask that all students applying to St. James take the HSPT with us on Dec. 3, 2022. The HSPT practice test book can be found in most major book sellers.

What is the tuition?

All information can be found under “Tuition & Financial Aid” tab of our Admissions website.

Does St. James offer Financial Aid or Scholarships?

For the 2022-23 school year St. James disbursed $2.1 million dollars for tuition assistance. Nearly 33% of the student body receives Financial Aid. Students accepted for enrollment may also apply for academic and mission-based Scholarships.

Does St. James accept transfer students?

St. James Academy accepts 10th and 11th-grade transfer students. We are unable to accept 12th-grade transfers.

All students interested in transferring to St. James Academy must go through the application process. If you have questions about the transfer application process, contact our team at