Welcome to St. James Episcopal School of Dallas

Saint James Episcopal School offers an excellent Montessori, Christian education.  The program runs on a 10 month based school year, beginning in August and concluding in May.  There are the Toddler and Primary levels for children ages 18 months to 6 years. We also offer a Mother's Day Out program to fit the needs of younger children (18 months to 3 years) who are just beginning to spend time away from home. The Montessori integrated curriculum emphasizes exceptional one-on-one attention for each child, and encourages each child to reach their full potential.

We hope you will visit our unique campus soon!

Loree Birkenback
Head of School


History of St. James

Marie Mosely and Father Fleener began St. James Montessori School in the summer of 1968. There were 54 children ranging in age from 2½ to 4. Marie laid the foundation for the school and even after her retirement in 1987 and passing in 2007, remains a driving force in each classroom.

Montessori Philosophy

 After years of expression mainly in pre-schools, Montessori philosophy is finally being used as originally intended, as a method of seeing children as they really are and of creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential - spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual - as members of a family, the world community and the Cosmos.

Dr. Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings.  She taught adults how to respect individual differences, and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge.

Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment.

The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.

Today Montessori teacher training centers and schools exist on all continents. There are Montessori parenting classes, “Nidos” (“nests” for infants), infant communities, “children’s houses” (for age 3-6), and classes for children up to age eighteen in public and private schools. Montessori works in gifted and talented programs, and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Many parents are using Dr. Montessori’s discoveries to raise/educate their children at home.

The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation.

St James Episcopal School of Dallas is accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools