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St. James Academy: In Tune with Students’ Innate Need and Ability to Perform

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Ample research demonstrates the multiple benefits that regular exposure to music education provides for children of all ages: improved attention, memory, focus, auditory and memory skills, and overall cognition. Yet, too often, budget cuts squeeze music education funding, forcing schools to pare down or eliminate music classes altogether for school-aged children. St. James Academy in Monkton, however, is bucking this trend. In recent years, their music and performance arts offerings have increased in number and scope due to the quality of the St. James program, creating life-long music enthusiasts and confident performers.

Much of the credit for St. James’ strong performing arts program stems from a supportive administration and extensively trained faculty who not only teach but also perform professionally. Director of Performing Arts and vocal music teacher Randi Martin, who holds a master’s degree in music education from Loyola University, a certification in YogaVoice® Technique, and additional training in the Alexander Technique, Vocal-Cross Training, Orff, and Gordon Music Learning Theory, sees the performing arts as much more than a dispensable academic elective. At St. James, the extensive performing arts program includes courses in dance/movement, Orff for percussionists, wind and string instruction, plus three musicals.

Defining the Well-Rounded Student at St. James Academy

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Chris Greenawalt, MD, never knows what each shift at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) will bring. As director of GBMC’s hospitalist program, he helps acutely ill patients navigate inpatient and outpatient care. He and the 30-plus physicians under his leadership use their medical expertise every day, but the qualities Greenawalt says he relies upon most weren’t taught in medical school.

“My integrity and accountability were set in motion at St. James Academy,” says Greenawalt, who attended the Episcopal, coed day school in Monkton, Md. when it was Kindergarten through 6th Grade. “The things I learned from way back are what I’ve carried forward.”

Today, St. James Academy is Prekindergarten through 8th Grade but still intentionally small. “St. James was a nurturing environment where teachers put an individual focus on my strengths,” adds Greenawalt, who graduated from McDonogh School and Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical school. “The school helped me to develop attributes I’ve used all the way through to being a leader at GBMC.”

Globetrotting Educator to Head up St. James Academy’s Lower School

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Ian Clark, Ed.D has traveled a long way to become St. James Academy’s new lower school head. After finishing out the school year as the elementary school principal at San Roberto International School, he and his family made the long trek from Mexico to Hunt Valley, where he, his wife and two school-age children will start a new chapter in their lives. We caught up with Dr. Clark to learn more about his professional background, which has taken him all over the world, and how he landed in Northern Baltimore County.

St. James Academy Head Charlotte Riggs Leads with Empathy and Compassion

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Ms. Riggs welcomes students on the first day of school with her fairy wings.

Monkton, Md. – For her first day of school as St. James Academy’s new head of school, Charlotte Riggs made a unique – and strategic – accessory choice. She donned pastel-colored wings, which she wore to greet the 270 PreKindergarten through 8th-grade boys and girls, their parents, and the faculty and staff at St. James Academy (SJA), an independent school in Monkton.

Spring Visiting Days at St. James Academy

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Time for a change? As the school calendar winds down, many families begin to reflect on how the year unfolded and determine whether they want to make a change for the upcoming academic year—or possibly further down the road. If you are contemplating a new school for your child in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, consider attending one of St. James Academy Spring Visiting Days.

St. James Academy names Charlotte Riggs as the new Head of School 

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St. James Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Riggs as the new Head of School effective July 1, 2018.

St. James Academy Provides Variety to Develop the Whole Student

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St. James Academy in Monkton is committed to a holistic approach to education, encouraging their kindergarten through eighth grade students to participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities.

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