Admissions Process


St. James Episcopal School is a Corpus Christi private school serving scholars ages 2 years old through 8th grade. Admission to St. James is based upon the academic ability and demonstrated achievement of the scholar and availability of space.

Prior to September 1st of the school year, preschool candidates must have reached 2 years of age and be potty-trained for Pre-Primary 2-year-olds, 3 years of age and be potty-trained for Primary 3-year-olds, 4 years of age for Pre-Kindergarten 4-year-olds, and 5 years of age for Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten.

The first step in the Admissions process is to schedule a personal tour of St. James by calling the School Office at 361-883-0835. During your tour you will visit one-on-one with our Head of School, Mrs. Hoffstadt, who will show you our classrooms and facilities so you can see why our scholars and parents consider St. James to be the premier education in Corpus Christi. You can also take a look at a multitude of reasons why St. James is where you want to enroll your children by searching for the hashtag #whysaintjames on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts

Application for Admission

You may click here to download an application. Your completed application may be mailed or delivered to the School Office with the non-refundable $50.00 application fee (cash or check only). Your application will be complete upon receipt of your application fee and all required forms. Please feel free to use the Admissions Checklist to help you with this process. We accept applications year-round.

Request for Records

The following forms may be requested from you to complete your application depending on your child’s age:

Teacher Recommendation Forms

If a scholar has already been attending another school, recommendations from two of the candidate’s current teachers (if applicable) are required on the appropriate Teacher Recommendation Form. These forms should be mailed directly from the teacher to St. James Episcopal School (Attn: Admissions Office).

Request For Records Form

A Request for Records Form should also be printed, signed, and returned to St. James Episcopal School. This will allow St. James to directly request records from the scholar’s current school. School records include: most recent report card, standardized test scores, and current immunization records.

Classroom Visit

In order to learn more about a candidate’s own special pattern of social, emotional, and academic development, prospective scholars are asked to spend a half-day or full-day in the classroom to participate in the regular school program while under the supervision of one of our teaching staff. Primary School scholars are asked to visit the School Office to quickly meet and greet with with our Head of School.

Gesell Observation

All candidates ages 4-6 must complete a Gesell Observation in order for us to determine the child’s developmental age and readiness.
Parents will schedule these visits with the Admissions Office after a tour has been completed and an application is submitted.

View our Gesell Powerpoint for more information on this age development observation.


Re-enrollment contracts to current scholars are processed by February 28th of each year. In order to ensure a spot is held for your child in their applicable class, please complete your application by March 1st of each year. Beginning March 1st, all families will be provided with the annual St. James Enrollment Contract to be signed by the financially responsible parties and by the School. Enrollment will be complete with a signed contract, and the submission of current health records. Parents are contracting for the entire year – if a premature withdrawal occurs, the specific date and reason for the withdrawal determines whether any of the year’s tuition will be refunded.

St. James Episcopal School celebrates and welcomes a diverse population. We recognize that diversity encompasses differences in gender, race, religion, ethnicity, physical and academic abilities, family composition, and socioeconomic circumstances. St. James does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of the admission and educational policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, employment practices, and/or other school administered programs generally made available at the School.