By requiring daily participation in our athletics program, Saint James seeks to enhance each student's confidence by simultaneously challenging and supporting each individual. At Saint James, athletics serve as an opportunity to teach lessons beyond the rudiments of the classroom. In effect, the teachings of the classroom can be complemented and reinforced through athletics, and from values that are promoted within the school community. Athletics serve as an integral part of adolescent physical, social and moral development, as coaches have the opportunity to teach their athletes many lessons about character and responsibility. Furthermore, it is through athletics that our students are engaged in hands-on experiences where they can begin to comprehend the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, commitment, goal setting, integrity, and discipline. These lessons are invaluable preparation for the challenges of life.
We offer a wide variety of programs and levels of competition so that all students may be challenged and build self-confidence by participating in competitive sports at the appropriate level. Our boys’ teams compete against many Washington D.C. schools as part of the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC). The boys and girls also compete in the newly-formed Independent-Parochial School League (IPSL) that includes St.Maria Goretti, Mercersburg Academy, St. John's Catholic Prep and the Maryland School for the Deaf. We are also committed to competing against many other local private and public schools.