We are a Catholic School in the Lasallian tradition

As a Regional Catholic College, St James College welcomes all students living in our surrounding suburbs from our Catholic, Government and Independent primary schools.

St James College is committed to the Lasallian Vision of Education and as such, has close ties with other Lasallian Colleges including De La Salle College, Malvern, St Bede’s College, Mentone and St John's College, Dandenong. 

As a Catholic and Lasallian College we:
  • Instil Gospel values 
  • Foster a spirit of faith and zeal
  • Develop and maintain diverse programs meeting recognised standards of excellence
  • Create and sustain respectful relationships
  • Exercise a preferential option for those in need

Our staff are experienced in how young men learn

We are experienced in the way that young men learn. 

We adapt our teaching and guidance to cater for each young man. 

Our staff regularly attend Professional Learning in this area, so your son’s education will be informed by the latest in educational and developmental research.

The important Middle Years of schooling

St James College is a smaller school. Four homerooms at each level of Year 7 to 10.

As a result, we focus on your son, helping to ensure his formative years lead to success in senior studies and future pathways.

Cater to individual needs and interests

All young men are different. 

Some like hands-on learning and physical activity. Some enjoy a strict academic structure. Some have a creative and artistic mind.

We encourage our young men to have-a-go and attempt new things.

We run a number of programs to extend our students through our advanced subjects: Accelerated Mathematics and Science programs, Language and Literature electives and our special interest clubs - Public Speaking, Debating, Chess, Theatre Sports, Drama and Music .

We are a smaller school

At St James, we see our small size as an advantage. 

It ensures that a strong bond is formed between staff, students and parents and that none of our young men fall under the radar. We prioritise the learning of each and every young man. 

A culture of mutual respect

A positive relationship with students – knowing the names and interests of our students as a start – is something our staff pride themselves upon.

Through these relationships, we aim to foster a learning environment that encourages a strong work ethic and open questioning.

Our young men are aware of the expectations placed upon them, and in partnership with parents, students are guided to learn from any mistakes or shortcomings. 

High expectations

Without high expectations of academic, cultural, sporting and social justice pursuits, how can young men aim for excellence?

We ask all young men to set Personal Learning Goals for each Semester to give a focus for academic improvement. Improvement, to any degree, is a measure of success for each young man.

Early opportunities for leadership and decision making

Our young men have the opportunity to access leadership positions at an earlier time. 

Student Representative Council, Sporting Captains, Cultural Leaders and Social Justice Leader positions are all available for students in Years 7 to 9.

Important senior roles such as School Captains, House Captains and Arts Leaders are earned by Year 10 students – much different to other 7-12 school settings.

Gender equality and respect is important for young men

All students will have the opportunity to connect with strong role models - whether they be male or female.

This balance of staff represents society as a whole, preparing the young men for a life outside of school.

Embrace diversity

We welcome all students, regardless of their cultural background or religious beliefs. This is strongly tied to our Lasallian heritage and is exemplified in the College Motto "Unity in Christ"


Facilities and Information Technology

Your son has the best chance to thrive in our learning community with:
  • A state of the art Visual and Performing Arts Centre 
  • One to One student device program
  • Well-equipped teaching areas
  • Attractive grounds
  • Ongoing partnerships with local community facilities and resources