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School History and Tradition


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 St. James was the son of Zabedee and Salone, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may also have been the cousin of Jesus.  He is called “the Greater” simply because he became an Apostle before John the Lesser.  Saint James was a fisherman who left everything when Christ called him to become “a fisher of people”. James was a close confident of Jesus. It is believed that he preached in Samaria, Judea and Spain.  He died a martyr. (refer Matthew 4:21, Mark 1:19 and Luke 5:10).


St. James is the Patron Saint of pilgrims and rheumatism.  We celebrate the Feast of St James on July 25th.

St. James Catholic School was built in 1960 to meet the needs of a community, which at that time, and  had a large Maltese population. The school was named after St. James the apostle, and is one of two schools in St. James Parish.
St. James School, is located in the City of York and near the intersection of Jane and Dundas Streets. 
Our students come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.  They learn and grow in a caring school community environment which stresses commitment to our Catholic faith, acceptance of others and high academic standards. We provide all programmes consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  We are committed to creating a positive Catholic atmosphere within our school, and we also realize that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children and we as Catholic educators are partners with our parents. The third essential part of this triad is the Catholic church. We work in collaboration with our local parish, St. James Catholic Church, to guide our students in their faith devekionebt through monthly liturgies, sacramental preparation and classroom visits from our Pastor, Fr. Gustavo Campo .
Pastoral Plan for 2021 - 2024


Throughout the last three years, we have seen our schools come together in a wide variety of ways that demonstrate our collective commitment to putting faith into action, living our Catholic values and inspiring our students to achieve our Catholic Graduate Expectations. We are confident that our Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) community will respond to our new three-year 2021-2024 pastoral plan with the same enthusiasm and dedication.

Walking with Christ

↳Year 1: with eyes of faith & hope

↳Year 2: with hearts of kindness & love

↳Year 3: with minds of justice & peace

Through eyes of faith and hope​, we are invited to realize our Catholic call to service as we continue to be caring, compassionate and faithful members of our global community. 
With hearts of kindness and love, we walk with Christ on the path of charity, deepening our sense of understanding, belonging and care for one another in our parishes, our homes, our schools and the greater community. 
With minds of justice and peace, we are called to demonstrate advocacy with courage and wisdom, and take important steps to promote equity, acceptance and belonging to create a kinder, more inclusive world.
Our TCDSB community continues to reflect our Catholic values, rooted in the love of Christ, through our everyday actions. We each have a unique and important role to play in bringing our pastoral plan to life in our schools, offices, and the greater community.
Let us continue to demonstrate our commitment to student success and well-being, and a devotion to our Catholic faith as we walk with Christ throughout the next three years.
Please contact the church directly for their schedule: