St. James Middle School is located in southeastern Horry County near the south end of the Grand Strand and about five miles west of Surfside Beach. St. James Middle School is a public, suburban school housing seventh and eighth grades. The school was constructed in 1988 and opened its doors in 1989 with an initial enrollment of 592 students. Today, there are approximately 920 students at SJM.
St. James Middle School has been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since our first self study for continuing accreditation 1989-1991. General characteristics of our school include, to the extent possible, following the tenants of Turning Points by housing grades on separate wings and common planning. Students take four academic subjects and two exploratory classes each semester. SJM has also earned the following awards and recognitions.
- Named as a School to Watch by the National Forum (2015-2016) and renewed (2017-2018 and 2020-2021)
- Ranked #1 in School's Like Us (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
- Palmetto Silver Award (2008-2009, 2012, 2013)
- Palmetto's Finest (1991)
- National Blue Ribbon (1994-1996)
- South Carolina Exemplary Writing Program (2001-2002)
- HCS Pacesetter Award (2000-2001)
- Schools of Promise Award (2001-2002)
- Red Carpet Award (2005-2008)
- #1 ranking in SC in "Schools Like Us" in PACT (2007)
- Palmetto Gold Award (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Recognized by Making Middle Grades Work
St. James Middle School strives to ensure that each of our students succeeds academically, socially, and emotionally through a standards-based, technologically-enhanced continuum of learning within a safe and nurturing environment.