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Our Mission

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the truth of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ our Savior as revealed in God’s Word.

A Christian day school, St. James Lutheran School serves the academic, spiritual, social, and physical needs of children from Martin, Faribault, and Watonwan Counties in Minnesota and from communities in northern Iowa. Located in the City of Northrop, St. James Lutheran School is midway between Fairmont and Truman on MN Hwy 15.

Mission & Purpose

As a Parochial School of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), we welcome all as our Savior commanded, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not” (Mark 10:14). Our curricula is based on the directives of our Lord, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:20) and, as such, we make Jesus Christ and Eternal Salvation the focal point while providing all academic subjects that are required by the state of Minnesota.

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 Our Beliefs & Values

We believe in caring for and supporting the whole child by fostering a love of learning in a faith-based environment.   


Everything we teach is Christ-centered. All academic subjects are taught from the Christian perspective. Extra-curricular activities emphasize the importance of using talents to give glory to God. Religion classes are taught at all grade-levels, chapel is offered weekly, and 7-8th graders have catechism class. Students are encouraged to live out their faith throughout the year through various mission projects. Faculty and staff emphasize the importance of students fostering their faith outside of the classroom, especially though church and Sunday school attendance. 


Due to caring faculty, small class sizes, and interaction between upper and lower grades, the entire student body has a family atmosphere. Teachers strive to foster a love of learning by caring about and loving their students in and out of the classroom. Elementary and junior high age students are able to interact throughout the day during recess, lunch and other activities, giving older students the chance to be role-models.


Our goal is to prepare students for high school and beyond. These preschool-junior high years are the building blocks for their future. We emphasize the importance of having Christ as the foundation – spiritually, academically, morally, and emotionally.  

Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

St. James Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, priveleges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.