PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association) holds academic contests each year for private schools and home-schooled students. St. James has competed in these contests for over 10 years. The purpose of PSIA is to "inspire student achievement through academic competition." Students in grades one through eight may compete. Events will be explained to students in all grades and an event sign-up sheet will be sent home. Students may sign up for many events but most cannot overlap contest times.