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best boarding school in Jamaica

by Maureen


Where can I find best boarding schools in Jamaica or private school?

ANSWER: by Wellesley February 08, 2011

Hello Maureen,

I did some legwork for you :-)

I checked with the ministry of education and they advised that the boarding schools now in Jamaica are:

Knox College (Spauldings, Clarendon) - 876-987-8015
Hampton; for Girls (St. Elizabeth) 876-966-5115
Munroe; for Boys (St. Elizabeth) 876-963-1402/3
Karen Hall Vocational High (St. Mary)
St. Hilda's High (Brown's Town, St. Ann)
Westwood High (Stewart Town, Trelawny) 876-612-0052

Of those, I recognize Hampton, Westwood & Munroe as probably the more established.

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Jan 29, 2020
School Names
by: Anonymous

The names of 2 of the boarding schools are incorrectly quoted, i.e., Karen Hall should be Carron Hall, and Munroe should be Munro (no "e").

Oct 23, 2019
Looking for a boarding school in Jamaica
by: Anonymous

How can I get my son soon to be 15 in a boarding school January 2020 please

Aug 19, 2019
Enrol for Jan 2020
by: Miss Grant

I am enquiring what are the procedures required in getting 14yr old boy into boa4ding school for Jan 2020.

I would like for child to be boarding on site.

Please can you provide enrollment, price uniform and curriculum.

Kind regards

Aug 01, 2019
Boys boarding school for 11yr old boy
by: Charming11

Hello whatโ€™s the best school for an 11 year old with major behavioral issues. I have explored many other options n places n visiting Jamaica several times I feel comfortable placing him there. Any suggestions?

Jan 18, 2019
need a reply
by: mike

how can i get in contact with munro college boarding school am trying a long time none of the numbers working emails not. need to know how to apply etc.

Oct 14, 2018
Jamaica education FAR better than Canada
by: Anonymous

I'm surprised someone actually intimated that Jamaican schools are not up to par. Let me tell you this, I live in Canada, I tutor in Canada and the caliber of the students is alarming. For example I have a grade three child who don't know how to spell step, he doesn't know letter sounds, I have a 5 year old who don't know the difference between S and R and can't spell her five-letter name. My son is 4 years old and I not only give him grade one math, but he knows how to break down a word by the various syllables and spell the word correctly. I am definitely taking him home for his education. Not only that, unless your child is going to be enlisted in a private school in Canada, the chances of that child obtaining something of worth is Slim to none and the cost of private school here is so expensive. What you pay per month here is even more than what you pay per term in Jamaica. AND our system is BETTER. As a mother and trained teacher, in BOTH countries, I should be able to tell the difference.

Apr 30, 2018
Canadian vs Jamaican Schools
by: Nicole

@Anonymous dated September 2016.

I went to St. Hilda"s Diocesan High and it was a wonderful experience. St. Hildas remains a top rated high school.

My children were partially schooled in Jamaica - we now live in Canada and let me tell you, the Jamaican education they received - Ardenne Prep and High respectively is faaar superior to the education here in Canada. While the Canadian High School offers more options...My child Soars above his peers here. I will say thanks to the strength of the education he received back home.

Jan 15, 2018
Jamaican Boarding School education is wonderful and enriching experience
by: Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

Were you trained or educated at one of Jamaica's premier boarding schools you would realize that, in Jamaica we receive students from all over the world.

My brother and I attended boarding school in Jamaica and found among our classmates, many of the world leaders off springs. Hailing from places such as Qatar, Germany, Spain, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, to name a few.

Even today, many years later, my boarding school friends who are now lawyers, doctors, businessmen, etc are among my closest friends. I travel often and have been given the red carpet treatment due to these relationships built many years ago.

What makes boarding school education totally different from regular day school education is that, at boarding school you are totally dependent on each other for everything- no mommy or daddy to watch over you. You learn independence and interdependence to the point you know your friends and they know you much like brothers and comrade in arms.

If I had a son ready to attend boarding school, I would send him to Munro College or Knox College. If I had a daughter, she would attend St. Hilda or Hampton.

The camraderie, friendships and networks built through the Jamaican Boarding schooling last a lifetime and I am a living proof and witness to it. As one who has served in military the closest comparison is the military.

Thank you for your time.


Sep 23, 2016
Boarding School
by: Anonymous

If you live in Canada, Please do not send your child to boarding school in Jamaica. Jamaicans are sending their children out of the country for an education. In Canada, you have choice of schools and a better educational system. Jamaican schools teach you how to pass exams, Canadian schools give you an education.

Feb 21, 2016
military school
by: Anonymous

I am wondering if there is such thing as Jamaican Military school for girls?

Jan 23, 2016
help janary 23 2016
by: Anonymous

i been trying to get my daughter in a school and I reach Westwood and knock and they said that because she is going to be 16 they don't take them that age. I need to know what boarding school in Jamaica take girls that is turning 16. its very urgent please contact me on asap please.

also I been calling Hampton and St Hilda for weeks now no answer.

I sent Holly family and email they never answer back. if anyone can help with correct numbers or can pass on my email to them it would be nice

Jan 06, 2016
Retreat for teens
by: Anonymous

would like to hear more about the 12 - 16 week program proposed. Is there a summer program for 2016. email

Aug 12, 2014
Retreat for troubled teens (girls)
by: Jack

Did you ever get your retreat facility off the ground ? Very interested in knowing.

Aug 08, 2014
Theraputic Setting:
by: Anonymous

I have a property that I am trying to get rented in St. Ann. A school is on the property at this time and will be relocated soon. It would be the perfect place for a theraputic setting. Thanks you for the insight to help troubled teens and for being a foster parent for so many years.

Jun 27, 2014

I am suggesting Knox College for many reasons: it is the only co-ed boarding school in Jamaica.

I believe in the boys and girls mix in school. Secondly, emphasis is placed on leadership there and students are being introduced to: chemistry, biology and physic at the 8th grade.

In most of the high schools student are taught the subject when they reach the 9th and 10th grade and finally, Knox College remains in the to 10 ranking of high school in Jamaica.

They have a good mathematics department. My son went there.

Jun 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

A newly built boarding house in St Elizabeth for boys. Offering spacious accommodation and transportation.

Meals, Laundry, Internet, Close to library and churches. Please contact Mr & Mrs Dixon 1876 366 2529 or 1876 324 9614 for further information.

May 11, 2014
by: Anonymous

i wouldnt send my child to westwood.according to students there the cost does not equalise the value of their needs supplied their.the children food are not handled properly neither is it enough.

also the sbas are not being finished because of the fact that printers and computers are inefficient not to mention the water crisis there. no way

Apr 07, 2014
Hampton School and Munro
by: Anonymous

Munro College and Hampton are best boarding school for boys and girls respectively, and speaking from experience trust me.

I went to Hampton and I'm sure of what I am saying. If there was a lack supervision and other things these schools would not have being running for over 155 years.

Munro College along with the Hampton School are operated by the Munro and Dickinson Trust and has a very advanced curriculum like other schools in country but more DEVELOPED.

I would recommend Munro College for boys and the Hampton School for girls to ANYONE who want sent their child or children to A BOARDING SCHOOL OR BOARDING SCHOOLS in Jamaica.

Apr 02, 2014
Knox College
by: James

Knox College and Munro are very good boarding schools. I would go with Knox College though since it is a co-ed boarding school.

If you look at the statistics, Knox College boarding fee is $70,000 and there academics are good also.

They are in the top 10 high schools in JM. #MYOPINION

Feb 05, 2014
Munro College and Hampton School
by: Anonymous

Munro College is best boarding school for boys in the Caribbean and Latin America.

If there was a lack supervision it wouldn't be an operating BOARDING SCHOOL for 158 years. In fact it is the only remaining BOARDING SCHOOL for boys in Jamaica.

Munro College along with the Hampton School are operated by the Munro and Dickinson Trust and has British based curriculum for teaching in both schools; unlike other schools in country.

I would recommend Munro College for boys and the Hampton School for girls to ANYONE who want sent their child or children to BOARDING SCHOOOL in Jamaica.

Jan 16, 2014
cost for boarding
by: Anonymous

for internatinal students munro cost us$2000.00. Wouldnt recommend...lack of supervision for students.

Jan 16, 2014
Boarding School
by: Anonymous

It is Caron Hall Vocational School in St. Mary not Karen Hall.

The article was helpful.

Sep 19, 2012
cost of Boarding schools in Jamaica
by: Anonymous

Would like to know the cost for boarding school in Jamaica.

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Jul 29, 2012
Alternative for Troubled Teens
by: Anonymous

I have been a therapeutic foster parent in Canada for over 20 years and now live in Jamacia.

I am interested in starting a small retreat in a beautiful remote area to work with teen girls who are starting down the "wrong path" and parents are looking for an alternative to a treatment center.

The program would be 12 - 16 weeks in length and would include individual tutoring, building self esteem, yoga, horsemanship, counseling, life skills and volunteer work.

Only 12 girls will be accepted into the program at one time...looking for feedback and whether there is interest in this type of program alternative.

Jul 20, 2012
girl boarding school
by: Jennifer

I would like to know which is the best boarding school for trouble teen girl, the criteria for entering and the cost.

Jul 08, 2012
School Fees
by: Anonymous

Does anybody know the school fees for these schools?

Jun 20, 2012
an excellent high school
by: Tatyana

Knox College in the hills of Clarendon, is a well established boarding school. it is also a great school when it comes to academics. I know this because my eldest son use to attend there.Many successful pupils including my son, emerge from Knox College to become productive members of society.

Jun 07, 2012
Boarding School
by: Lady June

I'm interested in the cost of boarding schools in Jamaica. Can you help? Thanks for your time.

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