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Whew! It felt like eternity, but its finally here!

Thanks again to Mr. Darby and his team at Educate Jamaica, here now is the very latest ranking of the high schools in Jamaica! They call this, The Post-Pandemic Performance Rating, for obvious reasons. 

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Previous High School Rankings๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ

As usual, to ensure consistency, transparency and trends, we continue to show the previous rankings, in descending order, and so here they are.

A Word From The Chair๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ

Looking at the recent performance scores coming out of the high schools, it is clear to see that the pandemic undoubtedly took its toll on the education system and this will become even more evident as we delve into the data more deeply at all levels of the education system.

The data we will be using to evidence the impact of the pandemic will be the first post-pandemic high schools performance index (INDEX 2023), however, it must be kindly noted that this impact spans all the key stages of our education system (early childhood, primary and high schools) and for the purpose of credibility we will only reference data that has appeared in our high school performance index.

We will start by saying that, it is exciting to see Immaculate Conception, Campion College, St Andrew High for Girls, Wolmersโ€™ Girls School, Montego Bay High School and Ardenne High appear seemingly unscathed and I believe the factors that have supported these schools in their journey of resilience can be clearly identified and they are the factors that we must aspire to have in all our schools at every level of the education system.

An event such as global pandemic did very little to hinder the national outcomes for these schools, which speaks to the formidability of these factors.

If we look at the high school performance index 2023, we see that high performing schools in 2019 (prior to the pandemic), that were hitting cohort percentages of 80-90%, have seen as much as a 30% fall in the percentage of their cohort whom have met the success threshold.

Most educators will state that they are not surprised by the fall in the performance percentages; in addition, they will also state that this is reflected in all countries globally.

If nothing else, this latest high school performance index highlights the need for a tailored response to 2 years of lost education across the entire nation and itโ€™s a charge that
must be nationally led by the Ministry of Education (and not a disjointed process at the school level led by individual schools).

With that said, it must be noted that the success of any intervention will require the commitment of all stakeholders including the parents and any attempt to leave the success of the outcomes solely at the feet of the Ministry of  Education is also a non-starter.

So What Were The Success Factors in  the Pandemic Resilient High Schools?

They were:

  1. Good and Proactive Leadership
  2. The excellent adoption and use of technology across the board
  3. Excellent or very good home/school partnership
  4. The creation of independent and proactive learners
  5. A resilient and adaptable teaching and administrative staff

The five factors highlighted above were the key factors that enabled all the high schools nationally, who were able to achieve 70% or more of their cohort achieving the successful
outcome as measured by the Educate Jamaica high school performance index.

As an organization that focuses on the aspirations of schools we would like to encourage all
schools to self-assess against these 5 outcomes and create a formidable plan to achieve these 5 outcomes.

- Ainsworth Darby M.A. B.Ed. Dip. Ed
Founder & Chairman

The Awards Go To...

Top Tier! The Top 27 High Schools In Jamaica๐ŸŒŸ


Sitting pretty in strong first place is yes, Immaculate Conception High with Campion High in second place. They've basically exchanged positions from the last ranking. St. Andrew High School for Girls return in solid third place! Wolmers' Girls and Montego Bay High completes the top 5.

Did you notice that 4 of the top 5 schools are girls-only though? And of the top 7 schools, only 1 is outside of the corporate area (Kingston & St. Andrew)? And that's the Montego Bay High.

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Who Are The Biggest Movers?

First, please recognize that these are the best in the island, regardless of any shifts.  In fact, 16 of the 27 have improved rankings compared to the prior ranking. But we can't help noticing the massive shifts? 

First the slides...

  • St. Hughes, from 11 to 27 (16 places)
  • Mt. Alvernia, from 6 to 15 (9 places)
  • Hampton, from 4 to 11  and ( 7 places)
  • Glenmuir from 7 to 12 (5 places)

And then these significant jumps!

  • Calabar from 39 to 25 (14 places)
  • Jamaica College from 33 to 20 (13 places)
  • Belmont Academy from 25 to 14 (11 places)
  • Munro from 20 to 9 (11 places)
  • Ardene from 17 to 6, & (11 places)
  • Westwood from 18 to 8 (10 places)!

Congrats to St. Andrew High For Girls and Covenant Of Mercy that both kept their #3 and number 22 rankings in tact!

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The Best Of The Best- The Top 10๐Ÿ†


My Take?

Yes, this is the cherry list! These 10 schools in total averaged well over 88% during a  post pandemic period. And the first 6 average over 90%, this is massive!  The majority are from Kingston & St. Andrew though, which might have some meaning to it!

And just before you ask, yes I'm a Mannings boy, so I'm extremely proud to see us in the top ten (10)! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ

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The Best Girls' Schools In Jamaica๐Ÿ‘ง

Girls rule the word! Well so they say! ๐Ÿ˜€ Drum roll for these, the best girls schools in Jamaica.


My Take?

The girls-only school accounted for 13 of the top 27 school!  And 7 of the 13 girls school are from the corporate area. Awesome stuff though, the girls-only school averaged 75.6%!

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The Best Boys' Schools In Jamaica ๐Ÿ‘ฆ


Who are the top boys schools in Jamaica? Here's your answer! I note that only a 6 of the 27 top schools are boys only though? And all, except Munro are in Kingston! They average 69.06% compared to girls 75.6%.

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The Top Co-Ed Schools In Jamaica๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ

This year, I thought of looking at the co-ed schools in particular. They are unique in many ways and so it might  be insightful to see how they perform by themselves. Here's your answer!


My Take?

They average, by themselves, 76.63%, but notice that 6 of the 8 that are in the top 27 best schools in Jamaica are from rural Jamaica. Does that mean anything? You be the judge.

The Best Performing Schools Outside The Corporate Area ๐ŸŒณ


My Take?

This too was quite insightful to me! And it might very well be for you too! This list accounted for thirteen of the top twenty-seven schools, meaning all the others are corporate area schools?

First, the top 5 (non-corporate) high schools are all from the West, meaning the county of Cornwall. Represented here are...

  1. Montego Bay High #1 (St James ),
  2. Westwood (#2) Trelawny,
  3. Munroe (#3) in St. Elizabeth,
  4. Mannings (#4) in Westmoreland and
  5. Hampton (#5) also in St. Elizabeth!

And did you notice that only one boys-only school (Munro) made the list outside of the corporate area? I note some big names missing here. But six were co-ed and six were girls-only which is good.

They averaged 74.04% in total though.

And remember, these averages are the percentage of their total grade 11 cohort that achieved 5 or more subjects, inclusive of Mathematic and English at CSEC

Looking Back! Here's The Prior (2018) Ranking

Thought I'd refresh your memory by sharing this, the previous (2018-2019) ranking, below. But remember that if you want to get the full report for 2018, just click here.


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And Before You Go...

Again, very, very, well done to the hard working teachers and administrators who engineered much of this, and to who are many times don't have the required resources or unrecognized. And thanks to Educate Jamaica for the fantastic work.

Keep shining!

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