Immaculate Conception High tops 2023 academic rankings
Immaculate Conception High School has topped this year’s Educate Jamaica High School Academic Rankings, which have returned after a five-year hiatus.
The all-girls school on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew scored an impressive 98.8 per cent of all students passing five subjects or more, including Math and English, narrowly clipping Campion College (97.5 per cent), St Andrew High (93 per cent) and Wolmer’s Girls (92.4 per cent).
According to Ainsworth Darby, chairman of Educate Jamaica, “The COVID pandemic had a disastrous effect on the performance of many of our traditional top-performing schools, so much so that only 27 schools were included in the rankings, by virtue of having over 50 per cent of their students passing five subjects with both Math and English.”
At the same time however, Darby was quick to point out that schools such as Immaculate, Campion College, St Andrew High for Girls, Wolmers’ Girls, Montego Bay High, and Ardenne High appeared seemingly unscathed by COVID, a fact that he attributes to the strong teaching and learning systems in place prior to the pandemic. Good and proactive leadership, excellent adoption and use of technology across the board, excellent or very good home/school partnerships and the creation of independent and proactive learners were some of the most important factors that Darby singled out as being responsible for their results. He also credited the impact of having a resilient and adaptable teaching and administrative staff on board during the pandemic.
For the full results of the 2023 rankings, see the Educate Jamaica High School Academic Rankings Supplement in the printed edition of tomorrow’s Jamaica Observer or the e-paper.