Independent Schools in Jamaica

Gross enrolment overall: 82.7% (2010)

Primary female–male ratio: 0.95:1 (2010)

Secondary female–male ratio: 1.03:1 (2010)

Primary pupil–teacher ratio: 21:1 (2010)

Secondary pupil–teacher ratio: 15:1 (2010)

There are six years of compulsory education starting at age six. Primary school comprises six years and secondary seven, with cycles of three and four years. Some 95% of pupils complete primary school (2009). The school year starts in September.


The Caribbean Examinations Council, established in 1972 by an agreement among 15 English-speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries and territories, provides examinations and certification at secondary and post-secondary levels. Qualifications offered by the Council include the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (in 33 subjects, for students at the end of the secondary education cycle); Caribbean Advanced Proficiency (for post-secondary students entering the world of work and for those candidates who wish to continue their further education at the tertiary level); Caribbean Vocational Qualification; and, since 2005, Associate Degrees. The Council has its headquarters in Barbados and western zone office in Jamaica.


Special education is provided mainly by private voluntary organisations in partnership with government. Some 75 agencies and organisations, many affiliated to churches, run adult education programmes.

Independent Schools organisations in Jamaica
Alpha Boys School
American International School of Kingston
Belair School
Brown's Little People
Calvary Prep
Charlton Prep
Dunrobin Prep
Emmanuel Christian Academy
Excel Prep
Gordon's Memorial Prep
Grace Christian Academy
Harrison Memorial High
Hillel Academy
Immaculate Academy
Immaculate Conception Prep
Jamaica Independent Schools' Association, The (JISA)
Kingsgate Prep
Kingsway High
Lannaman's Prep
Liberty Academy at the Priory
Mavisville Prep
Morris Knibb Prep
New Hope Prep
Obistan Kinder-Prep
Our Lady of the Angels Prep
PGA Academy (Prep)
Promise Learning Centre
Quality Academics
Quest Prep
Rose Gordon Prep
Splendor Prep
St Cecelia Prep
St Vincent Strambi
Team Work School
Trafalgar Christian Prep
Unity Prep
Vaz Prep
Victor Dixon High
West Avenue Insititute
Y.W.C.A. School Leaver Inst.