Mount Alvernia High School

P.O. Box 124, Montego Bay #2 Montego Bay, Saint James

telephone: view phone876-940-3896, 876-940-5021, 876-952-2391

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About Mount Alvernia High School

The Mt. Alvernia High School was founded in Montego Bay Jamaica in 1925 by the Fransiscan Sisters of Allegany at the request of the Roman Catholic Church to provide education for the Catholic girls of the area.

Although the original goal of the founders, Mother Theophane and Mother Alacoque was the education of the economically poor, responding to the needs of the society, the school expanded to include students from all religious as well as socio-economic levels of the community.


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Mt. Alvernia High School began in 1925 as St. James Academy, a small boarding school, and was soon after renamed Mt. Alvernia Academy. It was established by the Allegany Fransiscan Sisters to fill the need for the Cambridge University Junior Examinations and the Associated Board London Royal Schools of Music Examinations. The number of students attending classes increased steadily over the years.

In 1939, Mother Antoninous OSF suceeded Mother Theophane as Principal. The school population was only twenty-seven. In 1943 a centre for the Music examinations of the Royal Schools of Music was established at Mt. Alvernia and soon after, the school was considered capable of presenting candidates for the Cambridge School Certificate Examinations.

In 1953, Sr. Eloine Marie became Principal of the school and immediately began working towards having Mt. Alvernia established as a grant - in - aid school. the curriculum was further enlarged and qualified teachers with degrees were employed in order to emet the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture (MEYC). Finally in August 1959, Mt. Alvernia became a grant-in-aid schoolwith an enrollment of 71. Since then, the school population increased even more rapidly and new block of classrooms were erected to keep pace with the growing numbers.

In 1971, Sr. Joan Clare was appointed Principal and over the next fifteen years the enrolment increased from 347 to 1,516. A new wing consisting of three floors was built and a third floor was later added to the old wing. A few notable achievements over the years are as follows:

1960 First Graduation
1966 Became Examination Centre for Cambridge O'Level
1968 Sixth Form established
1970 Commercial Department was expanded
1972 French added to the Curriculum
1979 Social Studies added to the Curriculum
1983 German added to the Curriculum
1988 Computer Studies added to the Curriculum

Extra-curricular activities hae also flourished over the years and students have participated in several inter-school competitions with success. With the opening of the Montego Bay Community College in 1978, the sixth form was closed. French and German have been removed from the curriculum because of an acute shortage of teachers.


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Loiann Jackson from St. James
September 3,2012, was my first day at mt alvernia and it was delightful. Everyone was kind to the grade seven students all of the students in the higher classes whom passed on the seventh grade corrider waved and said hi to the teachers in which were teaching us.
the school Star OnStar OffStar OffStar OffStar Off - 05/19/2011 11:07:38
kerisha cunningham from portland
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