LIFE AT ST. JOSEPH'S CONVENT
At SJCPOS, we see each learner as unique and valuable and aim to nurture a lifelong passion for knowledge and learning. Our goal is that our students become self-confident, articulate young women and young men of faith, who deeply appreciate human diversity and who are prepared with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to thrive and play leading roles in our increasingly complex, challenging, interdependent and changing society. Therefore, our programs are designed not only to allow each learner to perform at their highest academic potential, but to address their moral, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
Academics at SJCPOS
Our academic programs are rigorous and comprehensive, in many ways exceeding the requirements of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education. Lower school girls (Forms 1-3), study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Integrated Science (in Form 3 this is divided into Chemistry, Biology and Physics), Social Studies, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Physical Education, French, Spanish, and Personal Development. They are prepared for the National Certificate of Secondary Education (NCSE) Examinations which are based on continuous assessment from Form 1 to 3 (60%) and an national examination at the end of Form 3 (40%). Form 1 students also have weekly Library/ Information Literacy classes.
At the end of Form 3, students choose specialties, around a core group of subjects, (English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, one foreign language and one science subject. The additional subjects are generally chosen on the basis of the prerequisites for their future careers; Natural Sciences, Modern Studies, Modern Languages or Business Studies. Over an 18 month period, they are prepared for the Caribbean Examinations Council Ordinary level examinations at the end of Form 5, where they are awarded a Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC).
Usually, there is further specialization in Form 6, where each student is required to choose at least three two-unit courses and Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies in preparation for the Caribbean Examinations Council Caribbean Advanced Proficiency examination.