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THE GLEANER’S PREP SCHOOL GUIDE 2018 | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

S

ITUATED IN Spaldings,

Clarendon, is one of

Jamaica’s best-kept

educational secrets – the small

but spirited Knox Junior School.

Knox Junior School was

founded in 1947, and is a

preparatory school operated by

the United Church in Jamaica

and the Cayman Islands. We are

guided by Christian principles.

Knox Junior School boasts

a population of 439 students

in our pre-kindergarten,

kindergarten, and grades one

to six programmes.

Between the pre-

kindergarten and the

Kindergarten 3 departments,

each class is equipped with a

teacher and an assistant

teacher with an average ratio

of 22 to one. All classrooms

within these departments

boast their own bathroom

facilities. At Knox Junior

School, students enjoy a

spacious and welcoming

learning environment. The

school grounds are well kept.

The broad-based curriculum

offered at Knox Junior School is

geared at equipping students

for life. All students sit the Grade

Six Achievement Tests at the end

of the grade-six year. For the

academic year 2017-2018 chess

was introduced as a class to our

four-, five- and six-year-olds.

In addition to the curriculum-

based subjects, Knox Junior

School offers a range of extra-

curricular activities to include

karate, 4-H, chess, math, Spanish,

dance, and music clubs. In the

academic year 2016/2017, the

school attained 100 per cent

readiness in the Grade One

Individual Learning Profile for all

the students moving from our

kindergarten programme to

grade one. In the Grade Three

Diagnostic Tests, we again

attained 100 per cent mastery

from our students. The Grade

Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests

yielded 100 per cent and 97 per

cent mastery, respectively. At the

grade six level, the students

produced class averages ranging

from 84 per cent to 89 per cent

in four core areas.

Knox Junior School’s

dominance does not go

unnoticed in areas such as

track and field, cheerleading

and JCDC competitions. In

2016, we were placed seventh

at the National Prep School

Championships. In the same

year, we were the Jamfit

Cheerleading champions for

the preparatory division. We

have won numerous gold

medals in the JCDC

competitions at the parish

level in music, dance, and

speech. Our music

programme is a very strong

one as our choir has

performed at many events.

In 2017, we were placed

second in the Manchester leg

of The Gleaner’s Children’s

Own Spelling Bee

Competition. We have placed

no less than 11th in our eight

years of competition, and

actually won the Manchester

championship in 2011. At the

local level, we are the

Manchester parish champions

in the Howie Chin Preparatory

Football Competition in both

the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

Our fees are reasonably

priced and we aim to give the

very best service in all areas.

Four-year-olds at chess class.

KNOX JUNIOR SCHOOL

Jamaica’s best-kept educational secret