Sunday 8 December, 2019

Belmont Academy, JC the biggest movers in 2017 CAPE rankings

Jamaica College moved from position 54 to 31 in the CAPE rankings.

Jamaica College moved from position 54 to 31 in the CAPE rankings.

Belmont Academy in Westmoreland has emerged as the top mover in this year's Educate Jamaica CAPE Rankings, which reflected students who achieved grades 1-3 in two or more subjects (units) in the CAPE 2016 examinations.

The school recorded the biggest jump in pass rate in the external examinations among high schools nationally.

Belmont Academy produced a 31 percentage point increase in its pass rate, moving from 20 per cent in 2016, to 51 per cent this year, to secure a jump from 65 to 38 on the rankings.

Jamaica College in St Andrew was the next best mover, with a jump of over 28 percentage points to step up from position 54 to 31 in the rankings.

Lacovia High School in rural St Elizabeth, a first-time entrant last year, followed closest with a jump of over 23 percentage points. It moved from a 4.5 per cent pass mark in 2016, to 27.8 per cent this year, taking it from 93 on the rankings, to 62.

St George's College in downtown Kingston similarly recorded a 23 percentage point increase in its pass rate, to move from position number 42, to 22.

It was also an approximately 23 percentage point movement for York Castle High School in St Ann, which jumped from over 33 per cent pass, to over 56 per cent, to move from 51st on the ranking, to 33.

Jonathan Grant High School in the heart of Spanish Town, St Catherine, moved from 54 per cent in 2016, to 74.4 per cent this year, a jump of more than 20 percentage points.

Winston Jones High School in Manchester, in its second year in the rankings, moved from a zero per cent representation to 20 per cent this year, to move up 30 places from 101 to 71.

St Mary's College was almost as prolific, with a jump of just under 20 per cent, to step up in ranking from 92 to 67th position.

The same is applicable to St Thomas Technical High School, which recorded an almost 20 percentage point jump in passes to move from 87th to 64th in the rankings.

Another top mover this year was Vere Technical High School from southern Clarendon, which recorded an approximate 19 percentage point increase, to move from 77 to 55 in the rankings.,  

Not far behind in terms of percentage pass increase was Oberlin High School in St Andrew, which registered an approximately 19 percentage point improvement in its pass rate, to move from 67th to 44 in the rankings

Close enough behind is the four-year-old Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St Catherine, which improved its CAPE performance by approximately 16 percentage points year-on-year.

This is while Thompson Town High School from northern Clarendon jumped 14.5 percentage points in its second year to move from the 95th spot to 75 in the 2017 ranking .

Mount Saint Joseph High School in Mandeville, Manchester, also secured a 14 per cent jump to move from eight place on the rankings last year to the coveted top spot this time around.

The Top 10 schools in terms of actual percentage passes, not improvements, were: Mount St Joseph (100%), Campion College (99%), Mannings High School (95.45%), St Andrew High for Girls (89.4%), DeCarteret College (88%), Ardenne High (87.9%), Convent of Mercy Alpha (87.9%) Immaculate Conception High (87.2%), Westwood High (86.4%), and Hampton School (80.67%).

See extract of the standings as compiled by Educate Jamaica below.

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