The principal of the St. Catherine-based Cedar Grove Academy, Otis Brown is crediting the stellar performance of his students who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, CSEC, exams this year to dedicated teachers and parents, fair disciplinary measures and a Christ-based core.
The five-year-old school received a 100-per cent pass rate in a number of CSEC subjects including English A, Food and Nutrition and Information Technology.
The academy’s cohort also earned a 77-per cent pass rate in Mathematics, which is almost twice the national average.
At the sixth form level, Cedar Grove recorded a 100-per cent pass rate in all but five of the 19 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, CAPE, subjects.
This is a major feat for the institution which faced criticism from some parents at the genesis of the school’s operations five years ago.
Angry parents withdrew students placed at the school as some complained about inadequate classroom spaces.
Now, Mr. Brown says the demand for transfers to the school has been overwhelming.
Otis Brown, Principal of the Portmore, St. Catherine-based Cedar Grove Academy.
The Principal also hopes to add additional classrooms to the school’s current stock.
Meanwhile, President of the Home School Association, Andre McKenzie, says he would like to see a reduction in the teacher to student ratio at the academy.
The student population currently stands at 1,043, with a teaching staff of 63 persons.
Both men were speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Kemesha Kelly.