St. Dominic High School

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History

The St. Dominic High School is a Roman Catholic Secondary School with English as the language of Instruction. The school was founded in 1994 in order to provide continuity in the secondary education of the students of the St. Dominic Primary School.

Motives for the foundation of an English Catholic High School were:

  • To provide quality Catholic education for the children of St. Maarten.
  • To provide an environment where the spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and emotional needs of our children can be met through quality education with professional guidance and instruction.
  • To prevent the early departure of our children from the island to pursue their high school studies in another country. This early departure will not only cause economic hazards, but also emotional strains on the children and the families involved.

During the last few years, more and more students from other primary schools (English and Dutch) are asking to be admitted to the St. Dominic High School.

In 1994 the school had started as an English school with an American Curriculum with about 35 children in grade 7. After two years, it was decided to switch to the C.X.C exam system. In the meantime the school has grown considerably.  The High School years are a formative time in a young person's life.  The transition is being made from late childhood to early adolescence.  This young person is experiencing changes in five major areas of his/her life, i.e. physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

Our purpose is to meet all of the student's needs.  The school environment is one in which the early adolescent should feel comfortable. The Principal and staff will seek to provide an atmosphere of nurturing and understanding. At the same time, students are encouraged to take more responsibility in the form of self-discipline and planning.

The St. Dominic High School will provide the opportunity for students to achieve academic success and to mature in an atmosphere of Christian ideals and values.

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