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Rose Hall Academy opens next September

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Rose Hall Academy chairman Adam Stewart has underscored that the international school, which is slated to be up and running come next September, will not be an elitist institution.

“I want to be clear, it is not going to be an elitist school. It's going to be a school that is going to be taking education to a bit of a higher level,” said Stewart.

“It's gonna be a non-government-funded school so there will be no support whatsoever from the Government coffers.”

According to Stewart, submissions for approval will be made to the St James Municipal Corporation between next month and the end of January, 2018, and construction should kick off two months afterwards in the upscale Rose Hall area.

He was speaking to the Jamaica Observer West Monday evening following the first stakeholders meeting where the community was formally introduced to the concept of the institution at the newly opened itelBPO facility in Freeport.

Prospective parents, drawn from Negril, Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay, among other places, were on hand at the stakeholders meeting where the development plan for the institution was unveiled.

Earlier this year a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Spanish-Jamaican Foundation President Josep Bosch, Rollins, and Stewart at the historic Rose Hall Great House in St James for the construction of the new school, which will be built from a slew of fund-raising efforts.

The academy will be built and operated under the ethos of providing each student with the opportunity to achieve his or her full academic and personal potential while learning in an educational environment based on international standards.

Set to open as a private, co-educational high school (grades 7-12), the school's mission is to provide a holistic educational approach, ranging from cutting-edge academic pursuits to a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students from diverse cultural origins and backgrounds.

It is also anticipated that soon after opening, expansion will begin to facilitate students from kindergarten to primary school (K to Grade 6).

Meanwhile, Dr Virginia 'Ginger' Jewell, the incoming founding headmistress, who indicated that Rose Hall Academy would be her third international start-up, disclosed that the institution will be offering “an international curriculum”.

“By international I mean we will take the best of the best from around the world. Right now we plan on offering the international baccalaureate diploma and an America diploma programme,” shared Jewell, an American.

“I am just so excited to be here to be a part of this project,” she said.

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