Academics

School Curriculum

The Convent High School offers a range of subjects, from first to fifth form. Students are expected to achieve a passing grade in as many subjects as possible to be considered for promotion or graduation.

In the First Form, students are taught English Language, English Literature, Religion, Health and Family Life Education, General Science, Mathematics, Geography, History, Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Music, French and Spanish, Art & Craft and Singing. All post-lunch classes are compulsory.

In the Second Form students are taught all the first form subjects with the exception of Art and Craft and Singing.

Third form students are taught a wide range of subjects including: English Language, English Literature, Religion, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Mathematics, Geography, French, Spanish and History. The third form students are asked to keep in mind that the third year of school is option year when they are required to select subjects for CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate). English Language, Mathematics, History, Religion, a Foreign Language and a Biological Science are compulsory. Students are required to obtain creditable passes to qualify for their chosen subject options.

Fourth and Fifth Form are the CSEC preparation years. Students are expected to write the compulsory subjects, except Religion, at CXC CSEC level. All recommendations are made in the first term of fifth form, mainly based on grades from forth form.

Parents and Students should note that options are subject to grades, classroom space and staff availability.

Subjects Offered at CHS

Form 1

  • Art & Craft

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Science

  • Geography

  • Health and Family Life Education

  • Caribbean History

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Religion

  • Spanish

Form 2

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Science

  • Geography

  • Health and Family Life Education

  • Caribbean History

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Religion

  • Spanish

Form 3

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Geography

  • Health and Family Life Education

  • Caribbean History

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Religion

  • Spanish

Form 4 and Form 5

Two year program preparing for the External CXC CSEC examination

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM)

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Geography

  • Caribbean History

  • Human & Social Biology

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Principles of Accounts

  • Principles of Business

  • Religion

  • Spanish

Academic Levels

Form 1 ≈ Grade 7

Form 2 ≈ Grade 8

Form 3 ≈ Grade 9

Form 4 ≈ Grade 10

Form 5 ≈ Grade 11

Mark to Letter to GPA Conversion

98-100 > A+ > 4.00

93-97 > A > 4.00

90-92 > A- > 3.67

88-89 > B+ > 3.33

83-87 > B > 3.00

80-82 > B- > 2.67

78-79 > C+ > 2.33

73-77 > C > 2.00

70-72 > C- > 1.67

68-69 > D+ > 1.33

63-67 > D > 1.00

60-62 > D- > 0.67

55-59 > E > 0.33

0-54 > F > 0.00

Credit Value

Currently all subjects have been assigned a credit value of 1.00 (i.e. all subjects are of equal weight)

Work Ethics

  • Class preparation / Homework

  • Effort

  • Participation

  • Behaviour

Key

  • E - Excellent

  • V - Very Good

  • G - Good

  • S - Satisfactory

  • N - Needs Improvement

Grade Scale

Grade and Criteria (ALL MUST BE MET)

Grade I

  • Overall Average of 75% or greater

  • Mark of 70% or more in English and any other 4 subjects

  • Mark of 55% or more in any 7 subjects

Grade II

  • Overall Average of 65% or greater

  • Mark of 70% or more in any 4 subjects

  • Mark of 55% or more in English and any other 5 subjects

Grade III

  • Overall Average of 60% or greater

  • Mark of 70% or more in any 2 subjects

  • Mark of 55% or more in English and any other 5 subjects

Pass P

  • Overall Average of 55% or greater

  • Mark of 55% or more in any 5 subjects.

Unsatisfactory U

  • Failure to obtain any of the above.

ALL CRITERIA MUST BE MET.

EXAMPLE: For a student to receive a Grade I, the student MUST (for that period/term)

  1. obtain an overall average of 75% or greater in all the subjects enrolled.

  2. and also obtain a mark of 70% or more in English and any four other subjects

  3. as well as obtain a mark of 55% or more in any seven subjects

Placement

Criteria for Promotion

The criteria for promotion to the next Form/Grade level is different at each Form.

Form 1 to Form 2

  • Pass in eight subjects (7 out of 13 subjects)

  • Yearly average of all subjects should be 55% or greater. (This average is not displayed on the printed report card)

Form 2 to Form 3

  • Pass in seven subjects (7 out of 13 subjects)

  • Yearly average of all subjects should be 55% or greater. (This average is not displayed on the printed report card)

Form 3 to Form 4

  • Pass in seven subjects (7 out of 12 subjects)

  • Yearly average of all subjects should be 55% or greater. (This average is not displayed on the printed report card)

Form 4 to Form 5

  • Pass in any five subjects (6 out of 9 subjects)

  • 55% or more in both option subjects

  • Yearly average of all subjects should be 55% or greater. (This average is not displayed on the printed report card)

Criteria for Enrolment

Form 3 Optional Subjects

  • French or Spanish

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

Form 2 students moving on to form 3 need to complete a registration form to indicate the foreign language and science subject(s) of interest.

Only one foreign language is available at the Form 3 level. All students must do a Foreign Language. The Foreign Language you choose in Form 3 is the Foreign Language you will continue with through to Form 4/5/CXC. The student's Form 2 mark and teacher report, will be part of final selection to be enrolled in either French or Spanish in form 3.

Choosing Chemistry, Physics or both is optional; however, Form 3 Chemistry and Form 3 Physics are prerequisites for Form 4/5/CXC Chemistry and Physics respectively. The student's Form 2 science mark and teacher report will be determinants in student's enrollment in Chemistry and Physics in Form 3.

During the General Science course (SCI2), either by terms or specific lessons within the terms 1, 2, or 3, , there is a focus on Chemistry and Physics. Student performance is used to evaluate readiness for Chemistry and Physics in Form 3.

Detailed Criteria

Chemistry

  • 70% in Chemistry component of General Science.

  • 60% yearly average in Mathematics

  • Discipline and attitude that demonstrates the student is able to work in a Science lab with harmful chemicals.

Physics

  • 70% in Physics component of General Science.

  • 70% yearly average in Mathematics

  • Discipline and attitude that demonstrates the student is able to work in a Science lab with harmful chemicals.

Form 4 Optional Subjects

Form 3 students moving on to form 4 need to complete a registration form to indicate the subjects of interest; the subjects for the two year CXC CSEC program (Form 4 through to Form 5)

As part of the daily form 4/5 schedule, all students:

  • will be enrolled in English Language (English A), Caribbean History, Mathematics, and Religion.

  • must do one Foreign Language, French or Spanish, already selected in Form 3.

  • must do either Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) or Information Technology (IT)

  • must do either General Biology or Human and Social Biology (HSB)

  • must do two other option subjects

Criteria for enrolment into form 4 subject is based on:

  • The criteria and mark set by the department (listed below)

  • Class space

  • Human resource (availability of staff).

CHS reserves the right to cancel any course or option due to insufficient enrolment.

Subject and Criteria

Additional Mathematics

  • Enrolled in Physics

General Biology

  • Chemistry and Physics students MUST do General Biology. Priority given to Chemistry and Phyiscs students.

  • 70% yearly average in Biology

  • Pass (55%) in English

Human and Social Biology (HSB)

  • 70% yearly average in Biology

  • 60% yearly average in English

  • Chemistry or Physics must chose General Biology not HSB

Chemistry

  • 70% yearly average in Chemistry

  • 70% yearly average in Mathematics

  • Pass (55%) in English

Physics

  • 70% yearly average in Physics

  • 70% yearly average in Mathematics

  • Pass (55%) in English

Principles of Accounts

  • 60% yearly average in Math

  • 65% yearly average (cumulative for all subjects)

Principles of Business

  • 65% yearly average in English

  • 60% yearly average (cumulative for all subjects)

  • Good work ethics

English Literature

  • 75% yearly average in Literature

  • 70% yearly average in English Language

Geography

  • 65% yearly average in Geography

  • 65% yearly average in English

Physical Education & Sports

  • 70% yearly average in Physical Education

  • 70% yearly average in Biology

  • Students doing Physical Education and Sports in Forms 4 and 5 are required to have at least 2 sport uniforms and appropriate sports shoes.

Music

  • 60% yearly average in Music

Must be a music student for at least two years prior (vocal, practical), or performing vocal or instrument for two years prior.

Qualifications for Receipt of Graduation Diploma

CHS has a graduation ceremony for students at the end of the five years, in form 5; however, in order to graduate, a student must obtain the criteria listed here.

Students must:

  • have a yearly average of 60% in FIVE (5) subjects including English; 55% or more in Religion and an overall yearly average of 55%

  • have passed one of their options;

  • have a 90% attendance at school in the 5th form;

  • be regular in sitting school tests and in handing in SBA assignments;

  • not have been late for more than 30 days in the 5th form;

  • not be guilty of behaviour which brings the name of the school into disrepute;

  • not have been suspended in 5th form ;

  • not be guilty of any serious offence in 4th and 5th form.

Graduation Awards

Students are encouraged to work to achieve the following awards at graduation:

  • Alix Boyd-Knights Award for Civic-Mindedness

  • Audris Jno Baptiste Award for Spanish

  • Award for Graduating Netball Captain

  • Award for Mathematics and Science

  • Bertha Toulon Award for Academia, Extra Curricula, Deportment and Class Spirit

  • Bertha Toulon St Theresa House Award

  • Celia Nicholas Award for Caribbean History

  • Celia Nicholas Award for Excellence in Academic and Sport

  • Charlene White-Christian Award for French

  • Convent High School Award for Leadership And Discipline

  • Dominica Cooperative Societies' League Best Saver Award

  • DOMLEC Award for Physics

  • Dorothy Leevy Award for Languages

  • Dr Ruby Blanc Award for Biology

  • Drs Griffin and Lyris Award for overcoming obstacles

  • Geogis Award for Geography

  • Harris Paints Award for Excellence in Business

  • Hon. Norris & Mrs Joan Provost Award for Student with the highest Academic Average

  • Jays Ltd Award for Leadership, Cooperation, Academic and Discipline

  • Leandra Lander Award for Geography

  • Lolita Raffoul Award for Determination and Perseverance

  • Lucia Sandy Award for Chemistry

  • Pan-American Award for Mathematics

  • Rodney Isidore John Lewis Memorial Award for most improved student

  • Sr Hilda Verdonck Award for Business and ICT

  • Springfield Trading Award for School Spirit

Text Books

Books are expensive, but if the student is to do her homework at all times she must have her own text books and stationery. Too many students spend money on unnecessary items when they could have used the money to buy text books. Students will not be given permission to disturb classes in order to borrow textbooks or other items.

Homework

Homework is given as reinforcement of what is taught in class. Students are given the opportunity through homework to:

Review what was done in class do additional work or exercises to reinforce work taught during a class, given by the teachers.

Homework may include written or oral exercises, practical assignments, reading for reinforcement or preparation for new topics or concepts, and studying for individual or class assessments.

Responsibilities of Students

  1. Students are expected to complete homework within the time specified by teachers. If for some reason, the homework was not done or completed, students concerned should notify the teacher before the lesson begins and present an excuse signed by parents/guardians.

  2. Students who are absent when homework is assigned are expected to complete all the homework requirements as if they were present. Students must ensure that they are aware of homework assigned in their absence.

  3. Homework shall be presented neatly and in the manner prescribed by subject teachers.

  4. If a student is absent from school on the day homework is due, she is expected to make other arrangements to ensure that the homework is submitted within the time specified by the teacher.

  5. Students must accept the academic implications of not doing homework and must recognize that homework may be marked according to the discretion of the teacher and with or without the student’s foreknowledge.

Students who fail to do or complete homework, without a valid excuse, will receive demerits or in some cases a detention. If there is no improvement, the matter will be brought to the attention of the Principal who will notify the parents/guardians of the students, and where the situation warrants it, arrange a meeting.

Absence at the time homework is assigned by the teacher is not an excuse for not doing homework.

Assessment Types

A student’s progress may be evaluated in a number of ways throughout the year. These include:

  • Oral tests,

  • written tests,

  • group presentations,

  • individual presentations,

  • take home assignments,

  • in class assignments.

  • online assignments

  • projects

Students should expect at least three (3) major assessments each term, in addition to examinations at the end of first term and third term. The first term examination is based on material learnt during the first term, and the third term examination tests all material learnt throughout the entire school year. Any one of these examinations may also assess topics covered in the lower forms.

Group work

It is the school's policy that group work be conducted under the subject teacher supervision. Group work will normally be done during regular class time. Students will never be permitted to meet in groups outside of the school compound.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they are well prepared for these assessments even when they are absent when the assessment date is announced by the teacher. Parents are urged to checck online or call the school’s office to be informed of any assessments missed. Students who are absent when an assessment is given, without a written excuse signed by their parents, will be awarded a mark of 0%.

Reports to Parents

  • Progress reports may be held in the middle of the first and second terms. Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to meet with the teachers of their daughters/wards at these times.

  • The Report to Parents "Report Card" is a record of the students’ grades; no one should tamper with the grades or remarks written. The comment slip of the Report to Parents (Report cards) MUST be returned to the Class Teacher on the first day of the Second and Third Terms.