Charlemont High School was "conceptualized" by the late John Bernard “Jack” Stephenson, a former Member of Parliament for North St Catherine. The notion came about as a result of concerns expressed by parents in the area whose children had to attend schools outside the area, as far as Kingston and Claremont in St Ann. The land was bought from the late Custos McGrath. The funds for the building and infrastructure came from businesses and service clubs in North St Catherine including Alcan Jamaica Limited, the Lions Club, the United States and the Jamaica Citrus Growers Association. The St Catherine Garden Club landscaped the school grounds.
On September 1, 1978 , the first batch consisting of 240 students (120 boys and 120 girls ) was admitted. The staff complement was 12 teachers, 5 administrative workers, 10 ancillary workers and principal Mr.Ruel Forsythe. Mr. Gladstone Lewars, Education Officer was appointed by the Ministry of Education to oversee the appointment of the Board Members and the recruitment of staff. The first set of persons to be appointed were: Mr. James Keene - Board Chairman, Mr. Cecil Bent - Deputy Board Chairman, Mr. Ruel Foresythe - Principal, Mrs. Gloria Grant - Bursar and Mrs. Pauline Brown - Executive Secretary.
The institution has changed over its 30 years of existence. Today we have 78 teachers and 1,437 students. In 1981 and again in 1998, major expansions occurred; thus facilitating the opportunity to provide quality education of its ever-growing intake of students. Our first batch of 42 sixth formers came on board on October 5, 1998. Member of Parliament, Hon. Robert Pickersgill was on hand to witness its commissioning.
The school continues to boast about its output of well-rounded students who have established themselves in society. We have graduated students who have become medical doctors, philosophical doctors, media practitioners, school principals, nurses, social workers, world class athletes, footballers, and the list continues. With regards to CXC examinations at CSEC and CAPE levels, our results have at times surpassed the national average and subject areas like Home Economics, Visual Arts, Information Technology, Business and History. Others have achieved 100% pass rate.
There is a strong extra-curricular involvement and students have excelled in Festivals of the Performing Arts, Essay Competition and Culinary Arts, just to name a few. Noteworthy, is the fact that the school’s band is rated as one of the best in Jamaica. We continue to strive for excellence and are committed to the task of nation building and to create an environment in which our students and staff are given the platform on which to soar.
Charlemont High School’s vision states that:
In 2017, Charlemont High School is well-known for discipline, accountability, respect and strong school spirit among its highly ranked motivated stakeholders; enabling it to be ranked among the top 10 schools in Jamaica in academics, sports, the arts and behavior.
Charlemont High School’s mission statement is as follows:
Charlemont’s mission statement is to provide our students with the right environment. opportunities and support to become highly skilled and well-rounded citizens who contribute to the development of their community, nation and the world.
School Name: Charlemont High
School Type: Traditional High School
Established: September 1, 1978
School School Code: 14088
P.O. Box 4282
Email Address: email@example.com
Region 6 – Old Harbour
Principal: Mr. Garth Gayle
Chairman (Acting): Mrs. Rita Banhan
Educational Officer: Mrs. Shellion Dillion-Burrell
Total Number of teachers: 78
Student Enrollment: 1,437
Boys - 683, Girls - 754
Constituency: North Western St. Catherine
Member Of Parliament: Hon. Robert Pickersgill
James Keene (Sept. 1978 - May 1989)
Robert Cranston (Jan. 1990 - Feb. 1989)
Alex Drysdale (April 1993 - July 2008)
B. Forsythe (1978 - 1979)
D. Bernard (1979 - 1986)
O. Whitehead (1986 - 1989)
R. Traile (1990 - 1993)
R. Williams (1996 - 2011)