Policies & Guidelines

All students must have the necessary books/study guides on the first day of school. Parents are asked to check their booklists carefully during the summer months and ensure that all books are purchased on time. There will be no cash refunds on books purchased at the school. All exchanges must be done before the end of the first week of school.

Because student welfare is paramount for us at Mt. Carmel, all students are offered group Accident Insurance. The cost is $25.00 annually and is listed above in the Fees section. All students must enroll unless covered by the parents’ health insurance plan. Proof of medical coverage must be provided to the school’s office at the time of registration.

School Terms:

Fall Term September – November

Winter Term December – February

Spring Term March – June

Summer School: June – July (4 weeks – Please note that this is mandatory for those students performing below grade level for the academic year.)

Mid-Term Break:

October & February (two school days). Please check the school’s calendar for exact dates.

School Hours:

High School 8:30am- 3:30pm

Elementary School 8:30am- 3:00pm

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Please ensure that your child is on time for school each day. Excessive lateness can seriously impact your children’s grades, and result in detentions, demerits, and/or suspension.

Pick Up:

Students must be picked when school ends. The office closes at 4:00pm sharp. There is no adult supervision after 4:00pm and parents assume all liability for their child’s wellbeing/safety if they are not collected before 4:00pm unless involved in an after-school program.

Prefects are chosen by the administration and teaching faculty at the beginning of the school year. Criteria for selecting prefects include:

  • Leadership ability
  • Consistency in obeying school rules
  • Involvement in school activities
  • GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Attitude in class and on campus

Prefects are expected to be involved in school activities. Prefects are bound by their code of conduct manual.

Class representatives are elected at the beginning of each school year. The student body will then elect its president and officers. The class representatives will form a Student Government. The Student Government will be responsible for student activities and assist with the life the morale of the student body. They will be responsible for presenting the concerns of student body to the administration. The Student Government will be under the supervision of the Principal and Vice Principal.

Mt. Carmel believes that the child’s education is of the utmost importance. All students participating in athletic events must maintain a GPA of 2.00. Parents are responsible for all associated costs for participation in athletic competitions.

Student safety is of paramount importance to us accordingly, visitors on campus are not allowed. However, if a parent needs to see a child during the school hours they are asked to notify the office and the office will send for the student. Parents are not allowed in the classroom buildings after the bell has rung for any reason. Please report to the school office between 8:15am – 3:30pm.

Every single parent and teacher makes up our PTA. We are only as strong as you make us and so we are looking forward to your support. The main role of the PTA is to build strong relationships among parents, teachers and schools, in support of our students.
This includes:
Recruiting and coordinating parent volunteers
Organizing parent education events and fostering a sense of greater accountability amongst parents
Spearheading fundraisers annually

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Environment

Uniform Guidelines

K3- Grade 3:

Dark khaki short pants (no cargo shorts)

Mt. Carmel Gulf Shirt (available at the school) or

Dark brown shoes & belt

Brown socks

Navy or burgundy sweater/blazer (no writing, labels or hoodies allowed)

Grades 4-12:

Dark khaki long pants (no cargo shorts)

Mt. Carmel Gulf Shirt (available at the school) or

Dark brown shoes & belt

Brown socks

Navy or burgundy sweater/blazer (no writing, labels or hoodies allowed)

K3- Grade 3:

Knee length dark khaki jumper

Mt. Carmel Gulf Shirt (available at the school) or

(available at the school)

Dark brown shoes

Beige socks

Beige or navy blue stockings for winter months (optional)

Navy or burgundy sweater/blazer (no writing, labels or hoodies allowed) for cooler months

Grades 4-12:

Knee length dark khaki (bottom of the knee/knife pleat skirt)

Mt. Carmel Gulf Shirt (available at the school) or

Dark brown shoes

Beige/tan socks

Beige/tan or navy blue stockings for winter months (optional)

Navy or burgundy sweater/blazer (no writing, labels or hoodies allowed)for cooler months

Each student is assigned to a house. The house names, colours and island associated with them are listed below:

HOUSE NAME

HOUSE COLOUR

ISLAND ASSOCIATED

COLLIE

Gold

Acklins

GROFF

Blue

New Providence

MAJOR

Red

Eleuthera

PINDER

Green

Abaco

P.E. Kits in house colours are available at the school. Students must wear white socks along with tennis shoes for P.E. Tennis shoes can be any color.

During the cooler periods, students will be permitted to wear navy blue warm up pants and
a jacket over their P.E. Kits. The jacket and pants should not have any writing on it, and
should not show a brand.

As part of our fundraising initiatives, students are occasionally given the option of paying to for an out of uniform day. Clothing worn on these days must be appropriate and modest. Administration reserves the right to decide whether the outfit is considered modest. Low cut tops, tank tops, skin tight pants, short skirts or shorts are not acceptable. Parents will be asked to collect any student dressed inappropriately.

Academics

A    85%-100%

B    70%-84%

C    55%-69%

D    44%-54%

E    35%-43%

F    Below 35%

Students in the primary school will receive homework from their teachers several times each week. Homework for the primary school students should be signed by a parent.

Students in the high school will have homework will be assigned every day. Homework can also include reviewing assignments completed in class.

All students will take school exams in December and June. Students will also be enrolled in national or international examinations as recommended by the Administration. These include, PSAT, SAT, ACT, BGCSE, BJC and Pitman etc. Parents are responsible for all associated costs.

Students are expected to sit the national exams (GLAT/BJC/BGCSE) for all subject courses.

Mt. Carmel will hold several Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) each school year. (These are held monthly, except Dec and June – last Friday 2:30-3:30 to allow ongoing dialogue about student’s). The administration considers attendance at PTCs of vital importance as it allows the parent to discuss academic achievements and challenges with the child’s teachers and plan a course of action to facilitate success.

Term Report Cards are issued at the end of each term. Report Cards will not be issued to students. Parents/ Guardians will be required to collect Report Cards from the school.

At the end of each semester, Mt. Carmel will hold its Honour’s Convocation Awards Ceremony, where students will be recognized for their outstanding performance and improvement in various areas.

The Bishop H. D. Collie Award 4.00 GPA

The Principal’s List 3.80 – 3.99 GPA

The Honour Roll 3.00 – 3.79 GPA

Students can be placed on academic probation for:

  • Earning below a 70% in Mathematics and English Language
  • Earning a GPA below 2.00

Students on academic probation should be enrolled in tutoring classes. If a student fails to achieve passing grades in ALL subjects, he or she will be required to attend Summer School in order to be promoted to the next grade level.

  1. All students must achieve a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA in order to be promoted to the next grade
  2. Any student who earns below a cumulative 70% in Mathematics or English Language for the school year will be required to attend Summer School regardless of the achieved GPA
  3. Students are not permitted to miss more than seven (7) days per term unless excused by a Doctor’s Note. Excessive absences without a Doctor’s Note will be reported to School Welfare. Unexcused absences over 21 days of the school year (more than four weeks of school) will result in the child repeating the grade.

Transcripts and/or recommendation letters may be requested at the school’s office during regular business hours. There is a $10 charge for all official transcripts and they will be produced within 7-10 work days. All requests must be accompanied by a transcript request form and payment. You are also asked to include the full mailing address or email address of the receiving institution.

We provide an appealing and stimulating curriculum that is flexible, and tailored to the needs of each and every student, as we strive for high educational outcomes and personal bests for your child.

S. Kirby Samuel

Principal, Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy

Graduation Requirements

Students must:

 

  • Attain a minimum of 4 BJC’s with a D grade or higher. Students must have Math, Language, a Science and a Social Science or CTE (Career & Technical Education) subject.
  • Complete a minimum of 27 credit hours from grades 10-12. 
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from grades 10-12.
  • Have 90% attendance and punctuality rating from grades 10-12.
  • Complete 30 hours of community service 
  • Complete 20 hours of job readiness

 

Parents must:

 

  • Attend three parent/teacher conferences (between grades 10-12)

In addition to the above criteria: 

  • Students should attend all graduation practices and participate in graduation activities. 
  • Sit all registered examinations including BGCSE, PSAT, SAT and ACT.
  • Students should not have more than 5 unexcused absences during the senior year (excused absences should be accompanied by a medical from a reputable doctor/institution)
  • Students should not have exhibited serious behavioral problems or engage in immoral actions during the senior year.
  • School fees must be paid in full along with any associated graduation costs. 

In the preschool, primary school and high school, a Valedictorian and a Salutatorian are awarded.

Valedictorian

  • Our student with the highest cumulative GPA
    (grades 4-6 primary school/10–12 high school)

Salutatorian

  • Our student with the second highest cumulative
    GPA (grades 4-6 primary school/10–12 high school)

Unleash your child's potential.

Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy is committed to develop our students, the future global leaders, to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and positive contributors to society.