The Jonathan Grant High School is located on White Church Street in Spanish Town – St. Catherine. The school was opened in October 1980 as a New Secondary School. It began with a complement of 18 teachers and 637 students drawn from 6 or 7 schools in the Spanish Town environs.
In 1984 the shift system was introduced, owing to the increase in the school population, and a second Vice-Principal appointed. The first batch of students graduated from the institution in 1985.
In 1988 the school was upgraded to High School, receiving its first set of Common Entrance Awardees. The school has grown over the years and has outgrown its facilities. The present student enrolment is 2400, with 94 teachers, 8 members of the administrative staff including a Bursar and Assistant Bursar, 2 laboratory assistants, 1 library assistant, 18 members of the ancillary staff, 3 Guidance Counsellors, 3 Vice Principals, 1 Work Experience Officer and a Dean of Discipline. There are 2 shifts in operation – Shift A accommodates Grades 7 and 8 students, while Shift B has Grades 9, 10 and 11 students. There are 10 classes in Grade 7, 10 classes in Grade 8, 10 classes in Grade 9, 12 Grade 10 classes and 10 Grade 11 classes. Grades 10 and 11 students are grouped according to their vocational choices – hence 10 Metal, 11 Business 1, 10 Cosmetology, 10 Foods 1 etc. In these classes there are mixed abilities. Classes in grades 7 – 9 are named after precious gems and students are streamed according to ability.
Beginning in September 2010, the school started the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) for school leavers in the following skill areas:
- Business Administration
- Data Operations
- Food and Nutrition
- Office Administration
The teachers of Jonathan Grant High School are committed to continual improvement of the academic performance of the students, improved relationship between parents and teachers and the use of varied instructional strategies to accommodate the differences in learning abilities of our students. Equal emphasis is placed on the co-curricular programme as that placed on the curricular programme, in order to produce well-rounded individuals for the society.