The main objective of the Secondary School division is to help all students develop into mature young adults in all aspects of their life including: spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and academicals. This division strives, through its qualified faculty and dynamic program, to ensure the success of students in the official exams, internationally recognized standardized tests (SAT) and university entrance exams.
15-16 years old
16-17 years old
17-18 years old
Secondary School Branches
· Economics & Sociology(ES)
· General Sciences (GS)
· Life Sciences (LS)
The subjects taught are the following: Christian Education, Arabic, English, French, Philosophy/Civilizations, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Civics, Economics, Sociology, Computer, Arts, and Physical Education.
The curriculum integrates the Counseling Department, Career and University Orientation, Child Development, Nutrition Awareness Programs and Morning Assemblies that help the student grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Secondary School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that are an integral part of the whole educational program and goals. They include Model United Nations, Face to Faith, Injaz, leadership summits, exhibitions, competitions, social activities, sports, clubs, field trips, Vision, Dimensions, spiritual retreats, community service, career guidance, and orientation sessions and leadership training. The school year calendar also comprises the Award Distribution Ceremony, Field day, Flag Day and Independence Ceremony, Christmas Campaign, Concerts and Festivities, Lent Campaign, Reading and Cultural Week, Book Fair, Leadership weekend, University and Career fairs, Third Secondary Festivities, “Vintage”, and Graduation Ceremony.
18 – 20
16 – 17.99
14 – 15.99
12 – 13.99
11 – 11.99
In order to be promoted, the student must meet the following general criteria and those relevant to his/her respective class.
The general final average is calculated as follows: 50% for the "daily grades" and 50% for the Term Exams Grades.
The student is always expected to do his/her homework. In case a homework assignment is not completed, the following measures will be taken:
1st time: the student has to do extra work at home
2nd time: if the student does not do the homework in the same subject, one point is deducted from the next test and the student’s parents are notified.
3rd time: if the student does not do the homework in the same subject, a detention will be given on Saturday. In this case, a demerit slip may be issued, because this reflects lack of self discipline.
In order to be eligible for a graduation diploma from SJS, a student must meet the following conditions:
A minimum attendance of 135 days during the final academic year.
A minimum general final average of 10/20.
A minimum conduct grade of 90/100.
A minimum of 15 hours of community service during each of the 2nd Secondary and the 3rd Secondary years.
All students are bound to conform to the SJS honor code and guiding values.
Doors open at 7:25 am and close at 8:00 am. All students are asked to be present at 7:50 am for the morning assembly. For students arriving after 8:00 am, parents are requested to accompany them to the Administration prior to attending class.
Dismissal is at 2:50 pm. Students who use the school means of transportation are asked to head to their respective buses promptly; those who use private means should head to the school main gate and leave by 3:15 pm.
Discipline is a shared responsibility among the students, the parents, and the school. Students must behave with self-respect and respectfully treat others, including teachers, staff and peers.
Merit and Demerit System (Cf. School Policies page 16)
Uniform and Attire
Students’ appearance and attire strongly communicate their attitude. The Secondary School uniform includes the following: The school shirt, sweater, jacket, dark colored pants, and school appropriate shoes.
Pants with low waist lines, badges, logos, and tears are not allowed.
All students’ belongings must be clearly marked (full name/class/section). Students are not allowed to come to school wearing the PE outfit.
Female students are expected to maintain their hair neatly brushed.
Male students are expected to have short hair and come to school well groomed and shaved.
Odd hair colors and cuts, nail polish, and jewelry are not permitted.
Tuck Shop and Cafeteria
Students are encouraged to bring their lunch from home. A tuck shop at the division is available for healthy snacks. Moreover, the school cafeteria provides a well balanced lunch
Medicine and Illness
The school may require the submission of a doctor’s written note in order to assure that the student’s illness is not contagious.
In case of sickness and absence on a test date, a medical report must be presented.
If lice are detected, the student should stay at home until the treatment is effectively finished.
Parent Teacher Assembly
General assemblies for the parents of First and Third Secondary students are held at the beginning of each academic year and upon the request of the Administration.
Parent Teacher Conferences
A parent teacher conference by invitation for parents is held after the distribution of the first daily report cards. A general parent teacher conference is held prior to the midyear exams.
If parents require an appointment, they should request it from the Secondary School Administration two days ahead of time. Teachers meet with parents during the assigned office hours. Individual parent/teacher/principal conferences may be held when needed.
The library provides a wide range of books, activities and events throughout the academic year. Students may borrow books and take them home. For any delay in returning the book or for any loss of books, students must pay the appropriate fee in compliance with the library policy. (Cf. Library Policy page 26)
Secondary School students go on instructive, project-related field trips. The Secondary School Administration will inform parents in advance about the details. All students must return a signed permission slip in order to participate.
Clubs at the secondary school target spiritual, social, environmental, and kinesthetic aspects of the student’s holistic growth. Students in the Secondary School Division have the opportunity to join the available clubs to develop talents and skills in their proper areas of interest.
Students are encouraged to be involved in the school life. Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Alumni, should join in efforts to help students become active members of society and better citizens.
Saint Joseph School students have a say in what goes on in their life at school. This is made possible through the actions of the class/section delegates and the student council (SC). Each class/section elects three delegates who in turn elect the Student Council.
The SC is a voluntary, non-profit organization governed by internal laws and regulations.
The SC is involved in students’ academic, artistic, and sports activities. Additionally, the SC serves as a liaison between the students and the Administration, the Teachers, the Alumni and the Parents’ Associations.
The name of this organization is the Saint Joseph School, Cornet Chahwan, Student Council (SC).
The SC is composed of eleven members who are elected by the representatives (delegates) from each class section in the Secondary School as follows:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Officers as deemed adequate for the yearly program approved by the Division Administration.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Student Council:
All students enrolled in the secondary division at Saint Joseph School are eligible to vote.
Elections for class delegates are held every year during the second week of October and, elections for the SC are held during the fourth week of October.
To be eligible to run for the SC, a student must have spent at least two academic years at Saint Joseph School, and must have a good academic and disciplinary record.
To be eligible to run for president, a student must be in 3rd secondary and have a minimum average of 14/20 and a yearly conduct of 100/100.
Each candidate must submit the following
A minimum of 2/3 of the members of the SC must be present at a meeting for a decision to be made. SC officers may not miss more than two successive meetings during the school year. In the event a SC member does miss more than two successive meetings, that member will be obliged to resign from the SC.
Elections and Duties
The President serves as leader of the SC.
The President’s duties and responsibilities include:
The Vice-President serves as leader in the absence of the president.
His/Her duties and responsibilities include:
Two categories of SC advisors are necessary. The Principal/Assistant Principal and SAO Director are by nature advisors to the student council. Along with them, the SC has the right to choose one or more (up to 3 maximum) teacher advisors who can assist the council in the different areas of interest.
Responsibilities of the Principal/Assistant Principal and SAO Director:
Responsibilities of the teacher advisors: