Preparing Pupils for a Successful Future
Kingsway High School is a private Seventh-day Adventist school, owned and operated by the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its Motto “Via Regis Optima Est” – The King’s Way Is Best – expresses the belief of her founding fathers, a belief which must be justified if Kingsway is to be a beacon of hope today.
In the early 1940’s, with the growing number of Seventh-day Adventist youth in Kingston and its environs, the need arose for the establishment of a Seventh-day Adventist High School. Thus some pastors and missionary volunteers started an intensive campaign to convince the constituency and the ministry that a secondary school would not only succeed but would be an asset to the community.
On January 10, 1943, the New Hope Seventh-day Adventist College opened its door with an enrolment of 83 students and a faculty of five. The name New Hope was chosen as it represented a new hope for the youth of the church.
The school was then relocated to 32 Lyndhurst Road where R.J.R. is now located. With a change of location, also came a change of name. It then became the Kingsway High School. In 1946, 10 Osbourne Road was purchased by the conference.
In 1947 the school was moved from Lyndhurst Road to Osbourne Road. In 1954 the decision was taken to build a new school and on October 14, the cornerstones of a new building were laid. Among those who laid stones were the then Acting Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor G.P. McFarlane, Pastors A.C. Stockhousen and H.S. Walters.
In 1961 the adjacent premises was acquired and the Preparatory Department built during the administration of Mr. V.H. Percy. A record was set in 1946 when 20 of Kingsway High School students sat the Cambridge Examination and all were successful.
Kingsway in 2014 – the physical structure now houses 12 classrooms, a staff room, science and chemistry laboratories, computer lab, Administrative Block, academic offices and library. Academically, we have grown from strength to strength. Several additions have been made to the curriculum courses offered at the high school. The students sitting the CSEC Examinations have done us proud, passing 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 and as many as 13 subjects.