The University School is committed to developing the whole learner and this commitment is demonstrated in our provision for the holistic development of young bodies and minds. We seek to actively cultivate 21st century learning skills and provide many opportunities for our students to create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. Our students are accommodated in spacious, well-lit, air-conditioned classrooms and have access to a wide range of learning materials.
We follow the National Curriculum of the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago. Students have timetabled lessons in Mathematics and English Language Arts. Through a rigorous programme of child-friendly instruction, we seek to adequately prepare our students for the demands of secondary school and for the Secondary Education Assessment. The timetable also features Social Science, Science, Physical Education (PE), Spanish, VCCE (Values, Citizenship and Character Education), Social Studies, VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) and Literary Appreciation, Swimming and Religious Instruction.
The Swimming programme is managed and delivered by a qualified, external provider under contract with the school. The current syllabus is focused on water safety as well as the development of proper swim technique and endurance. Students are accompanied to the swimming pool by their class teacher and at times the PE teacher. Parents are welcome to observe at the pool, particularly on “Parents at the Pool” days which are specified on the annual calendar.
Religious Instruction (RI) is offered during the first period on Fridays (starting from the second week of term) for students from Junior One to Five. Students separate into groups to learn about different religions under the tutelage of approved volunteer instructors. Parents are asked to indicate the preferred RI group at the start of the academic year and students may go to a different group each term if this is requested. There are also options for students to participate in quiet reading, singing or yoga as alternatives to RI.
Each term, a Subjects Outline is provided by the class teacher so that parents and students are aware of the learning journey for the term ahead.