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A school dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Preparatory is a school offering a unique mainstream place of learning.

Holy Rosary Preparatory School (HRP) is a private Roman Catholic school dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, founded in 1986 by Reynold and Leela Makhan. Originally located at 125 Henry Street, Port of Spain, the school caters to students 3–12 years old (ECCE to Standard 5).

The principal, Alicia Marquez, joined the school in January 1987, and has held the position of Principal since September of that year.

During its 36 years of operation, HRP has produced scholarship winners, national sportsmen and women, medical professionals, members of the protective services, aviation experts, teachers as well as many other well-rounded individuals in all spheres of life.

Throughout the years, their students have attained high levels of achievement at National Tests, Common Entrance and after the reformation of the previous, the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examinations, gaining favourable placements.

In the last sitting of the SEA, there was a 67 per cent pass rate for seven-year schools with 33 per cent being placed at five-year institutions all of which were the children’s choices. This can be directly correlated to the unceasing dedication of the teachers throughout the hiatus of physical school caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

While on the topic of the pandemic, Holy Rosary continued their long-standing tradition of providing scholarships to one or two deserving students who needed such assistance and support.

HRP is a family-run school managed and owned by Marquez and her husband Christian Marquez since 1999. Both of whom have extensive experience and expertise in education.

The school is presently located at 10 Rust Street, St Clair where they continue to offer a holistic education environment. Their small teacher-to-student ratio enables them to provide students with higher levels of attention mostly received at special education institutions, thereby making the school a unique mainstream place of learning.

A point of honour at HRP is that their teachers are fully qualified to undertake the task of shaping the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

The school is steeped in tradition and legacy as evidenced by members of staff who are themselves past pupils. This fact is further underscored by the presence of their past pupils’ children among the student population.

The student population at HRP is continuously exposed to various cultures as the school has had students from Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, India, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United States of America, and Venezuela enrolled at different junctures over the years, many of whom had parents who are either in the medical field or held diplomatic positions.

—Holy Rosary Preparatory