The Dominica Community High School is a non-government self help project established in 1978.It thrives on the motto “Self-Reliance for a better Future”.
The D.C.H.S started at the grounds of the Dominica Grammar School in the late 70’s and was run and operated by parents and well wishers with the assistance of a few teachers.
Its doors were first open to accommodate students who did not pass the Common Entrance Examinations and those students who had sat the Junior Secondary Programme and were still in primary School at the ages of 14 to 15 years old.
Today, the school is located at Savanne Park on property that once served as the animal husbandry section of the former Dominica Defense Force. From 1981, the school has been manned by the principal, Mrs Celia Nicholas. The staff is now comprised of nine teachers, one individual on special assignment and another responsible for the agricultural crop production and animal husbandry.
The school has a population of about 90 students ranging from ages 11 to 19 and now caters to those who sat and passed the common entrance examinations. The school has five classrooms; forms 1 to 5, a computer room, library, Science laboratory, staff room and principal’s office.
The D.C.H.S is the only high school using solar energy in the commonwealth of Dominica.The school is establishing itself as going green by implementing two environment-friendly projects; generating renewable energy by solar power, as well as the provision of an alternate energy source of recycling of waste material, example grass and dry leaves.
We are also involved in the rearing of poultry as well as rabbits and the involvement of planting crops with the use of a green house. The produce from each venture is sold to the parents, staff and the general public.
In order to establish a ‘green school’, the D.C.H.S will promote sustainable development and environmentally sound practices in its Agricultural Science programme.
Over the years, the Dominica Community High School has evolved and is able to deliver the same level of education like any other secondary school on the island. We have seen many past students holding prestigious positions in society. Some of the positions being lawyers, doctors, engineers, CEO’s and at present there are three former students who are active members of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Although we are a young school, we are a force to be reckoned with.