Do you plan to enroll your ward in a good Catholic secondary school in Lagos and are wondering which are the top Catholic secondary schools in Lagos? Or are you just curious to find out which of the Catholic secondary schools in Lagos that you’ve heard of make the list of the top Catholic secondary schools in Lagos?
What follows below are my list of the top Catholic secondary schools in Lagos. This list is strictly based on the information at my disposal, but at least I’m hoping that you will find it useful in coming up with your own list of the top Catholic secondary schools in Lagos.
1. Mater Ecclesiae College
Mater Ecclesiae College is situated in the Epe area of Lagos state. It is a mixed boarding school founded in 2015. It was established by the Church of the Assumption, Falomo, to contribute to the educational sector in Lagos state. Their vision statement is ‘To raise men and women of authentic character and profound integrity, imbued with sincere respect for the dignity of the human person regardless of creed, colour, class; love for learning and commitment to innovative leadership.’
The school employs teachers who are able to identify and nurture special abilities in each of the students. The Nigerian curriculum is taught at the Junior Secondary School level to inculcate the Nigerian culture, values and beliefs in the students. In their third year, they sit for the NECO and Lagos BECE. At the Senior Secondary School Level, comprehensive and harmonized scheme of work is offered, preparing them for both National and International examinations.
The school has facilities such as well-built and equipped hostels, spacious and air-conditioned class-rooms, a large sport field, school clinic, Science, ICT and Home Economics laboratories, Arts studio, Music room, and a well-stock library.Catering is one of the compulsory subjects in the school and each student is mandated to take the class. The admission form is N5,000 for new intakes and the tuition fees is between 100, 000 and 250, 000 naira per term depending on the class of the child.
2. Sacred Hearts College
Sacred Hearts College is located in Apapa. It is a mixed boarding school founded in the year 2007.Their vision statement is ‘To turn out mature young men and women who would be leaders in our country. To produce graduates who have acquired competencies necessary for self-reliance in our contemporary society.’
The school follows the Nigerian curriculum and employs professional teachers and caregivers to educate and take care of the students in every way they can, encouraging ‘the never give up’ motto.
The school has facilities such as large air-conditioned classrooms with smart boards, ICT center, Science laboratories, Music room, Arts Studio, Library, sport field, clinic, conducive hostels, and an organized security system. Extra curriculum activities are compulsory for every student, as well as joining at least one of the school clubs, e.g., Academics club, Press Club, Math club, Debate club, Homemakers club, Young Farmers club, Business club and many others.
3. St. Gregory’s College
St. Gregory’s College is situated at Ikoyi. It was founded in 1928 and is a Boys only day and boarding school. It was established solely through the efforts of the Catholic Mission and has developed into a unique institution sought after by discerning minds seeking to partake of its caliber of education.The school aims to give every child a solid spiritual foundation, develop their potential, help them to be competitive and bold, encourage independent thinking, and create opportunities for them to reflect on life and learning.
The students are taught with both the Nigerian and other international curricula, preparing them for examinations such as Cambridge IGCSE. It has facilities such has a Chapel, well-built hostels for borders, Library, Clinic, Science Laboratories, Arts and Music rooms, ICT center, well-ventilated classrooms with white boards, sports field, and others.
The students are mandated to join at least one club and participate in extra curriculum activities. The tuition fee is between 100, 000 and 150, 000 naira for day students and between 150, 000 and 200, 000 for borders per term.
4. Our Lady of Apostles
Our Lady of Apostles is an only Girls’ day and boarding school located in Yaba. It was established in the second half of the 20th century, 1956 to be precise. The Catholic Mission realized the need to institute a girls’ secondary school on the Mainland area of Lagos State.
The school had the 2nd Best school result in NECO in 2013 and they won an award for the Best School environment in the Mainland. It is known across the state that the students are very good in sports and have won several competitions over the years.
The school has facilities such as a Chapel, Library, Airy classrooms, School clinic, Science Laboratories, Sports field, Dining Hall, Computer, Arts and Music rooms, and others. Aside from extra curriculum activities, the students join at least one club from the Red Cross Society, Young Farmers club, Jet club, Anti Aids club, Press club, Girls Guide, Dramatic Society, and others.
For day students, the tuition fee is between 90, 000 and 120, 000 naira per term and for borders, it is between 120, 000 and 150, 000 naira per term.
5. St. Finbarr’s College
St. Finbarr’s College is a day and boarding school for only boys located in Akoka. It is owned by the Archdiocese of Lagos and founded by late Rev. Fr. Dennis Slattery, an Irish Missionary Priest whose mission was to train the young ones in basic and technical education.
St. Finbarr’s College makes my list of the top Catholic secondary schools in Lagos. The school has won many awards in sports, for example. They won the Principals cup ten times over between 1962 and 1980. In the Ultimate Chess competition, they won a few times. In the Junior Quiz Catholic Schools in Lagos competition, they have also won a couple of times. The school was the first secondary school to represent Lagos state in the African Union Nigerian Secondary School Sport.
The school has great facilities such as well-equipped science laboratories, Chapel, ICT laB, clinic, neat hostels, Tennis court, Arts studio, Music room, Library, and others. The students are encouraged to join at least one club from Chess club, Literary and debating club, Red Cross Society, Boys Scout/Brigade, Legion of Mary club, Jets club, Drama club and many others.
Admission for new intakes, students must not be younger than ten years or older than twelve years for entry into the Junior class one. The tuition fee is about 850, 000 naira per annum for day students and about 1.5 million naira per annum for boarders, depending on the class of the child.