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A Brief History
On November 22, 1976 the school was founded by Mrs. Beatrice Smith, Mrs. Edwina Linzey, Mr. Thomas Frank Hassell, Mr. Walter Johnson, Mr. Thomas Rupert Hassell, Mr. Thomas Eric Johnson and Mrs. Aldegonda Lichtveld.

They deposited from their own resources fls.100,-- (Antillian Guilders) to establish the “Foundation for the Promotion of Education on Saba”, aiming at educating young laborers by means of lower technical education. The school itself was named “Technical Center”.

Parents on Saba wanted to keep their children on the island for a longer period before sending them off for further studies abroad. This was the beginning of the Saba Technical Center.

Amongst the first teachers were Saban born Mr. Carol Sorton and Roland Holms. The coordinator and volunteer teacher in those years was Miss Ann Lichtveld, who taught Spanish, and Rev. Sister Agatha.

Later Mr. Godfred Hassell joined the ranks of the school and followed courses in Aruba in Carpentry. Aftewards the school was expanded with teachers such as Mr. Overkamp, Gied and Els Mommers, who managed the school for years, and the MAVO 3+4 started.

Previously students at the MAVO department had to continue their studies (MAVO 3 and 4) on St. Maarten. In 1988 a MAVO 3 class was added and in 1990 a MAVO 4 class.

After 1986 the number of students leaving school without a diploma quickly decreased. In 1988 is the first time that all students leaving the primary school are going into secondary education on Saba.

In the beginning, the number of students in the MAVO-department that were not promoted to the next form, was high. The division into MAVO and vocational students wasn’t effective; too often parents tried to get their child into the ‘higher’ MAVO stream. This was one of the reasons for starting a ‘bridge-year’ in 1988. In 1991 the Saba Comprehensive School took part in the national MAVO -examinations. All seven (7) candidates of this first exam passed after the first sitting.

After the introduction of English as language of instruction at the primary school, it was automatically the turn for secondary education to switch to instruction in the English language.

Mr. Franklin Wilson was appointed as supervisor of the introduction of English as language of instruction. In the beginning of the school year 1990-1991, the Saba Comprehensive School started with Form 1, in which English became the language of instruction.

At the time a different form of (English – speaking) vocational education was prepared.

School building.

Before moving to St. John’s, all teaching took place in the building currently occupied by Public Works in the Bottom.

The school in St. John’s was established in the former hospital annex doctor’s office. The doctor’s house was turned into the metal work department, the delivery room into the carpentry department and the kitchen into the cooking class room. A second floor was added to house the theory-rooms and the art-room. A great number of students were actually born ‘in school’.

In September 1989 the school building was hit by hurricane Hugo. The damage to the building and inventory was enormous. With the help of development money the building was repaired and the inventory renewed. A blessing in disguise! The printer (transferred to the school in 1989) could be equipped with a modern apparatus.

General Secondary Education

By means of an Eilandsbesluit and sanctioned by the Ministry of Education later on (March 1993) it was established that the Saba Comprehensive School was given permission to start its own – general secondary education – Form 4, so that students from Form 3 did not have to go to St. Maarten to finish their studies.

In Form 4 and 5 the CXC syllabus was followed with a final CXC exam at the end of Form 5.

Mr. Franklin Wilson was appointed The Local Registrar at that time.


1977 / 1978 Some young workers at the Public Works get some education in the building which is now the workshop of Public Works in The Bottom. Mr. Carl Sorton teaches the practical subjects (woodwork) and some other teachers take care
of the theoretical subjects (part-time)

1978 /1979 In January 1979 the school moves to the late hospital in St. John’s. During
this year too, there are only “elderly-young students” for the Lto.
Mr. Godfred Hassell is teaching in that year for the first time and is appointed
acting director.

1979 / 1980 The top floor (now two theory rooms) is built. The first exams for the Lto take place.

1980 / 1981 The school is extended with a department Lho.

1981 / 1982 The sixth graders from the Primary School can all continue their education at the S.C.S. which also has a Mavo-department.

1982 / 1983 For the first time there are Lho exams.

1987 / 1988 For the first time students can attend Mavo 3 on Saba.

1990 / 1991 Mavo 4 is started. The first students do their Mavo-exam on Saba.
English is going to be the language of instruction, starting in Form 1.

1992 / 1993 The new forms of education Ladvo (replacing Lho) and Jts (replacing Lto) are started as Form 3, together with Form 3 Avo.

1993 / 1994 The first exams for the four- year course of the Ladvo and the Jts take place.
Form 4 Avo (with CXC curriculum) is started.

1994 / 1995 The first exams of CXC 5 take place.

10-10-2010 Saba becomes a special entity.

2011 / 2012 Vocational Education is re-introduced.

2013 / 2014 The School Yard is renovated.

2014 The first graduates receive their MBO Diploma.

2015 The Secondary Education meets the standards as set by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

August 2016 Introduction of the CCSLC for the Lower Forms.

October 2016 The Vocational Department (MBO) meets the standards as set by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

2016 The SCS Celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

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