Arima Government Secondary School

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Arima Central Secondary School
Logo of AGSS

Robert Street,

Trinidad and Tobago
Type Public/Government
Motto Adelantemos Juntos
("Moving Forward Together")
Established 1961
Principal Ms. B. Davis
Faculty about 55 staff members
Grades Forms 1 - 6
Enrollment An average of 80% and above in Secondary Entrance Assessment Exam or Grade 1 or 2 in interested A level subjects (Mathematics and English A required)
Number of students < 600
Campus Urban
Color(s) Cream, brown and khaki
Mascot Centralite powder
Nickname Central

Arima Central Secondary School formerly called Arima Government Secondary School (commonly referred to as "Central" or "ACSS") is a co-educational secondary school on Roberts Street in Arima in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The school is administered by the Ministry of Education: Trinidad and Tobago.

Arima Central Secondary school is regarded as one of the best schools in east Trinidad. The winner of the Environmental Management Authority Green Leaf award in 2006, students have had marked success in the areas of Science, Politics, Law, Engineering, English literature, Business, as well as Performing Arts.[citation needed]

The school can be termed a "seven year" school since it is offers form six subjects. Expanding its list of subjects, it is now one of only two schools in Arima offering Mathematics as a Form Six subject. In 2009, the school introduced Chemistry and Biology to Form Six students, and the school introduced Physics in 2011. The introduction of form six classes saw and increase in students pursuing higher learning, more than 90% of these students have gone onto tertiary education at the University of the West Indies as well as other prestigious schools in the USA, Europe, and Canada.[citation needed]

The motto of the school is "Adelantemos Juntos" which translates to "Moving Forward Together" in English.

School layout[edit]

The main entrance to ACSS happens to be via Robert Street, which feeds directly into the front gate.
Upon entering the front gate the Form 2 and 3 blocks are immediately on the left, the cafeteria is directly ahead and the administrative offices are to the right along with the Information Technology lab. Beyond the cafeteria is the basketball court, to the right is a famous spot for students fondly called "the tunnel", to the left is the staff room. Walking straight ahead would lead to an open area for sports. The form six block is the last one closest to Arima New Government, a primary school which was formerly situated next to ACSS.

Subjects offered at Form Six Level[edit]

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Technical Studies[edit]

  • Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing

Business Studies[edit]

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Management of Business (Business Studies or M.O.B)
  • Entrepreneurship

Modern Studies[edit]

  • Literatures in English
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Law

Science Studies[edit]

  • Environmental Science
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Physical Education

Compulsory Subjects[edit]

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Communication Studies

Active groups and extracurricular activities[edit]


  • Netball
  • Cadets
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field
  • Field Hockey
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Calypso
  • Ballroom and Latin Dance
  • Scrabble
  • Dragon Boating
  • Chess

Other Extra Curricular Groups[edit]

  • RBTT Young Leaders, debating and project
  • Environmental Club
  • (Arima's Lions Club) In association with this community club, select students are given internships.
  • Various Religious Groups
  • Heroes Foundation
  • Junior Co operative Enterprise Program (JCEP)

Academic Year[edit]

The school year is divided into three terms, with Term 1 beginning in early September and running to December, Term 2 running from January to March, and Term 3 from April to July. In addition to a summer break, there is typically a two-week break between terms.

School holidays/vacation[edit]

First Term: September to December[edit]

Second Term: January to March[edit]

Third Term: April to July[edit]

View of the school[edit]

External links[edit]