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St. Joseph's School, Darjeeling

Coordinates: 27°03′42″N 88°15′09″E / 27.0618°N 88.2524°E / 27.0618; 88.2524
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St. Joseph's School, North Point, Darjeeling
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Coordinates27°03′42″N 88°15′09″E / 27.0618°N 88.2524°E / 27.0618; 88.2524
Other nameNorth Point
Former nameSt Joseph's College, Darjeeling
TypePrivate primary and secondary school
MottoLatin: Sursum Corda
(Lift Up Your Hearts)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
DenominationSociety of Jesus
Established1888; 136 years ago (1888)
FounderFr. Henri Depelchin, S.J.
School boardCISCE
School districtDarjeeling
RectorFr. Stanley Karakkada, S.J.
  •    O'Neil:  Latin: Velocitur Ad Finem
  •    Depelchin:  Latin: Dando Se Illuminat
  •    Laenen:  Latin: Vocans Ad Sublimora
  •    Fallon:  Latin: Vigilando Vincitur
Colour(s)   Navy and sky blue
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Track and Field
  • Lawn Tennis
  • North Pointers
  • Josephites
  • Among Ourselves (Monthly)
  • The North Point Weekly (Weekly)
YearbookThe North Point Annual
PrefectFr. John Banerjee

St. Joseph's School, Darjeeling, popularly called North Point or N.P. (as it serves as a landmark for the North Point locality in Darjeeling), is a private Catholic primary and secondary school for boys located in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Originally called St. Joseph's College, the school was founded in the year 1888 and is owned and managed by the Jesuits.


St. Joseph's School, Darjeeling was founded by Fr. Henri Depelchin with 25 students on 13 February 1888, at Sunnybank, Darjeeling. It was shifted to its present location in 1892. North Point celebrated its 125th year anniversary on 10 November 2013 which was graced by the presence of the then President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. ref>"Shri Pranab Mukherjee: Former President of India".</ref>

School system[edit]

The school is divided into four divisions:

  • Primary Division – Classes 3 to 5
  • Lower Division – Classes 6 and 7
  • Upper Division – Classes 8 to 10
  • Senior Division – Classes 11 and 12

The Primary division has eight captains, the lower division has eight head boys, the upper division has eight prefects, the senior division has eight beadles.These are the student representatives and leaders of the school from both the boarding and day scholar sections of the school, appointed on leadership, academic, and sportsmanship abilities. Also all the classes in the school have two monitors, one from the boarding section and other one from day scholar section.

The school provides facilities for various games such as cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess; and also engages in co-curricular activities such as quiz, debate, music and drama. Over the years of its long history, the school has developed a competitive rivalry in Inter-School Tournaments with the other Anglo-Indian schools of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, particularly St. Paul's School, Darjeeling, and St. Augustine's School, Kalimpong.

House system[edit]

The school has four houses:

  1. Depelchin House (Red)
  2. Fallon House (Blue)
  3. Laenen House (Yellow)
  4. O'Neil House (Green) [1]



The school has a number of publications, which include the North Point Weekly, the Among Ourselves (monthly), and the North Point Annual (yearly), all compiled and edited by the students' Editorial Board.

School rankings[edit]

In 2020, St. Joseph's School, North Point ranked second[2] among boarding schools in Darjeeling and West Bengal and, in 2021, eleventh in India according to the Education-World India School Rankings.[3][4] The school has consistently been regarded as among the most prestigious boarding schools in India.

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "St. Joseph's School, North Point". sjcnorthpoint.com. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. ^ "EW India School Rankings 2019-20". EducationWorld. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "EW India School Rankings 2019-20". EducationWorld. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ "EW India School Rankings 2020-21". EducationWorld. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ "St. Joseph's School, North Point". sjcnorthpoint.com. Retrieved 14 June 2021.

External links[edit]

  1. School Website