Convent of Jesus and Mary (Karachi)

Convent of Jesus and Mary (Karachi)

The Convent of Jesus and Mary, Karachi is an all girls school located in Karachi, Pakistan. It has been accepting boys from Preschool till Class 5, but is an all-girls institution from Class 6 onwards. It is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. It was built during the 1950s. Admissions for the school are held around March.

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The school is divided into three sections:

  • Preschool section -- Class Prep 1 to Prep 2 (Age 4-6)
  • Junior section -- Class 1 to Class 5 (Age 6-11)
  • Senior section -- Class 6 to Class 11 (Age 11-16)

The school goes by the Cambridge System and is known as one of the most prestigious schools in Karachi. Many parents also prefer sending their children here because of the lack of good all-girls educational institutions in the city. Many of the students of the school come from elite families and backgrounds. Though it is a Catholic school, majority of the student body is made up of Muslims. There are also Parsis and Hindus.

In addition to schooling the local Christian community, the Convent of Jesus & Mary, Karachi (along with its affiliate schools in Lahore and Murree) has long been Pakistan's most elite all-girls' educational institution. CJM has traditionally been run by Irish nuns, and now in recent decades, local nuns as well. It has schooled a countless number of influential women, including Pakistan's first female Prime Minister, other leaders, social workers, activists, professionals, entrepreneurs, writers, entertainers, philanthropists, home-makers, and a countless number of women in the creative arts.

Graduating classes usually only comprise an average of about 30 girls, and approximately a total of 700 students in all three sections of the school. Traditionally, the majority of graduating students go on to complete their A-levels (Advanced level) at the Lyceum School or the Karachi Grammar School, before going on to receive further education at some of the best universities, both in Pakistan and abroad.

The current principal of the Senior School is Sister Birchmans.

Saint Claudine Thevenet (Foundress of the Convent of the Jesus and Mary)



Each section of the school is divided into four groups:

  • Courtesy (Blue)
  • Discipline (Green)
  • Endeavor (Red)
  • Service (Yellow)


Its most famous alumna is probably Benazir Bhutto (1953 - 2007)[1], a former prime minister of Pakistan.

ACES has a newly elected Committee consisting of the graduated alumni of CJM, Pakistan.

Other branches in Pakistan

CJM Murree Branch

There are a total of Seven branches of CJM in Pakistan:


1. Official Website for CJM Schools in Pakistan [1]

2. General Information about CJM, Karachi [2]

See also

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