Scholastics

International Montessori Method

Dr. Maria Montessori, Physician, Anthropologist and Pedagogue, studied children of all racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds for over fifty years. Her intense scientific observation of the human being from birth to maturity allowed her to distill a body of philosophical, psychological and pedagogical principles. These, together with a vast range of auto-didactic materials became the legendary the Montessori Method of Education. Montessori Method stimulates learning by providing direct sensory experience to the child through discovery, self-selected activities and by encouraging the child to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine and solve problems.

Montessori Approach – Hand to Brain Connection

Tactile learning employed in Montessori Method asserts that the hands are child’s strongest link to the brain. When the movements of the hand are repeated they become templates in the brain that serve as a starting point for new experiences. As this method emphasizes ‘learning by doing’, children are able to master information more quickly and easily. Montessori Method holds a proven place in creating progressive neural pathways that facilitate cognitive development.

Montessori Environment

A Montessori environment, anywhere in the world will have happy and busy children engaged in purposeful work. The class room itself is distinct; typically beautiful and enticing, equipped with scientific and non-toxic materials.

Areas to Explore

The 3 to 6 year old child is constantly undergoing a process of self-construction. The application of the Montessori Philosophy and the specifically designed Montessori equipment aids the child’s ability to absorb knowledge and continue this path of self construction consistently. There are four main domains in the pre-school program:
  • Exercise of Practical Life
  • Sensorial activitie
  • Language
  • Arithmetic
Considerable emphasis is given towards Creative Arts, Music, Science, Geography and Cultural Studies.
  • Outcome of Montessori Method
  • Visual and Auditory discrimination
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Concentration
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Self confidence
  • Independent
  • Whole brain thinking
CBSE (Central Board For Secondary Education)
The Board functions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The Board has affiliated more than 10,000 schools in India and 200 schools in 21 countries. The Central Board for Secondary Education conducts the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and All India Pre-medical / Pre-Dental Entrance exam for 30 NITs, 5 IIITs and Deemed Universities.

Sailent Features of CBSE

  • The Board follows the unique Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) from Primary Classes, which gives due importance to scholastic as well as co-scholastic components of learning of the students.
  • The overall performance of the children are periodically evaluated through the Formative and Summative Assessments in terms of Grade system.
  • The curriculum is based on ‘learning by doing’ through practical activities against the concept of rote memory.
  • Though the syllabus is quite challenging, it is bifurcated and eased into two terms in an academic year.
  • The learning is exciting, as it is based on application oriented and not mark oriented.
  • As the Board is instrumental in conducting AIEEE and Medical Entrance Exams, CBSE students get an edge for admission into the portals of premium institutes in Engineering and Medicine across the country.

Innovative practises of CBSE

  • Co-scholastic learning encompasses Life Skills, Attitude and Values, Co-curricular Activities, Health and Physical Education and the mandatory Music and Dance.
  • Practical activities in every subject involves Assignments, Quiz, Debate, Group Discussion, Investigatory Projects and Viva.
  • The Board offers innovative Electives in Senior Secondary level viz., Mass Media studies, Multimedia, Website Management, Fashion studies, Hospitality and Tourism, Geospatial Technology, Engineering Graphics, Graphic design etc. besides the regular subjects.
  • The Board enhances reading habits of children by making it mandatory to read English Literary Classics.
  • Students Global Aptitude index (SGAI) conducted by the Board provides the profile of strength and weakness of the students. This tool measures the inherent capacity and ability of the students which greatly influences them to select the courses for Higher Studies and Career choices.
IGCSE (International General Certificate Of Secondary Education)
CIE- University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14 to 19 year-olds. CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the world renowned University of Cambridge in the UK, which operates in 157 countries across the world.

Cambridge Checkpoint

Check point tests provided by CIE are specially designed for students aged about 14 years and are available in English, Mathematics and Science; these tests can be taken after grade VIII.

IGCSE – ‘O’ Level

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (the equivalent of Class X in Indian Boards) - ‘O’ - Ordinary Level is a qualification for students aged primarily between 14 and 16; this leads directly to other international programmes such as Cambridge International A and AS Levels, US Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. It also prepares students well for Indian +2 examinations.

‘AS’ Level

AS - Advanced Subsidiary Level (the equivalent of Class XI in Indian Boards) is a qualification for students aged primarily between 16 and 18 requiring one year of study – an additional year leads to a full ‘A’ Level. The AS Level represents the first half of a full level course.

‘A’ Level

A - Advanced Level (the equivalent of Standard XII in Indian Boards) is a qualification for students aged primarily between 17 and 19. ‘A’ Levels are accepted as proof of academic capability for entry into universities all over the world.

Note:

IGCSE is exclusively meant for our NRI parents/aspiring Indian parents to help globetrotters start young. The ‘A’ Level gives a cutting edge for the students to get admission not only for any Indian College / University but also into Colleges around the world with ease. All Universities in Europe, Australia and Canada exempt ‘A’ Level students from appearing for the IELTS and TOEFL exams.