At the onset of Secondary school, we attempt to harness our students’ natural strengths and bent of mind, and channel them through languages and subjects of their choice. By this time, the child’s mind, brimming with scientific curiosity, is catalyzed by a growing objectivity, creating a bond with nature, and sensitivity to the human environment. Knowledge, and an activity-based approach to the sciences, makes the child think in more inventive ways. The humanities, fine arts, performing arts and a host of co-curricular activities including sports, prepare the child for a wholesome and liberal attitude to life and relationships.
We consciously work through these years on inculcating social and ethical values, which are enriched by independent, critical thinking, and an informed judgment that our students are encouraged to adopt.
The Secondary School Programme
While the IGCSE focuses on a more application-based and real world approach to learning, the ICSE is more content-oriented and has its mainstay in giving students a solid foundation in theoretical knowledge.
For the year 2017-2018, the subjects on offer in the 2 streams can be checked below.
Curricular Practices in Secondary School
- Developing the skills of articulation in written and oral communication – the focus is on analysis and application of information assimilated from various sources.
- Academic rigour, varied prescribed reading and supervised forays into the internet stimulate, synthesize and co-ordinate learning. Information Technology is integral to our curriculum and we deliver a very successful and effective student computer program.
- Our assessments prescribe international benchmarks and are carried out based on observations, projects, activities, research and presentations, and monthly reviews. Authentic, application-based and evaluative learning methods are encouraged in place of mere rote learning.
- Bi-annual term exams – for Grade 10, there are structured Pre-Final exams as well, to orient students about the expectations of the Board Exam.
- Extended learning opportunities in the form of field trips, workshops and guest lectures.
- Internship programme for students of Grade 9.
- Teacher student ratio of 1:8.
- Weekly student-led assemblies.
- Student council / Leadership training.
- Co-Curricular activities include sports and PE, the POD programme [vertical, interest-based learning groups], and exposure to inter house cultural, fine arts and oratorical events. Students of Grades 9 and 10 also choose one co-curricular activity that they will aim to excel at during the course of the academic year.
- Wider World programs include outbound learning camps with INME and pro-environment studies with Eco Slate.