What is the academic year of the school?

What is the academic year of the school?

The Academic Year is from April to March.
The school year consists of two semesters:
Semester I : April- September
Semester 2 : September-March

What is the class size?

What is the class size?

25 students per class with two teachers in each class - From Red to Environment V.

25 students per class with one teacher in each class - From Environment IV upwards.

What is the duration of a lesson?

What is the duration of a lesson?

Lesson duration varies according to the class and the subject and most importantly to the Childs’ need.

Learning is self-paced so that it allows learners to engage with concepts and deepen understanding and is structured so as to provide variety and challenge.


How are we different from other schools? What sets THE ARDEE SCHOOL apart?

How are we different from other schools? What sets THE ARDEE SCHOOL apart?

Our motto ‘Be the Change’ draws from Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words – “You must be the change you wish to see in this world”. We understand that to effect change, our education must create individuals who can do this. This is easily achieved by :

1. Our Program. An enriched IGCSE/ Cambridge curriculum supported by the Montessori Method.


We believe that a child learns all the time and in all situations – consciously and subconsciously and that knowledge is the outcome of a child’s own activity in a well stimulated and guided environment. The curriculum is based on the understanding that the child is a natural learner and it draws upon each learner’s ability to construct their own knowledge and supportively nurtures their interest in ‘making meaning’. Learning and teaching is not compartmentalized. It is a curriculum that is integrated both vertically and horizontally – it has the interconnectedness both between Learning Areas and between groups across a Learning Area.

Equal importance is given to the need to develop in the learners certain ‘generic’/ fundamental learning skills and in context, in order that the learners are engaged with learning; meaningfully understand and create new experiences and become lifelong and independent learners.  These skills include—analytical and critical thinking, communication, research, self-management and social skills. A child’s natural curiosity is thus always strongly encouraged.  The Ardee school curriculum takes the best from various systems and yet is also strongly based to meet the needs of Indian higher education. It is enquiry based, includes individual and collaborative learning and is focused on actualization of individual potential.

2. Our Faculty
Our faculty – Principal, Heads of Departments and teachers are drawn from the best institutions across the country. Regular teacher training and workshops conducted by experienced educationists in national and international education systems.

The nine year old Montessori Teacher Training Centre, at Ardee – Golf Links,  imparts exhaustive training in the Montessori Method, thus ensuring professionally qualified faculty for THE ARDEE SCHOOL, Goa.

3. A Bag-less/ paper-less environment

At THE ARDEE SCHOOL, we are concerned with the children being over-burdened with academics - a reality now more than ever. We have planned each child’s day so that there is a judicious blend of curricular and co-curricular activities alternating between indoor and outdoor environments. Most importantly, the children (up to class III) carry home no assignments or projects – just a big smile and happy heart! Any remedial or revision work is completed in the school itself during school hours.

During the week, a teacher will ask students to :

  • Collect information from around them or take help from the internet
  • Observe, think and respond to a question
  • Listen to a piece of music or watch a TV program

4. Our campus
A wide spectrum of activities like film making, dance, games, yoga, gymnastics and athletics, swimming, basketball, hockey, cricket, soccer, badminton, volleyball, book art, digital photography and chess add value and to an enriched learning environment.

What is the admission procedure and criteria for admission?

What is the admission procedure and criteria for admission?



 

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Do you have mid term admissions ?

Do you have mid term admissions ?

Yes. Depending on vacancies, new students are enrolled mid-term.

What is the language policy at Ardee?

What is the language policy at Ardee?

The school would like to encourage bilingual proficiency for all students. Besides offering basic languages i.e. English and Hindi international languages will be offered as a subject choice in the curriculum.

What is the curriculum of the school?

What is the curriculum of the school?

It follows the IGCSE board at the primary, secondary & senior level and Montessori pedagogy at the pre-primary level.
The school curriculum takes the best from various systems and has a strong foundation to meet the needs of higher education in India and abroad. It is enquiry based, includes individual and collaborative learning and is focused on the actualization of individual potential. Each child has a need based, individual education plan (IEP) that creates an optimum future for him. 
For more information on our curriculum, please see, ‘the learning approach’ section of our home page.

How is Montessori different from a typical public school program?

How is Montessori different from a typical public school program?

Unlike a typical public school program:

  • it is child based and not adult centered - the child is the focus of the Montessori classroom or at the elementary levels, the Montessori laboratories, not the teacher.
  • The child sets his/her own learning pace. Progress is not dictated by the average progress of the class or by school board timelines.
  • It is auto-educative - Montessori learning materials have an in-built control of error that signal to the child when he/she has mastered a subject or when more work is needed. This self-governing learning process removes any sense of failure or public shame a child might feel in a classroom where the teacher judges and ranks students against one another. There is no need to compete, only to achieve skills for one's own sense of accomplishment.
  • Direction/guidance from the teacher is only encouraged as needed. Beyond this, the material and his/her innate potential to learn to work independently guide the child, thus developing the ability to learn effectively on his/her own.
  • Montessori classrooms are not laid out with desks for student and teacher. The learning environment is thoughtfully developed to meet the child’s needs, with precise material that the children are free to choose from throughout the day.
  • The end goal of a Montessori education is to develop a well rounded, highly socialized human being with a rational, inquisitive, well organized, disciplined and independent mind.
  • The Montessori Method strives to produce adults who adapt to new situations, learn new skills, and interact with others in a positive, productive way throughout life.

Does the school address the theory of Multiple Intelligence?

Does the school address the theory of Multiple Intelligence?

The school curriculum and philosophy is based on the theory of MI. We understand that every child is unique and special with his/her learning styles, interests, strengths and that the school has to cater to and nurture this to ensure the actualization of each child’s potential. We treat each child as an individual and respect him/her for his/her individuality. The teaching strategies ensure that different learning styles are addressed for optimum achievement and through academically validated differentiation practices, each child is fully engaged with the work. There is an IEP for each child made in collaboration by all teachers of a student.

What is the school assessment pattern?

What is the school assessment pattern?

There are no examinations except in the senior school, which is important for certification, selection and admissions. Teachers closely and constantly track the progress of each child. Assessment does not assess only learners but the entire learning and curriculum process. The model of assessment at the Ardee School measures performance of academic abilities, artistic abilities, physical abilities, social individual education plan for each learner without which assessment is futile.

How does the school track students' progress?

How does the school track students' progress?

Each student is an individual and his/her progress is seen and assessed in the context of his/her learning and growth, not against others. Teaching strategies ensure that each child achieves the expected learning level appropriate for his/her age. There are no examinations in the Primary school, but teachers closely track the progress of each child in varied ways including observation, informal discussion with the student and online interaction with the parents. The evaluation and progress is always available online on the school’s network.

Is there a counselling centre in school?

Is there a counselling centre in school?

Yes, support is available based on individual requirements.

How does the school support students who have social/emotional problems?

Every teacher is responsible for each child and his/her well being in the school. The school ethos promotes respect, trust and acceptance of differences. The class teacher is the point of main contact for all discussion and monitoring of student progress and works with colleagues to support each child in his/her learning in the school. In addition, the school provides a constant online interaction between parent, teacher and the student, under the guidance of a mentor/counsellor when required.

Does the school provide support for special children? What is the policy on integration?

Does the school provide support for special children? What is the policy on integration?

We are a fully integrated and inclusive school. Please see our special needs section for more details.

How accessible is the faculty and the board?

How accessible is the faculty and the board?

The faculty is always accessible to parents of the school students through an online forum and by appointment.

What should I do if my child is absent?

What should I do if my child is absent?

If your child is absent for more than two days, please inform the school by phone or online about the reason of absence. You must also remain in contact with the class teacher, online, for follow up of the work your child has missed. A doctor's certificate must be sent when the child rejoins the school after an extended illness.

What should I do if I want a detailed discussion about my child with her/his teachers?

What should I do if I want a detailed discussion about my child with her/his teachers?

All communication about the child will constantly be updated on the web-dairy. If you need to discuss your child’s progress, you may make an appointment with the class teacher at a time suitable to both of you.

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