What is the Academic calendar that the school follows?

What is the Academic calendar that the school follows?

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

What is the class size?

What is the class size?

25 students per class with two teachers in each class: Pre-Primary
25 students per class with two teacher in each class: Primary

18 students per class with one teacher in each class: Secondary & Sr. Secondary

When are the examinations held for IGCSE and A levels?

When are the examinations held for IGCSE and A levels?

  • Examination will be held in May and November. (twice in a year)

  • CIE courses give detailed framework and outline which the schools have to develop their own study materials. The books & prescribed text books are made available by University of Cambridge press. Schools have been given flexibility to adapt the curriculum best suited to local conditions & environment.

What is the curriculum offered?

What is the curriculum offered?

- English
- Mathematics
- Hindi
- Science
- ICT
- Art & Design
- Physical Education
- French

Students must choose a streamed curriculum of:

 

• Commerce, humanity or science
• Biology or Business Studies
• Chemistry or Accounting
• Physics or Economics

 

The school also offers additional options, often including English Literature, Art & Design, Physical Education, Environmental Management and Global Perspectives.

 

A. Our Program

 

An International Cambridge curriculum aligned with the Pre-Primary and elementary Montessori Method. The Montessori Program begins with our Early Nido program and continues throughout Environment V.

 

The Ardee School is the 1st school in North India with a Cambridge certification that utilizes the Montessori Method of education up-to class 5.

 

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.

 

We believe that children are constantly learning from their environment, be it at home, school, park, or on vacation – this learning can be consciously or subconsciously. This knowledge is the outcome of a child’s own activity in varied learning experiences. The curriculum is based on the understanding that the child is a natural learner and draws upon each learner’s ability to construct their own knowledge. The ardee education nurtures each child’s interest in making meaning through hands on experiences, research of queries that are driven by the child. We strive to ignite the child’s imagination through impressionistic charts and lessons. Learning and teaching is not compartmentalized. Our curricula are comprised of all subject lessons designed to be interconnected through project rubrics.

 

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.

 

Equal importance is given to the need to develop the basic learning skills one needs to be successful in life. A child’s curiosity is thus strongly encouraged. This allows each learner to be engaged with meaningful learning and understanding. At ardee we create a safe environment for new experiences to be facilitated actualization for our ardeeians to become life-long independent learners. These skills include – analytical and critical thinking, communication, research, self-management and social skills.

 

B. Our Faculty

 

Our faculty – Principal, Heads of Departments and teachers are drawn from the best institutions across the country. Regular teacher training and workshops are conducted.

 

The nine year old Montessori Teacher Training Centre, at The Ardee School – Delhi, and Gurugram; plus the new elementary Montessori Teacher Training programme imparts exhaustive training in the Montessori Methodology, thus ensuring professionally qualified faculty for The Ardee School.

 

At The Ardee School L, 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 – just a big smile and happy heart! All work is completed in the classroom with Montessori didactic materials. Students have regular project rubric that is to be completed at home. These are extensions of our yearly theme being taught at school and help to tie the home and school environments together.


From grade 6 onwards our trained CIE co-ordinator and teachers follow the IGCSE curriculum.


Over A typical week, students are asked to:


• Use didactic material to learn concepts at a concrete material through abstraction
• Collect information from around them internet through research materials
• Observe, think and respond to a questions that encourage synthesis and evaluation

 

C. Our campus

A wide spectrum of activities like dance, games, yoga and athletics, swimming, basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, book art, digital photography, chess, Indian & western music and dance add value and to an enriched learning environment.

What is the Admission process and procedure?

What is the Admission process and procedure?
or
What is the Admission process for students from outside Delhi and outside India?

 

Admission Process

 

The Application Form is available in the school obtained on request from the Admissions In charge at the contact addresses given on the website. The form duly filled in and annexed with all the documents and Non-refundable Registration fee should be dispatched delivered to The Admissions Team. On receipt of the Application form, the complete set of information and instructions will be dispatched. On completion of the registration process, parents will be intimated about the date of the entrance test. Exam subjects will be English, Hindi, Mathematics, G.K., & I.Q.

Admission Criteria

 

Primary School Criteria:


Primary school candidates are examined by the Primary Head. This is an oral Interaction and written General Aptitude Assessment and the child may also be asked to perform some simple activities.

 

For Grades 6 to 9


Admission seekers for Grades 6 to 9 have an oral interview and a written test. Testing is done for Basic English and Mathematics. For Grade 9, students will also be assessed for Integrated Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology).


For admission in Class Class 1st to Class 12th, the student should have passed the preceding class, Transfer Certificate, photocopy of report card of last two years are to be attached with the Application form along with a copy of the Birth Certificate.
Filing and submitting of Application form does not guarantee admission to the School.


The decision of the School Authorities is final and binding. Any false or incorrect information furnished may jeopardize selection and enrollment.


You are most welcome to visit our School and have an informal discussion with or without your child. This can be done by fixing a prior appointment with our School with Admissions. A meeting can also be arranged with the School Principal or any other faculty member that you may wish to see by Principal prior appointment.

 

Application


Parents are requested to be frank and honest in providing information in the admission application form. Adverse information if any, whether scholastic or behavioral, will not be a ground for refusal of any admission request. Any such information would in fact help the school to create a suitable environment for your child, once admitted. Any wrong information or concealment of information discovered later may lead to cancellation of admission.

 

Admissions during the year

 

Parents may register at any time during the year for admission in the current year and will be interviewed whenever a place is available.

Admission

 

On being offered a place parents will be given two weeks time to pay the admission fee (if the student is not joining immediately) and security deposit to secure the place. No student shall be allowed to attend classes unless an ID number has been generated. ID numbers are issued on receipt of fees. Parents further need to fill and submit various forms and declarations that would be given along with admissions acceptance letter. Before allowing the student to take up his/her place a transfer certificate should be lodged with the admissions office from the earlier school of the student.

 

What Board of Examination does The Ardee School follow?

What Board of Examination does The Ardee School follow?

THE ARDEE SCHOOL follows The University of Cambridge International Examination Board after grade 6 and elementary Montessori upto grade 5.

How is Cambridge different from other boards and what are the key advantages?

How is Cambridge different from other boards and what are the key advantages?

 

It is the “methodology” & “delivery of content” that makes all the difference between CIE and many other boards. A CIE curriculum is more practical and application based emphasizing ‘knowledge with understanding’ and ‘skills with application’. It helps in the all round-development of the children cultivating transferable skills for lifelong learning.

Many boards assess memorized knowledge with speed of recall, but CIE assesses students’ knowledge, understanding, reasoning, problem solving abilities and the higher cognitive skills of analysis and synthesis. In CIE there is greater scope of independent and collaborative learning through projects, activities, presentations and interactive team-based and enquiry-based learning. Teaching and learning techniques are structured to arouse students’ curiosity and promote personal development.

Examinations are set and marked by the CIE authorities in Cambridge, U.K., thus ensuring worldwide benchmarked quality standards. Frequent face-to-face and on-line faculty training is carried out to ensure quality educational programmes in schools. CIE accreditation is a guaranteed passport for students who wish to pursue a college education in India or abroad.

Key advantages

• Assessment is done with an 8 point grading scale (A* being the highest attainable grade)
• ICE-International Certificate of Education can be awarded along with the Advanced Level Certification.
• Examinations are offered in May and November and are modular.
• Board classes provide a well balanced curriculum that is internationally oriented.
• A level and AS level are recognized by all Universities all over the world.
• CIE offers a wide range of other qualifications, e.g: The Cambridge International Diploma in Office Administration, IT skills, Project Management, Computing.


How is the elementary Montessori different from a typical public school program?

Unlike a typical public school program:

• It is child based and not adult centred - the child is the focus of the Montessori classroom or at the elementary levels..
• 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 to become life-long learners and global citizens.
• 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.

Are CIE examinations recognized in India?

Are CIE examinations recognized in India?

 

Yes, very much. All Indian board/Universities accept IGCSE as A & AS level equivalent to 10th and 12th standard. All universities in India accept CIE Diploma as equivalent to 12th. Thus after passing these exams, students can enroll in any college in India for higher studies. Thus they are fully recognized in India respects. The children can appear for engineering entrance examinations conducted by various state boards and universities.

 

CIE is committed to its mission of extending access to the benefits of high-quality education around the globe. Our curricula and qualifications are designed to support high-quality educational performance, developing successful students and supporting the economic performance of countries where CIE works at national level.

CIE offer a broad range of internationally recognised qualifications, both academic and vocational, which we have designed to develop successful students worldwide. These include general qualifications including Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International A Level, Cambridge O Level and Cambridge Pre-U, a new post-16 qualification, plus a range of vocational Cambridge International Diplomas.

 

CIE qualifications are recognised throughout the world. At CIE we are committed to ensuring that university admission offices, colleges, employers and professional bodies around the world understand the value of CIE qualifications.

 

Recognition details


Checkpoint is taken in over 50 countries worldwide. It is not a formal qualification with a certificate (although a Statement of Achievement is produced), but a way in which CIE can help students make the most of their educational opportunities.

 

Checkpoint results provide an indication of how students will perform at IGCSE and O level.

 

Recognition


Cambridge IGCSE is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and widely recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability. Cambridge IGCSE is equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom. In some parts of the world, schools use Cambridge IGCSE as an international alternative to the local government's examination.

 

Each learner's performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades (A*-G). In some countries, IGCSE qualifications will satisfy the entry requirements for university. In others, they are widely used as a preparation for A Level, AS, International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement courses.

 

International recognition

 

Cambridge International A and AS Levels have widespread international recognition as educational qualifications. This recognition is because:


• Cambridge International A and AS Level qualifications are recognised by universities as equivalent in value to UK A and AS Levels
• good grades at A and AS Level can result in one full year of advanced standing or credit at universities in the USA and Canada
• good A and AS Level grades are vital for admission to all the world's major English-speaking universities and many non-English-speaking universities
• A and AS Levels are rigorous programmes that encourage high academic standards
• A and AS Levels have a high profile amongst English-medium international schools around the world.

 

University courses for which there is not strong demand might accept students with grades between A*-E, but typical UK university entrance requirements are closer to three passes at grade C for academic courses in established universities. Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades. Very popular courses will often require higher grades. For example, medical schools in the UK often require grades of AAB and the highly selective universities of Cambridge and Oxford ask for at least AAB.

When can I visit the school and see the facilities?

When can I visit the school and see the facilities?

 

You are most welcome to visit THE ARDEE SCHOOL and have an informal discussion with or without your child. This can be done by fixing a prior appointment with our Admissions office In charge through mail at contactus@theardeeschool.com or call us at +91 0124-4200102, 4200103. A meeting can also be arranged with the School Principal or any other faculty member that you may wish to see.

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 from class I upwards, international languages will be offered as a subject choice in the curriculum from Environment III.

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 (Individual Education Plan) for each child made in collaboration by all teachers of a student.

What is the school assessment pattern?

What is the school assessment pattern?

 

We conduct formative assessments to place the students into the Montessori curricula at the beginning of the academic school year. There is a mid-year check point to ensure the child is on track to meet their maximum potential. At the end of the academic year there is a summative assessment. This allows the child to experience how much s/he has learned throughout the school year.

 

Assessment does not assess only learners but the entire learning and curriculum process. The model of assessment at the Ardee School measures a student’s cognitive ability from concrete to abstraction, 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 three assessments given in the Primary school-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?

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.

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/medical fitness 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 student profile. 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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