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What is IB?

IB is the acronym for “International Baccalaureate”.

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit educational organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO is an international organization, not associated with any particular country and free of any national, political or educational agendas. The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 12,36,000 IB students at 3,955 schools in 147 countries

What is an IB – PYP School?

Regardless of location, size, or make-up, an IB PYP school strives to develop an internationally minded person.

The mission of the IBO:

  • To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people.
  • To create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • To work with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
  • To encourage students worldwide to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How is IB different from CBSE & ICSE?

  • CBSE & ICSE syllabus is approached in a theoretical manner and true emphasis is not laid on real life concepts behind the science. In IB more focus is laid on practical application of concepts in the form of regular projects and making connections between the concept and day to day examples.
  • IB is more challenging than CBSE & ICSE with regular quizzes, assignments and projects that keep the child immersed and busy through the year.

What does it mean to be “internationally minded”?

It is a thoughtful, critical perspective that applies to who we are and what we do. It includes how we communicate, our political awareness, cultural understanding, celebrating diversity, global awareness of global issues, and a reflection on how knowledge is constructed and applied.

How are the subjects taught in PYP?

The subjects are taught in an integrated way to avoid fragmented approach. IB has a different approach compared to other boards where in resource and reference books are used, students are free to explore the world.

Six Transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these Transdisciplinary themes—as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.

 

What does “Transdisciplinary” mean?

Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines—it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A Transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English, geography and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English, geography—the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real life world.

What does that mean at Silver Oaks?

It means our acorns are taught WHY they should know something and HOW it connects to other subjects and the real world. It results in high quality teaching and learning – challenging instruction and worldwide knowledge “at home”.

Is IB recognized in India and World?

The rigor and high standards of the IBDP ensure that colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma as a superior academic program and a strong university – entry credential. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) rates the IB Diploma at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, NIOS or State Boards. Many educational institutions and colleges have published their policies and entry criteria for IB students on their websites. For example, Delhi University colleges have specified their conditions for entry of IB students. The information is also available on the IBO website www.ibo.org
Universities in over 110 countries recognize the IB Diploma and it will allow entrance to the most competitive universities around the world. The university admission authorities recognize the academic rigor of the IB.
Successful IB Diploma students may be offered credit (particularly for Higher Level courses and TOK) for first year university courses in Canadian and American Universities overseas.

Why should I select IB for my child?

  • IB main focus is on ‘how to learn’ than ‘what to learn’. Students from IB have a slight advantage in exams like CAT, SAT and GRE because of their better analytical skills.
  • The IB program has earned universal reputation for rigorous assessment, giving students access to the top colleges and universities in India and the world. IB is fast becoming the program of choice for Indian students preparing to pursue higher education abroad.
  • The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organizational skills and being actively engaged in self learning.
  • IB tests and enhances a student’s knowledge rather than their memory and speed.

Can students from silver oaks IB-PYP programme join CBSE schools if they transfer to places/locations where IB programme is not available?

Yes. We have done extensive research and created a program which produces above and far better results/outcomes expected of NCF (National Curriculum Framework) and/or CBSE.

Do you have trained IB teachers ?

Yes. As on 08Nov2018, we have 27 IB trained and certified teachers.

Teachers

Do you have good staff?

Yes, we have a teaching team with a philosophy/motivation towards teaching.

How do you train teachers?

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Academics

Which board are you affiliated to ?

Currently, we have initiated affiliation procedure with both CBSE and IB.

IB world school status is tentatively expected in the next 2 years.

Do you have R&D dept?

What is Teacher: Student ratio?

The ratio is 1:12.

What is the maximum strength of a class?

25 Students per class for PP1 to Grade 12.

How frequently are PTM (parent teacher meet) held?

PTM are held for every 50 working days (approx. 2 months). Dates will be communicated at the start of academic session

What is Mindspark ?

Mindspark is a computer based program that revolutionizes the study of Mathematics. It focuses on self-learning with a curriculum integrated database. An interactive product, from the makers of ASSET, Mindspark has been derived from the belief of personalized learning. It is specially designed to assist the user to learn at his or her pace.

Students learn best at their own pace. Mindspark enables children to learn and understand at their own pace, without rushing them through the syllabus. With an active and detailed database, Mindspark monitors the level of understanding in each concept and patiently helps the students when they are in doubt by resolving errors and misconceptions through explanations.
For example, if a student from the 8th grade does not have clarity on the core concepts of Algebra, the system automatically offers inputs in the form of questions that will help build the fundamentals of Equivalence (which is a critical point into understanding Algebra).

Currently more than 100+ schools spread across India have integrated Mindspark along with their Maths curriculum teaching.
for more info on Mindspark, click here.

Can Silver oaks students perform on par with CBSE or ICSE students?

Yes and better. When you visit the campus, please request the office for past CBSE and Asset examination results.

What competitive academic tests do the students take part in during the academic year?

  • Asset (Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing)
  • National Olympiad
  • NSF Spell Bee

What is Asset?

ASSET is the scientifically designed diagnostic test, which stands for Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing.

Through multiple choice questions, ASSET focuses on determining the level of conceptual understanding in students and not how much they have memorized. The test generates detailed reports for students indicative of their progress and topics that require attention and improvement. The teachers receive a special report which indicates the class performance as compared to the other divisions as well as other schools on a national level. The reports are accompanied by an instructional supplement suggesting the future course of action for both students as well as teachers.
Every year more than 350,000 students from over 1000 schools in India, Gulf and Singapore take the ASSET test.

Fee

What is the fee structure for 2019-2020?

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Is there an Admission Fee or donation or any other hidden Fee (building fee or sports fee) ?

No.

What are the dates for paying Term Fees?

New Admissions

  • Term 1 – At the time of admission
  • Term 2 – 15th Aug
  • Term 3 – 15th Dec

Existing Parents

  • Term 1 – 15th Apr
  • Term 2 – 15th Aug
  • Term 3 – 15th Dec

What is the Fee Refund Policy of the school?

Before the commencement of the academic session

  • 50% of the first term tuition fee will be refunded.
  • 100% Transport and Lunch fee will be refunded.

After the commencement of the academic session

  • Before 31st July – 1st term fee under all heads is charged and rest is refunded.
  • Before 31st November – Term 1 and Term 2 Fees are charged and the rest is refunded.
  • From 1st Dec – No refunds are processed

It takes tentatively 15 working days to process the refund from the date of TC. The amount will be refunded via Cheque or RTGS.

Transport

Are the Buses equipped with GPS?

Yes all the buses are equipped with GPS trackers and parents receive Notifications on their registered mobile phones.
‘Silver Oaks’ Mobile app for IOS and Android are available in their respective app stores.

The GPS equipment and services are provided by My Class Board.

Are the Buses equipped with CCTV?

Yes, all the buses are equipped with 4 cameras each.

Are the Buses equipped with Speed Governors?

Yes, all the buses are equipped with seed governors which restrict the maximum speed to 40KMPH.

Is there any supervision in the school bus?

Every bus has student elected pilot and co-pilot who help the students. School teachers also travel by school bus.

What happens if my child is late in the morning for bus pickup?

The bus waits till the allotted time and moves on to the next point. In such case the parent needs to drop the kid at the school.

What happens if the parent is late in the evening for the bus drop?

The bus waits till the allotted time and brings back the kid to the school. In such case the parent needs to pickup their kid from the school.

What is the ownership status of school buses?

The entire fleet is owned and operated by Silver Oaks Educational Society.

Safety, Security & Health

Do you have CCTV surveillance system?

Yes, we have an NVR with 62 cameras.

What are the safety measures implemented by school?

Before employment

  1. A preliminary reference check from the previous employers is done before employing the drivers, cleaners, ayahs, teachers, coaches and administrative staff. We look at the longevity of tenures in the previous organizations and speak to people who worked with them.
  2. In some cases like drivers and sub staff, we have sent our core team to see the houses and meet family and neighbors.
  3. Outsourced agencies
    1. Security – all males from a long standing security agency
    2. Housekeeping – all  female staff
    3. Catering – The two male catering assistants who come are issued with an ID card from the contractor to enter into the premises.

After recruitment

  1. We spend extensive time in training and orienting the staff on safety, security, school culture and their responsibilities.
  2. All staff is sensitized to the responsibility of taking personal care of children, particularly when they go to toilets or outdoor activities. We insist on ensuring that all go in groups.
  3. CCTV in all areas of the school helps in keeping constant vigil.
  4. Constant monitoring and random checks on different areas in school are physically done.
  5. There are frequent discussion among staff on where and how things can go wrong and who can be threats to children’s safety. This increases the awareness.

What happens if parents enter the school during school hours?

All parents and relatives entering the school during normal hours of operation are required to sign the visitors’ book at the security cabin, and parents have to use the parent ID cards issued by school and relatives must collect a visitor’s ID card. Parents are allowed to move around the campus only if escorted by school staff. ID cards must be displayed on person at all times.

Why is play equipment ‘out-of -bounds’ before and after school?

Staff supervision is only provided during normal school hours.

Are in-school health services provided?

Our school nurse, deals with routine matters and special referrals. Health checks are followed up and parents are advised of any concerns.

What happens if my child is sick at school?

Parents are encouraged to keep sick children at home. Minor injuries are treated at school but parents will be contacted when the injury or illness requires further attention.