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Why choose Silver Oaks over other International Schools?

Silver Oaks International School believes in holistic development. The school focusses on an inside out approach where character comes first and competence next. The school does not believe in a competitive rote approach, rather it gives more importance to the ethics and cultures that are required for a child to be a responsible adult. The policies of the school enable the child to think for himself/herself and make personal goals. The school is more than academics and kindles a life long love for learning.

 

Do you have good staff?

The school has a designated HR manager who deals with recruitment of the staff. Applicants are evaluated based on their academic qualifications, exposure to education and their personal traits. The recruitment criteria is seriously taken into account before the selection of a staff members. Existing staff are also evaluated and trained periodically to meet industry standards.

 

Which board are you affiliated to ?

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education, India)

IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation)

 

Do you have R&D dept?

Yes, click here.

 

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

Even though we believe in a character first and competence next approach, we prepare our students to be life long learners whose quest is to gain and apply academic and practical knowledge. Our teachers integrate the textbooks into everyday life with our ISAP and Big History Project modules to ensure a more comprehensive approach that enable our students to perform excellently in CBSE, along with an unparalleled performance in ASSET, Olympiads, NIAS, etc.

To know more, see ASSET, Olympiads, NIAS, BHP.

 

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.

 

What is IB?

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.

 

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”.

 

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.

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?

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 Trans disciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these Trans disciplinary 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What is the strength of a classroom?

PP1 to G12 – 25 students

 

What is Teacher: Student ratio?

The ratio is 1: 25

 

How frequently are PTM (parent teacher meets) held?

PTM are held for every 50 working days (approx. 2 months).

 

What is the Fee Refund Policy of the school?

  • For withdrawals during the academic session, the tuition fee will not be refunded.
  • In case of withdrawal before the academic session starts only 50% of the tuition fee will be refunded.
  • Any unpaid dues of the student shall be recovered from his/her refundable deposit.

 

Are the Buses equipped with GPS?

Yes all the buses are equipped with GPS trackers and parents receive Notifications on their registered mobile phones.

Mobile aps for IOS and Android are available

 

Do you have CCTV surveillance system?

Yes we are equipped with a 32 channel CCTV system with network stream.

 

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. Our part time staff are male swimming (we have full time female swimming coach) and skating coaches, male music teacher and lady French teacher.
  4. Outsourced agencies

Security – Males & Females from a long standing security agency

Housekeeping – all female staff

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 is a full time female swimming coach who is always present during the swimming classes even when the part time male coach is taking classes.
  6. Two full time teachers monitor the part time coach during skating classes.
  7. There are frequent discussion on where and how things can go wrong and who can be threats to children’s safety. This increases the awareness.

 

What are the school timings?

 

Nursery – G12 : 08:30 AM – 03:30 PM

 

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.