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Today, parents have a plethora of educational boards from which to choose, to enroll their child. It is not just the SSC (Secondary School Certificate), Pune or ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), Delhi or the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary education), Delhi.

Each parent wants a “World class education for a world class future” for their child. That is where International curriculum from Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) U.K., and IB (International Baccalaureate) Geneva, are focused upon.

We have put in some answers to queries which you might want to know as a parent. Hence, some FAQ’s are as:

 
Q1 What is Internationalism? (International school)
Ans An International school must posses the following features;
 
bullet Address to the learning requirements of 21st century
bullet Adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or IGCSE programme from Pre-school to Grade 12
bullet International standards and International validation
bullet Sensitizing students to global issues such as environment, peace, poverty, conflict, resolution, etc.
bullet Internationalism means a school that functions with an international curriculum, irrespective of large campus or large space.
   
   
Q2 Which Board & curriculum does the school follow?
Ans An International school must posses the following features;
  The school follows a blended curriculum of ICSE & CIPP till Grade 2 & thereafter has an option of ICSE Or Cambridge from Grade 3 to 12.
The Students who follow ICSE shall give their 10th Std & 12th Std Board Exams as per the curriculum chosen by them i.e. ICSE students shall give 10th ICSE & 12th ISC whereas Cambridge students shall give 10th IGCSE & 12th A & AS level.
   
   
Q3 What is ICSE? Is it an International Board?
Ans The Indian Council of Secondary Education, Delhi conducts four Examinations as:
 
bullet ICSE –Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (X)
bullet SSLC – Secondary School Leaving Certificate (X)
bullet CVE – Certificate in Vocational Education
bullet ISC – Indian School Certificate Examination (XII)
  It is not an International Board but Central Board based at Delhi.
   
  *The ICSE Council
  In October 1956, at the meeting of the Inter- State Board for Anglo- Indian Education a proposal was adopted for the setting of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate for best way to adapt its examination and to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3rd November, 1958 and this is how ICSE board came into existence.
   
   
Q4 What is Cambridge Board i.e. CIE?
Ans University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications. CIE offers a broad range of qualifications, created for an international audience. CIE’s qualifications include Cambridge International Primary programme(for Grades 3 to 6), Cambridge lower secondary programme, i.e. the Cambridge, check point,(for Grades 7 & 8) Cambridge IGCSE (for Grade 9 & 10) and International A/AS Level (for 11 & 12). CIE qualifications are taken in 150 countries and recognized by universities, educational providers and employers across the world.

CIE is a part of the Cambridge Assessment Group and a part of the University of Cambridge. CIE has a strong pedigree in development and research- it was the first exam board to develop the International GCSE 20 years ago. CIE constantly review their programmes and introduce new subject areas and qualifications. This university has its Head office at United Kingdom.
   
   
Q5 Is the Cambridge Programme tougher than the ICSE?
Ans Both the curriculums are equivalent. The CIPP would give a much wider aspect than ICSE. The content of both the programmes are almost the same, but the way it is taught and learnt at school would make the difference. The CIPP Programme is a much more application based programme followed by inquiry based learning & projects.
   
   
Q6 What is IGCSE?
Ans IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a globally recognized qualification, taken at class 10 level, similar to class 10 examinations of the CBSE & ICSE or the Middle Years Programme of the IB (International Baccalaureate).IGCSE, formed in 1988, is an International qualification of the Cambridge Programme, spread over class 9 & 10 and leads to the final examinations offered every year in May & November. Wisdom High has chosen the November session for examinations. A student who has passed IGCSE is eligible like any +2 level qualifications, like class 12 CBSE/ICSE, IB diploma or A & AS level of Cambridge UK.
   
   
Q7 How is IGCSE compared to other programmes like CBSE, ICSE or The Middle Year IB Programme?
Ans Like other modern programmes IGCSE offers a wider range for subjects & encourages high academic standards through a practical approach towards teaching & learning. Assessment is not limited to conventional written papers but consists of a variety of tests e.g.-oral & listening tests. The assessment is aided at a wide ability range of students with an eight point grading scale from A+ to G, with A+ being the highest. Now, it also gives a mark sheet as per the grades for admission to Indian colleges. IGCSE is a balanced curriculum & a flexible course of study. This curriculum gives freedom to choose subjects that are right for the students. Thereby, an opportunity to score good grades. While the syllabus & curriculum of both IB (MYP) and IGCSE have an international outlook, IGCSE appears to be slightly better in that as it is tailored for more multi-cultural & more multi-lingual audience. Basically, as per our study we felt it suits our Indian students more.
   
   
Q8 Why did the school select the ICSE & IGCSE curriculum? How would the child benefit by this?
Ans It is the world’s most popular Indian & International qualification. It develops successful students giving them excellent preparation for their next step in education. As these curriculums are more application based. The child is greatly benefited as they are prepared for the common entrance tests right from the beginning and all through out ICSE & IGCSE they are recognized as evidence of ability by academic institutions and employers around the world.
   
   
Q9 Is it possible for a child of average caliber to take up this kind of education at Wisdom High?
Ans No child is dull. It is the way you perceive. The aim of education should be to teach a child how to think and not what to think. If the child takes admission at the Kindergarten level it is easy to train and mould the child as per the requirement of the syllabus. But if the child takes admission for higher Grades he is selected only on the basis of the test given by him and his basic concepts should be clear to attend higher classes.

Hence, though a child has average caliber can take up this kind of education provided his basic knowledge is very clear.
   
   
Q10 Can you afford it throughout the years?
Ans Grade Nursery to 6 –they shall have regular fees with a minimum hike of 15%-20% every year on your prevailing fees with a level change hike at Sr.KG to Grade 1 of 10% in addition to the regular hike .This additional level change hike is from Sr.KG to Grade 1 & from Grade 6 to Grade 7 & Grade 10 to Grade level 11.

Grade 6 CIPP only - The Students need to give the primary Achievement test at the end of the year for which examination fees for 3 subjects viz English, Math & Science is to be paid in addition to your regular fees.

Grades 7 & 8 – If opted for ICSE, regular fees with a hike of 15 to 20% per year on your prevailing fees. If opted for Cambridge lower secondary, a hike of 15 to 20% per year on your prevailing fees plus a 20% level change.

Grades 9 & 10 – If opted for ICSE, the regular fees with a hike 15 to 20% per year on your prevailing fees. If opted for IGCSE, regular fees of Cambridge checkpoint with a hike of 15 to 20% per year plus 20% level change. Examination fees per subject also needs to be paid as an additional charge.

Grades 11 & 12 – If ISC, regular fees with a hike 15 to 20% per year on your prevailing fees to be paid plus 20% level change fees. If Cambridge A & AS level regular fees for IGCSE with a hike of 15 to 20% per year on your prevailing fees to be paid plus level change fees.

   
   
Q11 What is the assessment system or examination pattern at the school for ICSE & Cambridge?
Ans We follow formative & summative assessments. Formative are in the form of orals, small tests to assess learning, assignments & projects whereas summative assessments are Term end examinations.
 
bullet Playgroup – continuous assessments.
bullet Preschool – Nursery to Grade 2 – Continuous Assessment system with 3 Term end exams.
bullet Grades 3 to 7 – 3 Term –end exams
bullet Grades 8 to 12 – 2 Term –end exams & 1 unit test.
   
   
Q12 Do we get admission to colleges in India? Are there any special preferences given to students from International schools?
Ans Yes, you can take admission to regular colleges in India. As such there are no such special preferences given, but a child is so well prepared for the CET (Common Entrance Test) that he is automatically preferred, due to his high scores.
   
   
Q13 Can we select similar kind of streams of preferences available in India i.e. Arts, Commerce & Science at Grade 11 & 12?
Ans Yes, we can. But English remains compulsory. One could also opt between science and commercial studies and Math & Economics at Grade 9 & 10.
   
   
Q14 Are the children guided to select streams?
Ans Yes, the child would be guided by a professional career counselor who would enable him to select a stream as per his capabilities and interests.
   
   
Q15 What is the teacher- student ratio?
Ans
bullet At Playgroup – 2:25 students + 1 maid.
bullet At Kindergarten – 2:30 students
bullet At Grades 1 & 2 – 2:36 students
bullet At Grades 3 & 4 – 2:36students.
bullet At Grades 5 to 8 - 1:40 students with subject teachers.
bullet At Grades 9 to 10 - 1:30 students with subject teachers.
bullet At Grades 11 & 12 - 1:25 students with subject teachers
   
   
Q16 Do you have teachers competent enough to conduct a curriculum like this?
Ans

The alternative and caring staff of the school takes every pain to make your child feel at home while encouraging them to learn things at their own pace. To achieve the goal of intelligence and happy learning our teaching pedagogy makes use of various age appropriate teaching aids and tools and various audio- visual aids. To upgrade the teacher’s inputs in the classrooms we regularly hold refreshers workshop where latest research and information is shared and training is imparted so that there is uniformity and child centric focus. Our teachers are highly qualified with required personality and aptitude for child care.

Further to this Cambridge provides comprehensive Primary Teacher Support Resources- available to schools to support the implementation and teaching of the Cambridge Programmes. CIE offers a planning booklet, teacher training, schemes of work, recommendations for published materials and a dedicated website providing access to online resources and international discussion groups. And ICSE provides face to face training for teachers on subjects.

We are a member of the Maharshtra International Schools Association (MISA) which enables us & guides us & provides face to face training for Cambridge Secondary Teachers. These Teachers are also involved in online trainings directly from CIE, UK.

   
   
Q17 What are the meal plans?
Ans To encourage healthy eating habits in children and to save working mothers from added efforts at home, we pay special attention to the nutritional requirements of the children. The meal plans are handled by qualified nutritionist who believes that active children need maximum nutrition. The food is hygienically prepared in the school kitchen and served by the teachers. Aqua guard purified drinking water is given to the children. Breakfast at school is compulsory, for lunch children can bring their own Tiffin’s.
   
   
Q18 How do we know that the curriculum carried out is genuine? Does the school have any certification to prove the authenticity?
Ans Yes, the school is certified and displays a certificate of validity authorized by the University Of Cambridge as well as affiliation to the ICSE Board.
   
   
Q19 Can the child pursue other national exams with this kind of curriculum?
Ans The children would be more than prepared to take up all the national exams like NSTSE, Science Olympiad, etc. The school has a tie-up with institutes to prepare their students for IIT-JEE(Main & Advance) NEET for Science students at Grade 11 & CPT for Commerce students.
   
   
Q20 What is the culture at school?
Ans The school is known for its transparent and caring nature in the campus. The children celebrate the various festivals in school to broaden their minds, to develop love and respect for a variety of cultures and we groom them to be true Indians even in an international setup. The children are taught prayers & songs and are told stories, from epics to familiarize them with Indian culture, heritage & value systems & to inculcate in them a strong moral character. The children are taught table manners & etiquettes & also to be polite & respectable towards elders.
   
   
Q21 About other things:
  *Will there be any other fund to be paid in future? Or When the child goes from Little Wonders to Wisdom High?
Ans Wisdom High International School has been evolved from Little Wonders. It shall have classes from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Children from Little Wonders shall directly go to Wisdom High by merely filling a form. There shall be no kind of fund to be paid during this transition.

The admission & registration fees paid at the time of admission is only one time & is non-refundable.
   
   
Q22 What are the extra- curricular activities at school?
Ans At Playgroup & Kindergarten there is Dance & Music whereas at Wisdom High you get the choice in different forms of Dance & Music, Indoor Games, Outdoor Sports, Art & Craft, etc. At Kindergarten the activities are taken once a week, whereas at Wisdom High it has activities twice a week.
   
   
Q23 What kind of conveyance is provided by the school?
Ans The school provides the school bus and school vans depending on the area and number of children from that area. The school buses have a maid and a conductor too, to take care of the children and are monitored on the mobile phone.
   
   
Q24 Does the school have any provision for Slow learners / Dyslectic / Gifted children ?
Ans The school has an in-house full time psychologist to observe and work with the children. We believe that education in terms of right parenting is as important as a child’s education. Special attention is given to slow- learners and right channelising to gifted children. We are now also an active member of the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association and our teachers are being trained to handle special kids. (We do not have special provisions for children from other schools. The above shall be given only to those who are already with us).

Children who are highly intelligent & who think differently are tested for Mensa & are nurtured & channelized to be a MENSAN. Mensans are only 2% of the entire world’s population, who are highly intelligent.

We believe in inclusive education. Facilities for Dyslectic & Slow learners are only for Children already as students of the school.
   
   
Q25 At Wisdom High, which languages would the child be learning? Will he learn any foreign language?
Ans At Wisdom High, English, Hindi and Marathi as a regional language shall be followed by a child. The child has to undergo some years of regional language and hence we have Marathi from Grade 1 to Grade 8 whereas English and Hindi are from Sr.Kg. to Grade10. French has been introduced as an additional subject from Grade 5 to Grade 8.French could be pursued after Grade 8 as an extra class.
For Cambridge students, they can choose between French & Hindi at Grade 7.
   
 
 
     
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