i parents, i wanted to put my son in vibgyor at jakkur campus. At the time of buying the admisson form they pretended to have waived off the admission fee. But the fee was an icredible 80k for a sr kg kid. Transportation and uniform extra. They initialy promised to provide swimming and skating facilities as mentioned. But after submitting the checks and forms when i again asked about the facilities they said they wouldnt provide bcoz the kids were stil in kindergarten. I asked them to discount on the fees bcoz these facilities werent given. They refused. JUST FOR TEACHING THE BASIC NUMERICALS AND ALPHABETS JUSTFOR 3hrs a day THIS SCHOOL IS CHARGING 80k. THIS IS NOTHING BUT DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.
I put my son to a better school with much more facilities.
The school is poorly managed.While the teachers are good, but they need more freedom to be proactive.Teachers personally ensure safety of the students during school functions,making sure they are personally handed over to parents.This is very good.
However, school is TOO money minded (yes, all schools are,but this one is excessively so).Annual school events are exorbitant.Even PTMs used for promoting sales of books,activities,etc.Teachers try to influence children to get sponsors during their school events,try to influence (not just inform) them to join summer camps,etc.
There are lots of communication & coordination problems. Transparency & accountability are not too good. School is not proactive in addressing parents concerns/problems!The school's ERP does not fully functional(its more a website for school to communicate to parent that an ERP). For the exorbitant amount they charge there are far better schools around!
vibgyor high- haralur branch is an excellent school. i know the fees is a little higher than schools like Ryan DPS, but then its lesser than schools like Greenwood, Indus. so we have to make a choice in terms of affordability. as far as curriculum is concerned, i am 100% sure about it. the haralur branch management is very nice, approachable and warm. some parents might have had bad experience with the management, but that doesnt mean the management is bad. i am a parent and faculty in the school. i should have double reasons to crib, but i am happy and satisfied both ways.
all schools have their positives and negatives. you come to know about them in more depth only when you put your child there. there is no school that has no negative.
i guess we need to compare the positive with negative.if the positives outweigh the negative, then we should be happy about the school. if negatives outweigh the positive, then we should take out our kids. no point in harboring negative feelings if the child is still going to the school. it lowers the child faith in the school and in his overall education. he will grow up with a feeling that he didnt get good education.
This school's management is extremely poor!There are SEVERAL issues with the school. And what the schools brochure mentions about Accountability, Communication and transparency is for marketing only!It does not walk its talk.
The school turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to any issues that a parent may raise. The functioning of the school lacks transparency..
Communication with parents is POOR and not transparent. There are a number of mechanisms to COMMUNICATE TO THE PARENT. But COMMUNICATION MECHANISMS FROM PARENT TO SCHOOL IS SUPPRESSED BY INSISTING ON ONLY WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN THE SCHOOL DIARY (which FOR THE PARENT is meant for communication with the class teacher regarding academics only - HOWEVER FOR THE CLASS TEACHER THERE IS NO SUCH RESTRICTION).This effectively prevents the parent from raising any other matters, like issues with the store, change of activities,addressing communication/coordination issues/gaps between parent-teacher,parent-teacher-management.
The ERP is a just a website! Its ALWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The school circulars are updated AT THE LAST MINUTE and a parent is somehow supposed to have read it and done the needful! Maybe they expect parents to be only IT professionals constantly glued to their computers waiting for the next circular!
The lesson plans, circulars, extra information on curricular activities (like parents arranging for some craft materials) is informed at the very last minute over the "ERP". Then if you complain they expect you to "understand the school's problems"!
See the school manual.There are a LOT of RULES FOR PARENTS (See the Parents Manual). None for the school staff (as far as the parents are concerned)!THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STAFF EITHER NOT DEFINED OR NOT INFORMED TO THE PARENTS. Pls. don't take this lightly. There are several situations where a parent needs to interact with staff other than the class teacher also! Eg.issues with transportation,school uniform availability, change of activities for a student,escalation mechanism when the matter is not resolved by the school teacher on academic issues,etc. When such a need arises, you are up against a bureaucratic wall. Yes there is supposed to be a coordinator, but that is another story (see UNAPPROACHABLE MANAGEMENT below)!
However, for matters relating to receiving payments from a parent, ANY of the staff seems to be authorised to help! Yes you can send money payments even stapled to the school diary for school functions, sports activities,etc and the class teacher IS HIGHLY EMPOWERED to PROMPTLY take care of it!
Issues raised by parents are ignored by default. This year the school has asked every parent to give an undertaking that they will not even form groups (like parents discussion groups to resolve issues with the school).
The school management is UNAPPROACHABLE.
It is MORE BUREAUCRATIC THAN A GOVT. DEPARTMENT!
THE HELP DESK is the final authority (so says the Parents Manual) to decide whether a parent can be given an appointment or not (So the Help Desk is the management)!! And they never do.In the unlikely event that you somehow manage to get one, you can be sure that it is only after your determination levels have been sufficiently tested to frustrating breaking levels!
There is supposed to be a coordinator to help resolve any issues.You need to go through the infamous help desk to even talk to her over the phone!
Try getting an appointment with him/ her.The help desk will give you a bureaucratic tangle!Write in the diary, send an email,call up a a certain time on a certain day of the week, etc. are some of their mechanisms. Simply getting through becomes the bigger issue!
The Help desk is the final authority to determine whether a parent gets a requested appointment or not.
THERE ARE A LOT MORE! MAYBE I WILL WRITE AGAIN....SAY ON WHAT HAPPENS IN PTMs...
One can write a thesis on this school's functioning...hmmm maybe I will so that other schools can learn how NOT to run a school.
PARENTS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW OTHER CHOICES BEFORE DECIDING ON THIS SCHOOL AS THEIR CHOICE!
In terms of education, we're happy. The kid is so far stress free, and we know that the kid is learning because the kids keeps telling concepts that we know we did not teach. Also, I'm happy with the way they are teaching the fundamental concepts. They are not too particular about the kid's age. Of course, they do tell if the kids are not doing well in certain areas, which is usually obvious if one spends a little time with the kid every day or few days in a week.
Fees, fees, and fees. Too much money hungry. I had seen the fees increasing at least 20% per year. The transportation charges are also going up.
The detailed aspect of what is being taught is not known to us. Thus, there is no way for us to fill the gaps (if any).
Buses are dusty, never on time. For the fee they charge, I think the quality of buses must improve.
Significant communication gap exists. Many times we don't even know that something happened.
The reasons due to which my kid is still in the school is because of the positives i mentioned above.
My son is studying in VIBGYOR High Marathahalli. This is his 3rd year in the school.
Day by day things are getting worst here.
1. They try to make the parents life miserable. Buying uniforms, paying fees, parent teachers meeting, events etc etc are very un-organized.
2. Uniforms they never provided at the right time, for buying uniforms we need to visit multiple times, every time you can buy few items, other item will be out of stock.
3. Paying fees: be ready to stand in a long Q.
4. Teachers: SOme of them won't even talk English properly. If your child is lucky you may get a good class teacher otherwise..
5. Events: Participating in events students needs to pay registration fee. For every event student suppose to pay Rs50/- as registration fee.
6. Even for attending the Annul day, for each additional pass you have to pay extra, but they won;t arrange anything. Sometimes you won't even get chairs to sit and watch the event.
7. Very poorly managed events. always there will be a confusion.
8. School communication: Day by day it is getting worst. They never inform anything properly on time.
9. School IT: They do maintain a website to see the progress reports, but it is always under construction. Never update the website. One day we receive communication saying check in website, the next day they send a information saying please ignore the note :-)
10. Annual day will be in the open air, the function will go up to 10:00PM during the Feb time frame. It will be cold, if you attend the event all your family members will become sick due to very cold whether. I believe last year many parents provided feedback on this. I am yet to check this year. Year before last year they conducted in St. Johns Auditorium. That was good.
11. Teaching: Its reasonable. but don't know how are they assessing the kids.
Money minded school. Quality of eduction used to be good. But not any more.
School management is not pro active, their communication to parents are very poor.
I Agree with Ramya.Even my son is in harlur road branch.Iam very much impressed with the method of teaching, no stress.The children enjoy their schooling.There are some logistic problem.If they rectify those problems.I can say it is one of the best school.
As far as my experience goes with Vibgyor High, Haralur road, it is a very nice school for the kids to start with. The kind of foundation that they stress upon is indeed the need of the hour. I specifically like their, sending monthly synopsis of what is to be taught, theme based learning, plenty of activities, involving parents in activities at school at least ones in a month, emphasis on Eng language, sending library books weekly, providign bfst to highlight a few. There are many more schools that take an equivalent fees and do not deliver even these simple things. Now am in a different city and feel how much I miss Vibgyor.
I am really surprised that you guys don't think highly of the school! Personally, have had a great experience with the school:) My kid has been here over a year and loves his school. Why don't you look for another school? Why crib and remain here:)
I do agree completely with Bhat on his views. The school management is interested only on making quick money on pretext of some way or other. In my observation, I do not think any other school has such bad quality of teaching standards, administration standards etc, with kind of fees they are charging per annum.
Exorbitant Fees by any standards:
Just think for a Sr Kg kid, they are charging approx 67K + Transportation fees and top of it the increase in fees is @ 8-10%. They do not have any coherent admission process and just for gaining quick money, they take admission of new kids at any point of time during calendar year..Which other good school in B'lore do behave like this, I have yet to get a clue..
The quality of teachers are pathetic. The attrition level is so high that almost every two month, a new teacher comes in as an replacement and the students has to suffer for infrequent changes of teachers.
Management accessibility: As commented by few other folks in the forum, conforming with their views, the management is only interested in making education a medium of making good money at the cost of quality. They are hardly accessible and never ever there have been any efforts of keeping open session with parents to understand/get their inputs..
My advice to parents of the wannabe students to seer clear of this school, else you will end up putting your woes in these forums.
This is one of the worst managed schools in the area to say the least.
The management is very hungry for money but dont care a bit for hte kids and the least for the parents who shell out such big amounts.
They dont even give the holidays which were declared in the beginning of the year. In the name of annual day they call the students for rehearsals even on Saturdays but when it comes to giving holidays they back out saying the syllabus is not complete.
If we send the kid to school, by afternoon they are sent back as most of the teachers dont turn up on these days. When they cant tell their own staff to behave right, how do they expect these small children to do so? What motivation do parents have to send them the next time?
The entry for the annual days is only for parents. If an additional family members wants to go, we need to shell out Rs.150 for the ticket!!
Innovative ideas to make money so that the director can upgrade his cars!!
Communication from the school to parents is the worst to say the least.
The syllabus is quite a lot compared to other schools and the teachers are worried about completing them without thinking if the children have understood or not.
They give homework sheets. Once completed and sent, it hardly comes back. So we dont know what has happened to those. Even if it comes back, they would have been correctly all wrong!!
They extract huge amount in the name of
SPA (Sports and Performing Arts) but nothing happens in these classes. We need to buy separate uniforms for these classes!!
Quality of the uniforms is not worth mentioning.
In the school bus they dont take care of the children at all and most of the times they end up getting hurt.
If things are lost in the school or bus, you better forget them!!
Management( Director and the Principal) are never accessible to parents.
They are scared to face groups of parents. If we have common issues, we are not supposed to go together and talk!! Shocking attitude!!
Every year they are prompt in increasing the fee by 8-15K range but the output goes down in the same percentage!!
Anyone considering this school kindly think wisely before making the decision.
I see the administration of the school going very week; with the old Principal moving out.
- Parents have to struggle for small small issues from books to uniform to syllabus and assestments.
School does not communicate the information on these front and lot of time is required to get all the desired things.
People can be impressed by the facility but lot more should be done to make it a good school for children.
I completely agree with you lakshmi. I had also been to this school for my 2 yr old kid. The minute I entered the school, I felt,you know the feeling of not belonging there. We were taken around the school. But when I tried entering the library, one of the teachers asked me not to come in and check it from outside. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to know the kind of books they would provide etc. But that didn't stop me from getting the admission form, for which I had to shell out huge money in terms of processing fees ...as they said. What concerned me more was that even though my son was 2 months below the age limit, they agreed to give him admission for nursery. And in their admission forms I never found a requirement for the vaccination chart. I feel that is important because you know what the child has been protective against. Many Govt. schools ask for it. Important of all,when we had mailed them they had asked us to come in the first week of Oct to collect the admission form. When we went in the first week , they told us that the forms were given away last week and we were in the waiting list. When I asked them why they didn't intimidate us, they said sorry for the miscommunication. I was almost pissed off at this point. All in all admission process is hopeless
VIBGYOR High is one of the schools I'm considering for my son for pre-nursery/nursery; it is not far off from where we live. Most forums online about schools in Bangalore mention this one, so I decided to visit personally. I was pleased with the school. Here's a detailed review based on my two visits: Facilities: Honestly, it was intimidating taking a tour of the school on my first visit. BIG and sophisticated is what I thought. Now having seen a few more, I think parents feel it is a given that schools should have facilities such as splash pool, swimming pool, skating rink, basketball courts, aerobics classes and the like. I liked the school but thought it was too big for my child to start his academic career from. I mean I wanted something small and homely for him initially that would make him comfortable. But I guess it's more in my head. What does a 2 year old know what's a school and a play home is? So, coming back to the facilities, the schools boasts of all that I've just mentioned. Currently, they start from the toddler (pre-nursery) program and have classes until 7th Std. They follow the ICSE curriculum. A few parents I spoke to had the concern that since this school does not have until 10th Std. they are not considering. That's the last on my list to begin with. I'm here for pre-nursery who knows if we continue to stay in Bangalore or not and moreover, maybe a few years down the line the school might introduce more classes too, who knows? I think it's too far-sighted to base a decision for securing admission in pre-nursery by considering 10th Std. which is still years away. The nursery and pre-nursery sessions were over when I visited so there were no children around. Since the school also runs a day care center some kids move over to the day care center after completing the nursery classes. The pre-nursery section of the school on the ground floor was segregated from the classes of older children in the other wing or the upper floors. All the classes seemed colorful, bright and equipped with single chair and table - a far cry from the wooden benches we had at our schools. Admission process: The application forms for next year were distributed this August so they reached the 100% by the time I went in which was late September. They did take in the application form but refused to commit. One has to visit personally to collect and submit the application which costs Rs.650 in all. I know, pretty weird! Come to think of it, it's the cost of entertaining parents and showing them around. The personnel at the reception are friendly and answer all your queries patiently which is one thing I liked about the school. Branches: They have two more branches coming up - one off Sarjapur Road and one in Whitefield. Location: The location can be a put off as it is about 800 meters in the interior from the main road. There is no proper road leading to the school - just a muddy one. Roller coaster ride free of cost guaranteed. How to get there: If you are coming from the old airport or outer ring road or KR puram, join the old airport road and proceed towards Varthur. Cross the flyover (the one with Purva Riviera and the concrete jungle on the left). Keep going straight and you will come to the signal. Turning left will take you to ITPL. Instead continue straight, you will see Brand Zone to your left and KC Das to your right. Keep going. About 700 meters from the signal, take a U turn and come towards Shriram Samrudhi Apartments. Next to the apartment is a muddy road. Take this road; it will lead you to the school which is at about 800 meters from the main road. After my initial visits based on which this review was written, I've decided against seeking admission here because of the clumsiness with which the admission process was handled. On visiting personally, I was told that the application was accepted, that an interview will be scheduled soon and the school would call. However, no call followed and we were asked to come randomly on any day. People whose applications were rejected earlier on certain grounds were entertained as the seats did not get full. Overall to cut the long story short, a big disappointment in administration.