My child attended Greenwood High International School (Sarjapur Rd. Campus) for 5 years and was part of the ICSE curriculum and then the IGCSE program. We have mostly had a good experience there as far as the calibre and commitment of teachers go. They were open and approachable and made an effort to explain concepts and curriculum. We did not witness any churn and there was continuity through the year. However, we were disappointed by the way cases of indiscipline, bullying, and bad behaviour were handled by the class-teachers. They seemed reluctant to take strict actions and did not want to get involved in student matters. My child was bullied both verbally and physically and I had to take it up with the Principal and Coordinator before something happened. I would like to give due credit to Mr. D
Nine years ago I relocated to Bangalore all the way from Delhi. I was looking for the right school to get my son admitted while fears lingered around the quality of education. My colleague suggested the name of Greenwood High International School, one of the best ICSE schools in Bangalore. I checked out its ICSE result and was impressed. Also, I visited the Sarjapur Road campus. I found the school had lots of facilities like library, laboratories, sports facilities, cafeteria, transport. I also spoke with the teachers and got the initial impression that they were really caring. My kids were admitted soon after my queries and today I am feeling happy about what they have learnt over the years.
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:29 PM
Subject: Disappointing and Unethical approach of Ms. Ritu Singh
I am Sheela Padakandala writing this E-mail from Saudi Arabia. I was looking for Admission in IGCSE stream for my daughter Aditi Markapuram into Grade 9 who is currently studying in British International School, Riyadh and I was in contact with your Admission department since August 2016. I should precisely say that I was communicating with Ms. Ritu Singh through E-mail and over the phone.
In every phone conversation, she always communicated that there are 15 to 16 seats available for Grade 9 and Aditi needs to take an Aptitude test for the admission to happen. We planned our travel to India in December 2016 to finish the admission procedures. Upon calling her in November, she informed us that she cannot schedule the test in December as the school has decided to take the aptitude test only after 22nd January 2017.
As our flights bookings were made, requested for the aptitude test, during our school visit in December or online In her current school upon invigilation from the school staff, as most of the schools do and which happens often, as it will be very difficult to travel to India within a month's time. Ms Ritu totally refused saying it is not in her hands, respecting that, I have requested for a campus visit and meeting with the principal. Upon her confirmation on 12th December 2016 at 10 AM, that I can visit the school campus and meet the Principal, me, my Husband and my daughter reached the school as scheduled at 10AM, however a substandard behavior from Ms Ritu welcomed us and she informed about a management decision that there will not be any new admission for 2017-18 academic year. Even after several requests she didn't allow us to meet the principal saying he is very busy with sports day arrangements and no campus tour.
When I asked her why didn't she inform me regarding the management decision, she says that it was a swiftly decision which came up on Friday evening. I think even though she got to know the decision on Friday evening, she should have mailed that there would be no admission for the academic year 2017-18 and cancel our appointment.
Please be informed that, I am not anticipating an admission for my daughter by writing this, being a parent lot of homework has been done, to choose a school and throughout our research â€œGreenwood Highâ€ was one of the best schools and I was totally saddened and dumbfounded with the unprofessional approach of the school with a prospective parent and I am aware that there will be some guidelines for every school, which I think Ms Ritu is not aware or It might be the attitude. At the same time I should mention that fortunately I didnâ€™t face this kind of Attitude in any other schools like TISB, INDUS, OAKRIDGE or other schools which we had been. They are very welcoming and ready to speak the actualities upfront, should also mention that I have got the very next day appointment for the school visit on my phone call with INDUS
Please find the E-mail thread between me and Ms. Ritu Singh for your reference. You can see that she had confirmed the appointment with principal on 12th December at 10 AM.
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