Gear Innovaitive International School is a wannabe school.
1. No Capable Teachers
2. Very high Teacher attrition
3. Hostile attitude of the Principal to parents and students
4. Pathetic Teaching in higher classes.
5. Run as a family enterprise.
Warning:- STAY AWAY FROM GEAR INNOVATIVE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
My 9 year old son who is currently in 4th grade goes to GEAR and this is his 2nd year in this school. I'm totally fallen for their creative learning and their weekend worksheets are awesome. Kid has to do lots of thinking and researching instead of looking for answers in the textbook. However,there is just too much teacher attrition and this trend worsens in higher grades. Kids are having too many free periods because of no teachers. The principal has a good vision for the school, however he is badly failing to implement it. Every year, he is hiking the fees by few thousands. I hear the teachers are very much underpaid and hence quitting. I would like to continue in this school but not with so much teacher attrition.
Please share your inputs on Narayana techno school for 5th grade and above in Bellandur branch. I'm now watching this school closely.
My daughters now in 4th & 7th rades, have been going to Gear for last 4 years. They really like the school and dont want to change.
The principal/teachers do not interact much with parents unless you specifically request a meeting. There are only 4 scheduled Parent teacher conferences per academic year. If you need to communicate in between - you need to send a note.
The school focuses a lot on hands on experiments and activities. Lots of projects and offbeat, thought provoking worksheets where kids really have to think & apply themselves.
Class sizes are quite small - < 25 kids in a class.
Teacher attrition is an issue. They have few good teachers who they have retained, the others keep changing.
There is a kind of competitive culture in the school, but not extreme. The school kids do really well in the ASSET test scores. The school also ranks pretty high in the school rankings published by ASSET.
The school is reasonable but the principal really has a pretty bad attitude towards parents. If he had his way, the only interaction he would like between parents and the school is the payment of tuition fees and maybe attendance at some school functions.
The parent teacher meetings are a total waste of time. They expect parents to come and wait in long lines on a particular day to talk to teachers for a few seconds or maybe a couple of minutes when they discuss which chapters are covered for the exams.
Like all schools they have their share of good and bad teachers. I suspect they do not pay their teachers very well because there is a good deal of teacher attrition.
I do not have enough knowledge of other schools in Bangalore to judge whether bad management attitude and teacher turnover is worse at Gear compared to other schools or not, but as a paying customer I certainly expect better.
For what it is worth, my child seems to be reasonably happy, which is one reason I have not tried to shift out of the school. I do like their attempt at encouraging multiple intelligences and the good set of students they have, especially in the lower grades. The facilities in the school are also pretty good, except for the dirty toilets that my child complains about.
I also understand that some iit coaching classes are starting at the school, which may be relevant as my child grows older.
The main problem I see with all private schools in Bangalore is that there is no way that we parents as paying customers can find out which school really offers us good value for our money.
My two daughters joined the school in 7th and 3rd grade two months back. I recently attended first parent-teacher meeting. Teachers appear accomodating and my kids have somewhat adjusted to school. So far I am happy but it is too early to say much about anything. I am considering it for my 3 year old daughter too. Let me know if you have ay feedback for 3 year old classrooms.