I am planning to move my son to the injambakkam campus this year for grade 3. We are moving our house to put our son in this school. So you can imagine how convinced we are about the school and the ppl behind it :) I do inderstand it'"s a chance we are taking because each child is unique and we all wish for the best fit for our child.
That being said, I'"ve done my fair amount of research before taking this decision. So let me give you an insight. It'"s up to you decide what you want from your child'"s future school.
They hAve 3 campuses. One in tnagar - from preschool till grade 5 -IB. It'"s a multistoryed building with very little, non existent outdoor space. They use the govt playground opposite the school for sports I think
Another in Mambalam. Grade 6-10 .. Cambridge syllabus and grade 11,12 is Cambridge board as well as IB .. you can choose. That is also a multistoryed building.
the third is the upcoming campus at injambakkam. One building is fully constructed. Another is coming up and the playgrounds are also coming up. It'"s a very thoughtfully done campus and you can see the thought process that'"s gone into everything there
coming to what I found when I asked around, I'"ve spoken to a few moms who'"s kids go there and they and their kids are extremely, I must emphasize, extremely happy with the school and the teachers. They have a strict student teacher ratio and very personalised attention. The teachers are constantly updated and have a weekly training session kind of thing. Many schools days these days offer IB but the teachers leave a lot to be desired. This might surprise you, they were one of the first school toget IB certification ( the injambakkam one is still a candidate one I think, I€™m not sure) coz the building is still upcoming. Inspite of this they are a small school because they don'"t believe in advertisements. Their work speaks for themselves and they grow by referrals by happy parents.
the injambakkam campus is very small in numbers coz it'"s new and they are not pushy or aggressive
You do have to understand they can'"t explain about their school to everyone who calls. Maybe because they don'"t have an aggressive marketing team. I'"ve not faced rudeness from them till now. They'"ve been extremely accommodative when I wanted to meet the coordinators to clarify doubts I had.
Oh coming to their fees, I find them quite reasonable when compared to the kind of education and the board they offer. A teacher student ratio of 1:15 can'"t be cheap obviously. Most children these days go for tuitions too paying additional money. I'"ve heard in akshar tutitions are completely unnecessary coz the teachers are so good.
So far I'"ve only heard positives about this school. The only negative review I'"ve read is from another parent here. Again we all have different expectations so it'"s totally understandable.
But I'"m still giving only an outsiders opinion. Will know better when my son starts school in June and I hope and pray what I researched is true :)
msg me if you want any more info.
Is your kid studying here sweety? Yes i am aware of the fees hike this year. Maybe that is because their fees before this was one of the lowest for an IB board in the city. Some schools charge 1lakh plus with AC n big Campuses n the teaching leaves a lot to be desired . So, I don'"t paying slightly more as long as I am happy with what i get in return.
I see it like this, if you want a school with 15 -20 children in a class with a trained teacher you need to pay for them to keep it at that level I guess. They also need to retain high quality trained teachers in this time and age where most of them move to other schools for better pay. Trained teachers are in short supply nowadays and need to be paid well. these might be few reasons for increase in fees, I'"m guessing.
But fees is subjective. What is cheap to one might seem costly to another. For me when I enquired about other international schools, there were other schools with fees of 3+ lakhs per year which seemed too much for me. But I know parents who are very happy there even with the high fees
To each their own. Hope we all find schools for our kids that lets them stay happy and inquisitive and not pressurize them for marks and teach them to learn and not study .. a very big difference
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