Can you advice about the ISHA HOme school. What about the children future? I understood from some article that after their school which is after 10th or 12th standard they wont prefer to come with parents. is it true?
Hi Romin, INdu1 & dipschool, At Isha Home School, they do not give admissions in 9th grade. The entry levels are 1st, 5th, 8th and 11th. My daughter has given exam for 12th this year. My second daughter will be in 8th grade. Both are studying in Isha home school.. I have been very happy with the school. It is one of its kind. Regarding career after schooling, all I can say is he will definitely have a happy life and good career. Fee structure is about 2.5 to 3 lakhs depending upon the grade.
Hi Indu, Right now the school is affiliated to to ICSE & ISC board. From September they will get affiliated to IGCSCE . As far as I have observed, at junior school level their entire attention is to rouse the curiosity and enhance the perception and the interest of a child. So though there is a rigorous learning happening, marks take a back seat. The evaluation is done on based on certain specific objectives. For example Math at Junior level may include accuracy,speed, analysis, procedure at mental and also at pen and paper work. So is it with other subjects. One more thing that is to be kept in mind is they have vertical classroom which has children of different age groups. A child is evaluated based on his age and class level. The children of Junior and middle school ( i.e up to 7th grade) live in houses. They are with the houseparents who take care of them as well as teach them. For activities like art craft , music, dance etc the teacher either comes home or the child goes to the teacher. Their academic routine is very flexible routine and the child is not at all pressurized into doing anything beyond his capabilities. From 8th grade on wards they go to school which called Gyanashala which has smart classrooms & has all the facilities which a school should have. The faculty is from all around the world A far as I have gathered there is a great emphasis on music and sports. At all level there are lot of workshops and interactions with the people coming from all walks of lives from all over the world to enhance the learning experience of the child.
Regarding experience of my daughters, my older one was insistent that I send my younger one to the school. She always feels had she studied in the conventional school she might have got excellent marks but without any learning experience and exposure. There is a huge shift in her thinking which I can clearly see from the books she reads to the kind of TV programmes she watches, the kind music she listens and also her responses to the social issues. In short she is very proud hand happy that she studied in IHS. If you want you can visit their blog to get a clearer idea. Follow the link.
Hi Padma Thxs a lot for ur prompt reply. U given a clear idea abt the school. I'm trying for my daughter she is gng to do her 2 nd std nw.her dad is worried that her daughter will settle if she goes there. I'm just convincing from last year.anyways thxs for ur. quick reply.
I want to put my son in IHS for 1st standard next year.He is studying UKG now.I enquired IHS office, they said admission depends on child interview.I'm scared now.Akka could you tell me what type of interview would be for 1st std there please? will it be difficult?I was worried about school fee earlier and now about this interview! Is it like seats would have booked already?
Namaskaram Sarvanan, Absolutely nothing to worry about the interview.The interview is very simple. They just see if child can adjust to the environs of the school. But you have to keep in mind that many a times they declaration of the results is very much delayed and it can cause an undue anxiety to you. It would be advisable for you to continue your child in the present school till the results are known. Do not apply for T.C. Since you are planning to put your child at such a young age, I just want to inform you that the child is not allowed to call anyone including parents. He/she can write as many letters as he wants. If you want to know something about your child initially the school responds promptly but as the days go by it takes its own sweet little time. Sometimes they don't get back.
However, as one of my children had joined the middle school and the other the senior school, your experience may differ.
Thanks for your reply.I will keep my hopes alive. Yes, I also confused whether to put him from 1st std or in future in middle school.In my home I'm the only one wishing him to join from 1st std where as my wife and my parents are worried about him but agreed that this school will be best for him.By looking at the school website I'm very much impressed.Could you share whether you or your daughter identified any goodness from IHS junior children(who all are joined with her for middle school) while joining middle school please?. Pranam R.Saravanan
Namaskaram Sarvanan Anna, both my children always gave a very positive feed back about the junior school. I too have seen that most of them enjoy a lot are generally very happy to be there. With the little interaction that I had with few of the parents, all I gathered is the first term in the first year is a testing time for both the parents ( specially for mothers) and children. Later the children become so fond of the school that they hate the very idea of going to a different school.
Thanks Padma madam and Mr. Saravanan for the queries and clarifications. I too plan to look for the admission for my daughter becoming 6 years by Oct-2015.
Padma madam, They were allowed to write letters by hand only? No other means of communication is allowed? and we cannot go and visit them in between? If there is no calls allowed, will it be difficult for the children at such a younger age. Please clarify..
Yes Anna, they are not allowed to call on phone.Every term you can visit them for 2 days. On 3rd day parent visit ends after breakfast / assembly.
Regarding adjustment it depends on the child. Generally children seem to adjust well after 1st term.
Yes Indu, we are not allowed to talk to children at all during the whole academic year. Children dont come home for festivals. Parents are allowed to visit their wards once in a term for two days.
However, the winter vacation( 40 to 45 days) & summer vacation (60 to 65 days) children go home. So during the whole academic year children spend approx. 3 & 1/2 months at home.
I m sorry to disappoint you Indu. How old r ur kids? If ur child goes to senior school ( 8th grd upwards) he/she is allowed to send an email twice a week. Junior & middle school kids may write any number of letters.
Thanks Padma madam, for your time and responses...
Even I am little bit disappointed regarding this policy in IHS, where I am thinking it will be difficult for junior children, without communication, though they may be used to it after some time. I may postpone my plans for the child for middle school. Thanks once again...
HI All, I am a south indian living in Singapore. my son is 11 years old. i came upon ISHA home school and think that its a nice way of teaching. I have read all the reviews above starting from 5 years back to the recent last month. Can someone share their experience of after finishing the school? where do the kids generally head on to, Junior college in their hometowns? do they get to blend in to the next education system easily? My email id is email@example.com Please drop me a message and i can call you to discuss further. any help is appreciated, thanks in advance,A regards, Aruna
Namaskaram Padma Akka, I have applied for 1st standard for my son by 2nd wk of November 2015. They given us reference number but we are not called for any interview yet. I mailed them, they said my application is under review. Is it like they close admission with reference only? Pranam, R.Saravanan
Nothing to worry about the interview.Specially if it is for 1st grade. The child will be taken around the school ,with out you & allowed to mingle with other children. His responses & reactions would be observed
Later sometime in the evening on the same day, you along with the child will be called for an informal chat.
I think they only try to gauge if the child can adjust to the new environs out of his mothers lap & also if you can accept his absence in your life. Nothing academic as such. So do not bother about preparing your child for the interview. Nothing to worry about.
Best of luck
Sarnvanan Anna,, as I had mentioned earlier this one thing is extremely irritating about the school. They take their own sweet little time as far as these kind of communication is concerned. However, I have noticed interviews till February. So you will have to wait.
Dear All, I am planning to enrol my Kid in first standard. Can you please let me know how will it be for young children to adjust there. How is the over all teaching experience and will we be informed about the child's progress.