New Campus - Toddler's Den (Affiliated to AIS)

Early years (0-6 years) is the most important time in a person’s life. The right kind of care, nurturing, and opportunities provided at this age can go a long way in shaping a child’s confidence, motivation, and attitude towards learning and life in general. Our new early years campus, spread over 1 acre, has been designed with only one aspiration - it should be a magical place that children love coming to everyday.

Our Design Principles

Children this age know no boundaries - on a single day, a child can be an artist, a scientist, a footballer, and a guitarist. Our early years program views the child as an explorer and is centred towards providing children a wide variety of exploration opportunities. We want our school to be a real world manifestation of every child’s interests, passions, and curiosities.

Learning through adventure

Children are built for adventure - climbing, balancing, jumping, swinging. Adventure entails being a risk taker, a trait that comes naturally to children. With the right challenges, children develop good judgement, persistence, courage and self-confidence. Our new campus is filled with spaces that are rich in natural features and provide children with a plethora of opportunities for exploration.

Encourage fantasy and imagination

Children have a knack for storytelling, narrating make-believe stories via their nascent language skills. They have shorter attention spans leading to rapid spurs of engagement and boredom. To truly immerse children is to provide them with diversity of experiences. Our new campus will have more than 40 different types of exploration spaces designed to give children a new experience every week.

Engaging all senses

Children do seemingly absurd things such as eating crayons, scratching a puppy, smashing blocks - all they are trying to do is sensitize themselves to the world around them. They understand the world by tinkering with material through touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing. A simple task of playing with paint can be an art experience as well as a motor skills exercise. Our new campus will provide children a variety of layered experiences on a daily basis.

Proximity to nature

Children love nature. From a very young age, they are curious to understand how nature functions. Our new campus will have a variety of flora and fauna which will enable children to direct their natural curiosity towards nature more purposefully. The campus has been designed in a way such that it is abundant with natural light and fresh air through all seasons and all times of the day.

Community engagement

Children love interacting with different people. Meeting people translates into asking questions and therefore learning through inquiry. Our new facility will be open all the time for parents and relatives to come in and spend more time with teachers and children on their learning journey. Through community meals, family workshops, socials, and art exhibitions, we will engage our parent community very proactively.

Parent Toddler Program

We are introducing a Parent Toddler Program, for children aged 12 to 20 months, from the year 2017-18. Toddlers along with their parents would attend experiential sessions for 2 hours, thrice a week. Because the program will be the first socialising agency for many children, the focus will be to provide a warm supportive environment filled with opportunities to develop sensory skills, motor skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.

Owing to the fast pace of development in children during these early years, the Parent Toddler Program has been divided into 3 stages:

Stage Age
Stage 1From 13th to 15th month
Stage 2From 16th to 18th month
Stage 3From 19th to 21st month

The activities in each stage have been designed to cater to the development needs of children of that age group.

Please note:

  1. Parents and children joining Stage 1 of the program in June 2017 will have the option to continue to stage 2 after completion of Stage 1.
  2. Parents and children joining Stage 2 of the program in June 2017 will have the option to continue to stage 3 after completion of Stage 2.
  3. Parents and children joining Stage 3 of the program in June 2017 will have the option to transfer to the Play Group program from September onwards.

The fees for the Parent Toddler Program shall be payable on a stage to stage basis.

The program will be run from the new early years campus of our affiliate school, Toddler’s Den. Admissions to the program will start on 1st February 2017.

Day in the Life
Circle Time
15 - 20 min
Toddlers will be welcomed by a beautifully organised classroom with light music playing in the backdrop. The circle time is designed to ensure children feel safe in the setting. Children, along with their parents, will read along, play an instrument or just sing rhymes.
Physical Play
35 - 40 min
Children would be exposed to a variety of outdoor play experiences such as sliding, swinging, running, or hopping, and a variety of indoor play options such as trampoline jumping, wall climbing, hand balancing, and ball pools.
Studio Work
60 min
During this time, children would explore 2-4 of the 5 studios listed below. Each week, our teachers will pick a transdisciplinary theme to curate different types of experiences.
The Bell Goes Off

Creative Arts Studio

Teachers will curate art, craft, movement, dance, dramatic play, or musical experiences to enhance children’s creativity. Guided by parents, toddlers will engage with a range of materials to create art, make noise with hand-made maracas, pianos, and bells, indulge in dance and dramatic play experiences, and use basic gestures to communicate feelings and actions.

Sensory and Science Studio

Designed to deepen children’s conceptual understanding of the world around, this studio will allow children to immerse in smelling experiences, listening activities, and touch and feel games. Children will explore objects and their properties of colour, texture, weight and taste. Parent-led experiences will ensure that toddler’s have a fast-evolving vocabulary.

Block and Building Studio

The block and building studio will be an opportunity for toddlers to involve their parents in their favorite pass-time. Teachers will pull out lego clocks, tube blocks, tangrams, 3D and 2D puzzles, foam blocks, magnetic blocks and much more! Toddlers will engage their senses and imagination to create small personalized spaces of their own.

Math Studio

This studio will see toddlers and parents working together on manipulative tables set-up by our teachers. These exhibits will have simple math activities around recognising patterns, understanding shapes, comparing quantities, and measuring distance. Toddlers will be guided by parents to solve 2D and 3D puzzles, create with magnetic shapes, and manipulate montessori toys.

Language Studio

Even though they might not fully grasp the language, toddlers love rhymes and picture books. It is crucial that we expose them to lots of stories using puppets, music, toys, and drama. This builds a sense of awareness of sounds and appreciation for books. Parents will hold their toddler’s hand to purposefully scribble as well as support them in pronunciation of simple words.

Play Group

Starting academic year 2017-18, we will be introducing a Play Group Program for children aged 20 to 30 months. Our Play Group Program is designed as the first independent adventure for children. The group will meet for two and a half hours from Monday to Friday. The program focuses on providing a secure and stimulating environment that encourages experiential learning through sensory, creative, social, physical, and cognitive engagements.

The program will be run from the new early years campus of our affiliate school, Toddler’s Den. Admissions to the program will start on 1st February 2017.

Day in the Life
Circle Time
15 min
Children will be welcomed to a warm beautifully set-up classroom filled with ambient music. Circle time is a daily routine aimed to energize children and foster a sense of community. Children would immerse in yoga exercises, poem sing-alongs, storytelling amongst several other engagements.
Math or Language and Drama Studio
30 min
Children spend 25-30 minutes either exploring the Math Studio or exploring the Language and Drama Studio (description below).
Art and Sensory Studio
30 min
Children spend 25-30 minutes on exploring the Art and Sensory studio (description below).
Snacks Break
15 min
Children are served a light nutritious meal curated by our in-house nutritionist.
Music or Sciences Studio
30 min
Children spend 30 minutes on either of the two experiences - exploring the Music Studio or the Sciences Studio (description below)
Indoor or Outdoor Play
30 min
Children spend 30 minutes on either indoor or outdoor play or a combination of both (description below).
The Bell Goes Off

Math Studio

Our playgroup children will learn important math skills - logical reasoning, pattern recognition and symbolic thinking - everyday. They will learn to distinguish between numbers and number quantities, and to perform basic single digit functions. They will work with manipulatives to count, sort, and create. They will play games and solve puzzles and begin to use math vocabulary like "more", "less", "big", "small".

Language and Drama Studio

Children this age know hundreds of words and their daily experiences contribute to an increasing knowledge base. In this studio, toddlers will immerse in storytelling, role-play, read-alouds, and sing-alongs. The drama props and costumes will let children navigate through various objects and professions helping them understand the meaning of fruits, vegetables, markets, doctors, artists amongst hundreds of other things.

Art and Sensory Studio

In the Art and Sensory Studio, children will engage with a range of tools and materials to explore various textures and create expressive arts and crafts. The studio is designed with vertical and horizontal easel boards allowing children to work with paint, clay, rollers, and fabric, to create 2D and 3D art. Children will have the opportunity to paint outdoors on our glass easels and make a colourful mess.

Music Studio

Children will have access to a wide variety of musical instruments, including pianos and keyboards, string instruments, wind and brass instruments, and percussion instruments. They will understand that shaking, banging, and plucking instruments causes them to make sounds. They will understand loudness, tempo, and basic rhythm which will further cognitive development. Children will also karoake with the teachers and sing along with their friends.

Sciences Studio

Early explorations into natural and social sciences will be conducted in the Sciences Studio. Investigation tables will be set up for sensory explorations and basic experiments like weighing or colour mixing. Children will play with light and liquids to understand basic phenomena of science. They will observe living organisms and understand life sciences. In the process, they will build a rich vocabulary and a questioning outlook.

Indoor and Outdoor Play

Our outdoor play area lets children play on slides, swings, ladders, tricycles, tunnels and lots more. They can go on an adventure in the treehouse or indulge in formalised sports including basketball, football, and croquet. Keeping in mind the Ahmedabad weather, we have created an indoor play area where children will walk on balancing beams, dive into larger than life ball pools, go rock climbing, or do trampoline jumping.

Nursery

Our Nursery Programme is designed for children aged 2.5 to 3.5 years. They will spend three and a half hours at school everyday immersed in active and purposeful learning. We have designed 5 exploration workshops for our nursery children - the language and math workshop, the art and sensory workshop, the makerspace, the music and drama workshop, and the indoor and outdoor play areas. Children will engage in diverse activities to advance their skills in core pre-academic areas including literacy, math, and science, and in social and emotional development areas, including empathy, health and well-being.

The program will be run from the new early years campus of our affiliate school, Toddler’s Den.

Day in the Life
Circle Time
15 min
Children will be welcomed to their home workshop with inspiring musical notes. They will meet and greet each other, arrange their belongings, and engage in circle time. Circle time is designed to ensure an energetic start to the day. Children will do stretching and alphabet yoga, sing along with the teacher, and share personal stories.
Language and Math Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Language and Math Workshop (description below).
Makerspace
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Makerspace (description below).
Art and Sensory Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Art and Sensory Workshop (description below).
Snacks Break
15 min
Children are served a light nutritious meal curated by our in-house nutritionist.
Music and Drama Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Music and Drama Workshop (description below).
Indoor and Outdoor Play
60 min
Children spend 60 minutes on either indoor or outdoor play or both (description below).
The Bell Goes Off

Language and Math Workshop

Children will spend 30 minutes each day to learn English and Math through hands-on investigation. One side of the workshop is designed to be a cozy library nook filled with books, pillows, and couches. Co-working tables will enable teachers to give personalised attention to each child as they begin to write. The workshop will also have iPads to give children 10-15 minutes of screen time where they will use English and Math apps.

Makerspace

The Makerspace is inspired by the global maker movement which aims to empower each child’s inventiveness by giving them a place to experiment and create. Children will create massive ball-rolls, observe characteristics of sound and touch, conduct basic primary surveys and use “trial and error” to find solutions to problems. The place will be a treasure trove of all kinds of maker sets - robots, coding blocks, and magnetic blocks, that let children make their imaginary worlds.

Art and Sensory Workshop

Creating art through every medium is essential to our pedagogy. This workshop is divided into 3 parts - the sensory wall, the easel area, and the sculpting area. The sensory wall is an installation which children will feel and play multiple types of games with everyday. The easel area has boards and tools that children will use to create beautiful art. In the sculpting area, children will create 3D art using clay, play dough, steel, and a variety of papers.

Music and Drama Workshop

Nursery children have growing control of their voices and can sing songs. Our music workshop is an opportunity for children to play a wide variety of instruments and develop the ability to control beat, tempo, and pitch. The drama section is designed to quench children’s thirst for playing out imagined scenarios. They can explore racks of costumes varying across cultures and pick up props across all possible real-life scenarios.

Indoor and Outdoor Play

Each day, our Nursery students will spend 60 minutes on physical play. They will play on slides, ramps, swings, tricycles, and tunnels. They will go for adventures in the treehouse or indulge in formalised sports including basketball, football, and croquet. Keeping in mind the Ahmedabad weather, we have created an indoor gym where children will walk on balancing beams, dive into larger than life ball pools, go rock climbing, or do trampoline jumping.

Kindergarten (Jr. KG and Sr. KG)

Our Kindergarten program recognizes that children will soon be entering grade-school; hence it is vital that we equip them with the resources needed to succeed in school. Our comprehensive curriculum is based on the IB-PYP. Children focus on 4 central ideas through the course of the year - they ask questions and learn about who they are, the world around them, sharing the planet, and how the world works. While Jr. KG children will spend 4 hours 15 minutes everyday at school, Sr. KG children will spend 4 hours and 45 minutes. The gradual increase in time is to ensure children do not feel unsettled when they start going to school for longer hours from Grade 1.

The program will be run from the new early years campus of our affiliate school, Toddler’s Den.

Day in the Life
Circle Time
25 min
Children will walk through a ramp filled with physical challenges to reach their home workshop every morning. Circle time is a daily community-building opportunity during which children share personal anecdotes, listen to poems, perform show and tell, and talk about the new discovery they made yesterday.
Language Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Language Workshop (description below).
Math Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Math Workshop (description below).
Art and Sensory Workshop
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Art and Sensory Workshop (description below).
Snacks Break
20 min
Children are served a light nutritious meal curated by our in-house nutritionist.
Makerspace
30 min
Children spend about 30 minutes in the Makerspace (description below).
Music Workshop or Dance and Drama Workshop
30 min
Children spend 30 minutes in the Music Workshop or the Dance and Drama Workshop (description below).
Indoor or outdoor play
60 min
Children spend 60 minutes on either indoor or outdoor play or both (description below).
The Bell Goes Off

Language Workshop

Our language workshop is divided into 3 parts - a co-working space, a multi-level library, and a show-and-tell podium. The table and chair area is equipped with white boards, group work tables, and iPad stations. Children will use this area to write and learn phonetics, words, and sentences. The multi-level library will serve as a reading and storytelling nook. The show-and-tell area will have a podium, a puppet theatre, and circular seating for audiences.

Math Workshop

The Math Workshop is divided into 3 parts - a co-working area, an interconnected manipulatives table, and a block area. Children will work with teachers to learn math foundationsin the co-working area. Teachers will set up the manipulatives table for math activities including counting, addition, subtraction, and puzzles. The block area is a place where children will use math to create structures using blocks.

Art and Sensory Workshop

The workshop is divided into 4 areas - the splash and easel boards area, the light and mirror exploration tables, the group work area, and the material tables. Children will create 2D and 3D art on easel boards, play with cut outs to create collages on the light and mirror table, work with a teacher to explore maestros in the group work area and play with hundred of materials on the materials table.

Makerspace

The makerspace is divided into 5 main areas - a maker-wall that lets children craft cause-effect models, discovery tables that are experiments and investigations curated by teachers, digital landscapes that are projections of nature for children to build and play, study tables where teachers will make students learn basic science concepts, and a block area where they will create structures and experiment with size, shape, cause-effect, and weight.

Music Workshop

Music is a skill which can help children across a variety of subject areas whether it be math, logical reasoning, or natural sciences. Our music center is divided into 5 parts - drums and percussion area, wind and brass area, string instruments area, pianos and keyboard area, and the teaching area. Children will be exposed to different genres of music that represent different cultures. They will sing songs and play instruments collaboratively or alone.

Dance and Drama Workshop

Our kindergarteners will be exposed to dance styles from across the world and use it as a way to express themselves. Children will immerse in pretend play as a way to explore the world beyond their home and classroom. They will utilize props and costumes to understand various professions and cultures. The dance and drama workshop has been designed as a theatre - children will use this space to showcase plays and dance performances.

Indoor and outdoor play

Our Kindergarten students will spend 60 minutes on physical play everyday. They will play on slides, ramps, swings, tricycles, and tunnels. They will go for adventures in the treehouse or indulge in formalised sports including basketball, football, and croquet. Keeping in mind the Ahmedabad weather, we have created an indoor gym where children will walk on balancing beams, dive into larger than life ball pools, go rock climbing, or do trampoline jumping.

About IB PYP

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement.

IBO Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB PYP Schools

IB PYP schools strive to develop internationally-minded persons in line with the mission of the IBO:

  • To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people.
  • To create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • To work with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment
  • To encourage students worldwide to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking andevaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

PYP @ AIS

AIS is a recognised IB World School and is the only school in the world to follow the IB Primary Years Program till grade 7. The program focuses on helping students become problem solvers and inquirers by letting them take ownership of their own learning. We strive to help every student think independently and come up with their own answers. The learning benchmarks adopted by the school are in line with those defined by the NCERT.

Learning to learn

The focus of our primary years program is to help children develop further on their natural curiosity. We encourage our students to apply their thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. They acquire the skills to conduct research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Inquiry based learning

Our primary years program views the child as an explorer and an inquirer. We believe that asking the right questions is more important than knowing the answers - the why is more important than the what. Our teachers work hard to provide students an environment that makes them comfortable to ask all types of questions. The classes at AIS are student-led and are driven by questions asked by students.

Transdisciplinary learning

At AIS, we do not compartmentalize learning by subjects, but rather explore content within the context of inquiry. Our students understand the interconnectedness of subject areas through exploring concepts, ideas, and issues of local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines

Open-mindedness

We encourage our students to understand and appreciate their own cultures and histories, and to be open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. Our students are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, before forming their opinion about a particular topic. We encourage them to approach uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies.

The PYP curriculum

The Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international curriculum that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. In the primary school, AIS uses a Scope and Sequence of learning expectations aligned with the National Curriculum Framework i.e. the NCERT standards. These standards also align with the Common Core curriculum used in the U.S. and many international schools. In this way, we offer a consolidated curriculum that ensures all students are able to adapt quickly to the multiple school system changes that are a part of living in a transient world.

At AIS, we are committed to structured inquiry as the vehicle for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these transdisciplinary themes—as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.

The IB PYP Curriculum Framework

The IBO curriculum framework consists of 5 essential elements that are all transdisciplinary.

Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines—it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English, geography and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English, geography—the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real life world.

IB PYP Curriculum

KNOWLEDGE

The PYP recognizes that it is inappropriate to dictate what every child should know in an international community. The PYP has identified themes, or areas of knowledge, which are used to organize the 6 Units of Inquiry, taught from early childhood through grade 7. These Units of Inquiry provide the framework (as opposed to a text book curriculum) for a wide variety of resources to be explored in order to accomplish the objectives within each Unit of Inquiry:

  • Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
  • Where We Are in Place and Time: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
  • How We Express Ourselves:An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
  • How the World Works:An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
  • How We Organize Ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
  • Sharing the Planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

A Unit of Inquiry usually lasts for 4-6 weeks. The objective is to cover all 6 themes throughout the year. For example, during the Unit of Inquiry “Sharing the Planet” students may spend 6 weeks looking at the resources we have in the world and how various countries use, share and dispose of these resources. Students will answer questions like: How do these resources connect people around the world? Or, how are these resources changing and what does that mean for people? These concepts and questions move across all school subjects (i.e. math, English, geography, etc.) and apply to real life and the world around us.

CONCEPTS

There are 8 fundamental concepts expressed as key questions, to propel the process of inquiry. These universal concepts drive the Units of Inquiry but they also have relevance within and across all subject areas (transdisciplinary).

The 8 fundamental concepts are

  • Form: What is it like?
  • Function: How does it work?
  • Causation: Why is it like it is?
  • Change: How is it changing?
  • Connection: How is it connected to other things?
  • Perspective: What are the points of view? Reflection: How do we know?
  • Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
  • Reflection: How do we know?

SKILLS

There are 5 sets of transdisciplinary skills acquired in the process of structured inquiry. These are:

  • Thinking
  • Communication
  • Social
  • Research
  • Self-Management

ATTITUDES

The PYP promotes 12 attitudes that we want our AIS students to feel, value, and demonstrate. They are the daily expressions of the “Learner Profile” used by teachers in teaching and by students in their learning. We feel that these are the keys to happiness and success as a person.

  • Appreciation:Seeing and being thankful for the wonder and beauty of our world.
  • Commitment:Being responsible for my learning, showing self-discipline, and perseverance. Sticking with a difficult task until it is completed.
  • Confidence:Knowing I can do it! Having courage to take risks, using what I have learned, and making good choices.
  • Cooperation:Working with others and being willing to lead or follow as needed.
  • Creativity:Using my imagination while thinking and doing things.
  • Curiosity:Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.
  • Empathy:Being able to put myself in someone else’s place in order to understand her or him.
  • Enthusiasm:Being excited about learning and life.
  • Independence:Thinking and acting on my own.
  • Integrity:Being fair and honest.
  • Respect:Showing that I can for others, our world, and myself.
  • Tolerance:Understanding, appreciating, and celebrating differences in each other.

ACTION

AIS students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, school staff, and the wider community. This is how our students demonstrate a deeper sense of learning, by applying their knowledge to service and positive action.

Program Introduction

The Middle School Years are a time of rapid growth and development. As students, it is exciting to be much more independent and have a lot more responsibilities. During these years, our focus is to help our students find their passions by setting higher expectations, encouraging new challenges, and providing new learning opportunities.

Students in Grades 8-10 have the option of choosing between the CIE-IGCSE programme or the Gujarat State Board SSC.

Learn more about our IGCSE offering
Learn more about our Gujarat State Board offering

IGCSE (CIE)

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, leading to the globally acclaimed Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. The programme is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide. It is part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage.

Cambridge IGCSE is focussed on developing learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness.

Schools worldwide have been involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE. The syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body and avoid cultural bias.

Subjects offered at AIS

Students pursuing the IGCSE curriculum are offered the following subject choices

Group I

  • English - First Language
  • Hindi as a Second Language

Group II

  • Economics

Group III

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Group IV

  • Mathematics

Group V

  • Business Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology

Assessment

Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment.

In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades. Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions at AIS are held once a year in the month of March.

To know more about the Cambridge IGCSE programme, click here

Gujarat State Board (GSEB)

AIS is recognised by the Gujarat State Board to implement its SSC program. Students study 6 subjects - Math, Hindi, Science, Social Studies, Gujarati, and Computer Science - from grades 8 to 10 and appear for the board exams at the completion of grade 10.

For grades 8, 9 & 10, AIS follows the guidelines set by Gujarat State Education Board. The curriculum and assessment is as per the regulations laid by Gujarat State Education Board.

Program Introduction

The High School Program at AIS focuses on future-readiness and helping students put their best foot forward for the next stage of their life. Students can choose to pursue the IB Diploma Programme, Cambridge AS & A levels program, or the Gujarat State Board HSC program. Students have the option to choose from a wide range of subject offerings allowing them to apply for the college of their choice.

AIS is also a certified test centre for College Board AP exams and all AP exams are conducted within the school premises itself.

Learn more about our IBDP offering.
Learn more about the AS & A Levels offering.
Learn more about the GHSEB offering.

IB Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme offered by the IB is an assessed program for students aged 16 to 19. The Programme, respected by universities across the globe, focuses on developing students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish intellectually, emotionally, and ethically
  • study at least 2 languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course

The DP curriculum is made of the DP Core and the six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenges them to apply their knowledge and skills. The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The Extended Essay (EE): which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS): in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Choosing subjects in the diploma program

Students choose courses from the above mentioned 6 subject subject groups. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

Subject choices offered at AIS

Group 1 Language A1

  • English A: Literature

Group 2 Second language (students select any one)

  • Hindi B
  • French AB initio
  • French B

Group 3 Individuals & Societies

  • Business and Management
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Environmental systems and societies

Group 4 Experimental Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental systems and societies

Group 5 Mathematics

  • Maths

Group 6 The Arts

  • Visual Arts

Note:

  • The core requirements - Theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE) - are compulsory.
  • Groups 1, 2, and 5 are compulsory.
  • Students select any three subjects from Group 3 and 4, minimum one from each group is compulsory.

CIE AS & A Levels

Thousands of learners across the world gain places at leading universities in UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels. The syllabi aim to develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. They are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage. Some US universities give up to a year's credit to students who have completed the AS & A levels.

Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content
  • Independent thinking
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
  • Working and communicating in English

Subjects Offered

Students find Cambridge International AS and A Levels very flexible. We, at AIS, offer the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Art and Design

Assessment

We offer 2 assessment options for students choosing to study the AS & A levels program.

Option 1

Take all A Level exams in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study.

Option 2

Take a 'staged' assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session. The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabuses cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.

Cambridge International AS and A Level examination sessions are held once a year in the month of March.

Cambridge International AS and A Levels use a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to supplement formal written examinations - orals, practicals, projects and coursework of differing types are all used in various subjects where they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment.

GHSEB

AIS is recognised by the Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board to implement its HSC program. Students at AIS have option to choose from all 3 streams - Commerce, Science, and Arts. Students appear for board exams at the completion of Grade 12.

The curriculum and assessment followed by the school is as per the regulations laid down by the GHSEB from time to time.

Technology

At AIS, technology is not a tool, it is an environment. We believe that technology, if used in the right way, can transform the school experience. We embrace technology with enthusiasm always bearing in mind that technology can never replace human relationships or experiential, in-person learning.

AIS and Teal Labs

AIS has joined hands with Teal Labs to implement a comprehensive technology integration program. The Teal Team of engineers is embedded deeply within the school ecosystem and creates customised tools for students, teachers, and parents. With this collaboration, AIS has become one of the few schools in the world to have an in-house technology development team.

Technology Infrastructure

We are revamping our technology infrastructure to provide our students easy access to the best in class education and creativity tools. A high speed internet connection, iPads for each student in grades 5-7, laptops for students in grade 8 and above, Macbooks for all teachers, are some of the features of our technology program. We are also setting up a Makerspace and a virtual reality lab to open up more avenues of learning for our students.

Technology for Personalised Learning

Each child is unique, therefore their education should also be. We are creating technology to personalise the learning experience for our students based on their needs and interests. Through our technology platform, students can learn in their own time, at their own pace, and in the space of their preference. Through targeted insights, our teachers are able to customise their lesson plans to cater to the needs of each individual student.

Technology for Efficiency and Transparency

Astute use of technology helps our teachers streamline logistical tasks, enabling them to spend more time quality time with students. Our Parents’ Portal, provides parents a view into their child’s classroom experience. Parents get regular updates about their child’s growth and their individual work, and also receive class-wide and school-wide announcements.
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Learning and Creativity Tools

Platforms such as Khan Academy, Coursera, and Lynda.com help our students access educational content across subject areas while other apps such as Nova Elements and World History help them learn in more interesting ways. While Kahoot and Google Apps for Education help increase classroom engagement, creativity tools such as Scratch, Hopscotch, Swifty, and Figure allow students to pursue their interests in music, design, and coding.

Curriculum Choices

Flexibility in curriculum choices allows our students to pursue the college of their choice. Up to grade 7, all students follow the IB-PYP. For grades 8 to 10, students can choose between CIE-IGCSE and Gujarat State Board SSC. Grades 11 and 12 students choose from IBDP, CIE AS & A Levels, and the Gujarat State Board HSC.

Primary Years

AIS, a recognised IB World School, is the only school in the world to follow the IB-PYP program from Kindergarten to Grade 7. The program focuses on helping students become problem solvers and inquirers letting them take ownership of their learning. The program strives to help every student think independently and come up with their own answers.

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PYP Section (All Saturdays holiday)

Grade Timings
Grade I-VII 7:55 am- 01:15 pm

State Boards

Grade Timings Holiday Remark
Grade VIII-X 7:55 am- 02:00 pm 2nd & 4th Saturday holiday
7.55 am -12.00 noon On a working Saturday
Grade XI-XII 7:55 am-12.40 pm 2nd & 4th Saturday holiday
7.55 am -12.40 pm 1st & 3rd Saturday working

CIE

Grade Timings Holiday Remark
IGSCE VIII-X 7:55 am- 02:00 pm 2nd & 4th Saturdays holiday
AS/A Levels 7:55 am-12.40 pm All Saturdays holiday

IBDP

Grade Timings Holiday Remark
Grade XI 7:55 am- 02:00 pm 2nd & 4th Saturdays holiday
Grade XII 7.55 am -12.00 noon 1st ,3rd & 5th Saturday working