1. Where is the aLphabet campus located?
aLphabet international has 2 campuses. Mom & Me through Grade 1 is located at the St.Mary’s road campus. Grades 2 through 7 are located at the East Abhiramapuram campus. Our third campus in Palavakkam is under construction and will be operational from the new academic year June 2020.
2. What is the size of each class?
The capacity of each section in a grade is 25 children.
3. What is the teacher-student ratio in a class?
An optimum teacher-student ratio of 1:8 is maintained to ensure individual attention.
4. What is the age-cut off for admission into any grade?
To qualify for admission into any grade, the child needs to have completed the prescribed age as of May 31st of that academic year.
5. How do I apply for admission into aLphabet?
(Please refer to ‘Admissions’ for detailed information).
6. Which board does aLphabet follow?
aLphabet is an authorized International Baccalaureate school. We are a Primary Years Program (PYP) certified and Middle Years Program (MYP) candidate school. With a new grade being added every year, we will soon be a complete IB World School with Mom & Me through Grade 12.
7. Is the IB board accepted across all Indian universities?
The IB board is widely accepted in all universities in India and abroad. IB assessments are based on achievement levels and scales and not letter grades and percentages. (See ‘Assessments’ section for more info). Therefore, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) located in Delhi will convert the IB progress report into the required mark sheet within two working weeks depending on the university requirements.
8. How does the IB curriculum work without any prescribed textbooks?
The IB methodology is defined by inquiry led learning and teaching, with students taking ownership of their own learning. Instead of prescribed textbooks, students learn by researching and doing. In the PYP, all learning is designed through six transdisciplinary themes and in the MYP, through six global concepts. These help develop the students conceptual understanding across various subject areas and apply what they learn to real world issues. The themes and concepts target the enhancement of knowledge, skills, attitudes, concepts and action by allowing children to learn about themselves and the world around them. Every term, one theme or concept is explored in-depth through various methods designed by the teachers.
9. What subjects do you cover in the primary years and middle years program?
We implement the following subjects at aLphabet:
- Social studies
- Personal, social & physical education
- Language acquisition
- Language & Literature
- Individuals & Societies
- Integrated Sciences
- Physical & Health education
10. How long do children transferring from schools with different boards take to adjust?
In our experience, a child transferring to aLphabet from a school with a different board takes an average of 1 term to adapt to the IB way of learning.
11. What are the school hours?
The school hours vary depending on the grade level. The timings from Grade 1 upwards are 8:15 am to 3:15 pm.
12. Are the teachers IB trained?
Every member of the aLphabet faculty is IB trained and certified. Our specialists who come in are IB certified as well. We believe in the systematic and ongoing development of our educators. Each faculty member is required and committed to continuous and rigorous training and enhancement, both internally within the school and externally. IB workshops are conducted online, locally and nationally.
13. What extra-curricular activities does aLphabet offer?
We offer Basketball, Dance, Theatre, Music & Taekwondo as a part of the extra-curricular program at aLphabet.
14. Does aLphabet have an after-school program?
We offer an evening program from Monday – Friday to our aLphabet students as well as students from other schools with engaging and stimulating activities involving Phonics, Gamboling (physical fitness and movement), Arts & Craft, Story time, Dance, Drums, Basketball, Theatre, Robotics & Creative Writing.
15. What second languages are offered?
Tamil, Hindi and Spanish are offered as additional languages.