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 added every year, we will have 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. Does aLphabet offer all the four IB programs?
aLphabet international is a PYP certified and MYP candidate school. We will be applying for the DP programme for Grades XI – XII in 2021. With Grade VIII added from June 2020 and a new grade being added every year, we will be a complete IB world school with programs from Mom & Me through Grade XII.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. What extra-curricular activities does aLphabet offer?
We offer Basketball, Dance, Theatre, Music & Taekwondo as a part of the extra-curricular program at aLphabet.
15. 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.
16. What second languages are offered?
Hindi and Spanish are offered as additional languages.
17. Do you have a school fees policy?
At the time of admission, the student has to pay, Admission fee, Refundable Caution Deposit and Tution Fees all together.
Fees can be paid online/cheque/DD.
Every term a date will be assigned for payment of fees. The fees must be paid within the specified date. In the event of late deposit of fee following surcharge shall be charged. If paid after 15 days from the given due date 5%
If paid between 15 – 45 days from the given due date 10%
If the fee is not paid even after 3 fortnightly reminders, the child’s name shall be struck off from the school records and all dues shall be forfeited from the caution deposit.
Students wishing to withdraw should give atleast one Term prior notice.
In case of withdrawal without notice, the amount will be forfeited from the caution deposit of the student. Admission Fees and Tuition Fees will not be refunded, transferred or prorated under any circumstances.
Any unpaid dues of the student shall be recovered from his/her caution deposit.
DISCLAIMER. aLphabet international school has put in policies & regulations necessary for effective functioning of the school. The School reserves the right to amend its policies and fee structure whenever considered necessary & appropriate. The school also reserves the right to deny admission Or readmission of students whose needs cannot be met by the school.
aLphabet International School is a candidate school* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an lB World School. lB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the lB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.