Q1. What is the difference between the IB and other curriculums?
The IB focuses more on developing academic skills than on memorizing facts. The idea behind ‘inquiry-based learning’ is to have students develop the ability to construct their own learning. For example, a typical question from a CBSE exam might be; “During what years did Ashoka build his pillars?” A question from an IB teacher would be; “What effect did Ashoka’s pillars have on his people?”
Q2. Is the IB recognized in India?
The Association of Indian Universities has recognized the IB. Any student who passes the IB exams in grade 10 is eligible to attend any junior college in India. Similarly, any student who has passed grade 12 in the IB is eligible to apply to any college in India.
Q3. I am getting transferred from another city, will I be able to secure admission for my child mid-term at MLSI?
We fully understand that moves/ transfers are sometimes unavoidable and may not coincide neatly with school terms. So, yes, you will be able to secure admission provided there is space available in the intended class. Please follow the admission guidelines and procedures.
Q4. What are the documents MLSI will require if I am moving from another city or country?
If you are moving from another city we will require copies of your and your child’s/children’s passport, or any other proof of identity as specified in our admission procedures; proof of residence, your child’s birth certificate and school reports of previous 2 years.
Q 5. Will my child have to undergo a formal test of admission?
We would like to get to know your child at the time of admission and this is done through an initial interview. This interaction is held between the Head of Primary and the prospective students along with his/her family. It is informal in nature. At MLSI we administer an admission test only to students seeking admission to Grade VI and above. The test is a general ability test in English and Math and usually carried out for the purpose of placement and to understand your child’s current level of functioning.
Q 6. I have a child with special needs. Do I need to follow any special procedures to secure admission?
MLSI is an equal opportunities school. We encourage you to tell us at the time of seeking admission if your child has any special needs. Our inquiry form needs you to mention if your child requires or has received special educational services. Once you make this information available, we will follow the procedure as outlined in our admission policy.
Q7. I want to move my child from his/ her current school which follows the local examination board. Will my child be able to cope with the change in the curriculum and the style of teaching?
Our teaching and curriculum are based on sound developmental norms, therefore children adapt very naturally and quickly to both. Your child will not only be able to cope with the difference but will also enjoy the entire process of learning. Our teachers are sensitive to the fact that children come from different backgrounds and they pay special attention to assist in the initial settling in period.
Q 8. Will a school bus be available?
School transport is available on certain routes. The Admissions office can advise you on this. Our transport system follows all the required safety regulations including adult female supervision in the buses.
Q 9. Approximately how many students will there be in each class?
The teacher-student ratio in classes will be 1:12. We will maintain this ratio and increase the number of sections per class as the number of students increases.
Q 10. What are the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities offered?
MLSI will offer a number of creative and sporting activities. Though performing arts, sports, ICT, using the library media centre are an integral part of our curriculum, we also offer these as extra-curricular and stand-alone activities.
Q 11. Will meals be provided?
Yes. with the emphasis on health and freshness, nutritious meals will be provided to all students. A nutritionist will be designing the menu and will ensure that students eat a balanced and wholesome diet.
Q 12. How are assessments conducted at MLSI?
We use a wide variety of assessments at MLSI. Our teachers are always checking on student understanding of their lessons, this is called formative assessment. It is conducted by questions in class, by checking students’ work in class or even just having a conversation with the student in the canteen.
Summative assessments, which check students understanding at the end of a unit are also conducted in a variety of ways. They might be a presentation, a role-play, a movie or a report. We know that students learn in a variety of ways, and therefore want to give them a chance to make their learning visible in a variety of ways.
Q 13. How are assessments conducted at MLSI?
- No one is allowed onto school grounds without showing a proper identification. Any visitor must also sign in and they must have a prior appointment. We do not allow outside maintenance workers in the school between 8 am and 4 pm
- We are now strictly enforcing the policy that no parent is allowed onto school grounds if they do not produce a valid ID card
- Our Didi’s escort the younger students to the washroom
- All lifts have attendants
- All parents/drivers must have a valid ID card to pick up any student from school
- We have one male and one female security guard per floor
- We have vetted all of our maintenance and cleaners in the school
- Bus drivers are not allowed into the school building
- All busses have female attendants and GPS tracking
- All entrances to the school are manned by security guards
- We have completed a day long Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO Act 2012) with all members of our faculty, administration, maintenance, cleaning staff and security teams
- The school is well equipped with CCTV cameras which are monitored and have views of all public spaces and staircases