For Priyanjali Mitra, working in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park to help rehabilitate the forest-dwelling Mongiya tribe was an experience no book could have taught her. “Experiences like these brought out the best in us, sensitised us to issues beyond the books and helped us get in touch with ground realities,” said the alumna of The Shri Ram School, Aravali Hills.
No wonder, the school scores high on ‘innovative teaching’ parameters.
“Be it sports, classroom teaching or activities of various clubs — everything is considered (part of) curriculum here and hence the teachers and students give equal importance to them,” said principal (senior wing) Sudha Sahay.
The faculty comprises individuals who are not only academically oriented, but qualified to teach students life skills and sow the seeds of creativity in their minds. Yoga, dance, theatre, music and clay modelling are some of the avenues through which the teachers shape young minds.
Equal attention is paid towards the junior section where the curriculum is customised to address a child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Developing fine motor-skills by enabling finger muscles to hold a pencil, before the children begin writing, are the kind of minute details the teachers address.
This is possible thanks to a teacher-student ratio of 1:11. “The early years are very experiential and they help mould a child's personality,” said principal (junior wing) Manika Sharma.
Students from economically weaker sections and those with special needs share classrooms with other children, as part of the school’s stated inclusive approach.
1. The shri Ram School
Location: Aravali Hills
Nursery cost: R90,200 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 30
Total number of students: 2,195
Total number of fulltime teachers: 176