A few kilometres from the Mulund railway station, facing a small hill range called Malabar Hill stands a chrome-glass fortress called NES International School.
Every morning, hundreds of students donning blazers stream through the building’s automatic doors into its air-conditioned interior. The building’s four storeys are built over an atrium, and it has two underground levels.
Designed to maximise the use of
natural light, the classrooms accommodate a maximum of 20 students, in keeping with what the school believes is the ideal student-teacher ratio.
The first floor, which houses the kindergarten classes, has glass walls splattered with paintings done by the tiny students. These classrooms have padded floors, and the furniture’s edges have been blunted to ensure the safety of toddlers.
Each floor has a fully equipped science laboratory at the end of the corridor, whose walls are plastered with posters of important historical personalities, accompanied by biographical notes.
A swimming pool and cafeteria are being constructed, but the basement already has a play zone, which has a jungle gym for nursery students. One floor has an indoor football zone, a cricket pitch and an optic golf course, the last being a simulated version of the sport that uses digital motion sensors.
With a 100 per cent passing record so far, NES International School feels the secret to its success lies in the balance it achieves between academics and cultural studies, which includes rigorous training in art and a variety of musical instruments.