Frequently Asked Questions
1] Who are your competitors?
In keeping with the philosophy of the school, we do not compete or compare, and only work towards “bettering our best.” The educational experience we provide works towards motivating children to compete with themselves and reach their true potential. The distinct ethos and philosophy of the school makes it stand apart from all existing educational institutions and carves a unique niche for itself in the educational domain.
2] What is your teacher-student ratio, and how many sections are there in each grade?
With a maximum of 30 students in a class, we have a whole school teacher-student ratio of 1:10. There are two teachers in Jr. KG, Sr. KG, Grade I and II. The whole school on completion will have four sections per grade.
3] What are your key differentiation?
- State of the art infrastructure with large, well-planned, airy and well-lit classrooms, learning terraces, activity rooms, multi-purpose halls, well equipped Library and Labs. etc.
- Enquiry based learning, aimed at developing lifelong learning skills
- Scholastic and Co-scholastic integrated curriculum
- Continuous and Comprehensive Assessment that will make learning stress free for student
- A strong Pastoral Care team which caters to the emotional and educational well-being of students
4] How many faculty members do you have and what do you look for in a candidate while hiring them?
Ably led (Respected) by our Principal, Mrs. Swati P. Rathi madam, who has over decades of experience in the teaching field, our team of “Facilitators” are qualified and experienced.
Innovation, out of the box thinking, sensitivity, high moral values, a passion for the teaching-learning process, excellent communication skills, thorough content knowledge in their subject, a willingness to learn, the ability to improvise and a commitment to the profession are the main skills and characteristics we look for in the teachers we appoint.
5] What is a typical student workload?
Learning at ‘Mothers Pet School’ is a joyful and stress-free experience. A well planned homework schedule and an ongoing assessment routine, ensures that children learn for the love of learning and not just to score marks and grades. Projects are done in school, and parents would only need to help the children collect the required information and material to bring back to class to complete the given project. This helps develop organization skills and enables children to work both individually and in groups.
Assessments at the Junior School level (Jr. KG to Grade V) focus on Understanding, Application and Effort. Academic rigor is increased gradually and children are guided towards formal examinations seamlessly, to ensure that the transition from Junior to Middle School is easy and devoid of undue stress.
6] How is a typical day at The Mother’s Pet School different from a day in any other school?
The well designed balance of Scholastic and Co-Scholastic activities throughout the day ensures that children are not cooped up in classrooms all day. A five-minute meditation exercise to center themselves and the unique DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Programme are scheduled into the Time Table of each class. The whole school building is in itself a teaching aid and every available space serves as learning spaces for the children in a multitude of ways.
Quality Circle Time is a weekly activity aimed at creating trust, communication, confidence, values and strong bonding in the children. The Home Room period at the beginning and at the end of the day, provide for a good start and a happy closure to each day at school.
7] Since you do not have any written exams till Grade V, how do you assess the students?
Formal exams begin in Grade V for the students at The MP School. Till Grade IV, the assessments are ongoing and anecdotal records are maintained of every child’s progress. Children are assessed for Understanding, Application and Effort. Our report cards are very informative and comprehensive and provide specific feedback about each student, along with recommendations from the teachers, where applicable.
8] How do students adjust to having two written exams in Grade V, if they are not used to giving exams before that?
The students are encouraged from a young age to become independent learners and this translates into them being able to adjust to the examination system easily. At The MP School the “How” of learning is focused on and not just the “What” of learning. The skills developed in Junior School prepare them to face formal exams with ease and confidence, and academic rigour is gradually increased over the years.
9] Which streams will you be offering for Grades XI and XII?
The streams we are offering are Science, Commerce and Humanities. There are many subject combinations under these streams, but the final decision on the subjects given will be decided based on number of students.
10] What is the admission criteria for Grade XI and XII?
Admission to Grade XI will be based on the student’s performance in the Preliminary Exams of Grade X or the results of the Board Exam, if the student is from a different board.
11] Will you provide Career Guidance to students?
We have tied up with an external agency which is certified in Career Guidance to conduct a regular programme in school for the same, for all students of Grade IX upwards.
12] How do you help Special Needs Students?
We have a full-fledged Pastoral Care Department, which comprises of Counselors and Remedial Teachers who take care of our students who require extra support. Students with emotional and behavioral issues are referred to the Counselors, who work in tandem with the teachers and parents of the student, to help them overcome their problems. Students who are weak in academics or those who have Learning Difficulties are referred to the Remedial Teachers, who teach them individually, or in small groups, using special remedial techniques. Students who have severe problems, who are enrolled in the Special Needs Remedial programme, are informally assessed and Individualized Education Plans are made for them.
13] What is Provisional Admission?
In cases where the new candidates do not submit all the required documents or do not visit the school for an informal interaction, the admission will be given on a Provisional basis. When all required formalities are completed, the Admission will be regularized.
14 Do you take Mid-Term Admissions?
Mid-Term admissions are only possible in Grades where there is a vacant seat. We strictly allow a maximum of 30 students per section.
15] Does the school conduct seminars, workshops, etc to generate awareness and sensitize students towards social consciousness?
At The MP School we have a SEN Department named “Pastoral Care”. The Pastoral Care is central to the ethos of our school.
We as a team of School Counselors and Special Educators cater to and enhance the needs of the child’s emotional, behavioral, academic and social well-being. We believe in stimulating the consciousness of children through various measures.
Following are the numerous measures taken for Students, Teachers and Parents in order to bring about social consciousness:
- Life Skills– We conduct Life Skills sessions on a weekly basis for Grades Jr.KG to Gr X. Through these sessions, we inculcate age-appropriate values and morals through activity based learning.
- Behavior Modification– On a timely basis, we also conduct Behavior Modification sessions for students in order to bring about positive behavior acceptance for all.
- Community Service– We enhance students’ emotional and social consciousness through related service experiences in the local community. We have taken them to Old Age Homes and Rehabilitation Centers, where students have been made aware of the importance of health and social care given to old people, to help them reintegrate into the community.
- Workshops – The following workshops have been conducted in the school:
-Raising a Teen: A workshop for Parents in order to help them understand their teen child, guide them towards adopting different methodologies to deal with their children’s concerns and modify their parenting styles according to their child’s needs.
-Adolescence: For students of Grades VII upwards, to inform them about the transitional stage of their life, to answer their concerns and prepare them to be socially responsible by taking conscious decisions.
-Teacher’s Orientation: An orientation is conducted every year for teachers across all Grades from Jr.KG to Gr X. It sensitizes teachers by making them aware of the commonly prevalent difficulties faced by students and how as teachers they can observe the signs and find ways to help student’s emotional, social and behavioral well-being.
16] Do you have a Day-Care Facility?
Day-care is only available for students of our school and for the children of staff members. .
17] How will you ensure the safety of the students during construction of the next phases?
The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance to us and no compromises are ever made to this. All areas, which are yet to be developed remain barricaded and are monitored at all times. Students are not able to access these areas. All construction for the remaining phases is being done after school hours and during holidays.