Affiliated with CISCE BOARD. Projected Affiliation with CIE Board
 
 
 
 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)

 
1.
When was Redbricks School started?
Redbricks Education Foundation was started in the Year 2009 with a pre-school in the Satellite area. Subsequently, classes have been added every year for the school's expansion towards the 12th Grade.
   
2.
Who are the founders of the school?
The Founders of the School are Mr. Aditya Handa & Ms. Renita Handa. Aditya Handa is the founding promoter of the Abellon group - a global business group with an innovation-led approach, which effectively embeds sustainability and Triple-Bottom-Line philosophy with its focus on domains including clean energy, agrisciences, genomics research and education. Renita Handa is a social entrepreneur with a deep passion and focus on education. She is also the founding director of Poiesis Achievement Foundation, a non-profit started in 2008 focused on motivating young children towards achievement.
   
3.
What is the Philosophy of the school?
Our philosophy is drawn from three ancient Indian Principles – Shiksha (valuing continuous learning), Saadhana (be the best that one can be - pursue excellence) and Swara (nurture creativity & aesthetic senses). Our focus is on the holistic development of children preparing them for an achieving and happy life. We draw from the progressive approach of teaching-learning through real-life experiences.
   
4.
Which board do you follow?
Redbricks School is projected to be a Class 1 to Class 12 School with Primary (Class 1 to 4), Middle (Class 5 to 8) and High (Class 9 to 12) school. It will be currently affiliated with the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi (CISCE) and projected to also affiliate to the University of Cambridge International Examinations, UK (CIE) boards for high school examinations. (The international board will be offered subject to a minimum number of 10 admissions per class. Please check with the counselor for the respective class). Currently, the primary and middle school follows its own curriculum which is at par with the expectations of all the national and international boards. The curriculum has been developed after extensive research and inputs from educational experts. The teaching methodology of the school is practical emphasizing on the application of knowledge and acquisition of skills in children.
   
5.
Where is Redbricks School located?
Redbricks School (primary onwards) is located in Rancharda-Santej area (approximately 15 km from Judges Bungalow Crossroads and 10 kms. from S.P. Ring Road) in Ahmedabad. Our pre-school, Redbricks Junior is located in the Satellite area. Redbricks School is spread over 8 acres with surrounding 20 acres of plantation. It has world class facilities for active academic learning, sports, art, music, dance and drama. The area is a developing educational hub with good colleges and schools located nearby.
   
6.
Are you affiliated to some other school or do you have other branches/franchisees?
Currently, we only have two schools- in the Satellite and Santej areas. We are in no way linked to any other school nor do we offer any franchisees of our school.
   
7.
Which is the best board for my child?
This decision really depends on the parents and their preferences for their child's future. As a school, we have evaluated various boards and we have found that CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations), popularly known as ICSE and, CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), popularly known as IGCSE are the two boards that align well with our philosophy of child-friendly curriculum and innovative teaching.

Both the boards focus on practical teaching and learning, and expect students to develop not only essential knowledge but also practical skills required to succeed in this world. They also give many opportunities for children to pursue their careers in India or abroad after schooling. These boards originate from the University of Cambridge, UK, and are well recognized in India and by universities around the world.
   
8.
What is the class size and teacher child ratio in the school?
A class size of maximum 28 students and an overall teacher-student ratio of 1:25 will be maintained to provide individualized care and attention.
   
9.
What are the school timings for students?
 
  Class   Monday to Friday   1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays
  (2nd and 4th Saturdays are off)
  Class 1 to 4   8 am to 1:25 pm   8 am to 12 pm
  Class 5 to 8   8 am to 3 pm   8 am to 12 pm
  Class 9   8 am to 3 pm   8 am to 3:30 pm
   
10.
Which subjects are taught in the school?
 
Class 1 to Class 6 Class 7 and Class 8 Class 9 and Class 10
  Core Subjects
 
1) Maths
2) English
3) E.V.S
  (Environmental Studies- Science and Social Science)
4) Hindi
5) I.C.T
6) 3rd Language - Gujarati
(from Class 5)
   
 
  Co-curricular Areas  
 
7) Sports
8) Visual Arts
9) Music
10) Dance
11) Drama
   
 
  Extra-curricular Areas  
 
12) Self-Enrichment
(Life Skills development)
13) Interest Centers -
(Class 1-4)(Multiple Intelligence Projects)
   
 
     
  Core Subjects
 
1) Maths
2) Science
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
3) English
4) Social Studies
(History, Civics, Geography)
5) Hindi
6) I.C.T
7) 3rd Language – Gujarati
   
 
  Co-curricular Areas  
 
8) Sports
9) Visual Arts
10) Music
11) Dance
12) Drama
   
 
  Extra-curricular Areas  
 
13) Self-Enrichment
(Life Skills development)
14) Enrichment Clusters -
(Class 5-8)(Multiple Intelligence Projects)
   
 
  Core Subjects
 
1) Maths
2) Science
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
3) English
4) Social Studies
(History, Civics, Geography)
5) Hindi
6) Computer Applications/Art (any 1)
   
 
  Co-curricular Areas  
 
7) Sports
8) Visual Arts/Performing Arts (options given)
9) S.U.P.W (Socially Useful productive work)
   
 
  Extra-curricular Areas  
 
10) Self-Enrichment
(Life Skills development)
   
 
     
   
 
Apart from this, students will be exposed to various activities in the following ways-
1. Field trips and industry visits
2. Apprenticeships and interactions with experts from various fields
3. Film screenings and discussions
4. Seminars on books and various topics
5. Celebration of various festivals, national and international days
6. Exchange with students of other schools/ institutes
7. Participation in external competitive and non-competitive platforms
8. Independent research projects (High School)
   
   
11.
What kind of teaching methodology do you follow?
We follow a balance of inquiry-based learning and regular teaching-learning in the school. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, videos, case studies, first hand observation, exploratory activities, experimentation, etc., to teach children practically. Children are encouraged to raise questions and actively find answers through research and interactions.
   
12.
What kind of an assessment pattern do you follow?
We follow a continuous and comprehensive system of assessment and evaluation. Children are assessed through different formative and summative assessment methods such as observations, written work, verbal presentations, quizzes, performance tasks, portfolios, oral/written tests and exams. There are no written tests or exams in Class 1 & 2. Monthly Tests start from Class 3 & Terminal Examinations start from Class 5.
   
13.
What kind of sports activites are children offered?
Children are given exposure to various a wide variety of sports activities such as chess, football, badminton, basketball, martial arts, athletics, table tennis, etc. They undergo coaching of minimum two sports per year with expert coaches. In addition, children play various games including traditional Indian games such as kabaddi, kho kho, etc. Yoga is compulsory for all students across the school, and is practiced on Saturdays.
   
14.
What kind of art activites are offered?
Visual and Performing arts are integral to our school timetable. Visual arts, music, dance and dramatics are offered under expert facilitators to children across all the classes. The art program is designed to develop children's aesthetic sensibilities along with artistic skills.
   
15.
How are children's personalities developed?
The school's curriculum is focused on helping children to develop self-confidence, thinking skills, social and emotional competence through a whole range of curricular and co-curricular activities. The extra-curricular program of self-enrichment focuses on life skills, values and spiritual development of children. Another program focusing on talent development of children (interest centers) is also conducted to strengthen the multiple intelligences and interests of children. It emphasizes on giving a unique vocational experience to middle school children by working with experts from various fields. (such as photographers, scientists, etc.). The House system also helps children develop and showcase their talents through a variety of activities and competitions.
   
16.
Do students and teachers communicate in Hindi or English?
The primary medium of communication in the school is English. Hindi is adopted as the second language in the school. Children are not reprimanded negatively for speaking in Hindi but we remind and encourage them to speak in English in the school.
   
17.
What kind of teachers does the school have?
Our teachers are selected after a rigorous recruitment process testing them on their intelligence, views about education, communication and attitude. We conduct ongoing in-service training for their capacity building as excellent and nurturing educators. Our teachers undergo around 100 hours of training every year and are involved in extensive academic planning and documentation. All our teachers are professionally qualified as per the government regulations.
   
18.
How are parents informed about the school activities?
Regular Parent-Teacher meetings are held throughout the year. Teachers also conduct workshops for parents to share about the curriculum and teaching methods. The school diary/almanac serves as a two-way connect between the parents and teachers. Parent Space on our website updates parents about the curriculum being followed and activities done. Apart from this, parents can take an individual appointment from the class/subject teacher to discuss any important issue/aspect about the child's development.
   
19.
How does the school enforce discipline amongst children?
We believe in non-violent communication and the concept of self-discipline. Children and teachers are partners in creating behavioral rules in the classroom. Children are encouraged to adhere to these rules through self-reflection, peer feedback and teacher feedback. Constructive feedback is given and self-responsibility is expected from the students. In addition, there are certain school-wide rules which the students are required to adhere to. The Principal ensures that the code of conduct is maintained in the school appropriately. In the case of rule violation, a method of dialogue and reflection is adapted over force and threat. Parents are contacted and involved depending on the nature and frequency of the disciplinary issue.
   
20.
Do the teachers give homework to children?
Yes, however the homework given is moderate and in reach of an average child. A homework schedule is developed across classes, which the teachers need to maintain in order to not over-burden children.
   
21.
Are children allowed to attend tuitions?
Since we follow a progressive, child-centric teaching approach, we advise students of our school to not attend any tuition class. Where parents feel the need of an external tuition, we strongly urge them to discuss the same with the principal and teachers in advance. In situations, where the principal, class teachers and parents jointly identify a need to provide after-school academic guidance to a child, we would be also happy to explore with respective parents about providing such support to that child in school. The school provides supervised practice time on Saturdays and conducts extra remedial classes for students with need as per teacher recommendation.
   
22.
What kind of infrastructure and facilities does the school have?
The school houses separate blocks for primary, middle and high school. The sports facilities, visual art and performing art studios, library, labs, etc., are all housed in separate blocks/areas. The school has world class sports infrastructure including a huge football ground and an indoor sports block (currently under development) housing a variety of racquet games, indoor games, basketball court, etc.
   
23.
Are the classrooms at Redbricks School airconditioned?
The school doesn't have air conditioned classrooms. However, the buildings have a MUD brick infrastructure which gives thermal comfort in the classrooms. Each classroom is highly ventilated with large windows, and doors opening into the outdoor courtyards/terraces.
   
24.
Does the school provide food to the children?
Children have a short break of 10 mins. and long break of 25 mins. every day. The short break snacks are brought by children as per the health guidelines given by the school. The School provides Vegetarian Lunch to children (optional) which is prepared fresh in the school kitchen. The parents have to register for the lunch program at the start of the year and pay the required fees to avail the same. Jain food is served only on request.
   
25.
Do you have your own transportation system?
We operate our own buses for Student transport.
   
26.
Is the school's bus transportation compulsory?
No, the school's bus transportation is not compulsory for children. Parents can opt to send their children directly to the school.
   
27.
How can we avail the transportation?
Parents can submit the application for transport facility at the time of admission. Our transport in charge will understand your residence and work out the nearest pick up point. Please remember that for Redbricks School we do not have door to door pick up. In order to optimize time, stops are planned accordingly and we expect co-operation of parents in the same. We currently have 8 bus routes covering key locations across the new city. Our counselors will be happy to share detailed information on transport facilities available for your location, at the time of inquiry/admission.
   
28.
Do teachers accompany children in the bus?
In the mornings, teachers, staff and students travel together in the bus. In the afternoons, Class 1 to 4 students travel with a driver and conductor while the teachers travel along with Class 5-9 students (except on Wednesdays and Saturdays). As a policy we avoid first pick-up/ last drop off for girl children unless we have express written consent from parents.
   
29.
How do you ensure safety of children in the bus?
All buses have GPS and CCTV cameras for safety monitoring. Our drivers are extensively trained and carefully selected for their personality and driving skills. The teachers also observe behavior of children in the bus (when traveling together) and guide them for appropriate behavior.
   
30.
What if the child falls sick/gets hurt during school hours?
The school has a full-time qualified nurse on campus during school hours. The school also has associations with good doctors who can attend to children when the need arises. There are 3 multi-specialty hospitals within 5 minutes to 20 minutes of our school campus. If in the opinion of the teachers and the nurse the child is sick; then principal approval is taken to allow the child to leave school. In case of an emergency, with the parent's consent, the school arranges to send the child in our transport facility to the nearest hospital.
   
31.
How do you ensure safety of children in the school campus?
Our security guards are well trained in safety and security aspects of the school. We have also installed CCTV cameras across common areas to track the movements in the campus.
   
32.
Do you have day care facilities?
As of now, we have a day care facility at the Satellite campus, which children can avail of if required.
   
33.
What is the admission procedure?
Admissions are on first come, first serve basis. The admissions form is available from the admissions office. Parents need to fill in the form followed by which the counselor will arrange an interaction of the parents & child with the principal. Children are required to complete an aptitude worksheet for admissions to Class 5 and above. Admissions are open for Playgroup to Senior KG (at Satellite campus) and Class 1 to Class 9 (at Santej campus) for Year 2016-17.
   
34.
What is the eligibility for Admission?
Age Criteria: The age of the child to be eligible for admission should be at least as below as on 31st December (For coming June session).
 
  Class   Age
  Class 1   5 years
  Class 2   6 years
  Class 3   7 years
  Class 4   8 years
 
There is no specific age criterion for Class 5 and above. The child should have successfully completed the earlier class and would be required to complete an aptitude worksheet for the teachers to understand the child's current ability.
   
35.
Which is the last date for admissions?
For confirmation to the next class, parents need to confirm admissions by paying the fees in April every year. New admissions are taken after April depending on the seat availability in each class. The academic year and classes commence from June second week every year.
   
36.
Do you provide any Scholarships or discount on your fees?
With a view to providing children from all strata of society a quality education, we offer partial / full waiver of fees under the RTE act as well as through our internal program for merit scholarships.

Discounts are offered on certain fee components for admissions of siblings of children already studying with us. This discount is available for only up to two children, with discount amount applicable for the 2nd child.
   
37.
If parents don't know English, then is it possible to take admission?
Yes. A child may take a little extra time to pick up a new language if it is not spoken at home, but children by nature find learning a new language easy. Parents must show some patience.
   
38.
When can I visit the campus?
Visitors are welcome to the campus after filling up a brief inquiry form. To organize your visit, please get in touch with our counselors on +91-9979500003.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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