Tuesday, 17 July 2018

An increasing number of parents are now choosing International Baccalaureate (IB) programs over the state curriculum options. This trend is particularly strong in the senior second year, where the IB Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s.
Globally, the IB is now offered in nearly 4000 schools across 148 countries. Its reach has been extended beyond the senior years to offer primary and middle year programs, and a vocational career-related certificate.
Once considered the preserve of international schools, IB is an emerging rival to state-based certificates – such as the CBSE and ICSE boards. The IB programs are offered in a range of public and private schools.
But what is it about IB that makes it such an alluring option for parents? And how is it different from existing state-based curricula and certificate?

We analyzed parent testimonials on why they choose IB?

Here’s what they have to say:

“Holistic Development for future”
Jatin Shah, father of Nisarg Shah from Mumbai, India talks about how IB helped his son follow his passion of transforming lives through biomedical innovation. Nisarg is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Nisarg was always passionate about science, research and potential for revolutionary change that it can bring. His education through IB further helped fuel this passion. In school, the flexibility of IB program really allowed him to sample a wide variety of topics and make an informed choice for his major. Choosing the IB program for Nisarg was one of the best decisions we took!” says Jatin Shah delighted with his son’s successful education and the glorious years to come.

“Inquiry-based learning
“Our experience of the IB started as our kids first entered international schools in grade 5 and 7. With my background in education, I was fascinated by the program’s presentations which seemed to pour content into all those theoretical concepts we learned in teaching seminars. Inquiry-based learning, teachers as partners, creativity, all joined by the charm of the resourceful International school promised an educational paradise.”, says Dr. Taly Goran, a long-time traveler between nations and continents, a relocation specialist and mother of two adolescents.

“Global opportunities”
Traci and Peter Pietra from Washington, USA, while hunting for the best education for their three young children were attracted to the IB emphasis on global understanding. “IB success means not only admission to global universities (with 18% higher chances) but also scholarships and even course credits. But beyond the rates of college admissions, it seems that the IB program prepares its students for the world of tomorrow. And in what seems to be a better way compared to many other programs.”, Traci said.



Edify International School practices the pedagogy of IB program and CAIE curriculum. With 14 years of proven expertise and experience and 25 schools across pan Asia, Edify now commences in Pune at Hinjewadi. One of the top IB school in Pune, Edify International School aims to create a 21st-century learning experience in which students can build connections between their studies and the world outside their classrooms.
Lead your child to embark on a true world scholar journey through Edify International School and the world is their oyster after succeeding in the renowned IB programs.

www.edifyinternationalschoolpune.com

We are currently accepting admissions till grade VIII for the academic year 2018-19.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

An increasing number of parents are now choosing International Baccalaureate (IB) programs over the state curriculum options. This trend is particularly strong in the senior second year, where the IB Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s.
Globally, the IB is now offered in nearly 4000 schools across 148 countries. Its reach has been extended beyond the senior years to offer primary and middle year programs, and a vocational career-related certificate.
Once considered the preserve of international schools, IB is an emerging rival to state-based certificates – such as the CBSE and ICSE boards. The IB programs are offered in a range of public and private schools.
But what is it about IB that makes it such an alluring option for parents? And how is it different from existing state-based curricula and certificate?

We analyzed parent testimonials on why they choose IB?

Here’s what they have to say:

“Holistic Development for future”
Jatin Shah, father of Nisarg Shah from Mumbai, India talks about how IB helped his son follow his passion of transforming lives through biomedical innovation. Nisarg is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Nisarg was always passionate about science, research and potential for revolutionary change that it can bring. His education through IB further helped fuel this passion. In school, the flexibility of IB program really allowed him to sample a wide variety of topics and make an informed choice for his major. Choosing the IB program for Nisarg was one of the best decisions we took!” says Jatin Shah delighted with his son’s successful education and the glorious years to come.

“Inquiry-based learning
“Our experience of the IB started as our kids first entered international schools in grade 5 and 7. With my background in education, I was fascinated by the program’s presentations which seemed to pour content into all those theoretical concepts we learned in teaching seminars. Inquiry-based learning, teachers as partners, creativity, all joined by the charm of the resourceful International school promised an educational paradise.”, says Dr. Taly Goran, a long-time traveler between nations and continents, a relocation specialist and mother of two adolescents.

“Global opportunities”
Traci and Peter Pietra from Washington, USA, while hunting for the best education for their three young children were attracted to the IB emphasis on global understanding. “IB success means not only admission to global universities (with 18% higher chances) but also scholarships and even course credits. But beyond the rates of college admissions, it seems that the IB program prepares its students for the world of tomorrow. And in what seems to be a better way compared to many other programs.”, Traci said.



Edify International School practices the pedagogy of IB program and CAIE curriculum. With 14 years of proven expertise and experience and 25 schools across pan Asia, Edify now commences in Pune at Hinjewadi. One of the top IB school in Pune, Edify International School aims to create a 21st-century learning experience in which students can build connections between their studies and the world outside their classrooms.
Lead your child to embark on a true world scholar journey through Edify International School and the world is their oyster after succeeding in the renowned IB programs.

www.edifyinternationalschoolpune.com

We are currently accepting admissions till grade VIII for the academic year 2018-19.

Please visit our website for information on admissions process & more.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Google the definition of play and the first thing that pops up is this: “[To] engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.”
Jack Shonkoff, the director of Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, finds this language supremely frustrating. “It’s not taking a break from learning when we talk about play,” he says, rattling off a litany of cognitive, physical, mental and social-economic benefits. “Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn.”
We have all heard the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It’s necessary that schools start putting this phrase into perspective and bringing in the importance of sports in education.
This is where Edify, as the top international school in Pune, excels and delivers.

Sports at Edify

Sports Programme at Edify International School emphasises on the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to a range of physical and health-related activities. 

Our sports approach is divided into two categories:

  1. Supervised 
  2. Unsupervised
Supervised is a focused approach with coaches in different sports, which children can choose. But too much-supervised sports can be a detriment as it may seem like a chore and lead to pressure, especially for younger kids. 
Unsupervised sporting activities give children a choice of sports and let them loose on the field, with just basic monitoring to ensure everyone is safe. Children are allowed to form their own teams, rules, etc. it is a fun and creative flow without adults for intervention.

Through school sports programme students will:

  • learn about body control and spatial awareness
  • master new skills and techniques across a variety of physical activities
  • manipulate sports equipment or apparatus
  • recognize the importance of fair play
  • understand how strategies can assist when participating in physical activities
  • use co-operative behaviors in order to function as part of a team
  • use proper safety precautions when engaging in physical activities
The school with its National and International size courts and sports infrastructure and also expert professional coaches support different sports like swimming, skating, lawn tennis, squash, cricket, and basketball. The campus offers a wide array of sports facilities with access to an indoor sports arena, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, different courts for tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball and a skating ring. 

We, at Edify, believe that sports are an ideal way to increase physical fitness in students while improving their academic performance. Our goal is to see healthier and happier students reaching higher potentials in academic and personal growth.

www.edifyinternationalschoolpune.com

We are currently accepting admissions till grade VIII for the academic year 2018-19.


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Monday, 18 June 2018

International Baccalaureate is an overarching organization that administers a number of different educational programs for students of ages 3 to 19. Its curricula are used by specially trained teachers at certified schools throughout the world, and it prides itself on providing rigorous, high-quality education to its students.

The IB system offers programmes for three different age groups: 
  • Primary Year Programme (PYP) that is meant for the younger lot up to the fifth grade.
  • Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • Diploma Programme (DP) for the 16 to 19 years age bracket.

The most familiar IB program for high school students is the IB Diploma Programme or the IBDP. 
The IBDP is a two-year academic programme, that, as mentioned above, is open to students aged 16-19. Upon successfully completing the program and all its requirements, students can earn the IB diploma, which is a significant credential for college applications and other purposes. 

IB DP curriculum
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. 
Made up of three required components DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. 

The three core elements are:
  1. Theory of knowledge – in which the student reflects on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  2. The extended essay – which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, service – in which students complete a project related to these three concepts.

The six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts
Students can choose courses from the above subject groups.


Benefits of IB diploma

Earning the IB diploma means that you have done much more than take a few IB courses. Instead, it means you have undertaken a kind of high school education that is meant to teach you not only regular subjects like History, math, and others but also how to better analyse and understand the information you’ll encounter in school and beyond.

Some of the advantages of earning an IB diploma are:

1. Satisfying intellectual experience
The IB programme is designed not only to provide you with rigorous content but also to help you learn how to think, analyse and critically consider materials in a way that your college will eventually expect.

2. Universality
The respect that IB diploma enjoys means that no matter where you go, colleges will understand and positively view the effort you’ve put into earning your IB diploma.

3. Standing out
If you have an IB diploma, you are among the relatively small portion of the college applicant pool with this qualification. Not every student can present such a prestigious qualification when they fill out their college application forms, and this relative uniqueness is an advantage.

4. Shows your willingness to accept intellectual challenges
IB diploma is a transcript that shows student’s enrolment in the International Baccalaureate courses serving notice to the admission officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. 

Earning an IB diploma shows you’re willing to take on special academic challenges. You’ve chosen to go beyond the typical high school curriculum and pursue a goal that asks more of you, including substantial independent work on topic of your choice. This is something that every competitive college values. 

Edify International School, Pune is an upcoming IB world school at Hinjawadi, Pune.
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Monday, 28 May 2018

For every parent, their children are the most precious and their children’s education the most valuable investment done for the future. Every parent goes through the dilemma of ‘choosing a right school’ soon after the child is born. Honestly, there’s no right or wrong way of doing things because as parents we all care about our kids and want to give them the best possible learning experience.

It is a very exciting time for education in India. 
As a parent, we get to learn the difference between various boards of education.
SSC – has a curriculum designed within the context of State.
ICSE and CBSE – follow the same nationwide curriculum.
IGCSE – offers a curriculum designed at the Cambridge University and affiliated schools follow their syllabus.

Best International School in Pune
Well-known among top International Schools is the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum. IB provides a framework for the curricula to be taught within classrooms, but educators are actually in charge of developing the curricula, selecting books, which content to cover and how to assess students.

Edify International School is the 1st IB world school. With 14 years of proven expertise and experience and 25 schools across pan Asia, Edify now commences in Pune at Hinjewadi. One of the top IB school in Pune, Edify International School aims to create a 21st-century learning experience in which students can build connections between their studies and the world outside their classrooms.

Programs offered by IB:

  • FYP (Foundation Year Programme) – for age 1.6 years 
  • PYP (Primary Year Programme) – for age range 3-12 years 
  • MYP (Middle Year Programme) – for age range 11-16 years
  • DP (Diploma Programme) – for age range 16-19 years

Beyond preparing students for critical thinking and college-level work, the full IB program calls for students to express themselves through writing, community service and aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world. 

All-round development of young learners.
Apart from classroom and academics, learners are also encouraged to engage themselves in various extra-curricular activities. Different innovative programs, sports, arts and cultural activities, clubs and committees are provided with an aim to transform a child by fostering skills which will help him/her build their own identity through good values, manage emotions, build relationships, resist peer pressure, incorporate positive behavior and lead a healthy and productive life.

Abiding by the pedagogy of IB school, Edify education works to ensure that our programs have graduates that are inquirers, balanced, open-minded, thinkers, caring, knowledgeable, communicators and risk-taking individuals. Whether you are referring to the PYP or the MYP or the DP, the goal is to develop students in these Learner Profile attributes. A typical IB graduate has cultivated international mindedness and emphasizes on the process more than the product.
Edify International School aims to develop individuals who are lifelong learners and true global citizens.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

When it comes to selecting a school for your child, parents are faced with a plethora of options these days. It is no longer only about the quality of education and other services that schools have to offer, but also about the curriculum they follow.

Your child needs a school that inculcates in him strong interpersonal values, promotes opinion formation and encourages healthy relationship building. All this, while ensuring that the education he gets helps him excel in his personal and professional life, no matter what part of the world he is in.
For generations now, CBSE and ICSE education has been considered the best in class. But with the introduction of IB schools in India, the scenario has changed dramatically. People are increasingly realising the benefits of opting for IB over anything else.

Edify International School is one such school with IB curriculum providing best international education bringing out the best in students and developing successful learners through a skills-based approach to teaching and assessing.

What is International Baccalaureate?

IB or International Baccalaureate is an international curriculum which involves more practical and application-based education. IB examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory neither their speed, because it teaches how to learn rather than what to learn. Moreover, it has a broader spectrum of subjects which lead to all-round development of a child. There are no prescribed textbooks as the children can choose their own books. With high-quality international education programmes, the IB aims at producing global citizens.

The IB system offers programmes for three different age groups: 


  • Primary Year Programme (PYP) that is meant for the younger lot up to the fifth grade.
  • Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • Diploma Programme (DP) for the 16 to 19 years age bracket.

As the stages advance, the content matures, teaching and learning methods become more refined and assessment becomes more rigorous. Yet the underlying principles of learning through inquiry and experience along with research remain constant.


Why IB world school for your child?

Here are 3 primary reasons that make IB education the best that you can give your child:

1. Application based education
One of the biggest advantages of IB education is that things you are taught are at par with the industrial demand and hence, easy to apply to your work life. IB encourages students to learn, analyze and understand what they are being taught instead of mugging up from a prescribed textbook.

2. Study subjects according to your interests
Unlike any other education system in India, IB curriculum exposes students to a vast variety of subject, giving them the choice of selecting whatever that interests them. Unlike traditional Science, Commerce and Arts where students can study only particular prescribed subjects, IB gives students the option to mix and match subject according to their interest.

3. A globally renowned curriculum
If you plan to move overseas in the future or have that American dream for your child, IB must be your obvious choice. Students with an IB Diploma have a higher acceptance rate at
universities abroad. Also, its simpler for IB graduates to find professional opportunities around the world.

Edify International School is located at Pune’s premium IT hub. With 14 years of experience and expertise, Edify school has over 25 schools across Asia. Abiding by the IB and CAIE curriculum standards, Edify education aims to provide the finest quality education that will evolve in sync with global changes in education, science, commerce and arts.

We believe that involvement of students in learning is one of the most important parts of education. It not only helps them experience it in real life but also to remember the experience for a lifetime.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

We are living in a time of unprecedented travel, with technological advances and globalization offering more and more people the opportunity to explore and live in cultures that are not their own. International schools have been established and are rapidly growing in popularity, offering easier access to higher education around the world. As a consequence, the number of children learning in a language other than their mother tongue is growing rapidly.
Research indicates that having a strong mother tongue foundation leads to better understanding of curriculum as well as a positive attitude towards learning. Hence, it is vital that children maintain their first language when they begin schooling in a different one.

Early Language Development

Young children learn language rapidly and effortlessly. The transition from babbling at 6 months of age to full sentences by the age of 3 occurs briskly, following a consistent developmental path regardless of culture. Before the end of the first-year children learn from experience and develop a language-specific phonetic capacity and detect native-language word forms, learning implicitly and informally. 

Development of Mother Tongue

Early language exposure plays an important role in shaping the young brain. A recent study discovered that babies only a few hours old can differentiate sounds between their native language and a foreign language. They found that during the last 10 weeks in the uterus, babies listen to their mothers talk, learning how to identify speech patterns of their mother’s native tongue even before they are born. Learning to produce the sounds that characterize infants as speakers of their ‘mother tongue’ is equally challenging and is not completely mastered until the age of 8. The speaking patterns we adopt early in life go with us a long way. 

Benefits of Mother Tongue

Mother tongue refers to a child’s first language, the language learned at home from elders. Mother Tongue has a very important role in framing our thoughts and emotions. According to studies, a child’s ability to learn an additional language greatly improves if their first language skills are well developed. Research shows that children who have a strong foundation in their home language are more successful at school and enjoy a greater feeling of self-worth and identity. 

Multilingual Education

Bilingual and multilingual education should be encouraged by imparting early education in the child’s first language or in the language that they speak at home. The IB supports and advocates the importance of learning inmother tongue. As the IBO states, gaining and maintaining proficiency in one’s mother tongue helps in the learningother languages. It also provides students with a deeper understanding of inter-cultural awareness. As proficiency in one’s mother tongue is an indicator for later academic success, students should begin studying their mother tongue as soon as possible based on each individual case. (IBO)

We at Edify believe that it is vital that all students have the opportunity to maintain and develop their mother-tongue. We acknowledge that fluencyin one’s mother-tongue is crucial for both cognitive development and maintaining cultural identity. We recognize the importance of strengthening our students’ home languages, while at the same time learning the school’s medium of instruction in English. 

How Can Parents Help?

  • When at home, communicate with children only in your mother tongue 
  • Promote knowledge and interest by reading out from books or telling stories in your mother tongue
  • Encourage your child to read books in your mother tongue
These steps will help children retain a positive attitude toward their mother tongue and cultural background resulting in increased self-esteem.

Ketaki Joshi
I would be glad to address any queries which you may have. You may connect with me on +91 77419-30000 to set up a meeting. I am available to all the parents, every Wednesday at Edify International School, Pune