Curriculum : Grades 9 & 10 - ICSE & IGCSE
The transition to Grades 9 and 10 is an important and distinct step and we endeavour to make it as smooth as possible. The focus on collaborative learning and the development of social and emotional skills thus far, have laid a strong foundation for further study, research and academic rigour. Our learners are ready to embark on the next part of their journey. They continue to explore their interests and also discover new ones. While they develop preferences for specific subjects, we encourage the study of all groups of subjects before specialisation in Grades 11 and 12. This keeps options open for wider choices, if required. Individual counselling sessions for each learner, along with their parents, are planned with our educators at the end of Grade 8 before entering Grade 9. These sessions are held to discuss choices regarding the exam board – either the ICSE or the IGCSE. Both qualifications (as also the ISC and AS & A Levels at the end of higher secondary) receive worldwide recognition and enable students to apply to universities not only in India but also abroad. In relation to both boards, the curriculum is analysed and lessons are planned to combine the joy and discovery of knowledge and to encompass competency requirements. The exposure is to peripheral, linked, interrelated concepts which aid understanding. Learning is not compromised; understanding and application are essentially the priority.
Grades 1 to 3
Primary Montessori School
Our Primary Programme (Grades 1, 2 and 3) is built on the philosophy and pedagogy of Maria Montessori, which takes into consideration the growing and developmental needs of children of this age group. The mixed age group in each environment (ages 6 to 9 approximately) provides opportunities for wider social interaction, the development of essential life skills such as cooperating with others, turn-taking, understanding the dynamics of a group, and accepting responsibility for one's decisions and actions. Groups of children work on different concepts, unlike in a traditional classroom where every child is doing the same thing.
Grades 4 to 8
The curriculum for Grades 4 to 8 is unique to HSEA with a blend of Montessori philosophy and vital elements from the Boards we are affiliated to. After spending time in the Primary Montessori environment, children are ready to move to a single aged group from Grade 4 onwards. Our philosophy and practices remain in place, while learners gradually adapt to a more structured timetable. Our Middle School programme is more about a curriculum and not so much about a syllabus. This includes learners’ own unique experiences, and opportunities are given to discover their own potential.
The transition to high school is an important step and we endeavour to make it as smooth as possible. With a strong foundation in learning how to learn, how to apply knowledge, and analyse information and situations, our educators have discussions with each learner and their parents at the end of Grade 8 to decide on an exam board for Grades 9 & 10 (ICSE or IGCSE). In relation to both boards, the curriculum is analysed and lessons are planned to combine the joy and discovery of knowledge and to encompass competency requirements.
Grades 11 & 12
ISC and AS & A Levels
Our programmes for Grades 11 & 12 are rigorous ones, providing both challenge and opportunity for in-depth research and study. The focus is not just on preparing for graduating from high school, but on preparing for the future. With access to mentors for their selected subjects, counselling on career choices and our in-house College Ready programme, it is an enriching two years for all students.