If your child will turn 3 on 31st March 2013 and is eligible to apply for admission into nursery schools at the high schools this time around. By nursery school at high school I mean that while s/he would be getting admitted into the nursery class, the school itself is upto 12th standard, so s/he would be in the same school till s/he takes her/his Senior Secondary Board exams.
The problem is that there are some supposedly ‘better’ schools which have the reputation, the history and everything associated with it. It is also considered important from a social point of view that your child goes to the right school. However, it is near impossible to gain admission into one of these schools through the regular admission process.
Let’s say I know many parents who know a person who can organize their child admission into one of the most prestigious schools. The bribe (in decent words, you can say donation or fee) is approx. 1 to 10 lacs in cash (it depends on how that school has the reputation). I must point out that this is a very large sum for admission into nursery. The amount of bribe is roughly equal to the total amount of school fees to be paid over the next 12 years.
I don’t know, how much is it true? But the CFore Survey says, 1 out of 3 have entered in these schools through the bribery route.
So the question is whether it is worth it to spend the money for the stamp of having studied at the supposedly better schools or should you send your child to the neighborhood school where you have studied and you consider a perfectly good school. Even admission into this school is not assured though you’re quite hopeful since neighborhood criterion has a lot of weightage there.
The disadvantages to Indian private schools are the limited number of available seats and the tedious admission process. For most parents, trying to get a seat into a prominent Indian school is a huge struggle, as typically, there will be 1500 applicants for every 200 seats.
Also, the criteria for admission is not very transparent. There is no system in place to ensure schools are accountable to uniform admission requirements, and as a result, every year there are allegations of irregularities in the admission process and hints of schools asking for financial donations (bribes).
Let’s talk about Springdales now. The first branch of the school was founded by Dr. Rajni Kumar, who is a recipient of the fourth highest civilian award by the Indian government, Padma Shri for her life-long contribution to the cause of Education and Literacy. Springdales School Dhaula Kuan branch opened in 1984. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum” which translated from Sanskrit means “The World is a Family” is the motto of Springdales.
As Springdales claims, they provide multi-dimensional curriculum that includes intellectual stimulation and curiosity, rational thought, maturity of mind, teach the value of equality of all subjects, encourage to pursue a mix of the sciences and arts, smart classroom teaching, development of the spirit of sportsmanship, cooperation, team spirit and courage that will enable students face the life with ease. In Springdales, they have also Pre-School education (Kindergarten) and their own curriculum and methodology, whereby children learn through the play way method, with no formal instruction or text books.
In Nursery, they focus on teaching the children to socialize so that she or he may feel at ease while interacting with peers and adults. It is the feeling of being at ease with who we are and how we fit into our complex world with its multitude of intriguing cultures which helps to achieve the other objectives. The five basic skills are developed through the play way method that includes language, mathematical, creative, social and scientific skills.
Children are encouraged to speak, sing, dance, act, appreciate, play, exercise, draw, paint, do craft, predict, analyze, draw conclusions, measure, classify and record. They are exposed to the pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Ample opportunities are provided for honing these skills, which cut right through the Kindergarten and the primary curriculum. Excursions and out door activity form a major part of the Kindergarten activities. There is no regimentation and hence no uniform for Nursery and Prop children. They provide cultural evenings, annual functions (to which parents are invited) and sports festival like platform to display their talents.
In Junior School, the approach followed for the teaching-learning process is the Environmental Studies approach, which is child centered and activity based, whereby subjects are not taught in isolation but in an integrated way through various topics. There are no formal exams or tests. Evaluation is a continuous process based on day-to-day observation.
Springdales co-curricular activities encourage personality development and draw out creativity and talents, and provide opportunities for leadership and character building, with the idea of EVERY CHILD A PERSONALITY. Literary, cultural and artistic competitions are held regularly, and the school participates in a wide variety of competitions and workshops held in the city. A variety of clubs operate within the school.
Date of issue & acceptance of application forms – 2nd January 2013 to 16th January 2013 (for every academic session). Child should be 3 years old by March 31 of current year (i.e. for the session 2013-14, child should be turn 3 before or on March 31, 2013).
Total number of seats in the school for Pre-School: 136 seats that inlcludes 63 in General Category.
Admission Procedure for Nursery Admission
The various criteria for admission are:
Sibling (30 points allocation), Alumni (25 points), Residence (20 points maximum), Minority (5 points), Girl Child (5 points), Inter-State Transfers/Children from Overseas Criteria (5 points), 1st Born Child not being a sibling or a child of an alumnus (10 points).
Hindustan Times – C fore Survey says One out of three have entered school through the bribery route. Three of five small and medium businessmen bribe to stay in business.
Payment of Fees at the time of admission:
a) Registration Fee // 25 INR
b) Admission Fee // 200 INR
c) Security (refundable) // 500 INR
Monthly Tuition Fee:
Pre Primary Std I // 2440 INR
Development Charges (Annual):
Pre Primary Std I // 4390 INR
Refreshment (Monthly) // 200 INR
Annual Charges // 1300 INR
(For Sports, Medical, Insurance Supp. Reader, Co-curricular Activities / Annual Day, School Publication and Work Experience)
So total annual fee for Pre-Primary (Nursery) // 38095 INR (based on data available on Springdales.com).
The founder Principal and Chairperson, Rajni Kumar was member of a SAARC Principal’s delegation to Germany, organized by the Max Mueller Bhavan.
Springdales academics results in the CBSE XIIth & Xth class exam (as per the new mode of assessment under the C.C.E) were quite spectacular. Springdalite computer wizards won many Inter-School Trophies.
In Debating and Public Speaking, a large group of talented Springdalite speakers have won many Inter-school trophies and awards and the runners up at the Limca Book of Records Quiz. Sprindales school sports captain represented Delhi State in football at the National School Games. In the Royal Commonwealth Essay Writing Contests for students all over the world – Springdalite received a Special Award for his Essay.
Under International Student Exchange Programs, Springdales students get opportunity to participate in an educational trip to various countries like Germany, Spain (Barcelona, Madrid), France (Paris), Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, UK, China. It imparts an exposure to their students. During the programmes the students and teachers exchange one another their unique education process, experience, culture, artistic heritage, social contexts and the innovative teaching methodologies followed by them.
Nursery Admission Schedule – Important Dates
Commencement of admission process – 2nd January 2013
Date of issue & acceptance of application forms – 2nd January 2013 to 16th January 2013
Last date for displaying the 1st list of selected candidates (including waiting list) – 1st February 2013
Last date for displaying the 2nd list – 28th February 2013
Closure of admission process – 31st March 2013
Note: The dates are tentative and could be modified.
Name of the School // Springdales School
Type // Private and Coeducational
Board // CBSE
Website // Springdales.com
Founded // September 1, 1955 (Dhaula Kuan branch opened in 1984).
The Times of India
ArticlesBase – Best Schools of India rankings in Google
EducationWorld – C fore Schools Survey
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