1. Why should I leave my child in hostel? Will this cut off the connection between us?
- We believe that it is best to keep a child at home. But if you are looking to make your child mature in a safe and vibrant atmosphere, you could consider IFFS.
i. We have weekly calling system wherein parents can speak with their child on a given number and also through Skype.
ii. We have CCTV cameras fixed in each classroom and we share the live IP login and password with the parents. With the help of this login and password, a parent can view their child live in classroom sitting from home or office on daily basis during school hours (8:15 am to 2.25 pm).
iii. Parents can visit school once a month i.e. last Sunday of the month to meet the child personally or at another with prior appointment.
2. How secure is my child in the school campus?
- Student security is of prime importance at the school. We have Round-the-clock security and the entire campus is under 24×7 CCTV surveillance (except the hostel to respect privacy). Separate hostel facilities are available for girl students at the appropriate age.
Staff quarters and the Principal’s Bungalow are on campus and staff is available all the time.
The wardens are well experienced and trained to keep the children safe and secure
The structure of the school is designed critically to ensure safety of the students and there are maximum 360 students on the 20 acre campus.
3. How will my child adjust to boarding school’s atmosphere as he/she has always been with us?
- This takes a little time but given a supportive environment students soon learn to live a healthy life and adjust to the new situation. Your child will surely miss you but we will strive to provide him/her with a home away from home. We have buddy system which will make it easier for your child to settle in. Apart from this the house parents gives special attention to make sure that new students settle in comfortably.
4. How a child will remain rooted with his culture?
- Yes, we agree that being rooted is most important in the early years. We have strong ideas about that too. IFFS as a school itself is rooted in the best of our cultural foundations.
It begins with our vision. Our vision is “Humanness in Human Beings” We believe in “Hum sab ek hain” . Firstly, All religions and religious beliefs are given importance. To do this in ways significant and relevant to children we ensure that all the festivals are celebrated in school, along with giving students the background of that particular festival and the associated rituals. This enables child to learn and understand not only about his/her religion but also about others.
There have been occasions when on special request visits to specific religious places has been arranged at regular intervals. We will be happy to share those details and process too with you, if you so desire.
Since we believe that a deep value based education, must be actually lived by our children, we encourage child to learn to respect parents, grandparents, peers, themselves infact everyone they interact with through various activities, Anubuti and the CSR, Ashram visit are just a few.
5. How often can we meet our child during the month?
- As a parent you have every right to meet your child any time but with prior intimation. Initially parents can meet their child on Sundays during the stipulated timings then once in a month (last Sunday of every month). In case of need, you can inform the school and visit your ward anytime however to maintain discipline advance intimation to school about visit is must. The school encourages parents not to frequently visit them so child is settled in school.
Apart from this parents can take their children home during Ganpati Festival, Diwali, Christmas and Summer holidays. We also have a calling system where parents can call and speak to their children. The parents can also interact with children through Skype. A login id and password is provided to the parents with which they can view their child live in classroom through CCTV camera during school hours (8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for Class II to IV and 8:15 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. for Class V to X).
6. Is it only a residential school, can we have a day boarding option?
- IFFS is purely a residential school. However we can look into accommodating day boarders looking at their own logistic support.
7. How many students are there in every hostel?
In Hostel, 36 students share a Dormitory section with separate beds for each one of them. The concept for such a pattern is to encourage community living amongst the children.
8. What facilities are available in the dorms?
- The Dorms are air conditioned. There is a separate reading / study room attached to each dorm. We have separate House Parents for both girls (female) as well as boys (male) hostels and these House Parents are assisted by a group of ancillary staff.
9. Will my child be comfortable in staying in the dorm?
- IFFS believes in community living. The dorms designs are well thought of and apt for student living. There are separate study/ reading rooms for every dorm and a common recreational area. All dorms are air conditioned to take care of comfort of your child.
10. How is discipline maintained in the hostels?
- The Principal has given guidance to wardens on this aspect. We are firm with our discipline but believe in self discipline. There are clear dos and don’ts that ensure a healthy and disciplined atmosphere.
Corporal punishment is strictly prohibited. All methods of emotional and physical well-being are taken care of. Peer tutoring is encouraged.
11. Do you punish students by way of beating or any other punishment?
- Corporal punishment is strictly prohibited in IFFS. All methods of emotional and physical well-being are taken care of. However in case of non compliance by staff we have no choice but to remove such staff.
12. How can we monitor our child’s learning process?
- Drishti TV facility allows parents to see live CCTV footage over the internet. This gives you feed from all the classrooms and main corridor of the academic building. The CCTV coverage in other areas is not shared to protect child’s privacy and not installed in the hostel to respect privacy.
13. How do the children use their rest and sports time?
- During rest time, students are in the hostel where warden assist/guide them. The sports activities take place under supervision from physical training teachers / coaches. We make children responsible for their actions and they can play sports freely. The school security is always monitoring them for their safety. Campus is under CCTV surveillance camera (except the hostel to respect privacy).
14. What you do if my child is not able to sleep at night? What if he cries?
- At IFFS, we encourage quality of foster parenting. We have dedicated wardens who are available at night in the hostel. Entire day in school is enjoyable as well as hectic. So after the day’s work sleep at night will not be an issue. However medical help/parental care from warden are always available.
15. My child is very young. What arrangement is there for washing clothes, ironing, etc.? My child is young How will he/she get ready on his/her own? Do you provide any help for them?
- Hostel is headed by a dedicated warden and systems are in place to take care of this. We have commercial washing machine, dryer and in-house ironing facility. The wardens are assisted by ancillary staff; together who ensure these jobs are done on schedule.
They also ensure that young children are assisted with getting ready and dressing up for the school.
16. What sort of TV channels are they allowed to watch in the night during TV time?
- The hostel warden and the students have a mutual understanding for TV time. In the TV room, usually general TV programs, news, sports, Discovery, History, Adventure and movies are the channels what they watch. The warden has put in systems in place in the hostel to avoid any conflicts and foster harmony amongst the students.
17. What sort of catering do you offer to children?
- The food menu is planned in a manner to give children all tastes, Indian as well as continental. The menu is devised based on the level of activity the students are subjected to so that their food intake helps them perform at their optimum levels. Professional nutritionist advice is taken and catering is in-house.
18. What is the provision for Jains?
- Only vegetarian food is served in school canteen. Jain food is provided to such students when a written request is received from the parents.
19. Do you monitor whether my child is eating his meals properly, how? What will you do if my child is not eating any particular food item?
- The teachers and wardens accompany children to canteen during meals. They ensure that every child takes all the items provided during the meals. Teachers sit along with children during meals and ensure that the child eats complete food from his / her plate. Also our teaching patterns make understand student, importance of healthy food for healthy mind.
Wardens accompany students to canteen for food. Class teacher or one of the teachers accompany them on each dining table. The teachers and wardens ensure the child is eating his / her meals properly and avoiding wastage of food.
20. What electronic equipment are students allowed to use?
- Child has access to computer lab, e-mail, school cell phone, Skype facility including digital library, etc. The school policy does not allow any student to carry mobile phones/laptops/I pads etc.
1. What is the curriculum followed by IFFS? What about the academics?
- IFFS follows ICSE Curriculum for Grade-II to X and Cambridge A Level for Grade-XI & XII.
2. Is there any plan to have IGCSE for Grade – IX & X?
- As on date we have IGCSE Cambridge A Level for Grade – XI & XII (Commerce & Science) but in a year or two we are planning to introduce IGCSE for other grades.
3. My child is from Gujarati /Marathi Medium or any other regional language; will he/she be able to adjust to English?
- If the child joins the school up to Class 3 this should not be a problem. From class 4 this varies from child to child. The admissions team will determine whether a child will be able to cope with the curriculum taught in English.
4. My child can speak Hindi. However, does not have reading / writing knowledge. Is the local language mandatory? Can he study additional language as French, Spanish, etc. in place of local language i.e. Hindi?
- Hindi is mandatory as Second Language in ICSE Board. There are other options under ICSE board. IFFS offers only English and Hindi. The school will provide additional teaching lessons for the child to cope with new languages. There are students from various parts of the country who initially will have difficulty with new languages including Hindi and the school has put in remedial classes to help them cope and understand better.
French, Spanish and German language are allowed and same will be introduced from the academic year 2014-15 on actual cost basis per language.
5. My child doesn’t know Marathi / he has never studied till now. How he can learn now?
- Marathi is offered as third language from Grade-II to IX. We arrange classes for such students by competent teachers who train the students from basics till the level the student needs to be groomed in the language. We have examples of students from North-East, Dubai, etc. joining school at various grades and who have been trained in the language successfully.
6. Can my child skip Marathi subject?
- Marathi being the regional language, this is not permitted by law. However, full support will be extended to ensure student is trained in a systematic way.
7. Since my son is studying in CBSE curriculum can he adapt to ICSE in Grade 9th? Should he undergo some extra training before he joins 9th Grade ICSE?
- Your child will not have any difficulty in adopting ICSE curriculum as our teachers are trained to coach the students coming from various boards. We conduct tutorials for extra coaching which is done in-house by these trained teachers. We have students coming from IB, CBSE as well. They have been guided and supported in our system in order to gear them up for ICSE Board.
8. Do you use Smart Class to teach students?
- Our teachers prepare their lesson plan for each subject per class. The teachers also prepare PPTs for the students. We have an AV room where children are taught through films, clips, pictorial presentations, etc.
9. Will my child get any individual attention in case of any problems (learning or otherwise)?
- Yes, there are progressive learning classes for such students. Also there is Special Educator to take care of special learning needs of children.
10. How many teachers are there per child?
- At the moment the ratio is 1:4 and even with full capacity it would not be more than 1:8 / 1:10 which will be one of the best ratios globally.
As per our understanding Best international schools have student teacher ratio of 1:12 or 1:14 where as Indian average is 1:35. At IFFS your child is our only priority hence student teacher ratio will be maximum 1:8/1:10.
11. Are the teachers qualified?
- Yes. Our teachers are well qualified as per the norms of ICSE and Cambridge.
12. Do the teachers also reside on campus or outside?
- Yes, most of our teachers are residential. They reside in the staff quarters on the same campus.
13. What is your teachers’ turnover ratio?
- Some of the teachers are with us since inception. Our pay scales are also attractive. Since we are in the process of establishing our system and also our school is concept school we do not retain those staff that do not gel with our philosophy. However now most of the staff will be stable and continuity of teachers/staff will be maintained.
14. What about Examination stress? Peer pressure to face competition?
- The Continuous Assessment methods in the classrooms helps children avoid examination stress and boosts the urge to learn.
15. Will there be any special classes for my ward when he appears for standard 10th examination?
- There are experienced teachers who complete the portion in time and there is enough time for revision for Std 10. Extra classes and coaching is there for standard IX and X. School invites guests’ lecturers to enhance students’ knowledge. Also as compared to a regular school the number of hours spent by a student on campus are more as it is a residential school so without much stress students can excel in their exams.
16. How do you ensure academic excellence? My child is weak in some subjects, how will you help him to cope up?
- This is done in many ways and mainly by hiring good teachers. When we find that a student is lagging behind we provide remedial classes on a daily basis. In higher classes time is slotted after school for extra classes. Regular assessments ensure that we know the achievement level of all our students. We act appropriately based on this.
17. What support do you provide for students with special learning needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, etc?
- We have a senior special educator who will identify the needs of such students and provide the requisite support.
18. How do you monitor that a child is performing better than his performance in the earlier school, since marks are subjective to respective schools. What are the metrics you use?
- IFFS believes in all round development of a child. Apart from academics, we monitor child’s performance in physical development as well as participation in cultural activities.
A test based on certain parameters like language, grammar, comprehension, vocabulary, expression, knowledge about basic concepts, problem solving, etc. is conducted for each child to understand his / her entry level knowledge.
Our academic year comprises of two terms in which we have two assessments each term followed by term end assessment. The average of all the exams is worked out at the end for final results. For Grades-VII and above we have 80 marks written exam and 20 marks Oral, Aural test. For juniors apart from written test, we conduct test using audio-visual techniques.
We also grade the child’s performance in participating physical and cultural activities like sports, games, events, CSR, Global Village, etc. which are conducted round the year. In order to gauge the improvement we compare his current performance and his own last performance instead of comparing him with other students.
Other mechanisms used are participation in daily class activities which are monitored by class and respective subject teachers. The performances are recorded and shared with parents during Interaction with Parents (IWP).
IFFS is a concept school and we believe in developing lifelong learners. We give a lot of importance to Attitude Development of child towards 5 Cs: Curiosity, Competency, Communication, Compassion and Conviction. So the child can become lifelong learner. He / She may not be judged only on the basis of marks but all round development. So he / she can face the ever changing competitive world.
As we all know that whatever is learnt today will be obsolete in next 5/10 years. So the child should have attitude to learn, relearn and learning should be lifelong.
We facilitate child to learn better. By doing so, a child is able to understand and explore the world around him in a better way.
The performance in all the above is recorded and forms a part of final result of the child which can be compared with his performance in previous years.
We have a senior special educator who will identify the needs of such students and provide the requisite support.
19. Whether students’ study hours are supervised by qualified teachers?
- Yes, study hours are supervised by their teachers. The wardens are aware of the required outcomes of the self-study time and monitor the learners accordingly in the hostels. The qualifications of the teachers can be viewed in the teachers’ profile section on the website.
20. My child is very naughty. How are you going to discipline him?
- Children by their nature will be naughty. At IFFS we teach children to take responsibility for their discipline so that their mischief does not harm others.
21. Do you have many programs where parents presence is mandatory?
- Presence of parents in all programs will help students to gain confidence and will give parents a voice in running the school. Parents’ presence is mandatory during i. First day of school re-opening where parent orientation will be organized, ii. Sports Day iii. Annual Day.
1. Apart from academic knowledge, what other areas will my child be exposed to? What else will my child be trained in apart from regular subjects?
- Sports: Indoor – Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Chess, Carrom. Outdoor – Tennis, Basket Ball, Football, Cricket, Rifle Shooting, Horse Riding
-Music: Vocal and Instrumental
-Dance: Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Western Forms
-Cultural: Anubhuti, Global Village
2. What are the sports facilities available, are there enough coaches to teach them?
- Athletics, football, tennis, basketball, baseball, cricket, badminton, squash, carrom, table tennis, horse riding, riffle shooting are provided in the campus and there are coaches to teach and guide the children in some of sports mentioned above.
3. If my child is good in a particular activity, will he/she be given special attention?
- Yes. For children who want to specialize in any activity, focused attention and proper training is given to them by professionals and we can guide parents to hone their talent to National / International levels. Actual cost for the special coaching should be borne by parents.
4. Do students participate in team building exercises / competitions / activities and could you please list some of the team building initiatives?
- Students participate in team building exercises and inter school – regional level, state level competitions and other activities. Annual day, Sports day, global village activities, daily assembly, community learning etc. are certain team building activities. Sports like football, cricket etc. helps in team building.
1. How secure is my child in the school campus?
- Student security is of prime importance at the school. We have
Round-the-clock security and the entire campus is under 24×7 CCTV surveillance.
Separate hostel facilities are available for girl students at the appropriate age
Own clinic with experience doctors and support staff with ambulance is available on campus.
Staff quarters and the Principal’s Bungalow are on campus and they are available all the time.
The wardens are well-experienced and trained to keep the children safe and secure.
The structure of the school is designed critically to ensure safety of the students and there are maximum 360 students on 20 acre campus
2. How safe is the school for a girl child?
- IFFS is a co-ed residential school with ethos and believe in gender equality. Proper grooming of children ensures safety of girl child however girl student are taken care of with the seriousness that it deserves. The girls’ hostel (for appropriate age girls) is separate and entrusted with a female warden and female teacher at any point of time. Similarly, female coach is always available on the playground during the sports time. Even for outing female staff will accompany the girl child.
3. Whether you have sufficient medical facilities in house with a qualified medical doctor? Whether a hospital that is easily accessible nearby for emergency issues?
- Dhanvantri is the campus medical centre manned by a certified medical officer / doctor, open 24×7 exclusively for the children and staff of the school.
The salient features of this clinic include:
Fully equipped medical centre
Resident doctor and staff nurse. Children are treated for basic ailments on the campus by a resident doctor.
Provision for round-the-clock medical supervision
Ambulance: 24×7 on premises for emergencies
Routine health check ups
Tie-up with Dhirubai Ambani hospital which is 20 minutes away. Students are taken to this hospital in case of serious alignment. However we will keep you informed in case of emergency.
1. Where is the school located?
- IFFS is located in Karjat, Maharashtra. It’s 90 minutes away from Mumbai (Bombay)and Pune. The school is 15- 20 minutes from Karjat railway station. It’s also 40 minutes away from the proposed site of the Navi Mumbai international airport near the Mumbai –Pune Expressway.
2. Who are the people behind India First Foundation School?
- It is promoted by the Bhanushali Family, and is a registered trust. The former Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department), IAS, Government of Maharashtra is the Managing Trustee of our School.
3. When was IFFS established?
- IFFS was started in 2009. The first batch of students passed out their board exams in 2012-13 with 100% results.
4. What is different about this school? How IFFS is different from others?
- It is a movement and not just an institution. We believe in taking “Education Beyond Books” and give the student maximum opportunities to excel in multiple academic and co-curricular fields.
- In academics the core subjects have a teacher as well as a support teacher in class
- We have trained teachers who are dedicated to their jobs
- For students who need support we have remedial classes
- Our student-teacher ratio is among the best
- Apart from an excellent sports’ infrastructure, our co-curricular programme has unique features such as Ashram visits, excursions, a young scientist programme, extended visits by grandparents, etc
- Entire campus is monitored via cameras without invading your child’s residential life privacy.
- Regular health checkups
- Airconditioning in hostels
- Healthy vegetarian diet
- Variety in music classes
- External coaches for sports
- In an era where percentage is everything, rote learning is order of the day, at IFF “Creya” Learning provides hands on experience
5. What is the strength of the students per class?
- We have 36 students per class.
6. Why there are 36 students in each class?
- IFF believes in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” i,e. Entire world as a family. The concept of India First Foundation School defines that we get one student from each state and Union Territory and that makes it 35 and one student from outside the country in each class, making it 36 so there will be maximum 36 students per class.
7. Where are the students mostly from?
- Due to our close proximity to Mumbai, our students are largely from Mumbai. We also have students from Pune, Gujarat, North-East, Delhi, Kolkota, Bihar and few from Gulf. We wish to have students from each part of the country.
As of now we have 5% NRI students. The percentage of local students in our school is as follows:
50% from Mumbai, 17% from Navi Mumbai, 8% from Karjat and 4% from rest of Maharashtra; i.e. a total of 79% from Maharashtra State (local). The rest are from other States of India. However, these percentages are subject to change as the school grows and we have students joining IFFS from various states of India and abroad.
8. Do you have boarding school upto XII standard?
- Yes. The school is upto Grade-XII with boarding facilities.
9. How many students are there in the school and what is the mix of day scholars and boarders?
- There are around 100 students in school as of now out of which 89 are boarding students and rest (including teachers’ wards) are day students.
10. Do you have a Swimming Pool in your school?
- We do not have a Swimming Pool in our school.
1. Will there be any pre-admission test / interview for my child in-order to secure admission at IFF School?
- As per laws we are not allowed to have pre admission test/interview. However at IFF we have a preliminary assessment to evaluate where the student stands at the time of entry. There will be only an interaction with the child.
At IFFS, every child is special and hence equal opportunity is given to every one of them. We believe each child should rise to his / her fullest potential by nurturing their skill set.
2. What is the admission process?
- To apply, you can visit the website link- Apply to IFFS
3. What all is included in the annual fee structure?
- At IFFS we provide one of the best student teacher ratio in the world to take care of your ward’s academic and co-curricular activity. A visit to ashram is arranged to take care of your wards emotional side. Monthly outings to nearby places and excursion tour once a year is organized for all round development of your child. Refreshment (2 times)/lunch/ dinner and medical support at campus. will take care of your child’s health. Air conditioned hostel accommodation will take care of his comfort. Entire campus is camera monitored to take care of your child’s safety. Stationery, books, notebooks, projects, music, dance, drawing, arts and craft are part of all round development. Annual Fee structure includes the fees for school uniforms, sports uniform and other event related dresses.
4. Do we get any scholarships for our child?
- The School is run by the Trust. As on date substantial subsidy is provided to maintain highest standard for all round development of children, so it is not possible to offer any scholarship.