Academics

Our constant endeavor is to develop future-ready global youth who will enrich the society through their academic caliber; possess a drive to excel and push their boundaries while developing a compassionate and empathetic understanding of the complex and uncertain world around them. Our mission is to develop compassionate and sensitive leaders through:

  • A safe and nurturing school environment that supports and encourages life-long learning.
  • Teachers who are professionally proficient and passionate educators.

The school is divided into 4 stages: FOUNDATIONAL STAGE – Grades PP – 2, PREPARATORY STAGE – Grades 3 – 5, MIDDLE STAGE – Grades 6 – 8 SECONDARY STAGE – Grades 9 – 12.

For the Foundational Stage, students are groomed using strategies that are a blend of Waldorf and Montessori ideologies. For FOUNDATIONAL (grade 1 and 2) and PREPARTORY STAGE, students have the option to choose between the internationally acclaimed IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) curriculum and the nationally recognized CBSE curriculum. For the MIDDLE and SECONDARY STAGE, we are following the CBSE curriculum with plans to explore and expand to more options in the near future. We give high importance to all round development of the student by emphasizing on extracurricular activities, life skills, personality building activities and skill-based education.

At Secondary Stage (Grades 9 to 12), the school offers skill education in collaboration with MANUU (Maulana Azad University)

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please complete the Online Enquiry Form. For more details on the respective programs, please refer to:

VIS’s Early Years Program helps new learners nurture their inherent curiosity and rear skills for inquiry and exploration. Our pre-primary curriculum has been designed with a blend of Waldorf and Montessori approach that heavily emphasizes on using a play-way method to empower children to be accountable for their own learning. We conduct the following activities to help students learn independently, and collaborate with others:

Star of the Week

As students commence their journey with our school, we seek to develop not only their academic acumen, but also their social skills. And the first step towards achieving that goal is to know their peers and let others know about them. Each student is given a chance to be the ‘Star of the Week’. Throughout the week the ‘star’ gets the chance to share about himself/herself to the class through various activities. This gives a chance to the rest of the class to find mutual grounds and form bonds that would last for many years to come. This activity also opens the students up to get acquainted with families, backgrounds and ways of living different from their own and develop a broader perspective towards life from a very young age.

The usage of Phonetics

The first step towards developing mastery over communication in a language is learning how to speak that language. The rudimentary skill of speaking properly is largely based upon understanding the phonetic structure of the words. At Vista International School, the earliest association with English is build through fun activities that develops a strong base of phonetics and proves to be an indispensable tool towards developing their fluency in the language.

Painting, Colouring, Arts and Crafts

Albert Einstein said ‘creativity is intelligence having fun’. At Vista International School, we believe that creativity is present in each and every one, and it is our calling to give them the environment that helps them identify and explore their creativity. Our classrooms are a veritable hotspot of little visionaries exploring and experimenting with the things around them and presenting their vision through various mediums. Activities such as finger painting, vegetable painting, colouring with crayons as well as a myriad of craft activities help them widen their spectrum of creativity and look at the world around them with a fresh perspective.

Clay-modelling

It is extremely important to ensure the proper development of fine and gross motor skills in students along with appropriate hand-eye-coordination. To achieve that we conduct various activities, including clay modelling. These activities are crucial to ensure proper development of the motor skills in the young students.

Interactive Play

Playing as a tool to aid learning has been recognized worldwide. O. Fred Donaldson said that children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn. Play helps children develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye-coordination and concentration. It teaches them to work cooperatively and collaboratively, using all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking, problem solving skills and experiment with solutions.

Music and Rhymes

Music and rhythm resonate with the human mind and touches the heart in ways that words often can’t. Music has always been an important tool to help condition the mind while beats are effective in strengthening the brain to help it better guess incoming sensory information. Therefore, music and rhymes are oft-practiced activities in our classrooms. Song and dance routines and nursery rhymes find their way into the classroom to help our students learn a variety of things – from alphabet to numbers to life-skill lessons. The fun that accompanies these activities are a welcome addition that inevitably results in the ample smiles that adorn the faces of the youngest Vistaians.

Workshop

The Pre-Primary Workshop is a window for the young Vistaians to get a glimpse into the world that awaits them once they grow out of the safe confines of the school. The workshop gives them an opportunity to explore the various places and facilities that feature in our lives nowadays in varying frequencies. From a grocery shop, to a hospital to a typical home setting – the workshop helps the student explore the essential components of each of these establishment and learn how to use the facilities judiciously. Among the not-so-often explored places the workshop includes a model runway, the deck of a ship and even a jail!

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Health, Safety and Child Protection

Health Safety and Child Protection (HSCP) is a cornerstone of VIS philosophy. The HSCP Committee of the school headed by the HSCP Coordinator and including the school leaders and select teachers ensure that the safety and security of the children are always catered to. The school campus has CCTV cameras installed in every corner ensuring that the students are always safe and secured. The buses are equipped with a navigation system that enables parents to track the location of the buses at all times. For us the safety of the Vistaians deserves the utmost priority and we do everything in our power to ensure the same.

Involvement of Parents

At Vista International School, we abide by our strong conviction that parents and the school are allies bound by their common goal – to ensure the overall growth and development of children. We take pride in the strong bond that we share with the parent body. Our Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) is actively involved in ensuring the smooth operation of the school. The PTA members take part in health and safety audits and also contribute towards other major decisions of the school. Parents are always kept informed about the major decisions taken by the school and their opinion is always taken into account before implementing the same.

Communication

School website provides information to existing and prospective parents, students and teachers. Parent WhatsApp groups have been created where urgent and vital information are communicated to the parents.

Counselling Workshops

Teachers

Teachers are constantly kept abreast on ways to identify learning gaps and how to address them. Addressing a problem empathetically and coming up with solutions conducive to growth and development of children is often revisited and constantly worked upon by the teachers. It is our utmost priority to give an environment to the students that make them feel safe and valued.

Parents

Parent workshops are conducted to keep the parents abreast with the ways the school functions and the philosophy adopted by the school. The parent-school partnership is nurtured and worked upon by the school to ensure that the two parties collaborate their efforts towards the holistic growth of the children.

Students

Keeping in mind the emotional support required by the students, several sessions are conducted for them, depending on their age and level of maturity. Group sessions on issues that the students might face in various phases of their life are conducted regularly keeping the parents informed.

Group sessions are conducted based on the needs of individual classrooms. Circle Time is used to its full potential to talk about issues that are unique to needs of that particular class and group of students and also gives the students a safe environment to speak their mind.

Individual sessions are conducted for students who are struggling with the demands of the school environment. These individual sessions help students communicate any difficulties they may be facing and to find a conducive solution that is tailor made for them, helping them achieve holistic growth.

Primary (Classes 1 to 5, Ages 5.6 years to 10 years)

Vista International School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate PYP. Students from grades 1-5 can opt for either the IB PYP curriculum or the CBSE curriculum. Both of these curriculums have their unique approach towards education. The IB PYP curriculum follows an inquiry based, transdisciplinary framework that builds conceptual understanding and makes the children active participants in their learning and grooming.

The CBSE curriculum caters towards the holistic growth of a child and seeks to provide opportunities for students to achieve excellence in learning. It is imperative that students develop a keen understanding about life skills and therefore academic knowledge is supplemented with proper life skill knowledge to ensure that students develop 21st century skills.

Unique Activities

Vista International School believes in the holistic development of each student. We ensure that equal importance is given to both scholastic and co-scholastic activities to ensure overall grooming of each student. Life skill education is an integral part of our curriculum and helps to ensure that students develop empathy and emerge as true ‘humans’. A few important activities that are conducted in the school to ensure a holistic development of the students include creative projects, clay modeling, role-plays, presentations, public speaking, etc. Updates about activities are put up on the school’s social media pages for the parents to see their child`s creativity and knowledge come alive. Project-Based Learning helps learners mix disciplines, apply academics in real time and develop skills that empowers them through life.

Circle Time

Students develop the skill of speaking confidently and expressing their thoughts coherently through this activity. Developing speaking skills aside, this activity proves to be instrumental in ensuring children develop the habit of listening to others and accept others’ opinions – whether they align to those same thoughts or not. Circle Time activity also gives an opportunity for the teachers to develop a lasting bond with the students in the class as well as help the students develop empathy. The topics for Circle Time are carefully chosen by the teachers keeping the age of the students in mind and are constantly revisited to accommodate current national and global events. This helps significantly in ensuring that the children stay abreast with the affairs of the day and learn to develop an insight on the same and speak their mind – all of which are vital steps in making of a leader.

ELA

E.L.A (English Language Activity) programme is an essential part of our curriculum. This programme is an amalgamation of reading time in the library, a carefully designed kit to improve their writing skills and thoughtfully planned games that would not only hone their skills in the language but also develop a lifelong appreciation for it.

Coffee with Class Teacher

Parental involvement and collaboration with teachers form an essential part in the development of children. During the Coffee with Class Teacher sessions, parents are invited to school on Saturdays to discuss the overall progress of their child at school. This helps strengthen the bond between the parents and teachers, and guarantees that both keep working towards the proper development of the child

Star of the Week

As students commence their journey with our school, we seek to develop not only their academic acumen, but also their social skills. And the first step towards achieving that goal is to know their peers and let others know about them. Each student is given a chance to be the ‘Star of the Week’. Throughout the week the ‘star’ gets the chance to share about himself/herself to the class through various activities. This gives a chance to the rest of the class to find mutual grounds and form bonds that would last for many years to come. This activity also opens the students up to get acquainted with families, backgrounds and ways of living different from their own and develop a broader perspective towards life from a very young age.

Sports

At Vista International School, sports play an integral part in grooming the students and helping them develop 21st century skills. Not only does it ensure that the students remain healthy and active, but also contributes heavily towards their emotional and psychological well-being. Vital life lessons can be easily taught on the field, like developing empathy, skills of collaboration and teamwork. It helps them appreciate hard work and value other’s opinion.

Field Trips

Field trips are an essential component at Vista International School. These trips supplement the textual knowledge that the students receive in their classroom and help them view the world around them as a veritable source of knowledge. Nature has and shall always be the most potent teacher for us, and we, at VIS harness that to the full potential. Field trips are mapped with the contents taught in classroom and help students cement their comprehension about the content by noticing their real life application.

Life Skills

In many ways, scholastic knowledge is too limiting to ensure holistic growth of the human mind. That is where life skills come into play. These skills follow an individual wherever they go in life, whatever they choose to do in life. Life skill education is an indispensable tool required to imbibe the qualities of empathy, awareness and kindness.

CCA

Learning happens best when students have a hands-on-experience. At Vista International School, Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) are a crucial component that help raise the bar for cognitive development among students. Students explore, expand the boundaries of textual content and work on the skills that go above and beyond the requirements of formal assessment to recognize their special interests and hone their talent. VIS offers a range of CCA options for the students to choose from, including Literary Club, Theatre and Arts club, Cookery Club, Eco Club etc that pushes the students to find their comfort zone and sharpen their acumen

Reading Programme

As students transition from pre-primary to grade 1, it becomes pertinent for them to develop appropriate reading skills to suit the requirement of the curriculum. Our reading programme helps them build a lifelong love for reading and make it an integral part of their life. Our well-stocked library and reading programme – The Savant’s Voyage – encourages learners to foster a life-long unbreakable bond with books – the benefits of which can be felt throughout their lives.

Remedial Support

At Vista, we understand that each student has their own learning pace. And our constant endeavor remains to help them bloom at their own stride. With our tailored remedial program, we identify the learning gaps and provide appropriate scaffolding wherever required. It also helps us understand the nature of gap – and ensure that the student gets appropriate support – be it to enhance their cognition or inculcate an appreciation for the topic or strengthen the rudiments of the subject.

Academic Support & Counselling

A proficient and dedicated team of teachers are constantly working towards providing suitable learning and growing environment to the students across curricula. Teachers at VIS go through various personal and professional development courses that keeps them abreast with the varying changes and modifications in the world of education and enables them to give adequate support to the students.

·         Additional Help

The teachers at VIS are ever enthusiastic to offer additional help and support to the students seeking to grow beyond their perceived potential and reach the height of success. After school sessions are organized to groom the students appearing for board exams and other competitive exams to ensure that they have an edge above their peers and are able to give their best performance in these demanding exams.

·         Remedial Classes

Students requiring extra care and encouragement to perform to the best of their abilities are groomed through remedial support. The teachers observe and strive to ascertain the reason behind the academic struggles and formulates a plan customized for the child to help them overcome the challenge and improve their performance.

·         Behavioural Counselling

At Vista International School, the academic performance and behavioural challenges are cumulatively documented as a child keeps moving on in their journey through school to help the teachers understand the nature of support required for each student and initiate scaffolding measures early on. The school counsellor has an open-door policy and encourages students to approach in case of any struggles being faced by them. If a teacher identifies need for intervention by the counsellor, the parents are taken into loop and a customized plan is immediately put into place to help the student.

Personality and Aptitude tests

Vista International School has partnered with Focus Group to track a student’s progress and find their aptitude from a very early stage. Students’ performance during exam and in the assignments given by the teachers are carefully scrutinized to list out areas requiring focus and the areas of expertise displayed by the student. Based on such observation, additional learning materials are provided to the students to help them sharpen their acumen and make positive progress towards the career path chosen by them. Multiple aptitude tests are conducted – both in house and with paid partners to keep a track of a child’s progress and guide them towards choosing a career path that would best suit their unique set of talents.

Guest Lectures and Professional Career Advice

Having to choose a career path or areas of further study is a decision that can sometimes prove to be extremely daunting for a student. What helps them in such situations is having all the information they need about a particular career path to understand whether that would be something they would wish to keep pursuing, or not. VIS invites guest lecturers from various fields who share their valuable insight on a particular career or field of study and helps the students make an informed choice, once they are ready to move away from Vista.

Access to CIALFO

Vista International School subscribes to CIALFO – a comprehensive college and career platform that helps students in making informed choices related to their career. It helps counselors, students, and guardians acquire greater visibility into the college application process, easy access to college data, notes, and essay prompts. Students can research colleges across the world; compare their own GPAs and test scores with their alumni’s; take career, learning, and personality assessments; manage application deadlines, to name a few.
(Click here to access the portal!)

Association with JDO Foundation

The JDO Foundation is an educational non-profit foundation located in Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A, which facilitates global collaboration among partner schools to inspire creative and innovative learning that enable students to be accomplished, well-infomed, global citizens.

The projects facilitates 1:1 classroom collaboration between Vista International School with an international partner school on an annual basis.

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