Today, parents have a plethora of Educational Boards to choose from and enroll their children into. It is no longer just the SSC (Secondary School Certificate) or ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education).
In order to be considered as an actual International school, it is widely agreed that a school generally follows a national or an international curriculum different from that of the host country. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on International Education (with such programs as the IB or Cambridge) and global citizenship.
The international school market has experienced explosive growth over the past 10 years with the number of international schools more than doubling across the globe. This past year alone, 345 new schools were added to the network of thousands of international schools worldwide. ISC Research, a UK-based organization dedicated to analyzing, researching and tracking developments in the international school market, calculates that there are currently over 2.8 million students enrolled in international schools around the world.
Kodaikanal International School (KIS), an unique school with an extraordinary history and tradition spanning well over a hundred years! Their keen focus is on students, commitment to quality and dedication to continuous improvement empowering their students to handle whatever life may throw at them. Their greatest strength lies in their commitment to community – crafting together on a shared vision.
From the establishment in 1901 as an American residential school for the children of missionaries in South India, there were many milestones, including a number of ‘firsts’ – from when they became the first IB school, first International School in India (and the third in Asia) by adopting the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in 1976 among only nine other schools worldwide; to when they became the first school in India to have its own separate campus for camping and outdoor activities in 1994.
As their Principal, Corey Stixrud, once said: “Learning happens when we learn directly about a new culture…not from a textbook but from our roommate, or a new friend. Learning grows out of our successes and our failures. It happens when we study, work, talk, play, pray, share, reflect, argue…and when we make up. Granted, it doesn’t happen all the time, but a community that is imbued with the spirit of learning finds that learning is an ongoing continuous process.”
And this philosophy has paid off – their graduates, aside from growing into well-developed and well-adjusted world citizens, consistently achieve higher results than world averages in IB and SAT examinations – and 100% of KIS students who apply gain entry to colleges and universities worldwide. The KIS High School Diploma is US accredited and also allows KIS graduates direct entry to Indian universities.
Their Mission Statement: Kodaikanal International School is an autonomous residential school with a broad college-oriented curriculum, serving young people from a wide diversity of cultures. The School’s academic program is intentionally set within a community life based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and devoted to service in India and the whole human community.
Kodaikanal is one of the International Schools that are participating in Educationista – ‘Times Prestigious Schools Exhibition’ which is taking place across 8 states in 13 cities this year. Educationista Exhibitions is a sole platform for schools and parents to come together and understand schooling in a better way through educational seminars and queries that will be answered by topic Educationista from their field.
We look forward for parents to get educated on different aspects starting from the Boards to the new methodology, before they choose the right schools for their children.
Visit Kodaikanal School at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon on 11th-12th Nov 2017.