• 1) What are the school working hours for Middle and High School?

    The school operates from Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In case of a special event or workshop, school shall function on a Saturday. The High School ( Grade 9 & 10) may function on some Saturdays and during some breaks for exam preparation. Any change of school timings shall be proactively communicated by the school
  • 2) What are the subjects taught in middle and high school?

    The main focus during the middle years are as follows

    Academics Skills and music Arts
    English Handwork – needlework, crochet, macrame, basket weaving Various forms of art like form drawing, wet-on-wet water color painting, clay modelling
    Maths Club (Reading, Cooking, Performance Arts, Sports, Story and movie, Public Speaking) Movement, Structured sports and physical education
    Language Arts (Tamil, German) Performance Arts- Drama, Music
    Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
    Specialized subjects (Indian History, World History, Geology, Astronomy)

    The emphasis on Numeracy and Literacy continues through the middle and high school years as well. Additionally, Sciences and Specialized subjects are introduced to kindle and feed the inquisitive mind and expand the interests.

    While English, Maths, Language Arts and Sciences are followed as per the requirements of the Edexcel IGCSE curriculum, the specialized subjects are inspired by the Waldorf pedagogy.
  • 3) How do we find out more about the curriculum?

    Grades 6 – 8

    Edexcel iLowerSecondary is a complete three-year program at the middle school level (Grades 6, 7, 8). The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for International GCSE and other similar qualifications. The curriculum is designed with a global outlook and at the end of the Middle School, the children appear for a Checkpoint exam( in English, Math and Science) which is an externally marked assessment.

    This gives the child, their parents and the school a clear perspective of where the child stands globally in terms of academics. While every effort is made to support the child with meeting the standard, the school does not detain any child based on the performance in the checkpoint exams. The children will move to the IGCSE program based on their ability to meet the exams.

    Grades 9 & 10

    International General Certificate of Secondary Education is a two year program (covering year 9 & year 10) – equivalent to Grade 10 in India. After the IGCSE, the children have a choice to continue with IAL or switch to an Indian Board. The IAL – International A levels is equivalent to Grade 12 in India. The IGCSE and IAL are offered by CIE and Edexcel with marks and grading recognized by both Indian and International universities and employers worldwide. The AIU (Association of Indian Universities) has officially recognized IGCSE and IAL in India and therefore, students passing out of this Board will have access to Universities in India and across the globe.

    The main features of the program are Internationally accepted Robust curriculum, Assessment, Positioning and access to World wide resources and learning aids. It offers a wide range of subjects under Languages, Humanities, Sciences, Maths and Arts. The learning objectives, content and assessments are intensely application oriented and therefore prepare the students for meeting the demands of the real world and work environment.
  • 4) How does a typical day look in the Middle School at Yellow Train?

    The children usually arrive between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM and have breakfast at the school. The school day starts at 8:20 AM with an Assembly or morning circle. The academic day starts with what we call the “Main lesson” where one topic from one subject will be taught everyday for 2 – 4 weeks (block system).

    Main Lesson is followed by a practice block where children practice concepts from subjects other than the main lesson subject. English and Math lessons happen everyday, languages are taught 4 days a week, sciences, skills, arts and other specialized subjects are taught once a week. The day usually ends with a physical education lesson with either movement, games or structured sports.
  • 5) What are the requirements to be a part of the High School?

    The High School offers the IGCSE program over 2 years ( Grade 9 &10). The program is intensive and requires not just proficiency in the subject but greater understanding and proficiency in English too. At the end of the Middle School years the students also take an Achievement Test in English, Maths and Science which serves as a marker of where the student stands in terms of performance in the International field and indicates the readiness of the child towards the IGCSE years.
  • 6) What are the subjects offered in the High School towards the Board Examinations?

    The IGCSE Qualification is awarded on appearing for a minimum of five subjects. The children are prepared for English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and German / Tamil – a total of six subjects. Besides this there is an option of taking Art and Design as an additional subject. The board offers a variety of other subjects which the student may choose and prepare for in their own time but appear through the school.
  • 7) Is the transition from a main stream school to Yellow Train Middle and High school difficult?

    Edexcel iLowerSecondary and IGCSE curriculum demand that children are able to apply the knowledge and skills from all subjects in different situations, are able to come up with creative solutions, exhibit analytical and higher order thinking skills and have good study habits in order to be able to cope with the rigor. It is not dependent on rote or memory based learning .The teaching method is focused on building these skills. Hence children from other schools may take time to adjust and settle down.
  • 8) What is the homework policy of the school?

    Home work is designed for various reasons – for deepening their understanding, for independent practice, for developing speed, for self-learning possibilities, for creative expression and developing a good study habit. The nature of each homework, its objective and expected outcomes could therefore vary.

    The work sent is of the expected grade level and children are expected to work on it independently. However, if the child’s personal capacity is lower than the expected grade level, then the homework will need parent’s supervision and support. Parents are expected to take responsibility and ensure the child completes the work and honour submission timelines. Some of the homework could require the support of technology, the scope of which is always defined.
  • 9) What is the sports program for the middle and high school years?

    Movement, games and structured sports are given as much importance as Academics in Middle and high school years. It helps the children to develop healthy bodies and learn the importance of Discipline, coordination, sportsmanship, skill, technique, team work, and respect.

    Physical Education lessons happen every day in the middle and high school years with heavy emphasis on skill building (playing and practicing), inclusion and sportsmanship. The children are encouraged to participate in competitive sports and to represent the school at various athletic events. Besides active sports, students also participate in Bothmer gymnastics and games.
  • 10) What is the school’s policy on Technology in Middle and high school years?

    While the students may be exposed to limited technology in the classroom through videos, talks or presentations, there is no active use of Technology in school by the students. Gadgets are not permitted in school. At home, for homework, children may be expected to use the support of technology in a guided manner for their work.
  • 11) What is the school’s take on discipline?

    The school subscribes to a philosophy of Freedom of Expression with Responsibility. This extends to all areas of school life including discipline. When there is lack of responsibility or respect, there are several approaches the school takes. Initially, there is a conversation with the child and thereafter if repeated it is brought to the attention of the parents and further still the school reserves the right to take further disciplinary action.

    The school has a no-tolerance policy towards Bullying, Foul language, physical harm or damage and such behavior will be handled appropriately.
  • 12) How do assessments happen?

    Assessment of every child is an on-going process. Each block has a learning goal.

    At the end of every block, children will be assessed against these objectives through a review.

    Reviews are designed to have a realistic understanding of where one stands with respect to many areas and is a very helpful tool in measuring the progress. Our term end and year end reviews cover what has been taught through out the term and the year respectively. The assessment dates are intimated and children are expected to prepare of the assessments.

    Assessments are timed and are graded as per the marking scheme of the Board. The performance in the reviews is shared with the parent and the child at the end of every term unless there is a need otherwise.
  • 13) How will my child’s progress be measured?

    The child’s progress is of interest to both the school and the parents. The progress is usually measured against the benchmark the child and the teacher set and those set by the Board. There is a grade appropriate level and the term end report will reflect where the child stands with regards to the grade appropriate level. The grading is done according to the IGCSE guidelines and gives a clear picture of where the child stands in each subject. There is no internal comparison or ranking.