If you are a parent who is sick of CBSE, ICSE, State boards, rote learning and one method for 60 students then you may want to look at this school in Pune.
DRIVECHANGE LEARNING & RESOURCE CENTRE (DLRC) is non-conventional and does not follow any mainstream board like CBSE, ICSE or State Board curriculum.
It is from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Preschool is not available but Waldorf, Montessori are good options.
They follow NOIS and IGCSE, AS, A level Board. Students can opt for one subject each out of five groups of subjects: Languages, Math, Science, Humanities and Arts.
The core points they believe and follow to create a wholesome learning environment:
- To explore How to Learn as a community of students, teachers and parents
- Empower teachers to use their talent and passion
- Provide an environment where students can experiment, co-learn and challenge
- Rigour in all aspects of learning is part of everyday learning
- Each individual is valued and accepted
- The environment promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyle
They value transparency, peace, acceptance, empathy, socially responsible and mindfulness.
Thematic Units are blocks of key themes and essential questions from Science and Social studies. These thematic units include storytelling, reading, writing, visual arts, music and hands-on activities to learn any theme.
CPA Approach (Concrete Pictorial Abstract), which is the basis of Singapore Math, a very well known form of learning Math. Here the students are expected to use concrete materials to solve a task. Material like paper, straw, pencil, block, stones etc. Once they have completed a task, they are shown the solution in picture format, drawn on a sheet. Later they are introduced to the words that are relevant and used for this task. And lastly, the students are taught the representation of numbers and symbols used in mathematics.
The curriculum has visual and performing arts incorporated each day.
Students are encouraged in decision making and peer learning.
Subjects like Maths, English, Hindi, Science, History, and Geography are all taught.
Practical and life skill are also taught per year.
The day starts with 45 minutes of sports activity.
Assessment is both qualitative and quantitative.
They inform about homework via diary notes and google docs. Students are expected to study between 0 to 3 hours daily based on the grades, increasing by 30 minutes per grade.
Students and Parents both are responsible for the completion of homework.
Self-study is an important part of this school whereby they teach children how to allocate time, follow the guidelines, respect others in a group, be ready with the topics to self-study.
Attendance has to be 100%. School start at 7:50 am.
8390889048 Office number.
Fee structure and schedule:
Update: 1st June 2018:
After this review was posted, many parents whose children are studying in DLRC wrote that there are several issues in the school. The management issues especially have come up. More than 20 children left the school in 2018 to either study in another school or to be homeschooled. I am posting a child’s letter in the comment section.
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