FAQ's by Parents

ADMISSION PROCESS

1. What is the admission process?

  • Parents to come to the admission office and collect a registration kit for Jumbo Kids or application form for Std 1 onwards.
  • A completed form along with the cheque for 1st term fees is to be returned by the parents to the school office.
  • The student will only be considered a confirmed admission once the first term fees are paid by the student.

2. What is the cost of the registration Kit?

    The application form and brochure for admissions in Podar International School (Std 1 onwards) is free.

    The Jumbo Kids registration kit is on a chargeable basis. The registration kit includes an Application Form, PJK brochure and a book on Good Parenting.

3. What are the documents required at the time of admission?

    For Jumbo Kids – only a Xerox copy of the child’s birth certificate required.

    For School admission:

  • Xerox copy of birth certificate
  • Original school leaving certificate
  • Original last Report Card

4. What kind of entrance test will be taken at the time of admission?

    No written test is conducted at Podar School. Admissions are taken on a first come, first serve basis. In fact, any sort of entrance test is illegal as per law.

Fees

5. What is included in the Fees?

    For Jumbo Kids - Tuition fees, Hobby and Sports fees, day field trips, events, workshops and Books.

    For Std 1 onwards - Tuition fees, Hobby and Sports fees, day field trips.

6. What is NOT included in the Fees?

    The bus fees, uniform cost, canteen cost, school camps to different cities that are more than one day (these camps will be optional).

    The book cost will also be extra for Std 1 onwards.

Age

7. What is the age criteria for Podar Jumbo Kids?

    COURSE AGE
    NURSERY April / JUNE 2013 age group between January 2010 to March 2011
    Junior KG April / JUNE 2013 age group between January 2009 to March 2010
    Senior KG April / JUNE 2013 age group between January 2008 to March 2009

Transport

8. What are the modes of transport offered?

    An extensive multi route bus facility is offered by the school. Each bus has a lady attendant, conductor and trained driver in the bus. Your safety is our main concern.

Uniforms & Stationary

9. Will uniforms and text books be provided by the school?

    For the parents comfort, the school has requested a vendor to be situated in the school itself for the first few days of school, who will provide both uniforms and text books. Parents can purchase required material from them if they so choose to.

10. When will the uniforms and text books be provided ?

    Uniforms and text books will be provided before the school starts.

Teaching Staff and Teaching Quality at Podar

11. What kind of remedial classes will be provided for students who are not able to cope?

    The school will do all it can to make sure your child gets the best education possible. If we find that a child is not coping up, extra classes will be provided to those students, mentors will be given to them as well. All this extra help will be done at no extra cost for the parent.

12. The tag line of Podar is “Our quality is the same, wherever we go”. How will you ensure this.

    Podar has a Curriculum and Research Development Centre (CRDC) that makes sure the curriculum followed in all the Podar International schools is the same and is of the highest standard. The CRDC team members are experience teachers and they travel from school to school observing teachers and lessons and giving the necessary help and assistance to the schools.

    Therefore, in each Podar International School across India, the identical curriculum is followed and the teachers all receive the same training and support. Worksheets, exam papers, lesson plans are all prepared centrally by the CRDC team and given to the schools. You can be assured that all students will get a quality education at Podar International School.

    The same exam, the same text books, the same teaching methods are followed in ALL Podar school across India, no matter the location. Therefore, a child in Podar School (CBSE), Mumbai will learn the same thing in the same way as a child in any other Podar International School.

13. How will a child who has never been to an English medium school cope with the culture shift and syllabus requirement?

    The school will do all it can to make sure that the child gets the best out of his experience in Podar International School. We realize the transition to an English-medium CBSE school will not be very easy, therefore, we provide many extra facilities such as extra classes, mentor services to ease in the transition.

    Students coming from a vernacular medium school or semi English school are eligible for admission from Nursery to Std 4 only. No student from a vernacular medium school will be taken directly from Std 5 onwards.

Infrastructure

14. What kind of infrastructure and facilities will be provided by the schools?

    State of the art infrastructure is provided in all of our schools. Each school classroom is equipped with projectors and visualizers to make learning interesting. Computer labs with brand new computers, fully equipped library, science labs, first aid room are also present in the schools.

    A ground will be there where students can play a number of sports. An optional Canteen facility is also present in the school.

Extra Curricular Activities

15 . What are the extra Curricular activities offered at the Podar International School?

    Podar School ensures that the child excels both inside and outside the school and places a lot of emphasis on Extra Curricular activities.

    Sports and Hobby classes are conducted for 2 hours every week. An extensive list of sports and hobbies will be provided to the students and they will be told to pick one hobby and one sport which they will concentrate on for the entire year.

    Please see below the list of sports and hobbies that will be offered in your school. Activities are subject to change.

HOBBY LIST SPORTS LIST
Art and Craft Aerobics
Computer Graphics Athletics0
Cursive Writing Cricket
Dance – Classical Football
Dance - Jazz and Western Gymnastic
Keyboard and Music Karate
Yoga and Meditation Skating

General Questions

16. What is the expected strength of the class ?

    For Jumbo Kids it will be approximately 35 children for Nursery, 40 for Junior and Senior Kg.

    For Std 1 onwards it be will approx 45 children per class.

17. I am looking for a job at Podar. How do I go about applying?

    Please email your resume to career@podar.org or send your resume to General Manager (HR), Podar Center, 85, Parel P.O. Lane, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Mumbai 400 012

18. If I get transferred, Is it possible to transfer from one Podar International School to another Podar International School location ?

    Yes. This is possible. Existing Podar students are given first preference with regards to admissions.

19. How would you help students improve on their English communication skills ?

  • Extra classes (after school hours) are organized in which english is given emphasis.
  • Various technologies are introduced into the classrooms that help the student in learning English.
  • Students are encouraged to only talk in English in School.
  • English Experts from the UK are part of the Podar faculty. They travel to every Podar International School and interact with the teachers and students improving English language communication skills, phonics, pronunciation etc.

Internet Technology

20. What do you mean by interactive classrooms ?

    At Podar, we give emphasis on technology in education. Every classroom will be equipped with digital projectors and Visualiser, through which certain lessons will be taught

21. What do you mean by a Visualiser?

    This is a powerful new Digital Process Visual presentation and teaching tool.

    The Visualiser is the perfect solution for classroom teaching, presentations, recording lessons and evaluation.

    The Visualisers powerful zoom allows you to view text documents and 3D objects in the minutest detail. The powerful functions will enhance the way you conduct your lessons, and save time and money with the image and video capture facilities.

    Any object placed on the visualiser can be zoomed upto 220 times; a science experiment, an arts session or anything related to nanotechnology can be used in tandem with this product.

    The visualizer will be kept in the school lab for help with experiments etc.

22. What do you mean by Web Portal?

    The Podar “Between Us” Portal is designed so as to bring together the two main components of a student’s educational growth – The parent and the teacher.

    Basic Advantage of the Between Us portal:-

  • Facilitates Parent and Teacher communication
  • Student Behaviour reported
  • Student day to day activity reported
  • Attendance of student reported
  • Bulk SMS to parent about important school issues

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