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APL Global is a school that offers Personalized Learning Solutions Personalized Learning is an alternative to the failings of 19th & 20th century class rooms which did not have the wherewithal to tune in to needs of individual learners.

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APL Global School

  1. 2. Every child is unique.
  2. 3. “ To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul. ” Muriel Spark. A classroom is a nurturing environment that challenges and catalyzes a natural leading out, thus Realizing the Unique Potential of each child.
  3. 4. Have you felt this about your child?
  4. 5. She hardly ever pays attention. When she does, she comes up with some stunning insights and observations. He is so expressive verbally. He really knows so much about his lessons but does so poorly at written tests. He does not understand what is taught at school but learns quiet well with me at home. She is so passionate about tennis but where is the time with her board exams next year? He is dance obsessed. Wants to be a choreographer. But what about his basic education?
  5. 6. <ul><li>Is it possible? </li></ul><ul><li>To be a performing artist and still be an A+ grade student? </li></ul><ul><li>To be on par with course work even as you travel to compete in sports events? </li></ul><ul><li>Or does your child have to settle for a mediocre education to be able to follow her passion? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it worry you to see your child trying to juggle school and his passion, and explore other opportunities with increasing stress? </li></ul>
  6. 7. Would your child enjoy …
  7. 8. <ul><li>flexible schedules </li></ul><ul><li>challenging learning tasks in a collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>nurturing/non threatening environment learning and assessment tasks that suit her learning style </li></ul><ul><li>small class groups with the opportunity to have one on one interactions with the teacher with the </li></ul><ul><li>focus to discover and achieve full potential </li></ul><ul><li>freedom to choose subjects of his choice from across streams </li></ul>
  8. 10. Our Mission
  9. 11. To be a practical alternative to formal schooling that targets whole brain development and inspires the creative best in students by giving them an opportunity to realize their unique potential.
  10. 12. Our USP <ul><li>Tangible pedagogic design that includes </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized Learning Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Student-centric classes with a teacher-student ratio of 1:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Design with Differentiated Learning Activities and Tasks fostering Whole Brain Development </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of subject choices to pursue aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>A comprehensive reporting system that reflects the path to achieving individual unique potentials </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible schedules to suit the child’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>An inclusive environment that recognizes the needs of the differently-abled to be viewed as an integral, valued and beautiful part of our communities </li></ul>
  11. 13. Personalized Learning at APL Personalized learning is a 21 st century approach to education that is student centric and life oriented. It is based on latest educational research findings on brain orientation and their impact on learning.
  12. 14. Personalized Learning can help you...
  13. 15. <ul><li>identify unique gifts/skills/passions of each child and nurture them </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Identify challenges and obstacles to learning faced by each child and chart individualistic study plans to overcome the same </li></ul><ul><li>consistently giving support/motivation and encouragement to raise the bar of performance </li></ul>
  14. 16. How do we Personalize Learning?
  15. 17. <ul><li>Differentiated Teaching : Pedagogic design that accommodates student differences through lessons that accommodate different learning styles and paces of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Assessment : Personalized Learning Plans that empower the student to set his performance targets with specific feedback that addresses individual strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility : of time and structure of syllabus that gives the opportunity to pursue interests outside traditional school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic reports : to help parents track their child ’ s performance and progress </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring Quality : Faculty are continually updated on current research into pedagogic trends thereby ensuring that quality and standards are maintained and enhanced </li></ul>
  16. 18. The Course Structure, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Facilities at APL have been designed to provide the following unique features
  17. 19. <ul><li>Curriculum based on </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) </li></ul><ul><li>IGCSE & A levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UPPER SECONDARY - 16 -18 yrs International A and AS Level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SECONDARY 2 - 14 -16 yrs Cambridge IGCSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SECONDARY 1 - 11-14 yrs Lower Secondary Programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRIMARY 5 - 11 yrs The Primary Programme </li></ul></ul>We are a Registered CIE centre authorised to conduct these programmes and the relative Cambridge certified examinations. (Centre No –IN 039)
  18. 20. Learning Streams FORMAL STREAM - Regular timings with not more than 15 students per class and enriched curriculum for whole brain development.   FLEXI STREAM - Students who choose to learn at a personalized pace with timetables that allow time for travel and/or time for the development of their sporting/artistic talents. EASY TRACK – Following the policy of inclusive education, we h elp learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community. They are also prepared to take the NIOS exams in the subjects of their choice for grades 10 and 12.
  19. 21. Co-curricular activities Students in the Primary benefit from participation in activities involving Music, Dance, Life Skills, Communication Skills, Art, Physical Education and Development of Emotional & Social Skills. Senior students have a choice of activities ranging from Theatre
  20. 23. How do we customize learning programmes?
  21. 24. Challenge: Student A Plays competitive tennis and has intensive training sessions in the morning & evening. The APL Global Solution: Customized study programme: 3 hour sessions/5 days a week. Learning material to take when travelling on tournaments.
  22. 25. Challenge: Student B Speaks fluently. Uncomfortable with writing work.   The APL Global Solution: Customized study programme: Starting at a relaxed pace student is gently coaxed and guided with tailored coursework to reach maximum potential.
  23. 26. Challenge: Student C A quick learner who likes new and challenging tasks. Needs challenges to be motivated Challenge: Student D Absorbs information slowly. Needs time and guidance and active mentoring   The APL Global Solution: Customizing for 2 different children in the same class: Differentiated teaching time built into the class allows the teacher to develop personalized activities/worksheets that meet the challenges of student C and D. Student C works independently on challenging tasks, while the teacher actively mentors student D
  24. 27. APL Infrastructure <ul><li>Spread over a total floor area of around 45,000sqft </li></ul><ul><li>Well designed air-conditioned classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Laboratories for Sciences, ICT, Math, research & self study areas with computers and a well stocked library . </li></ul><ul><li>Large well equipped kitchen and cafeteria that serves healthy balanced meals. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities for sport and games and an art and music studio . </li></ul>
  25. 28. Our Strength <ul><li>A highly experienced academic core team that keeps abreast of constantly evolving social and professional contexts. A team of handpicked and Cambridge trained faculty that has experience in teaching the Cambridge curriculum and been in the field of personalized learning for over 3 years . </li></ul><ul><li>Many of these experienced faculty combine teaching experience with a sound knowledge of Pedagogy, Whole Brain Development and MI , thus forming a strong resource bank of capable teacher trainers </li></ul>
  26. 29. Our results speak for us.
  27. 30. APL has been seating its students for both the IGCSE, AS and A Levels since November 2009, with some very commendable results. STUDENT SUBJECT EXAM LEVEL GRADE KAMAKSHI VISVANATHAN SOCIOLOGY PSYCHOLOGY A LEVEL B C IHA DHAWAN PSYCHOLOGY, ECONOMICS LANG & LIT ENGLISH A LEVEL A, A B NOMITA ANNE SALDHANA ART & DESIGN ENVIRONEMNTAL MANAGEMENT HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY IGCSE A* A* A, A SANJANA CHANDRASHEKAR FISRT LANG – ENGLISH ENVIRONEMNTAL MANAGEMENT MATH , BIOLOGY IGCSE A B B, B SASHA AHUJA ENVIRONEMNTAL MANAGEMENT IGCSE A MANASA SUNDAR BIOLOGY FISRT LANG – ENGLISH IGCSE A A AISWARYA JAYAMOHAN ECONOMICS , MATH FISRT LANGUAGE – ENGLISH, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY IGCSE A.A A* A* A* YASHASVINI RAJESWAR LIT IN ENGLISH PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY A LEVEL B A, A
  28. 31. What do APL parents have to say?
  29. 32. With one bad experience behind us, we entered APL with a lot of scepticism . Though Mrs Vasanthi Vasudev ’ s words were very assuring we were on a shaky platform. Akshara, my daughter, was keen to go abroad and I thought A levels would be a great training ground. A lot of parents like me think that A levels is a piece of cake. Cambridge syllabus is much more difficult than Edexcel. We are so used to the Indian system and their pattern of testing adapting to the new system is definitely very difficult. Their testing platform is very analytical and our rote system kills this analytical factor. My apprehension was removed by Mrs Sarija Sathosh, Akshara’s biology teacher. She worked with Akshara and boosted her morale and was instrumental in my daughter coming to this level. Her other teachers, Mrs Geetha Mani (English), Mrs Elizabeth (Chemistry) along with Mrs Karunambal(Physics) and Mrs Mala Balashankar (Biology for A levels) really helped her in shaping her education and personality. Vasanthi Vasudev and her team of teachers are so approachable. They make sure, unless a child is very weak in a subject, no tuitions are needed. They provide all the guidance in academic s and confidence building ensuring that every child reaches its unique potential. Lata Ramabhadran Parent of Akhsara A Levels
  30. 33. I had never heard of the APL Global School until my daughter, who had done well in her 10th boards at a well-known Chennai school, mentioned that she would like to finish her secondary education here. We went and had a look at the campus and were immediately pleased with its design and layout, which were not only aesthetically pleasing but also seemed conducive for a new kind of learning, something that was different from the usual factories that much of our education system seems to have become. We found the director, Vasanthi Vasudev, filled with fresh ideas and a holistic approach to learning. I did not even have to think twice about the curriculum details; just the attitude seemed right for personalized learning. Indeed, during my daughter's time here we have found the school teachers incredibly intense and committed about teaching the subjects, ensuring that the student is well prepared, and there is a level of monitoring that would be unthinkable in a larger school. The one thing that always frightened me about my children was that they might get lost in the school they attended, and that it would prevent them from fulfilling their potential. At APL Global, I know such fears are unfounded, and I feel that the school has, through its ultra-personalized approach, helped my daughter become a better student and a better person. Aditya Sinha , Editor-in- Chief , The New Indian Express, Chennai, December 11, 2010
  31. 34. Our son Niranjan had just finished his 10 th exams through NIOS and wanted to keenly pursue competitive tennis along with his academics . APL Global was just about to kick-off and a casual conversation with the promoters led to a serious discussion with Vasanthi Vasudev, the Academic Director who encouraged us and Niranjan in a manner which convinced us to enroll Niranjan in this school immediately without second thoughts. Niranjan is a national ranked tennis player. In order to continue his tennis seriously he had to necessarily participate in all the national level ranked tournaments conducted in various parts of the country throughout the year. For doing this he needed a school which could offer him the much required flexibility so as to enable him to take part in the tournaments as well as make up his academic back log whenever he was in town. This required a lot of planning between the student , parents and the school . The Flexi Stream offered by APL Global was just the perfect blend of what we expected.   The personalized learning programme was tailored to meet Niranjan’s specific needs. The classes would always be taken in small groups or one-on-one classes. The school does not focus only on scholastic performance but also on brain based skills and attitudinal strengths. Though the Cambridge syllabus is more challenging than the other Indian syllabi, it is pertinent to mention that this definitely has a more holistic approach and grooms the students to take up challenges with confidence.
  32. 35. The best part of the experience were the teaching staff who were well trained and excellent teachers who explained material clearly, prepared for classes and knew what they wished to accomplish. Niranjan’s teachers were very cooperative with him and would never hesitate to help him out on his missed work, be it class or test re-scheduling. The teachers were easily accessible by Niranjan and us. We would like to make a special mention about Kiran Merchant who has taken personal pains to coordinate Niranjan’s schedules in spite of her busy work. The school’s infrastructure is excellent with the state of art facilities creating a great atmosphere unlike the other regular ones. Niranjan has thoroughly enjoyed his stint in APL. He has not only been challenged academically, but has learnt life skills that he will carry with him the rest of his life. The school has been an incredible experience to our family. THREE CHEERS TO APL GLOBAL ! Vijaya & Mohan ( Niranjan’s parents )
  33. 36. We are very fortunate that our child Cynthia is part of APL Global school in Grade 10. Cynthia has special needs , and we have found that APL Global provides her with a good mix of academics, and social development opportunity within a flexible framework. Based on expert evaluation and recommendation, the school suggested the NIOS (National Institute of Open School) curriculum for her, and also trained teachers to effectively teach this curriculum. NIOS provides interesting and life skills oriented subjects like Home Science, Painting, Word Processing, etc. and has a lot of flexibility in scheduling exams. We are very happy to see Cynthia doing well with this curriculum, and also enjoying school. The school provides an environment which enhances social interaction, and this has proved to be very helpful. Teachers are also genuinely interested in the students and the small classes helps a lot. Overall we are fortunate to find such a good school, and strongly recommend this school for children with special needs. Dr. Cecil Daniel (Cynthia’s Father)
  34. 37. In November 2008, my husband and I were in a frantic search for a good school in Chennai for our 14 year old daughter. No, we were not being relocated or transferred. In fact our daughter, a bright and creative girl, was studying in one of the best schools in Chennai, but was intensely unhappy with the Indian Education system and its dozen compulsory subjects and constant round of tests and exams . There were no suitable options available. A chance meeting with a close friend turned out to be a Blessing from Above. She had heard about a new school - APL Global which offered the International Cambridge Curriculum with Personalized  Learning as their Motto. We went there and liked what we saw -- Modern school building,  bright and cheerful colours that exuded warmth, well ventilated classrooms, State of the Art Labs, creative and dedicated teachers and most of all a Curriculum and Examination Schedule that seemed tailor-made for our daughter. She has been a student at APL for 2 years now. She chose interesting subjects from a wide range that the school offers, did away with subjects that did not interest her, had supportive and caring teachers guiding her and passed her IGCSE with flying colours. She is currently doing her A levels and has had the opportunity to participate in International Competitions and National conferences and has  blossomed into a confident young lady.   Satisfied Parents of Nomita Saldanha
  35. 38. We look forward to hearing from you. [email_address]
  36. 39. <ul><li>1:60 teacher student ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Overworked irritable teachers unable to share knowledge effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Inexperienced and untrained teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Rote method of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Students left on their own, without any guidance to source information on subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate facilities like labs and libraries that does not suffice the student mass </li></ul><ul><li>One set syllabus for students with different caliber of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid timings and teaching methodologies </li></ul>
  37. 40. Would your child enjoy...
  38. 41. <ul><li>flexible hours </li></ul><ul><li>challenging environment </li></ul><ul><li>nurturing/non threatening environment </li></ul><ul><li>learning environment tailor made for him/her </li></ul><ul><li>small class groups with the opportunity to have one on one interactions with the teacher on a daily basis </li></ul><ul><li>with the focus to discover and achieve full potential </li></ul>
  39. 43. Stake Holders involved in Performance Review

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