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.


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

The following documents are required to be submitted :

  • Completed Online Application form.
  • Photocopy of the student’s birth certificate and Aadhar Card (if applicable).
  • School leaving certificate (can be submitted later if currently unavailable).
  • UDISE Number (Unified District information System for Education) from current school (applicable for admissions from Std 1 onwards).
  • Photocopy of the current class Report Card (applicable for admissions from Std 1 onwards).
  • Photocopy of Address proof and Parent's Pan Card (original to be carried for verification).
  • 3 passport size photographs of the student.

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.


AGE
5. What is the age criteria for Podar Jumbo Kids?

For Maharashtra Territory schools:

Class (2021/2022) session

 

Age Criteria

PLAYSCHOOL

:

2 yrs complete by 30 September 2021

NURSERY

:

3 yrs complete by 30 September 2021

Junior KG

:

4 yrs complete by 30 September 2021

Senior KG

:

5 yrs complete by 30 September 2021

For Gujarat Territory Schools:

Class (2021/2022) session

 

Age Criteria

NURSERY

:

3 yrs complete by 1st June 2021

Junior KG

:

4 yrs complete by 1st June 2021

Senior KG

:

5 yrs complete by 1st June 2021

For Other Parts of India (except Maharashtra and Gujarat):

Class (2021/2022) session

 

Age Criteria

PLAYSCHOOL

:

Born between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019

NURSERY

:

Born between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018

Junior KG

:

Born between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017

Senior KG

:

Born between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016

TRANSPORT
6. 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 & STATIONERY
7. Will uniforms and text books be provided by the school?

On the request of parents, the school has shortlisted suppliers for books and uniforms on the basis of their quality and price. Parents can purchase required material from this vendor or online on www.shopforschool.in if they so choose to. The parents are not compelled to purchase uniforms or books from these vendors.

TEACHING STAFF AND TEACHING QUALITY AT PODAR
8. 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.


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

Podar has a Podar Innovation Centre (PIC) that makes sure the curriculum followed in all the Podar International schools is the same and is of the highest standard. The PIC 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 PIC 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 International schools across India, no matter the location. Therefore, technically, a Podar student, irrespective of his/her location, should learn the same thing in the same exact way.


10. How will a child who is currently in a vernacular medium state school and 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 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.

Please note that for schools that are yet to be affiliated, affiliation to CBSE/ICSE will be done in due course as per the Board Guidelines. Until the CBSE/ICSE affiliation is obtained, the school will be teaching the State Syllabus + Podar’s innovative accelerated Curriculum (based on CBSE/ICSE Pattern).

INFRASTRUCTURE
11. 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
12. 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 Athletics
Dance Cricket
Keyboard and Music Football
Yoga and Meditation Karate
GENERAL QUESTIONS
13. 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


14. 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.


15. 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
16. 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


17. 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.


18. 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
TECHNO WHIZ

Technology is an integral part of our world and especially our children are growing up surrounded by, immersed in and exposed to all kinds of technology gadgets. At Podar Jumbo Kids we guide parents not to expose very young babies to technology gadgets as their senses are still being developed and require nurturing with more hands on connections to the world around them. It is safe to start a ‘technology diet’ for children of 3 years of age and so at Podar Jumbo Kids we are proud to announce the launch of our Techno-Whiz Kids program. This program is a well researched and developmentally planned program that will expose children to various gadgets like computers and/or tablets.

Children can build a variety of skills while exploring the functions of a classroom computer. We thoughtfully consider the range of computer activities available to the children considering children’s interests, developmental stage, and abilities when planning appropriate computer activity options for each age level. As children learn to use the computer as a tool for painting, exploring, listening, storytelling, and their teachers will encourage them to combine use of this tool with other means of expression. Thus helping children make connections between computer activities and other learning centers.

Children will explore the computer/tablets, look at and name the parts of a computer/tablet, and discuss how it works. The teacher will also involve children in developing rules and guidelines for using the computer/tablet. After the initial exploration stage children will be involved in reading, math, color and shape games that will help them use thinking skills, logic, and memory and thus hone all round skills.