Podar Education Network

Podar - ORT International School
Worli

FAQ'S

What is Podar Education Network?

Podar Education Network will be managing and operating Podar-ORT International School. Podar Education Network has been in the field of education since 1927. It manages 85 schools across India and educates over 90,000 students every year.

What are the school timings?

Grade Timings Days
Playgroup Shift A 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Monday - Friday
Playgroup Shift B 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM Monday - Friday
Nursery – Jr.Kg – Sr.Kg 8:00 AM – 12: 00 NOON Monday - Friday
Grades 1 – 6 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Monday - Friday
Additional Sports & Activities
(Applicable only from Grade 1 onwards)
For 1 hr. after regular school timings. 2 Days a Week

What is the admission age criteria?

In order to eligible for admission for the 2017-18 Academic Session, students must refer to the following table:

Grade Minimum Age as on 1st August 2017
Playgroup 2 years
Nursery 3 years
Junior KG 4 years
Senior KG 5 years
Grade 1 6 years
Grade 2 7 years
Grade 3 8 years
Grade 4 9 years
Grade 5 10 years
Grade 6 11 years

Where is the school located?

Podar Jumbo Kids (Pre-Primary):
Ground Floor,
Hingorani Building (near Sunville Banquets),
Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai 400018.

Podar - ORT International School (Grade 1 onwards):
Podar - ORT School Building,
68, Worli Hill Estate,
Worli, Mumbai 400018

What grades will commence from the academic session 2017-2018?

Podar Jumbo Kids (Pre-Primary) will be taking admission from Playgroup to Senior Kg.

Podar-ORT International School, Worli will be taking admission from Grade 1 to Grade 8. The school will increase one grade every year as per natural progression.

What board does the school follow?

Podar - ORT International School is a Candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme. The school will be offering IB PYP and IGCSE.

Is the school managed by Podar?

The school is a wholly Podar managed and operated school. It is not a Franchisee.

Why is it called Podar-ORT international School? What role does ORT have in the management of the school?

  • The school will be completely managed and operated by Podar. This is not a partnership school and/or Joint Venture.
  • ORT is the world's largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation. ORT has provided the school building that is being used by the school for Std 1 onwards.
  • ORT will not be involved in any administration / operations of the school.

What is the admission process?

  • Parents to complete the online admission form from the school website (www.podarworli.org) or come to the admission office in the school and fill in the application form.
  • Parents can set up a meeting with the school counselor to know more about the school.
  • A cheque for the admission fees & 1st half of annual fees is to be paid by the parents to the school office.
  • The student will only be considered a confirmed admission once the admission fees & 1st half of annual fees are paid.

What are the documents required at the time of admission?

For Pre-Primary: Only a Xerox copy of the child’s birth certificate and 3 passport size photos are required.

For Grade 1 onwards:

  • Xerox copy of birth certificate
  • Original school leaving certificate (this can be submitted when received by student)
  • Original last Report Card
  • 3 passport size photos.

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. We are an inclusive school.

A meeting with the school counsellor & principal will be set up after admission have been confirmed.

Will there be an increase in fees next year?

Every year there may be a normal increase in the fees depending on inflation & only after PTA discussion.

In what name should the fee payments be made?

Grade Name on Cheque
Playgroup to Senior Kg Podar Jumbo Kids
Grade 1 onwards Podar International School

How many students will be there per division?

Grade Number of students (approx)
Playgroup – Nursery – JKG – SKG 18
Grade 1 onwards 18

What will be the student - teacher ratio?

There will be two teachers per division.

Hence, the ratio of students: teachers will be 10 : 1

How many divisions per grade?

There will only be 2 divisions per grade.

Where will the teachers be from?

We ensure that the teachers we recruit are of the highest standards – not only nationally but on a global level. Therefore, at Podar – ORT International School, we will have a mix of experienced Indian as well as International teachers who will be teaching the students.

Please describe the school infrastructure?

Pre-primary:

  • Classrooms will have latest technology such as interactive boards, visualizers, projectors, etc.
  • An independent sensory room.
  • Students will be given Ipads for certain lessons.
  • Child-friendly computers will be available
  • Indoor play area
  • Canteen service.
  • All the classrooms will be air-conditioned and have CCTV cameras installed in them.

Grade 1 onwards:

  • Classrooms will have latest technology such as interactive boards, visualizers, tablets, projectors, etc.
  • State of the art computer lab
  • Well stocked library
  • 3 Science Labs (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Multi-purpose activity rooms
  • Indoor Hall.
  • Canteen service
  • Entire building will be air-conditioned and have CCTV cameras installed in them.

What will the sports facilities be?

The school will have provisions for indoor activities inside the school campus. Activities such as table tennis, karate, chess, yoga, dance, music will be held within the school campus.

For outdoor sports, the school will tie up with an external ground where students can play a variety of outdoor sports. Outdoor activities such as football, cricket, tennis, basketball, squash, swimming are all planned.

Will there be Podar buses in Worli?

Yes, there will be school bus service operating on extensive routes provided by the school. Safety is the primary concern of the school when students our travelling in the school bus and each Podar bus will have a trained driver, conductor and a female bus marshal. Speed governors and CCTV cameras will also be fitted in the Podar School Buses. The school buses will be air-conditioned as well.

School bus service is recommended but optional.

Will CCTV cameras be there in the school?

Yes, CCTV cameras will be installed in all classrooms and public corridors.

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.

Why study in an IB PYP school?

The IB philosophy is to develop well-rounded global citizens who are well prepared for future study and work. The programme is gentle at PYP level, encouraging key values in the students and fostering a spirit of inquiry.

Isn’t IB PYP just about fun?

Children learn best when they are happy and not stressed, but fun is not the main thing about the IB curriculum. IB is about promoting life-long learning, appreciating the local culture and understanding the global world we are all a part of.

How is PYP learning different?

It takes a trans-disciplinary approach which means that all subjects are connected to key central themes. This enables the child to better understand the world of which he is a part, and to make connections between ideas and subject areas.

What about the local culture?

We firmly believe that every child should be aware of the local culture. In order to do this, we observe Indian festivals, learn Indian and western music, and teach Hindi and Marathi as well as English and French. Out of respect for local culture, all food served at the school is strictly vegetarian and prepared especially for us on the advice of a nutritionist.

Where do the teachers come from?

At the present time, we have teachers from India, the UK, Canada and the Philippines. As the school grows we look forward to maintaining this blend of local and international teachers, and may well be able to add other foreign nationalities to the present list.

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