How is Life School (Creative) different from other schools and learning centres?
Please read Learning Principles and Curriculum
What is the minimum age for a Child at Life School?
The child should have completed three years by June (beginning of the academic year) when seeking admission. The child should be toilet trained.
What are the timings? Is breakfast and lunch provided at the centre?
Please read General Information
What is the fee structure?
The fee structure is not available online. Charges are discussed with each family during the admission process. We have a sliding scale of tuition charges. We expect families to pay as much as is possible without causing any financial strain. Those who are financially able need to support other parents who cannot afford as much. We hope that this kind of education is deeply important to parents. Our contributions sustain the learning atmosphere of our community.
Is the fee refundable?
No, any fee paid is non-refundable.
Why is the fee structure not available online?
We believe that parents should know first hand the philosophy and working structure of Life School, and interact with us on this.
Does Life School have any external funding?
The centre is registered as a non-profit charitable trust and donations are eligible for exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act of India. A centre like ours relies on the support of people with a shared vision to raise funds. As a part of CLU, we request you to make efforts at fund-raising by contacting friends and others. Funds are initially needed for the purchase of land and infrastructure. Please do meet us to better understand our budgeting and funding needs for the coming academic year.
To which board is Life School affiliated?
We are not affiliated to a board, as a school. Our curriculum is aligned with the Cambridge University’s curriculum frameworks. We are not seeking recognition from the State at present. As the school grows, we will affiliate to a board as needed. This however, is in no way disadvantageous to the children at CLU.
15-17 year old students will appear as private candidates for the IGCSE exams (Cambridge University), which are recognised in India and the world over as extensively evaluating a student’s aptitude, analytical skills and comprehension skills.
Information on IGCSE is available on CIE’s website. CIE is the international division of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). UCLES is a UK-based academic qualifications awarding body, known for its professional, rigorous and high standard assessments.
Why Cambridge and not an Indian board?
IGCSE offers a wider range of subjects, encouraging high standards through analytical approaches to teaching and learning. IGCSE emphasizes reflection and analysis of different subjects, rather than large sets of data/content. It equips children with skills that can be applied beyond the school walls.
Many subjects are offered at two levels – Core and Advanced. A child has the option to take the subjects at the Core level, or if desired, to specialize in subjects at the Advanced level.
Assessment is not limited to the conventional written papers familiar to the Indian boards. A child is nurtured to communicate understandings and apply concepts through explorative investigations. IGCSE does not emphasize rote learning; it focuses on analytical and reflective learning instead.
Recommended resources and texts for Cambridge are well-written, fostering independent learning, motivation and self-learning modes.
Cambridge board allows student to take exams in a staggered mode through two years. A student may re-take any exam in a particular subject if desired to better a grade, rather than re-take the entire set of exams.
The Cambridge International Primary and Middle school programmes give schools a framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills in young children. It provides guidance for curriculum development, teaching and classroom learning. It allows teachers to innovate, make learning interesting with current research and assess children’s learning as they progress.
Are IGCSE and A level certifications are recognised by Indian Universities?
The association of Indian universities formally recognizes IGCSE 10th and A levels as equivalent to the tenth and the twelfth standard examinations in India, respectively.
The Association of Indian Universities’ requirements for candidates taking the IGCSE and A level are: a minimum of 5 passes at the IGCSE level and 2 passes at the A levels. For admission to professional courses – medical/engineering, A level passes in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Mathematics and English are essential besides the 5 passes at IGCSE level.
Detailed information is available at http://www.aiuweb.org/Evaluation/evaluation.asp
Are IGCSE student eligible for CBSE/ICSE/PUC in the 11th standard?
Yes, students who have passed IGCSE are eligible for any +2 level qualification, like Class 12 CBSE / ISC (ICSE) or any international pre-university programme, like the IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US) and A/AS Level & AICE (UK).
Can my child take CETs with IGCSE?
Yes. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A Levels are equivalent to PU 10+2. Students who have successfully completed CIE A Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English are eligible to sit for the CET subject to fulfil the minimum marks and other eligibility criteria.
While assessment is a concern for parents, they do not think about which school is best for a child; assessment, after all, is a mechanism to evaluate learning. It is not the end of education. Education is life-long. At CLU, we believe children grow up as independent learners with a strong sense of awareness, community and wellbeing.