Nalapad Academy is a tech-smart school in the heart of Bengaluru, started in June 2019. The school provides National and International curricula with the intent to improve the quality of education imparted in today’s world. They work towards creating a well-rounded individual with a focus on core values such as Empathy, Honesty, Integrity, and Creativity. Holistic improvement of each child is achieved by creating a physical, social, emotional, intellectual environment that supports learners and learning. The school creates a balanced curriculum that imparts knowledge and problem-solving skills in children by striking a balance between theory, activities, and co-curricular activities.
In Nalapad Academy, through collaborative learning students learn from each other, enhance their creative skills, boost their confidence and self-esteem. It helps children take responsibility for their own learning and put forth their best work. Using customized instructions to meet individual student needs in a relevant way helps each child to learn at their own pace. Thematic approach to learning integrates knowledge from various disciplines and encourages students to explore topics in-depth, read various sources and engage in various activities. Children are given the opportunity to express themselves during class discussions and interactions. Thematic learning helps the students to acquire knowledge as they learn in the context of a coherent and holistic way. They will be able to make connections and associate whatever they learn to their surroundings and real-life.
The key to impactful education is to evolve with the needs of the students. Using innovative teaching practices help the students learn effectively. One unique key practice followed at Nalapad Academy is the mentoring system. Facilitators spend time with their students to mentor them. This system helps the facilitators to understand the student’s strengths, challenges, and interests. This understanding is what helps the facilitators to recognize and accommodate these learning preferences. The school fosters to create a safe and caring environment where the children are free to speak their minds, blossom, and grow.
Differentiated instructions help in stimulating the students’ interests and maximize the learning opportunities. Children learn at different paces and in different ways. Challenging tasks are given to students who complete their work early to develop their Higher Order Thinking Skills. At the same time, support is given to students who need help to finish their tasks. By doing so, children feel supported and understand something is coming in line with their strengths. The key outcome of differentiation is that each child feels valued, successful, and supported.
Nalapad Academy has been ranked 1st in the category of individual attention to students in Bengaluru (Education Today).
Various differentiated strategies make assessments for learning relevant to all learners. Assessment for learning is incorporated into everyday classroom practices and the feedback is shared with students. This helps the students to work on their challenges. It also helps facilitators keep tabs on the improvement of the children and see where the focus should be given. Regular assessments of concepts ensure that no child is left behind when it comes to understanding. The school’s approach to teaching and learning is learner-centered.
Whether face to face teaching or remote teaching, it is very important to set classroom routines and develop positive class culture. The class begins with a small round of breathing exercises followed by a starter activity. This helps to get the students focused and ready to begin the learning. Learning is activity-based, which means that the students learn the concepts in a hands-on way. This also takes away from extended screen time during the online classes. At the end of the lesson, a reflection activity is done to understand the learning of each child. This helps the facilitator plan for the next class and bridge the learning gaps. Each day at Nalapad Academy ends with the mentoring hour where children finish their assignments in the presence of their teacher.
Integrated learning helps the children understand concepts easily. We follow a thematic approach of teaching and learning. Through this, all areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. The classroom activities become fun, engaging, and relevant. Learning happens through student discussions and peers learning as well. Through enabling environment, differentiated strategies, classroom interactions, and various learning engagements facilitators create a constructive learning community.
True holistic education is not only learning-based, it focuses on making the student a better person. Value-based education helps the students to face the world with the right attitude and values. Discipline, gratitude, and empathy are a part of the daily routine at Nalapad Academy. Facilitators inculcate moral values, life skills, and other character traits in the students so that they turn out into winning personalities.
*Ranked 1 Emerging School, International Curriculum, by Times Education Excellence 2020 Bengaluru
*Ranked 2 Emerging Pre School, By times Education Excellence 2020 Bengaluru
*Best Upcoming International School 2019-20, by India School Merit Awards (Education Today)
*India’s Top International School Parameter Wise, Ranked no.1 In Individual Attention to Students 2020 by India School Merit Awards (Education Today)
*India’s Top International School Parameter wise Ranked no.1 Co-Curricular Education 2019-20, by India School Merit Awards (Education Today)
* Ranked No.6 in India Emerging High Potential Schools, by Education World Grand Jury Rankings 2019-20.
*Nalapad Nest awarded for Innovative Teaching India’s Special Jury Awards 2020 by Education Today.