The school offers CBSE curriculum and assessment pattern. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is one of the most prestigious and preferred educational boards in India. It aims to provide a holistic and healthy education to all its learners so that students can get adequate space to develop mentally and physically.
Learners of each level are offered a structured framework that enables them to equipped with the current patterns of education system. At Alpha, we are dedicated and committed to bring out the best in your child.
INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY IN EARLY YEARS OF EDUCATION:
“Catch them Young” is what we say at Alpha School, Porur by giving the Tiny tots the very best in their early years of education. Here we insist not just on learning by doing but it’s one more step ahead, it’s learning by playing. Yes, a number of teaching learning activities such as learning number names through hide and seek, a leap and a jump, identifying fruits and vegetables by blind folding (touch and feel), lacing the beads, imagination of stories, play house, mirror reactions by facial expressions, role play, puppet play, tracing with sand paper are all initiatives taken towards innovative teaching methods towards the children we love the most.
CBSE is known for its comprehensive syllabus and well structured exam pattern which helps students to get a detailed idea about the entire curriculum. CBSE, has brought in the ‘uniform system of assessment and examination as a move to standardize teaching and evaluation around schools affiliated to it. From class VI onwards, students would be assessed as per this template prescribed by the board. Uniform assessment is a two-semester scheme, at the end of which Half-Yearly and Yearly examination will be held.
In Alpha we ensure that the assessment and evaluation is continuous, skill based and as per the CBSE requirement helping to improve the knowledge and understanding of the students that leads to their overall development
Our primary and middle school follows curriculums which provides a hands-on approach to students ensuring opportunities for creative expression and develop skills of reflective thinking, observation & experimentation. Alpha gives immense importance to the curriculums that are followed and makes sure that they are surely one of a kind.
Chrysalis is an interesting curriculum followed by the students of our school from kindergarten to grade 5. Chrysalis includes several highly effective strategies such as spaced practice, retrieval practice, elaboration, interleafing and dual coding. The teachers also go through regular training sessions through professional development programmes in order to equip themselves with the emerging teaching strategies.
The students from classes VI - VIII follow the Xseed curriculum, an innovative pedagogy designed to raise the level of learning in classrooms and build confidence in children. XSEED follows the proven 5–step experiential learning method where concepts are taught through hands-on experimentation followed by questioning, application and feedback. This replaces the one-step ‘telling and memorization’ technique followed in many traditional classrooms.
Students learn Second Language from UKG. They can choose either Hindi or Tamil as their second language till class V. From class VI they also have the option of French. Students from Class I – VIII also have third language as part of their curriculum.
The Secondary and Senior Secondary students of Alpha School, Porur have a holistic growth at school where they learn independently; develop resilience, confidence and maturity before stepping out into the world. The Senior Secondary at Alpha provides students the opportunity to identify their areas of strength and pursue an academic programme that is best suited to their learning style, inclination, and which is in alignment with their long term goals. The aim is to give the learner a sound foundation in conceptual knowledge and in the skills of application, analysis and higher order thinking.
Alpha provides a tremendous support to students in terms of content for higher education, Common Entrance Tests and college placement tests. The students of the Secondary and Senior Secondary follow the NCERT curriculum.
Various reading strategies have been introduced in order to comprehend meaning from print. Early reading includes the direct teaching of words and sounds. This has enabled students to distinguish between different sounds of oral language for the purposes of achieving understanding. They have also helped students gain knowledge about, sound-symbol relationships, and concepts of print because these are the basis for decoding and reading comprehension skills. Children of the primary classes are taught to read sight words from flash cards, which are shown frequently and to frame simple sentences using sight words. This method not only enhances the child’s learning process but also builds a healthy rapport between the teacher and student.
Karadipath is yet another initiative to learn different languages which includes stories, rhymes and phonics. The kit provided to the students also helps them have hands on experience especially to learn their phonic sounds
Book Lovers Program
Reading is recognized, at Alpha, as an art capable of transforming man’s life and his entire society. It is for this reason that the Book Lovers Program has been introduced. It is a reading program designed with proven strategies to get children to love reading storybooks. As they read, contextual activities are used to reinforce learning. The entire ecosystem of the school is transformed to encourage reading.
Students at Alpha enjoy the teaching learning process through the interactive method of learning. They are encouraged to be inquisitive and ample opportunities constantly come their way to bring out the same in creative. Brainstorming sessions in the classrooms pave a great way to get the creative juices flowing. When multiple brains focus on one single idea, it results with numerous ideas and will also involve everyone into the discussion. These sessions are also a great platform for students to voice their thoughts without having to worry about right or wrong. This is also an alternative method of testing the child’s understanding. The chalk and talk method is largely reduced and replaced by smarter learning methods through smart boards, Internet and a well-stocked library.
In a world of competition, Alphians are equipped to face every challenge that comes their way, specially to prove their skills in academics. We at Alpha provide opportunities for our talented young minds to dream bigger and to channel their interest in the right path through various competitive exams like International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS), National Astronomy and Science Olympiad (NASO), Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), Spellbee and many more.
Alphians are known for their proficiency in English. Alpha paves the way for them to prove their proficiency by encouraging them to take up the Cambridge English YLE tests for students from Grades III –V upwards. The exams are conducted at three different levels for the students such as starters, movers and flyers. These exams provide a strong foundation and learning framework to help the students gain confidence and improve their English language skills, step by step.
Excelling in this training enables learners to acquire language proficiency of C1 Grade in English, which is equivalent to an IELTS band 9, as per the CEFR-Common European Framework Reference, which is the entry requirement for immigration to foreign universities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students with a C1 qualification hold a good chance of having excellent career prospects.
The engage learning program is yet another endeavor for our enthusiastic students through which we create breakthrough learning experiences. It motivates them to undertake research-oriented projects in science and social sciences and allows them to collectively engage in the scientific point of view. Our transformative, student-driven approach gives students the ability to immerse themselves completely in their projects with a thorough knowledge about the subject.
The engage magazine which is given to the students on a regular basis helps them to achieve the following:
Sports and Games
Sports build good habits, confidence and discipline. They transform players into community leaders and teach them how to strive and cherish growth opportunities. This is surely evident in every Alphian who exhibit their talents in the field of sports in a fantastic way. The school has a massive playground which is well maintained for the students to play a wide range of sports and games. Regular P.E.T classes by trained staff help the children to attain a holistic growth. The physical development of the students is focused and assessed using various parameters through various events such as Long Jump, High Jump, Running, Short put etc. A number of indoor and outdoor games such as Soccer, Badminton, Throwball, Kho-Kho, Cricket, Carrom, Chess etc pave way for the students to get physically fit.
The students of our school take pride in participating in inter school sports events. The sports day which is always unique in its own way provides a great platform for the students to display their talents in the field of sports.
Every Alphian is called to be a leader. A number of opportunities are provided to the students of our school to take leadership and organize many events. The joy that our students find in doing the same is priceless. The investiture ceremony held at the beginning of the academic year is also instrumental in bringing out the importance of leadership and a sense of responsibility in the elected student council members.
Scouts and Guides
Scouting and Guiding hones the fundamental skills on learning to be independent, builds courage and determination to make them brave leaders of tomorrow. Alpha school provides Scouting and Guiding to build a strong character and to make students aware of his/her potentiality through different activities such as camping, trekking, skits etc. It teaches the students to use their skills and potentials for the service of community.
Cubs And Bulbuls
The CUBS AND BULBULS unit in our school aims at Character building and self – discipline. It is the Junior Wing of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, through which leadership is nurtured at the Primary School level. Cubs and Bulbuls is the first lap in the journey towards scouting and guiding.
Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” Creativity and artistic skill development is another focus area at Alpha. Students are taught, trained and exposed to Indian and western music, vocal and instrumental, by qualified teachers. Participation in music provides a unique opportunity for literacy preparation. Whether the children are singing, playing, or listening, teachers direct them to listen and hear in new ways which exercises their aural discrimination.
At Alpha, ‘The Music day ‘is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year in the month of June where the students are given the opportunity to display their vocal and instrumental talents (keyboard/drums/guitar) in music. The morning assemblies also pave a great platform where the students enjoy learning a number of new songs every week.
Dance is a holistic exercise that builds one’s mind, body and soul. Adding dance to academics is not a diversion or disturbance but can actually make students better in life. Here in Alpha we provide opportunities to our students to learn dance which not only engages them in a physical activity but also for them to experience something that highlights their spirit.
Art and Craft
Students are given an opportunity to cultivate and develop the creativity in them. They are exposed to different genres of art and a wide variety of craftwork during school hours. This helps develop the fine motor skills, increase dexterity, improves hand-eye coordination, boost self-esteem, encourage self-expression as well as promotes innovation and creativity.
To be successful in a highly competitive world, our children need to be confident and articulate. A unique programme offered to the students of Alpha that paves the way to new dimensions of emotional experience and boosts the confidence level in them. Through drama, children learn to express themselves better, relate to their peers and develop essential life skills. Experts from the field of theatre deliver lessons in accordance to Alpha’s structured curriculum that is progressive at each grade. Students are encouraged to express themselves through theatre and to improve their self-conﬁdence, self-esteem and proﬁciency in language.
Alpha Project Day is organized every year with a view to encourage and inculcate a scientific temper amongst students. The students right from KG to Senior Secondary present their projects, mainly handmade working models. It is a wonderful opportunity provided to the students of our school to discover the scientist within each of them.
Apart from this a number of special days such as Postal day, Music day, Chocolate day, hand-wash day, grandparents day, Math day, Science day, English day, Mother language day, Yoga day etc., are celebrated to highlight the importance of these days which also pave the way for active participation of students on stage.
Celebration of all national and religious festivals are celebrated which infuses holistic formation in the students and makes Alpha, a special place to be in.
An Alphian is called to be an all rounder and hence every possible learning is provided here. The students choose any one club based on their interest level and get equipped in the same through hands on experience.
Cooking is a passion and no matter how good a chef you are, the joy is in cooking for others – the students of the spice club get this privilege as they experiment their culinary skills in the spice club and the joy of being a great chef is evident as they share the same with the entire school community.
Sanskriti Club (Heritage)
India is a land of rich and varied culture. As Indians it is a pleasure to know, understand and explore this culture and heritage of ours. The Sanskriti Club is where our patriotic students feel elated as Indians to be enlightened about the greatness of our nation. The students of the club are also taken to historically important places to research about the same.
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. The Literary club encourages the students to be great leaders by boosting the self confidence in them through various means.
The Club functions with the following objectives: To inculcate among students a flair for the language and enhance their literary skills. To induce reading habit in students. To encourage students to become orators and display their intellectual, independent thinking skills and imbibe a sense of confidence.
The Alphians create awareness about being eco-friendly, as it is the need of the hour due to the global climatic change. In line with this ‘The eco club’ works with great enthusiasm and emphasizes the importance of adopting eco-friendly measures in order to save the Earth. Planting saplings, cleaning the campus, slogan and essay writing are different methods through which the students are made to understand the importance of protecting the environment around us.
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
This is the seed sown in the heart of every Alphian, where there is no room for complacency but constantly reminded that each one of them is a bundle of talent. It is indeed the mission of Alpha to tap these hidden potentialities within each of its students and bring it to limelight. Competitions that involve skills from various fields such as art, music, dance, literature and creative thinking are conducted every month to bring out the multiple talents present in every child. The students who perform well are awarded with merit certificates and the consistent winners receive the “Flair award” at the end of the academic year.
Alpha strongly believes that learning happens best not just within the four walls of a classroom but surely extends far beyond it too. Keeping this in mind students are taken for field trips on a regular basis to enhance their learning experience by having a personal encounter with the topics that they learn in class. The students of Alpha are taken to places that are worth a visit which enables them to gain more knowledge and understanding about what they learn in school. They have explored a number of unique places. The Alphians are sure to have a bird’s eye view of the most interesting and informative places in and around the city through their journey at Alpha.
‘Charity begins at Alpha’ is the seed sown in the heart of every Alphian, making it crystal clear to the students of our school that it is vital to be rich in human values than being richer in a materialistic way. In this endeavour, moral values are constantly inculcated to the students as a part of which the students also visit orphanages and old age homes and contribute generously. The School also helps the students to constantly identify the need of the people around them and reach out to them. As a part of this the students have also generously helped people affected by the floods. This helps them understand the importance of being charitable towards the people who need it the most.
After school activities help students get refreshed physically and mentally at the end of the day. Co-curricular activities form an integral part of the overall development of the child. Alpha school provides a plethora of after school activities for the students to enhance their artistic skills. These activities help in personality development, improve kinesthetic and psycho-motor skills, build self-confidence and bring about holistic development of every student.
Various after school activities conducted at Alpha are as follows:
Karate is a system of self-development that improves overall fitness. Alpha is focused on self-defense & the non-violent philosophies behind it. This helps kids to be confident, aware, focused and helps them learn to respect themselves and others.
Alpha Badminton classes train the children not only in grooming physical health but also in improving mental health. When children play this game, it improves their concentration and this, in turn, helps them to be more focused, alert and agile.
The afterschool drawing classes at Alpha is a unique platform to experience and exhibit artistic talents. Children are trained the nuances of drawing, colouring and painting. This course develops the child’s perspective on drawing and observation skills.
Alpha ‘s Soccer coaching classes is a unique gateway to identify the skills of sportsmanship in children. Here we teach kids the fundamentals of soccer, which lays a strong foundation to become professional soccer players in the future.
The dance is a full physical workout which is done in a healthy environment and in an artistic manner. At Alpha the after-school dance activity provides a strong positive impact on the personality, health and social skills of a person.