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LEARNING

OUR BELIEF IS

Education is the nurturing and shaping of every aspect of the student: academic, intellectual, physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual. A focus on self-esteem and learning of life skills forms the nucleus of our educational program. Amber Valley is a welcoming learning space, where department doors are open for students to explore and ask. An interdisciplinary approach to learning is fostered here, and our students gain knowledge and skills in an interconnected manner, representative of the real world.

Junior School

Our belief is that learning at this stage deeply influences the ability to learn at later stages. At this level, the teaching methodology is built around the premise that a concept is better understood through a variety of experiences and exploration of the environment. The rate of learning is high at this stage, resonating with the playfulness, joy and curiosity in each child. We work with students to holistically connect their practical experiences with academic growth and influence learning in the later classes.

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades
the shift from learning to read to reading to learn:

Kindergarten has introduced an exciting, multi-sensorial phonics programme integrating it with art, music, story-telling, math and movement. Everyday is a new exploration with the overall aim being to develop higher-order literacy skills and language arts and mathematics for these Preprimary and elementary students.

The outcome of this programme will build confidence and capability in all areas and subjects. The programme lays a solid foundation in listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking skills with the expectation that students will shift from learning to read to reading to learn by the time they enter second grade     

Combining all this with formal assessment and continuous monitoring, all students will have one-on-one support to ensure that no child is left behind, Given the speed at which information is delivered, it is expected that creative thinking, problem solving and reading with understanding would be some of the most important 21st century skills. 

The key focus is on building language and comprehension skills through exposure and dialogue in different contexts and situations. Throughout the day children are learning social, emotional, and academic skills in a nurturing and comfortable community. Music and movement play an integral part in learning of letters and beginning to read short books. They tackle mathematical concepts and lay the foundations of arithmetic, and explore their ability to create in art, and STEM classes

They learn how to enjoy and create different kinds of writing, how to give and receive constructive feedback, and how to revise for clarity and power. Or they might explore two- and three-dimensional geometry and how shapes relate to numbers. 

Interdisciplinary study units bring together art, science, writing, math and drama to help children develop an understanding the intricacies of ecosystems, and more. Throughout there is a heavy emphasis on having a good time, teaching the most important lesson of all–that learning is really, really fun.

3rd & 4th GRADES:

Third graders are beginning to develop a sense of themselves as scholars. As readers, they’re developing the mastery that leads to enjoyment and learning. As writers, they find that they can inform, persuade, and entertain.  As mathematicians, they discover that they can handle larger and more complex operations than ever before.  They have a multitude of ways to discover that school is fun.

Developmentally, fourth graders are beginning to discover their own areas of knowledge and leadership, and can both help and learn from their peers. They discover that they have informed opinions about things.

5th Grade

Fifth graders are the leaders of the Junior school. As writers, they are constantly generating and revising new work. As readers, they tackle more complex, longer works of literature.

They use their observational powers, deductive reasoning, and knowledge of scientific principles to apply and solve. As mathematicians, they advance beyond whole-number calculations to perform operations with fractions and decimals, and to convert seamlessly between the two.  As learners of history they look at the basis of today being the past.

Different children need varied amounts of time to connect their practical experience with academic lessons.

grades 1-5

Junior School

Middle School

At this stage of their lives, students are coming into their own as preteens, and attitudes to the world around them are being formed. Fittingly, our students are encouraged to go deeper into social and intellectual issues and life in the time of Social Media, and evaluate where they stand as individuals. This is done to pave the way to their very crucial teenage years.

6th Grade – the big change
Sixth grade at Amber Valley becomes residential for all students. This is the Junior most class of the Boarding School. Still tied to parents over weekend outings, they quickly learn that they are capable of far more than they ever dreamed and through it all, building powerful, lasting relationships with caring adults and classmates, engendering a sense of community that lasts a lifetime.

Understanding, making inferences,appropriately organizing thoughts and writing, expressing saliently, forming opinions and participating in teams characterizes Middle School life

grades 6-8

Middle School

10:1

Student to faculty ratio

Senior School

Continuing the process of learning to communicate with clarity and precision, sufficient care is taken to prepare students for the ICSE/ISC exams with a well laid-out routine of unit tests, end-term exams and practice exams. The Teaching Methodology at Senior School focuses on rigor in writing and thinking. But it also goes beyond that, and seeks to raise the level of consciousness to lead students towards being self-aware and discerning young adults, who are ready to take on interpersonal challenges, and can thrive as they impact society positively.

10th Grade - The first Public exam is ensured success through the efforts of teachers to push and pull individual students to seriously put in effort – effort that they are capable, and the attitude to put in serious work.

11th Grade – The school has an array of Science, Humanities and Commerce subjects to choose from that can be taken along with stand alone Elective English, Art, and Physical Education. The small class size successfully navigates the students through troubled emotional growth giving good performance for preferred college admissions coupled with the development of Leadership skills and responsibility under a safety net that a home or college environment cannot match. The logical continuation is 11th Grade after 10th Grade.

Here, we seek to raise the level of consciousness to lead studentstowards becoming self-aware and discerning young adults

grades 8-12

Senior School

10:1

Student to faculty ratio

Community Building

A community based on warmth, where individuals look out for one another and help each other to become the best version of themselves, is something we are deeply committed to.

Overall Development

A holistic approach to a child’s physical, psychological and emotional development is at the
core of our endeavor. The diversity of our curriculum and methods of teaching and guiding
encourage each child to thrive in his or her own way.

Overall Development

Celebrating Curiosity

At Amber Valley, our focused program develops questioning and independent thinkers – individuals who learn from and interact with the world around them through inquiry and an openness to explore and discover.

Overall Development

Growing Together

Nestled in a valley cut away from the bustle of urban life, there is a strong sense of community on campus. We believe that values such as empathy and teamwork on the micro level go a long way in shaping a society that is based on solidarity and citizenship.

Overall Development

Fostering Integrity

In order to raise individuals with an innate belief in themselves and their unique abilities and gifts, our constant endeavor is to provide an environment where every student thrives. An inculcation of self-awareness and honesty is an integral part of life in the Amber Valley community.

Activities

Keeping in mind that every child is unique, we offer a range of activities aimed at
enriching and nurturing their innate interests and talents. From the sports field to
the music and art rooms, it is a joy to see students immerse themselves in the co-curricular
activities available.

Sports

Overlooking the hills, ponds and open skies, our playgrounds invite students to stretch their limbs, challenging and enjoying themselves in fresh and open surroundings. For those who show talent and interest in pursuing a particular sport, special coaching is provided.



Outdoor Sports Facilities

Cricket ground (turf)

Tennis courts

Football ground

Volleyball court

Basketball court

Swimming Pool (25 mts)

Athletic track (400 mts)



Indoor Games Facilities

Table Tennis

Chess

Carrom

Board Games



Martial Arts

Gathering around the Sensei to listen, talk, practice moves and imbibe the philosophy behind them,students learn martial arts such as Karate in the mornings in order to start their day with an infusion of positive energy.



Arts & Crafts

With sunlight streaming into the Art Room facing the hills in the North-East, this is a place where students get their hands dirty exploring different media like printmaking, sculpture and painting among others. Nature walks are often organized so that students can observe and be inspired directly from their natural surroundings.



Yoga

As a healthy counter to the bustle, excitement and activity among the student community, our yoga instructor helps them learn to breathe deeply, relax and create an inner balance with yogasanas, pranayama and asthachal on a regular basis.



Music

From listening to Bach, to delving into the subtle notes of a raaga, our facilities draw out students to immerse themselves in music, both Indian and Western. With acoustically designed music rooms and instruments such as guitar, violin, harmonium, flute, mridangam and veena, students walking around campus air strumming a guitar and humming to themselves are indeed a common sight!



Theatre

Another much loved area of student life on campus, the drama room is where smiling, laughter and a relaxed interaction take place as students and teachers collaborate and rehearse for short plays, skits and full-length plays in English, Hindi and regional languages.



Dance

Be it Bharatanatyam or Ballet, those of our students who love dance are encouraged to practice and participate, all the while learning under the guidance of trained instructors. The dance room, equipped with wall-to-wall mirrors, is often buzzing with activity, and is one of the most loved high-energy hubs on campus, from where students often emerge singing and dancing.



Field Trips

Context is everything, and in order to be able to apply classroom knowledge to the world around us, students are taken on field trips nearby to better understand and apply their learning. These also serve as exercises in cooperating with peers and teachers, looking out for one another, and building mental bridges between the theoretical and the practical.



The World Around Us

Cherishing and celebrating Nature’s bounty is important to all of us in the Amber Valley community. Drives are conducted to conserve water and electricity, and reduce carbon footprint by recycling and reusing material and resources. Motivated by the idea of each individual doing their bit, students like to champion these causes through activities like tree plantation, composting, trekking, and camping.



The Clubs

To add to the sense of involvement and excitement on campus, there are various clubs where students spend Saturday mornings, working on activities as varied as:

Performing Arts

Photography

Gardening

Chess

Candle making

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