Quality education is of significant value in shaping a child’s thinking and future and thus ‘which school will I send my kids to?’ is the question that bothers all mums/ parents at some point or the other. This follows with “Is it close to where we live?”, “Is the fee structure feasible or Can I afford the fee?” etc etc. Here, through this article I will take you through the choice I made, in terms of ‘The School’ for my kids and how happy I am with it.
I have two kids, daughter (3 yrs) and son (7yrs). I chose Sri Ventakata Subarao Martriculation higher School (Popularly known as LADY ANDAL) for my Children. How did I go about deciding this? Well, I did extensive research in terms of speaking to other parents in my social network. Please go ahead and do that apart from reading my review.
Back then, when I was on the look out for the best institute for my older one, my son, the school was/is a sought after one in the competitive education industry in Chennai. I reckon that I have made the best decision to enroll my son in Lady Andal at pre kindergarten level who is now in grade 2. Having had a good experience with the school for my son left me in no doubt for my younger one. She too is happily learning and growing at Lady Andal in the activity centre in the pre kindergarten section.
Apart from being centrally located, Lady Andal offers two streams of curriculum to choose from i.e State board and Central Board of SecondaryEducation(CBSE). How one is better than the other? Well, the state syllabus is dependent on the government of that particular State. For each state, a separate education board is available. The syllabus is then decided by them as per the normal standards. The mode of instruction of this type of study includes English as well as the regional language. It is believed that students of the CBSE have an advantage over the State as the syllabus of the CBSE will be the same all over the nation. BUT REALLY, making a choice in terms of the board differs based on each parent’s preference and there is no good or bad in this. It is just a personal choice.
The admission process is much easy when compared to other schools as forms are issued for about one week during office hours. This helps the parents as they don’t have to queue up outside the school in the wee hours of the morning to get a basic form.
School timings are also very convenient. They start by 7.40 am which helps children get to school before the rush hour begins & they finish by 1.50 pm, thereby allowing the child to get enough time for after school activities.
The teachers bend backwards to make my children comfortable and ensure that the learning curve is in progress. They keep me involved in all the school matters as an important stakeholder. Periodically, an open house is held at the end of each term where the parents can interact with the teachers concerned & see what progress the child has made from one term to the other.
The school provides scope for all round development of the child & gives options for extra curricular activities such as swimming, cricket, basketball, music etc.
As a parent, it feels euphoric to be seeing my children participate is dramas, sports. Thanks to the efforts of the teachers and the support staff. The parent community is also very active in participating in the celebrations of various days at the school. One particular event is that of the ‘Carnival’ where the community comes together for an evening of fun and togetherness. Apart from this there are many other annual events that the school hosts.
For me, the atmosphere in the school, the number of children in the class (In the kindergarten section there is one teacher for 15 students & from grade 1 onwards it’s one teacher for 30 students), the attention my child gets from his teachers which facilitates his all round development, his development in sports and extra curricular activities, the location of the school, the hassle free channels of directly communicating with the school community played an important role in deciding about the school. And I swear I have not been let down.
Lastly, It’s a parent’s choice truly that matters. You can assess for yourself what suits your child’s needs the most. For me, I wanted my children to come home happy and be eager to go to school again the next day. Lady Andal is absolutely such an experience for them. In the light of such a good experience I am able to ignore trivial matters, if any, that may hold back others to get their child enrolled in the school.
About the Author
Faizya Aadil is a mom to two. Originally from Bangalore, she now lives with her husband and kids in Chennai. Apart from being a super mom, Faizya is an entrepreneur dealing in women’s clothing line. In her spare time she is found hanging out with friends. She loves to cook! Baking is one of her favourite pass time apart from designing clothes.
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