D Y Patil International School: Building a Community of Lifelong Learners

Kinnari Shah,  Head of School

Kinnari Shah

Head of School

A good school aims to develop your child academically and works on their overall development of skills and morals. Instilling such values from an early age ensures that the child grows to become a successful individual who is also conscious about the community and its surroundings. An International school possesses all these qualities and its students become part of a genuine and dynamic international community where they'll have invaluable access to a wide range of cultures, faiths, languages, and perspectives.

Fostering critical thinking and inspiring students to strive for excellence, DY Patil International School aspires to be a school from which students gain a sense of personal accomplishment, selfconfidence, and a lifelong love for learning. It develops a broad range of competencies and turns children into productive individuals and principled world citizens. Its source of strength and inspiration is its diversity of cultures, languages, and experience, taking it towards a higher pedestrian of success. Over a decade, this has been possible with all the necessary support given by Ajeenkya D Y Patil Group in terms of well-qualified, highly skilled, and approachable teachers and staff. The Chairman, Dr. Ajeenkya D Y Patil believes that education is a continuous process that not only enhances the existing capabilities but also leads to the development of the skills knowledge and attitudes necessary to prepare students for future roles with greater responsibility.

Fostering Critical Thinking & a Global Mindset
DYPIS offers a unique blend of IB and IGCSE Curriculum, consisting of an international baccalaureate early and primary years programme, Cambridge lower secondary, IGCSE, AS, and A levels, and International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, highlighting inquiry based learning and differentiated instructions. The school is also in the candidacy phase for IB-Career Related Programme.

School Management believes in establishing a stronger partnership between the parents and the teachers to continue to articulate enriching learning experiences for the students. The teaching pedagogy focuses on student agency, where the emphasis is on students' aptitude and interest. The teachers use different strategies and tools for each learner to ensure that each child meets their potential. To create an engaging and meaningful learning experience for some students who need extra support, the school's inclusion team and all teachers collaborate and design an individualized education plan called IEP. The school encourages students to develop creativity and innovation by involving them in co-curricular activities like Skating, Taekwondo, Yoga, Music, Art, Dance, Drama, Coding and Robotics. It also helps them to generate new ideas, develop their conceptual thinking and harvest the resulting value.

To boost self-esteem and promote child's social interaction and harmony, student clubs plan various events to raise funds to support social causes such as Zero Hunger, Blood Donation, and contributions to the
orphanage and NGOs.They also organize multiple fests, annual functions, and sports gala to enrich students' lives with diverse experiences and build confidence in all spheres of life. With these continuous and collaborative efforts, D Y Patil International School, Worli, was recognized as the 3rd Best School in South Mumbai and 4th Best School in Mumbai by Times School Survey 2022 & 2021 Ranked 1st in Mumbai, 3rd in Maharashtra, and 7th in India by Education World Grand Jury India School Rankings 2022-23 for the category `Best Technology Integration', Outstanding performance in Digitalisation and Technology Integration by The Free Press Journal and Top Best International School in Online Class management' by the `Times Education Online School Survey 2021'.

DYPIS helps the students develop a global mindset and think critically, contributing to society's betterment. School offers an inclusive package for their child's overall cognitive emotional, and personality development under the guidance of well-qualified and experienced faculty. Over the years, DYPIS has maintained its student-teacher ratio that enables personalized attention and creates a partnership with the parents to ensure that the children are not perplexed by varied instructions from their parents and teachers. Coffee Mornings, Parents' Workshops, and informal socials help parents understand the school's philosophy of education. Integrating technology with learning, teachers employed Google Apps for Education and have strategically used engagement platforms like Kahoot, Bitmojis, various online quiz apps, and Pear Deck in their lesson plans that helped students for enriched classroom learning. School is also using technology like Cubetto a friendly wooden robot that teaches students the basics of computer programming and a Talking Pen that helps them to pick the proper pronunciation.

Kinnari Shah, Head of the School, believes in promoting not only academic excellence but endeavours to create a unique learning atmosphere that would cater to the varying needs of young students. And this is ensured by assessing the content delivery, adapting innovative methods for teaching, and improving the overall experience for students and parents.

Inculcating Values with Intellect
DYPatil International School offers scholarships to inhouse students and external candidates to identify and promote young talents. The scholarship program motivates deserving students to perform better and encourages them to get the best possible educational opportunity. DYPIS offers leadership programmes, one-to-one career counselling sessions, and internship opportunities. It helps the students to crack one of the top university placements for their future endeavours. The school also allowed students to achieve excellence by providing the Right college and career guidance for students from Grade 8 the coordinators and career counsellors at DYPIS have individual meetings with students and their parents to decide their subjects for IGCSE in alignment with their perceived career goals.

Correct subject choices, university preferences, desirable and future career options, summer internships, college applications, exposure to various universities, and much more form the basis of the college's placement program. The students had made noteworthy achievements in the past raised over Rs.35 Lakhs for Habitat of Humanity to provide essential and hygiene kits to thousands impacted by COVID-19. There was another initiative named `Make Meals Matter' taken by DYPIS Students to eradicate hunger by purchasing healthy and hygienic grains with the help of effective fundraising to provide food to people who cannot cope with the rapidly increasing prices. Raising funds to buy community fridges and spreading awareness on Ecobricks consisting of used plastics are some of the brilliant initiatives taken by the students with the support of experienced school faculty. With these achievements, the entire school fraternity strives further to create a community of lifelong learners with innovative modern teaching pedagogies.