Presidency School

FAQs

Where is Presidency School Bangalore North located?

PSBN is a Bangalore-based international school, located in Yelahanka, off the Doddaballapur road. The campus is 15 kms from Mekhri Circle, 11 kms from the Hebbal Flyover and 7 kms from the Jakkur Junction.

How does Presidency differ from other schools?
  • A well-established brand with more than four decades of experience in educating students in ICSE, ISC & CBSE curriculam
  • The presence of two highly acclaimed and sought after schools in north Bangalore
  • Known for its progressive approach to teaching and learning
  • Its affiliation with the world’s largest and most recognized secondary and senior secondary schools certification board — The Central Board of Secondary Education
  • A highly professional and competitive approach to schooling, with a great emphasis on giving personalized attention
  • A track record of brilliant board results across curricula and levels, year after year
  • Excellence in sports and co-curricular activities at the state and national level
  • A lush green campus with all the amenities for a multi-dimensional and holistic growth of a child
  • Its location, in the midst of a number of huge residential complexes, within city limits
  • A well-connected school transport facilityAn affordable fee structure
  • Admissions based on merit only
  • Highly professional and competitive approach to schooling, yet with personalized attention
  • Well established track record with excellence in sports and co-curricular activities in the State of Karnataka and beyond
What is the focus of school curriculum at various levels?

Presidency School North is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), CIE, Cambridge & IB and shall follow CBSE prescribed curriculum at all levels starting from Grade I to Grade XII, with a choice of curriculum between CBSE and IGESE at Grade VIII and CBSE and IBDP at Junior College level.

It shall strictly adhere to continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) advocated by CBSE. Presidency School North Kindergarten shall adopt the Integrated Montessori (Multiple Intelligences) approach to provide a concrete learning and also sensitize toddlers on environmental issues.

We believe that experiential learning in a scientific atmosphere enables the students to acquire manipulative traits that assist them in gaining cognitive and analytical skills. Field trips also form an important aspect of the educational experience at Presidency School.

To facilitate effective learning, the following facilities are provided:

  • A lush green 6.5 acre green campus
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Spacious, well ventilated, IT-enabled classrooms
  • Well-qualified, experienced, seasonal teachers
  • Sand play pit
  • Water play area
  • Language labs
  • Specialized language rooms
  • Math labs
  • Computer labs
  • Junior and senior libraries
  • Science labs (composite lab)
  • Physics lab (Second Phase)
  • Chemistry lab (Second Phase)
  • Bio lab (Second Phase)
  • Sr. Computer lab (Second Phase)
  • Robotics lab (Second Phase)

To ensure the development of a holistic personality with sound mind, body and spirit, the following facilities are provided:

  • Rumpus room (Indoor activity room for KG students)
  • Gymnasium (Second phase)
  • Sick bay
  • Sports rooms
  • Half-Olympic size swimming pool
  • Cricket & football field
  • Cricket practice nets
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Indoor games
  • Transport office
  • Cafeteria
  • Auditorium (Second Phase)
  • Dance studios
  • Music studios
  • Art studios
  • Speech & drama
  • Audio visual rooms
  • Conference room
  • Counselling studios
When do admissions begin?

The academic year starts in early June 2012. Admissions generally start around October and are open throughout the year, depending on the availability of seats (we only take 35 students per class, and we have three sections per grade).

It is recommended that you visit the campus and familiarise yourself with the approach and Core Purpose of the school before applying.

Where can I get an application form?

Application forms can be downloaded from our website and are also available at the Admissions Office for Rs.250/-.

What are the criteria for admission to the school?

Presidency School is one of the top-rated schools. We welcome those who subscribe to our values and approach towards education. Preference is given to siblings, children who live in proximity to the school, and those who express an uncommon level of passion or excellence in any particular field.

Students applying for admission to Grade VI and above take placement tests in English, Math and the Sciences. Admission is confirmed after all formalities are completed.

What are the documents required for admissions?

Completed Application Forms to be submitted along with:

  • 3 passport-size photographs
  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • Academic records/ transcripts for the last 2 years
  • Extra-curricular records or achievement certificates, if any
  • Transfer Certificate, in original
  • Copy of visa/ permit (if the student is not a citizen of India)
  • In case of SC/ ST, caste certificate to be furnished
  • Demand draft/ Cheque for Rs 250/- towards the cost of the application form
What is the admission procedure?

PSBN has a simple and transparent admission procedure. Click here to see the steps for admission to the school.

What is the fee-structure of the school?

Click here here for a detailed look at our fee guidelines and here for the breakup of the fee structure.

Whom should I contact for further information about admissions?

The Admissions Office or the Relationship Manager on:

Contact Numbers:
+91 9845777711
+91 9845777766

How do you assess students?

Continuous assessment facilitates both formative and summative evaluation of a student’s progress.

Formative Assessment is skill based and continuous. It focuses on application of learning, taking the form of projects, hands-on activities, presentations, working sheets etc.

Summative Assessments are paper-pencil tests that evaluate larger units or concept clusters. They take the form of unit reviews, as well as semester exams from Grade VI upwards.

What is the student-teacher ratio at Presidency School North? How many students would there be in each class?

The projected, ideal student-teacher ratio at PSBN is 15. However, currently the student-teacher ratio stands at approximately 12:1. The expected class size is 35 students.

How accessible are the faculty, admin and Principal to parents?

We encourage the involvement of parents. As a parent, you are an important part of the learning process and you can choose your degree and level of involvement in your child’s education.

Students will always have access to teachers and the Head of School. You may contact teachers or the Head of Section or School via email or by prior appointment, coordinated by the Relationship Manager. We have Parent-Teacher Meetings 4 times a year in order to keep you informed of class progress, lesson plans, home work, behaviour reports, attendance etc.

Apart from regular Parent-Teacher Meetings in the year, you may also meet teachers by appointments set up through the Relationship Manager. Teachers have their own email IDs and may be contacted directly, with a copy to the appropriate Section Head.

How are your teachers selected?

Our teachers are chosen from educational institutions in India and abroad. They seek a position at Presidency for the opportunity to teach differently, to be active agents of change and growth, and to evolve as ‘friend, philosopher and guide’ in an empowered atmosphere of creativity, caring and challenge.

Teachers undergo regular and rigorous training in pedagogical methodology, pastoral care and their specific subject areas. Ongoing training in both personal and professional areas ensures that faculty is motivated and up-to-date with the curriculum for the next academic year.

The procedure for selection to faculty is as follows:

  • Submission of a resume with a covering letter explaining how the candidate can contribute to PSBN? core purpose.
  • 3 rounds of interviews: with the Head of the Department, Section Head – Level Coordinator and Head of the Institute.
  • Class demo with feedback from qualified teachers.
  • We also determine selection based on performance/ attitude.

As a result of this process, our teaching team is enlightened and balanced, with a mix of youth and experience and of relevant educational as well as ‘wider/ real world expertise.

What policy does PSBN follow to ensure discipline?

PSBN recognizes the importance of discipline to facilitate learning and growth for every child. We strive to create an atmosphere of orderliness and respect for others’ needs which, at the same time, nurtures an environment of freedom to enquire and to express. We have a strict Code of Conduct for students.

There is also a merit system wherein students get positive or negative house points on areas such as hygiene, cleanliness, submission of homework etc., exhibiting ethical behaviour which supports the core values of the school and of society.

Awards are given for excellence in different areas, as we believe that positive reinforcement of good behaviour can build self-esteem and strong values.

We believe in developing students from guided to self-discipline as they move from primarily to secondary levels.

How does the school address teenage and other student issues?

Social and emotional conflicts are a part of growing up and we expect that every student will, at some time or the other, grapple with peer issues, home related problems, academic performance, issues related to self-awareness etc. Issues and problems, if not dealt with, will directly impact a student’s performance, relationships and the ability to learn.

PSBN is sensitive to teenage and student issues. While there is a full time Counsellor, teachers are also trained in basic counselling skills to be able to identify changes in manifested behaviour and offer support.

The whole school community encourages sensitivity towards others and celebrates diversity of interests. We also organize workshops on the above topics, to learn and share among peers and from experts.

Is there a counselling centre for students?

There is a dedicated room for the Counsellor as well as a Learning Lab for students facing academic or learning difficulties. Also to ensure that accelerated learners are challenged, as kids who are ahead or bored can be disruptive.

How do children travel to and from the school?

We offer a bus service for students. Several well-planned bus routes ensure the least possible travel time for every child. Children get on and off at designated pick-up points on the main routes.

What co-curricular activities can my child look forward to at the school?

Students are exposed to various co-curricular and extracurricular activities like yoga, Indian classical (Vocal) and Instrumental Music, Western Classical, Indian and Western Dance, Theatre and Dramatics, Debates, Elocution, Fine Arts, Martial Arts and Quizzes.

  • Auditorium (Second Phase)
  • Dance Studios
  • Music Studios
  • Art Studios
  • Speech and Drama
  • Audio Visual Rooms
  • Conference Rooms
  • Counselling Studios
What is the sports and games infrastructure available at the school?

PSBN places a strong emphasis on sports and physical activities and the exposure to it starts as early as Kindergarten years and goes on right up to Grade 12.

We have a tie up with Peak Fitness Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. and collaborate with them on our sports programmes to create a progressive and systematic approach to physical education and higher development in sports training at the school level.

These programmes are based on the PE4Life system used in the US and the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model.

We offer coaching in basketball, soccer, athletics, cricket, table tennis and tennis. There is also a challenging climbing wall and adventure course. We are also developing a 25 mt. long, 6-track swimming pool and a toddlers’ pool in our campus.

What is the frequency and duration of co-curricular activities on offer?

Every child in Kindergarten and Primary School is exposed to sports & PE, music, singing, dance, drama and art & craft. While all classes have sports and PE on three days of the week for 3 1/2 hrs, the rest of the activities are held once a week. There are also library and computer periods.

In Middle and High School, the frequency is reduced to allow more time and focus on academics. While sports and PE continues to be offered. Students have PODs twice a week and beyond academics, a period when co-curricular activities take place. This period is also used for competitions, guest lectures, workshops etc. This is in accordance with our school vision: excellence in academics and one chosen co-curricular activity.

What is a typical day like at PSBN?

Kindergarten
Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
20 hrs Weekly

Grades I to V
Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
35 hrs Weekly

Grades VI & Above
Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
38.5 hrs Weekly

Note: From Grade VI, 1st & 3rd Saturdays will be a normal working day.

What languages does PSBN offer? Does my child have to study an Indian language?

English is the medium of instruction at PSBN. Second language instruction starts in UKG. Third language starts in Grade 5 and continues for 3 years till Grade 7.

CBSE rules regarding Second Language:

Candidates of Indian nationality have to take the examination for a second language. Options are: Hindi, Kannada or any other Indian language approved by the CBSE Council. Currently PSBN offers Hindi and Kannada and Sanskrit and French only.

It should be made very clear that only students with foreign passports will be allowed to take a foreign language as a Second Language. All other students will have to take Hindi or Kannada.

What are the medical facilities available to students on campus?

There is a certified nurse in the School Clinic on campus at all times. In case of emergency, the school vehicle will be used to take children to the hospital. There is a doctor on call as well.

How is a student who is weak in a particular subject or subjects monitored?

We believe that with a little extra individual attention, every student is capable of improving his or her performance. Presidency supports differentiated learning. Students who are not performing at the grade level in any area or subject (as evidenced by performances in class and on formative assessments) are given extra attention to bring them up to the required level. For example, below grade level readers in Grade 1 are given extra attention to ensure that they are able to read fluently.

In middle and senior school, teachers work one-on-one with a student in a non-classroom environment to help him/ her catch up and improve in his/ her understanding of fundamental concepts. The Learning Lab also provides support where necessary.

How many tests / exams are conducted annually?

In primary school, a system of continuous assessment is followed with class assignments, projects, regular homework and scheduled unit reviews which form the basis for assessment. In middle school, in addition to the above, there are term exams twice a year in all the subjects.