From academics and arts to athletics, friendship and healthy competition; the exposure children gain at boarding school preps them well for success in college and adult life as they step out into the real world.
The best of both the worlds
A pioneer in this space is Bangalore-based Ebenezer International School (EISB), which offers first class education to your child with a concept of weekly boarding. This means that the school’s program is structured in a manner that the children are free to go home on weekends, gaining the benefits that a boarding school has to offer and also spending quality time with the family on weekends.
The school has a strong focus on the all-round development as academics and extra-curricular activities go along hand in hand. The boarding program, with classes in English, also offers personality development lessons for students, along with mentor-mentee programs and a system of regular reporting to parents about academics as well as well-being of students.
“Even though I was the youngest in my team during the first few years in the school, the sports faculty would make me play with the seniors and that made me develop my game as I grew older," said Paras Gurbax Arya, who is studying in boarding school.
“I had missed many weeks of school because of the state matches, and the teachers would help me with extra classes and worksheets so that I could catch up with my studies and be prepared for my board exams," he further said.
Top notch faculty, novel teaching methods and sound academic record
Highly skilled teachers and a nurturing environment helps bring out the best in children. The results of the school are testimony of this, as students secured a 100 per cent result in ICSE board examinations 2020. While 30.3 per cent students got more than 90 per cent marks, 54.5 per cent scored over 75 per cent and there was no student got less than 60 per cent. The toppers, Ashritha Arun Kumar and Nethra Suresh Kumar, scored 98.40 per cent and 98 per cent marks respectively.
“Our commitment at EISB is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners who are prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century," said Dinesh Bakshi, Principal, EISB.
“Here at EISB, the student is critically important in the context of everything that goes on in the school. It is our prime aim that our learners realise that they are important, valued and respected. It is our consistent effort to create an environment which allows them to grow and mature in a safe, creative and holistic environment that is constantly changing to meet their needs," he added.
For the children, it is their safe haven and a place, where learning and fun goes hand in hand with the novel teaching methods used in the teaching pedagogy.
Perfect choices for new-age students set to take on the modern world
“IBDP, one of the many courses offered by the school, allows students to choose subjects of their choice. This gives the student not only diversification but also challenges them to take responsibilities. Furthermore, the faculty consists of teachers with years of experience who are enthusiastic about passing their knowledge to the students," said James Premwiss from Thailand, a student at EISB.
“The best thing about the EISB teachers was that whenever I approached them, they were willing to help me out which gave me less pressure on academics when I was playing matches. The positive and loving approach of teachers along with my hard work helped me secure a good percentage in my 10th board exams," said Smaran R, a student who was also part of the school cricket team.
“The faculty at EISB go out of their way to ensure that learning and teaching is top notch. We’ve seen how involved teachers are when it comes to teaching and making sure that students learn life beyond just the textbooks," added Abidur Rahman, a student hailing from Bangladesh.
The school has top-rated facilities and has been consistently delivering outstanding results and with students who are inspired learners with success stories.
Even the food, usually a sore area for even the best-rated boarding schools, is one of the highlights at EISB as they take pride in ensuring the overall fitness of students. “EISB boarding provides best quality food that meets all the dietary daily requirements and ensures that the food is both delicious and nutritious at the same time. EISB boarding gives priority to not students’ education but also physical fitness," said Purnava Chakma, a student, whose family resides in Bangladesh.
Focus on holistic development
The teachers are approachable and supportive of the holistic development of the child, allowing them to participate in competitive sports even in senior classes where they need to take board examinations. Students from the school are known to excel at sports like cricket, tennis and swimming.
“With the rapid increase in knowledge and the zillions of options available sometimes as educationists we tend to get puzzled about what we should provide to our children. However, EISB’s acclaimed education system – EBEN (Education Based on Engagement & Nurturing) directs us to get our priorities right. This approach helps us never to be complacent about our achievements but to constantly upgrade our own learning," said Jesus Lall, Chairman, EISB.
The idea is to give school education the primacy it deserves, even as the focus is the overall development of the children and their wellbeing.
“Our intention and efforts are coupled to provide an education that does not tire the child but refreshes him as it takes cognizance of his emotional well-being; an education that makes him an active seeker of knowledge, an education that enhances his compassion for each and every member of this ecosystem," Lall added.
Taking it one notch up during crisis
EISB provides a multi-cultural environment where children from different backgrounds come together and learn about diversity. Even during the pandemic, when International students were stuck here because of the lockdown, the school acted as a great support system.
“As I’ve been stuck here for the duration of 10 months due to the pandemic, the food, activities and all helped me to go through the boredom of staying alone here in the boarding. The online classes were also helpful towards my studies, so I can keep in track of my academics and its going well so far," said Sumangal Limbu, a student from Hong Kong.