Admission Policy

Fountainhead School aims to provide high-quality educational experience through a fair and transparent admission system and avoid unfair discrimination on grounds of disability, gender, religion or belief. The policy ensures the appropriate admission procedure with respect to each application received for admission. It also seeks to set selection criteria which are transparent, fair and consistent.
  • Admission Policy – Primary Years
  • Admission Policy – Middle Years
  • Admission Policy – Diploma Years

Objectives:

  1. To ensure that the school gets maximum admissions possible without making a compromise.
  2. To have a fair and transparent policy for all parents.
  3. To make the admission process easy for parents and students.

Applicable to:

This policy applies to all parents seeking admission for their children at Fountainhead School.

Value (s) guiding policy:*

  1. a) Value Term: Fairness, Excellence
  2. b) Why:
  • Every student should get a fair chance to get admission in school.
  • Always implement practices that continue to produce valued outcomes.

Rationale:

Fountainhead School aims to provide high-quality educational experience through a fair and transparent admission system and avoid unfair discrimination on grounds of disability, gender, religion or belief. The policy ensures proper admission procedure with respect to each application received for admission. It also seeks to set selection criteria which is transparent, fair and consistent.

Policy Guidelines:

Eligibility Criteria  

EY & PY

  • Age Criteria – The age criteria are as follows and there is absolutely no relaxation in these dates for Grade 2. Beyond Grade 2 (Annexure 1), only if the child has completed the previous grade and if the child does exceptionally well in her previous classes as well as in the assessment tests, then only he/she will be admitted to the next class.
















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Procedure for admission - Primary Years



Selection Criteria

Primary Years

The admission for Grade 1 to Grade 6 will be confirmed only after the assessment tests. These assessment tests are a tool for both the school and the parent to get a genuine assessment where the child stands and if there are any particular areas of weaknesses that need to be focused upon. 
Important Points

  • Please fill up all the details carefully. The name of child and parents should be as per submitted document only.
  • In case of any change, it should be supported by appropriate legal documents.
  • The school will not entertain requests for change in names after the admission is confirmed.
  • The parents must fill in the admission forms themselves.
  • Neither collection of admission form nor its submission is a guarantee of admission to the school.
  • Admission form fees are non refundable.
  • For admissions to Junior KG, we have done away with 80:20 ratio for students of Fountainhead preschool and students from other preschools. We have allocated all the remaining JK seats to FP students (after confirming admission of Cat A & B) and current Nursery admission. This policy has been revised based on the feedback given by many FP parents. However, maintaining gender ratio will be given priority on an overall basis. Hence,based on that , Category C admission seats will be bifurcated as per male /female ratio.
  • While the school already follows a fair and ethical process, to make the process more robust and watertight, a  parent committee will oversee and audit the entire admission process to certify that the school conducts admissions as per policy defined and that there is no foul play or scope of influence/ external pressure.
  • The school will not ask for any donation for granting admissions. The fee structure is transparent & all of it needs to be accordingly communicated.
  • The admission process does not ask for any religious/caste/political/social affiliations & is agnostic to this. Parents too must be aware of that same applies to them. We do not want any interference in this matter.
  • Any recommendation or any influence brought from any outside source to secure admission will lead to immediate cancellation of admission.

Rejected Application / Re-admission

  • For already issued forms: If fees is not submitted within the new given deadline, the form will stand cancelled. The parent is welcome to come back and fill up the form as per availability of seats and follow the same procedure as any other parent. However, they will be given lower priority than an altogether new parent, if there’s an issue of seat availability.

Wait list Criteria for Admission:
Admissions will be granted as per below given criteria:
Basic Criteria

1Attended EFT Workshop (compulsory)
2.All Documents signed and submitted (compulsory)
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  • For Early Years -Recommendation form signed and submitted or Interaction with parents
  • For Primary Years Assessment and interaction with parent.
3.Form taken and submitted within the specified dates or when admissions are open.
4.Students without any special needs.

Categories

1Reserved for staff if any till March
2.Sibling studying at FS
3FP Students – Fountainhead Preschool (for EY Students only)
3.Applied for admission for both sibling
4.Others

For other categories

Early Years (Criterion)Primary and Years (Criterion)
Girls (First preference will be given to girls for admission)Admission dept. will check first that whether candidate has cleared the assessment test with minimum mark set for the specific grades.
Random- candidates will be picked up randomly through chit system in presence of parents.Girls (First preference will be given to girls for admission)
 Random- candidates will be picked up randomly through chit system in presence of parents.
  • Students will be listed as per above given criteria.
  • We can ask parents (max 5 nos, who have already attended EFT workshops) to fill up the form, explain them criteria of admission and where they stand.

Annexure 1 – Age Criteria – 2017-18

Grade

Born in the year

Nursery

2011

Junior Kg

2010

Senior Kg

2009

Grade 1

2008

Grade 2

2007

Introduction

Fountainhead School is an all-inclusive school which aims to provide high-quality educational experience through its IB Middle Year Programme (MYP). The IB Middle Year Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education. The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenges and develops the life skills of students between the ages of 11 to 16. Middle Years at Fountainhead school comprise of Grade 7 to 10. The school’s admission policy ensures a fair and transparent admission system and avoids unfair discrimination on grounds of disability, gender, religion or belief. However, if the disability of the candidate hinders his/her ability to effectively cope up with the challenges posed by the programme then the school may deny admission to such students. Further, the policy also ensures that proper admission procedure is followed in respect to each application received for admission.

Objectives of the policy

  • To ensure that the school gets the maximum admissions possible without making a compromise.
  • To have a fair and transparent policy for all parents.
  • To make the admission process easy for parents and students.

Applicable to:
This policy applies to all parents seeking admission for their children at Fountainhead School.
Value (s) guiding policy:*(Please refer http://fountainheadschools.org/aboutus/philosophy)

  1. a) Value Term: Fairness, Excellence
  2. b) Why:
  • Every student should get a fair chance to get admission in school.
  • Always implement practices that continue to produce valued outcomes

Policy Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria for taking admission in  MYP Year 2 & 3 (Grade ­ 7 & 8) & MYP Year 4 & 5 (Grade 9 & 10)

  • The child must have cleared the previous grade.
  • There will be interaction for admissions and Readiness tests for Grades 7 – 10. Please note that admissions for grade 7-10 will be confirmed only after the readiness tests (For grade 10, to be eligible for the MYP Certificate a candidate must participate in the programme for a minimum of one year (MYP year 5). The recommended period is at least two years.Hence, admission will only be granted if the above-mentioned requirement is fulfilled by the candidate). These readiness tests are a tool for both the school and the parent to get a genuine assessment of where the child stands and if there are any particular areas of weaknesses that need to be focused upon.
  • If the child has a known special need (dyslexia, autism, lack of interest in writing, slow learner etc) details of the same should be communicated while applying for admission. Failure to do so will lead to cancellation of admission. Please note that for a candidate with special needs, the admission process is different and maybe lengthier.
  • At this point in time, we have limited capacity to support SEN students and we will take a call on the admissions on a case to case basis.
  • Students with severe special needs are not recommended to do the MYP as the requirements of the program are rigorous. Students with learning disabilities on the lower spectrum may be admitted based on the conditions given in the Annexure ­ 3: MYP SEN guidelines.
  • We will continue to provide Language support to the students coming from PYP. For other subjects, the parents can appoint a support teacher/shadow teacher who will coach the child. School will work in collaboration with the support teacher.

Admission procedure

  1. Collection & payment of Admission Packet.
  2. Submission of Documents & Submission of online admission form.
  3. Readiness test.
  4. Communication of the result and admission status/waitlist number.
  5. Deposit fees.
  6. Confirmation

STEP 1: Collection and payment of the admission packet:
Parent has to come to school to collect the admission packet.

  • Senior Years (Grades 7, 8, 9 & 11) -Rs 2500/

STEP 2: Submission of all documents and online admission form (hard copy)
*Please submit the following to the school.

  1. Admission Form Request with complete details, signed by the parent.
  2. Attested (notarized) photocopy of Birth Certificate
  3. Five passport size photographs of the child and one family photograph (parents, child & siblings only) in hard copy.
  4. “Parents’ Undertaking” signed by both the parents.
  5. Previous two year’s Report Card (for Grades  1-9 and Grade 11)
  6. Original School Leaving Certificate (Please submit it before 25th May or admission may stand cancelled).  
  7. Parent Evaluation Form.

Please note that the admission process will be treated as incomplete if any of the documents mentioned above are not submitted.
Submission of online admission form
You will be required to fill the online admission form when you come to school to submit the required documents.  
Step 3: Readiness test and “Education for Tomorrow” workshop:
It is mandatory to attend this workshop (preferably both parents) if you are seeking admission at Fountainhead School, Kunkni. If parents do not attend the workshop, then it might lead to cancellation of admission. Parents will have to attend the workshop while the child will be appearing for the test.
Middle years programme(Grade 7­ to 10)

  • After the above given procedure is completed readiness test will be conducted for the student to know their capability and if the child will be able to cope up with the school’s methodology.
  • Readiness Test will be given in hard copy.
  • After the child has cleared the Readiness test intimation will be sent via email, phone or sms.

Details of Readiness test

For Internal Candidates : No readiness test is required
For External Candidates : All candidates who have done CBSE, ICSE,  State Boards or have done IGCSE, PYP or MYP have to appear for an readiness test. The readiness test will comprise of the following subject papers (50 marks, 1 hr each)
English: The test paper will be designed to check the student’s ability in successfully meeting the requirements for Language and Literature at MYP.
Math: The test paper will be designed to check the student’s ability in successfully meeting the requirements for Mathematics at MYP level. 
Science: The paper will be designed to check the conceptual base of the student. 
Hindi: The paper will be designed to check the skill development phase of the student. 
Step 4: Communication of admission status:
You will be informed about your child’s admission status through call, SMS or email.
If you child is placed in the waiting pool, you will receive a final decision latest by 30th May 2017.
Step 5: Deposit of Fees:
If your child is able to secure admission at Fountainhead School, then you need to pay one time admission fee and security deposit in any of the HDFC Branch by 15th February 2017,  through the slip given to you in the admission packet.
Step 6: Confirmation of admission:
We will be sending a confirmation sms/email to you once we receive your child’s admission fees and security deposit.
Selection Criteria for admission in MYP
English: 60% minimum score
Maths: 50% minimum score
The candidate may appear for re- assessment if he/she feels that he/she can do better. There will be a gap of minimum two days between two readiness tests. However, if the student is not able to score (as mentioned above) in the re-assessment test then the school might ask the student to register for MYP Course during e-assessment of Year 5 (Grade 10). The requirements of getting admission as MYP course student will be communicated to the candidate and his/her parents and their consent in written form will be taken for the same.
Subject Allocation
For allocation of Extended level in Mathematics: For allocation of Extended level in this subject, a high score in the school’s readiness test and high level of proficiency in this subject (based on previous school’s academic reports). However the student may still go for Extended level in the subject of his/her choice on the condition that a review regarding the progress of student in that particular subject will be done after three months and the student may be transferred to Standard level in that particular level if he/she is not able to meet the expectations of Extended level in the subject.

Waitlist Criteria for Admission

Admissions will be granted as per below given criteria used:
Basic Criteria

Sr. no.Criteria for MYP
1Attended EFT Workshop (compulsory)
2All Documents signed and submitted (compulsory)
3Assessment and interaction with parent (only if required).
4Form taken and submitted within the specified dates or when admissions are open.
5For SEN – Candidates with a special need may be considered in the event if the disability of the candidate does not hinder his/her ability to effectively cope up with the challenges posed by Middle Years Programme and if the right support teacher has been identified by either the parent or the school. The decision of the HOS will be final in this respect.

Categories

1 Reserved for staff if any till March
2. Sibling studying at FS
3. FP Students – Fountainhead Preschool (for EY Students only)
4. Applied for admission for both sibling
5. Others

For other categories

Primary, Middle Years & Diploma Years (Criterion)
Admission dept. will check first that whether the candidate has cleared the readiness test with the minimum mark set for the specific grades.
Girls (First preference will be given to girls for admission)
Random- candidates will be picked up randomly through the chit system in presence of parents.

Students will be listed as per above given criteria.

  • We can ask parents (max 5 nos, who have already attended EFT workshops) to fill up the form, explain them criteria of admission and where they stand.

Important Note:

  • The school will not ask for any donation for granting admissions. The fee structure is transparent and the parents need to meet the requirements.
  • The admission process does not ask for any religious/caste/political/social affiliations & is agnostic to this. Parents too must be aware of that same applies to them. We do not want any interference in this matter.

Rejected Parents/Admission offered

  • For already issued forms: If fees is not submitted within the new given deadline, the form willst and cancelled. The parents will be welcome to come back and fill up the form as per athe vailability of seats and follow the same procedure as any other parent. However, they will be given lower priority than an altogether new parent, if there’s an issue of seat availability.
  • If we have limited seats or no seats availability, students will be in waitlist criteria (to follow admission criteria policy )

Annexures

Annexure ­ 1 : Details of Orientation to Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Knowing MYP

  1. What is the IB education?

An IB education is the result of a dynamic interaction between IB learners (who), teaching and learning in the IB (how), global contexts for teaching and learning (why) and the pursuit of significant knowledge and understanding (what). The IB’s philosophy of education is informed by research and by over 40 years of practical experience in international education. This philosophy remains open to reflection and review; the IB has always championed a stance of critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that both values the past and remains open to innovation.
IB programme models highlight important shared features of an IB education.

  • Developing the attributes of the learner profile
  • Approaches to teaching and approaches to learning
  • Age-appropriate culminating experiences
  • An organized and aligned structure of subject groups or disciplines
  • Development of international-mindedness as a primary aim and context for learning

Source: www.ibo.org. (2017). MYP: From principles into practice For use from September 2014/January 2015. [online] Available at: https://2014edl664.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/myp-principles-into-practice-assessment.pdf [Accessed 10 Apr. 2017].

  1. What board is offered in Middle Years at Fountainhead school?

Middle Years at Fountainhead comprise of Grade 7 to 10. Currently (Academic year- 2016-17), the school offers Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB) in grade 7 and  CIE- IGCSE programme for grade 8 to 10. Next year (Academic Year- 2017-18) the school will offer Ma YP in grade 7 & 8. CIE- IGCSE programme will gradually be phased out and the school will offer Middle Years Programmes (IB-MYP) in Middle Years. Right now, the school is a Candidate school and is eligible to implement the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenges and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16.

  1. What is e assessment?

MYP eAssessment offers students opportunities to demonstrate disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding, international-mindedness, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving skills and the ability to apply knowledge in unfamiliar situations. On-screen examinations and ePortfolios provide a balanced model of assessment for schools seeking IB-validated grades. Official IB recognition of achievement in the MYP is only available for students who participate in and successfully complete the required e-Assessments.

  1. What are the requirements to get IB MYP certificate?

The IB MYP certificate will be awarded when all conditions have been met in compliance with the General regulations: Middle Years Programme and as described below.
A candidate may register for any number of subjects (including language acquisition, arts, physical and health education, and design), but only six subjects contribute to the award of the certificate. A candidate must also register for the personal project and an interdisciplinary on-screen examination. If a candidate takes more than one subject from the same subject group, the highest grade from all the subjects in that subject group will count towards the certificate. Where a candidate chooses to take multiple subjects from arts, physical and health education or design, the highest single grade from these subject groups will count towards the certificate.
A grade from at least one subject from each of the following six subject groups must contribute to the award of the certificate.

  • Language and literature
  • Language acquisition (or a second language and literature)
  • Individuals and societies
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Arts  OR Physical and Health Education OR Design

The IB will award an IB MYP certificate to each candidate who has:

  • gained a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined, out of a possible maximum of 56.
  • gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination
  • completed the school’s requirements for community service.

Source:
occ.ibo.org. (2017). Handbook of Procedures for the Middle Years Programme: Assessment 2017. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

Easy interpretation of the passing criteria

The minimum requirement to get a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined.Other essential requirements to get IB MYP certificate
Gained at least grade 3  in any 4 subjects.Gained at least grade 4  in any 4 subjects.gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group.Gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project.Gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination.Completed the school’s requirements for community service.

 

  1. Is e-assessment compulsory for all?

E assessment in MYP is optional. However, the school recommends all students to go for e assessment. Option will be provided on a case to case basis. Final call will be taken by MYPC. If students don’t opt for e assessment then they will get MYP pass certificate from the school recognized by IB after successful completion of the programme requirements. In this case, the result will be given based on the performance exhibited during school examination which will be assessed by school faculties.

Annexure ­ 2 : Format for Letter of Recommendation

Date :______________

Admissions, Fountainhead School
Middle Years Programme
Surat, Gujarat

Dear MYP Coordinator,
I am writing to recommend (Name of the candidate) for admission into the Fountainhead
school’s MYP Programme. I have known (Name of the candidate) for___________months /years, and he/she has studied in my school for __________months/years.

Please include here your views about the candidates on : Sincerity level, Timely Submissions, Active participation in school’s activities, discipline record, Academic performance, Ability to work independently and in teams and any other relevant information.

Name of the Person (Writing recommendation)____________________________
Designation_________________________
Contact No._________________________

Annexure­ 3: Format of consolidated report on each student

Criteria1234
Overall conduct /behaviour    
Leadership Qualities displayed (including team working,
role modelling, fthe ollowing 7 habits etc.)
    
Display of IB learner profile    
Rapport with friends/peers and teachers    
General Punctuality and dressing up    

Grade :
1 -­ Not Satisfactory
2 ­- Average
3­ – Good
4 ­- Very Good
The Grade descriptors for the above purpose are as follows:

GradeDescriptor
1Overall conduct needs improvement, rarely displays leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, poor rapport with friends, peers and teachers, punctual and well dressed only on few occasions.
2Average overall conduct, sometimes displays leadership qualities, average display of IB learner profile attributes, average rapport with friends, peers and teachers, on an average he/she punctual and well dressed.
3Good overall conduct, often displays leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, maintains good rapport with friends, peers and teachers, often punctual and well dressed.
4Excellent overall conduct, excellent display of leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, maintains excellent rapport with friends, peers and teachers, always punctual and well dressed.

Annexure ­ 3 : MYP SEN guidelines

Introduction

At Fountainhead School (henceforth to be addressed as FS) we acknowledge that at any stage in his/her school life the child may have Special Educational Needs. Here it is necessary that school should make special educational provisions for meeting the needs. SEN provisions should be in addition to or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children having common educational needs.

Criteria to admit  / recommend SEN students in the MYP
If the SEN student’s disability  doesn’t affect his/her ability to meet the demands of the program then the school will admit the student. In addition, the following two conditions need to be fulfilled for granting admission.

  • The school and/or the parents are able to find a trained teacher with specific needs (who is able to provide support as listed later in this document) for the same, if a special educator is necessary. The school will try its level best to explore options for providing support to the student.
  • The parents are willing to bear the complete expenses of any such support provided.
  • The student have the aptitude to meet all curriculum and assessment requirements but require support to reach their full potential in learning and assessment.

If the above criteria are met and the admission is granted to the student then the school will use the following approaches and strategies for meeting the needs of the SEN students:

  • To focus on student’s key strength areas so as to build confidence in him. Also ensuring that he/she is motivated to learn.
  • Using multi sensory approach for each student so as to customise the opportunity for effective learning.
  • Assisting students in surpassing their learning difficulties through providing special assistance like giving spoken instructions for students with reading difficulties.
  • Ensuring that students get first hand learning experience by implementing active learning strategies.
  • Provision of a range of activities so as to ensure differentiation in learning.
  • To match the demand or expectations to the level of attainment.
  • To provide similar work to the group and adjusting criteria for allowing different outcomes.
  • To adopt a step by step approach for development of concepts and skills.
  • Using simple and clear language by starting with student’s mother tongue or the language he/she is most familiar with.
  • Using new words gradually and then repeating them daily so that the student gets familiar with it.
  • Customising the pace of lessons by taking into consideration the difference among individual learners.

Other strategies

  • Provision of extra times for completion of class assignments and assessments
  • Oral assessment in case the child is unable to express himself/ herself in writing.
  • Ongoing activity like morning reading session etc.

Assessment

  • Early detection and identification is vital in such cases. The respective Mentor teachers informs the parents so as to alert them regarding his/her concerns and also encourages them for their  active help and participation.
  • The SEN teacher and the Mentor teacher assess and monitor the children’s progress in line with existing school practices. This is an ongoing process.
  • The SEN teacher plans an appropriate programme of support.
  • As far as possible the assessment should reflect participation in wthe hole curriculum.
  • Also ,the Mentor teachers along with SEN teacher breaks down the assessment into smaller steps in order to assist the progress and provide detailed indicators of progress.

Introduction

Fountainhead School is an all inclusive school which aims to provide high-quality educational experience through its IB Diploma Programme.The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education. It is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.The school’s admission policy ensures a fair and transparent admission system and avoids unfair discrimination on grounds of disability, gender, religion or belief. However, if the disability of the candidate hinders his/her ability to effectively cope up with the challenges posed by Diploma programme then the school may deny admission to such students. Further, the policy also ensures that proper admission procedure is followed in respect to each application received for admission.

Objectives of the policy

  • To ensure that school gets the maximum admissions possible without making a compromise.
  • To have a fair and transparent policy for all parents
  • To make the admission process easy for parents and students.

Applicable to:

This policy applies to all parents seeking admission for their children at Fountainhead School.
Value (s) guiding policy:*(Please refer http://fountainheadschools.org/aboutus/philosophy)

  1. a) Value Term: Fairness, Excellence
  2. b) Why:
  • Every student should get fair chance to get admission in school.
  • Always implement practices that continue to produce valued outcomes

Procedure for admission

Admission process for the academic session 2015-16 is as under

StepsAction
1.To meet admission counselor for an orientation of Diploma Programme and watch IBDP orientation videos.
2.Student will do research on Why to do IBDP? , Why at Fountainhead?, How IBDP will be useful for their career?. Students will be provided with links to IB website, IBTV, Student service site. Students will be required to mail/or bring a hard copy of their response in not more that 100-150 words. Students will be given one week time to do research and respond to the question.
3.If required, then the parent along with the student will meet the DP Coordinator
4.Submission of online inquiry form
5.Payment for admission process and collect admission packet from school.
6.Submission of online admission form
7.Submission of all documents (hard copy).
8.Entrance test & formal interaction with the IBDP Coordinator. This will also include subject selection by the student. Communication of the results; admission status and subject recommendation. Also after confirmation of admission, the student and his parent will be given hard copy of General Regulations: (DP(link:http://goo.gl/6BkvLR))
9.Deposit fees and collect receipt.

Note : Please note that in case students fails to submit(inspite of several reminders) the documents(academic related documents such as Grade 10 mark sheet, pass certificate from the board etc) then the school will not give Grade 11 second/final term result to the students. Please note that the student will not be promoted to Grade 12 if he/she does not receive the report card of second/final term.

Eligibility Criteria:

For External Students
In case of candidates who have done their MYP he/she must possess certificate of completion of MYP (issued from their respective school).
For the above categories of candidates, the following criteria will be applicable:

  1. Candidate must show consistency in his academic performance over the years. It is desirable although not mandatory for the candidate to submit a letter of recommendation from the HOS/ Principal or Coordinator / Vice principal of his/her previous school. To see the format for the letter of recommendation please click on the link below: Appendix 5  

http://tinyurl.com/nesnyd2
and/or

  1. The academic performance of candidates will be judged on the basis of the mark sheet for those students who have completed grade X or equivalent from any recognized board of education and have obtained the mark sheet. In case, the students are yet to appear for the exams or receive the mark sheet, the internal examination results and/or the last two year’s academic reports will be asked for.

and/or

  1. For candidates who have done MYP and do not have any internal examination in their school, they must have satisfactorily completed their individual/group MYP personal project (as per the report of their school’s internal supervisor)

and/or

  1. In case of candidates who have done MYP and have appeared in their school’s final internal examination then they must have shown decent academic performance.

and/or

  1. Candidate has shown active participation in extracurricular activities such as dance, drama, sports or any other form of art and has been recognised at the school or state or National or International level or at all the four levels and/or has received awards for the same. 

and

  1. Candidate must have satisfactory behavioural record and should not have been expelled from any Indian or foreign schools.
  2. Candidate must not have been charged on any criminal offence in the period before joining Fountainhead school.

Assessment details:
For Internal Students :
There will be no assessment for internal students. For admitting internal students in to the DP & for subject allocation, the Consolidated report on each student prepared by the school and the recommendation of concerned subject teachers (based on the internal assessment conducted in Grade IX and X) will be taken as a basis for final decision. Please visit Appendix 6(link mentioned below) for the format of consolidated report along with Grade descriptors. 
http://tinyurl.com/pyghzqy
Based on the recommendations students will be offered admission as either:

  1. As full fledge Diploma Programme student
  2. or DP Course student

Also in some cases based on the needs of the students, the school may counsel the student to explore other options available outside the school for various reasons.
For External Candidates 
All candidates who have done their Grade X from an Indian Board (CBSE, ICSE & State Boards) or have done IGCSE or MYP have to appear for an entrance test. The entrance test will comprise of the following subject papers:
English – The test paper will be designed to check the student’s ability in successfully meeting the requirements for SL level Language and Literature at DP
Maths – The test paper will be designed to check the student’s ability in successfully meeting the requirements for SL level Mathematics at DP level
and 
Any one of the Group 4 subjects based on student’s preference. For example if the student wants to opt for Physics at HL level then he has to give entrance test in Physics. The paper will be designed to check the conceptual base of the student.
Each of the above mentioned papers will be of 25 marks and the duration of the each paper will be 45 minutes.
Selection Criteria:
For Diploma:
English: 70% minimum score
Maths: 60% minimum score
The candidate may appear for re- assessment if he/she feels that he/she can do better. There will be a gap of minimum two days between two assessment test.However if the student is not able to score(as mentioned above) in the  re – assessment test then the school will offer the option of Diploma Course for such students.The consequences of getting admission as Diploma Programme (DP) course student for IBDP will be communicated to the  candidate and his/her parents and their consent in written form will be taken for the same.
Note : Please note that in order to qualify for admission to DP the child must show excellent performance in previous grades(Grade 8,9 & 10) on a consistent basis. 
Subject Allocation:

  1. For allocation of HL level in English, Maths & Group 4 subjects : For allocation of HL in these subjects a high score in the school’s assessment test and high level of proficiency in these subjects (based on previous school’s academic reports). However the student may still go for higher level in the subject of his/her choice on the condition that a review regarding the progress of student in that particular subject will be done after three months and the student may be transferred to SL level in that particular level if he/she is not able to meet the expectations of HL level in that particular subject..
  2. The Diploma Programme course students can either register for one, two or all three core courses (TOK, EE and CAS). However the final decision regarding the same will be made by the school on the basis of student’s ability and performance in the entrance test or his/her subsequent progress during the initial period of three months from the date of admission. The progress of the candidate will be determined solely based on DPC’s report on student’s progress and the report will be considered as full and final in this case.

Appendices

Appendix 1 Details of Orientation to IBDP

Knowing DP

  • What is the Diploma Programme?
    • The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
  • Understanding the Diploma Programme core
    • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
    • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
    • Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.
  • Details of the DP curriculum
    • IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.
    • At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours).
  • Quick glance at the assessment in DP
    • Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which is marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
    • The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
    • Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.
  • Why to opt for DP?
    • The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
      • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
      • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
      • develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
      • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
      • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
      • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay.
      • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.

Appendix 2 Interaction with DP Coordinator

The DP Coordinator will interact with the student and/or parents and will ask the following questions:
Q.1 Are you aware of the expectations regarding IBDP programme?
Why to do IBDP? , Why at Fountainhead?
Q.2 What are your career plans? 
Q.3 What are your interest areas? Do you wish to elaborate about any achievement(s) of yours?
Q.4 Which field would you like to excel in?
Based on the above interaction the student will be suggested about the possible combination of subjects for IBDP.
Please visit the following link for experiencing the reach and recognition of IB
http://ibo.org/recognition/documents/IBRecognitionbrochure_FinalV2.pdf

Appendix 3 Stepwise detailed description of Admission process

Admission process for the academic session 2015-16 is as under:
Step 1: To meet admission counsellor for an orientation of Diploma Programme and to watch DP Orientation videos
The parents along with candidate will be required to meet admission counsellor . The purpose of this meeting will be to understand parent’s view regarding their child’s admission in Fountainhead School & also for an orientation to the Diploma Programme. After orientation candidate along with parents will be watching few videos related to IBDP (this will ensure better understanding of the programme)
Step 2: Student will do research on Why to do IBDP? , Why at Fountainhead?, How IBDP will be useful for their career?. 
Students will be provided with links to IB website, IBTV, Student service site.Students will be required to mail/or bring a hard copy of their response in not more that 100-150 words.Students will be given one week time to do research and respond to the question
Step 3: Submission of online inquiry form:

  • As a part of online admission process, it is compulsory to fill up the online I a query form.
  • You need to log on to our website www.fountainheadschools.org and click Admissions=> Admissions=> Inquiry Form.
  • Fill up the complete inquiry form with all the details and submit online.

Step 4: Payment for admission process and collect admission packet from school
Make the payment for admission process at the schools front desk and collect your Admission packet. 
The Admission Packet contains the following:

  1. Admission Process (that you are reading)
  2. Fee Structure
  3. Admission Form Request
  4. Parents Undertaking Handbook
  5. Parents Undertaking
  6. Bank Slip

Step 5: Submission of online admission form
A – Submission of online admission form – Grade Nu – 9

  • A username and password will be generated after 24 hours.  This username and password will be sent to you through SMS and email.
  • After receiving the user name and password please log on to the school websitewww.fountainheadschools.org and click Admissions=> Admissions=> Admission FormOR on the top right corner there is a select box from which you need to select Inquiry/Admission Login. A new window will open in which you will have to enter the username and password given to you.
  • Without the username and password, admission form cannot be accessed.
  • Fill the complete admission form with all the details and submit online.

B – Submission of online admission form – Grade 11

  • Link to fill up online admission form will be forwarded on your email id.
  • Fill the complete admission form with all the details and submit online.

Step 6: Submission of all documents (hard copy)
*Please submit the following, back to school in the same envelope given to you:

  1. Admission Form Request with complete details, signed by parent.
  2. Attested photocopy of Birth Certificate
  3. Four passport size photographs and one family photograph (parents, child & siblings only)
  4. Parents Undertaking signed by both parents.
  5. Previous two year’s Report Card/mark sheets (G 9 & 10)
  6. Original School Leaving Certificate (Please submit it before 30th April).

Step 7 : Entrance test & formal interaction with the IBDP Coordinator. This will also include subject selection by the student. Communication of the results; admission status and subject recommendation.
Candidate will be required to give an entrance test.The candidate will receive a call for entrance test within 7 working days, after submission of all documents. After the test the candidate will have a formal interaction with DP Coordinator (Please see Appendix 3 for details). Candidate will also have one to one interaction with the DP subject teachers. On the basis of interaction with DP Coordinator and feedback from DP teachers, candidate and his/her parents will be assisted by DP Coordinator in making an appropriate subject choice which will best suit his/her potential, level of interest and also help him/her in progressing towards a right career path.
The students can select from the following subject groups:

GroupSubjects Offered
Group 1 - LANGUAGE & LITERATURELanguage A: Language and Literature both at SL and HL level
Language A: Hindi Language and Literature both as SL and HL level
GROUP 2: LANGUAGE ACQUISITIONLanguage B – Hindi at SL & HL level
Language ab initio – French ab intio
GROUP 3: INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIESITGS – at SL & HL level
Business Management at SL and HL level
Economics – at SL & HL level
Psychology – at SL & HL level
Global Politics – at SL and HL level
GROUP 4: EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCESBiology at SL & HL level
Chemistry- at SL & HL level
Environmental systems and societies – SL level 
Physics- at SL & HL level
Computer Science – at SL & HL level
GROUP 5: MATHEMATICSMathematics  – Both at HL and SL level
Mathematical Studies – SL level
GROUP 6: THE ARTSVisual arts – SL & HL level

Step 8: Deposition of fees & Confirmation of admission and collection of fee receipt
After the announcement of results payment of one time admission fees and security deposit to be done within 5 working days of announcement of result. After this parents will deposit fees.HDFC bank deposit slips will be given to the form itself to ensure that parents need not come to school more than twice.

Appendix 4 Waitlist Criteria for Admission

Admissions will be granted as per below given criteria
Basic Criteria

1.All Documents signed and submitted (compulsory)
2.Assessment and interaction with parent.
3.Form taken and submitted within the specified dates or when admissions are open.
4.Candidates with special need may be considered in the event if the disability of the candidate does not hinder his/her ability to effectively cope up with the challenges posed by Diploma programme. The decision of the HOS will be final in this respect.

Categories

1.Reserved for staff, if any, till March
2.Sibling studying at FS or FS Preschool
3.Applied for admission for both sibling
4.Others

Important Note:
The school will not ask for any donation for granting admissions. The fee structure is transparent & all of it needs to be accordingly communicated.
The admission process does not ask for any religious/caste//political/social affiliations & is agnostic to this. Parents too must be aware of that same applies to them. We do not want any interference in this matter.

Appendix 5 Format for Letter of Recommendation

Date :______________
Admissions, Fountainhead School
Diploma Programme
Surat, Gujarat
Dear DP Coordinator,
I am writing on this day(Day, Date, Year) to recommend (Name of the candidate) for admission into the Fountainhead school’s Diploma Programme. I have known (Name of the candidate) for _____________months /years, and he/she has studied in my school for __________months/years.
Views about the candidates on Sincerity level, Timely Submissions, Active participation in school’s activities, discipline record, Academic performance, Ability to work independently and in teams and any other relevant information.
Name of the Person(Writing recommendation) :
Designation_________________________
Contact No._________________________

Appendix 6 Format of Consolidated Report on each student

Criteria1234
Overall conduct /behaviour    
Leadership  Qualities displayed(including team working, role modelling , following 7 habits etc.)    
Display of IB learner profile    
Rapport with friends/peers and teachers    
General Punctuality and dressing up    

Grade : 
1 – Not Satisfactory
2 – Average
3- Good 
4 – Very Good
The Grade descriptors for the above purpose are as follows:

GradeDescriptor
1Overall conduct needs improvement, rarely displays leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, poor rapport with friends, peers, and teachers, punctual and well dressed only on few occasions.
2Average overall conduct, sometimes displays leadership qualities, average display of IB learner profile attributes, average rapport with friends, peers, and teachers, on an average he/she punctual and well dressed.
3Good overall conduct often displays leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, maintains good rapport with friends, peers and teachers, often punctual and well dressed.
4Excellent overall conduct, excellent display of leadership qualities & IB learner profile attributes, maintains excellent rapport with friends, peers and teachers, always punctual and well dressed.

Middle School Report Card ___________

Student’s Name:Grade:

 

Subject: EnglishEffort :
Subject Teacher:Grade:

Subject Teacher Comments:
Grade Range:

A*ABCDEFGU
        Exam Not Given

 

Teacher’s Sign:Parent’s Sign:
©Fountainhead School 

Effort Grading

Grade1234
Timely Submissions(including projects, homework etc)    
Class Participation(including participation in class discussion, class activities etc)    
Interest in the subject (Asking questions, taking initiatives    

Grade : 
1 – Not Satisfactory
2 – Average
3- Good 
4 – Very Good
The Grade descriptors for effort grading is as follows:

GradeDescriptor
1Needs reminder for meeting deadlines, Participates in class only on few occasions, Rarely displays interest in the subject as he/she never ask questions and takes no initiatives.
2Sometimes meets deadlines, sometimes participates in class. Displays interest in the subject on few occasions by asking questions and taking initiatives.
3Often meets deadlines, Often participates in class discussions. Displays interest in the subject by taking initiatives and asking questions.
4Always meets deadlines, participates actively in class discussions.Displays deep interest in the subject by asking questions and taking initiatives on a regular basis.