Scaling up to Stand out…

A long journey, now gradually climbing the ladder of success, is indeed very gratifying and special to the entire DSE family. Delhi School of Excellence is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). With a committed motto- ‘Knowledge is Power’, the Management has left no stone unturned to establish an institution with the sole conviction that the ultimate goal of education is simply not amassing facts but inculcating, imbibing and practicing lifetime values-the need of the hour in today’s scenario.

Beginning with a baby step in a journey of a thousand miles, the institution has spread its wings to earn a place of pride and reputation and is catering to the global needs of the present day students. The standards have been kept high and every student under the DSE canopy is groomed, guided, tutored and mentored with dedication and a sense of belongingness.

In preparing our curriculum, we have sought out the best practices in teaching programmes and examination boards. The information given here outlines the broad aims of our teaching at different levels in order to provide an idea of how a child will progress at Delhi School of Excellence.

FOUNDATIONAL YEARS (PP Grade II ) OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To cater to Early Childhood care and Education.
  • To ensure a child- friendly environment where each child is valued, respected, and feels safe and secure.
  • To enable a sound foundation for wellbeing, healthy habits and hygiene.
  • To develop social capacities, sensitivity, good behaviour, ethics, teamwork and cooperation.
  • To develop cognitive, and psychomotor abilities and early literacy and numeracy. 
  • To enable children to become effective communicators.
  • To provide flexible, multi-faceted, multi-level, play-based, activity based and inquiry based learning comprising of alphabets, languages, numbers, colours, shapes, indoor and outdoor play, drawing, painting and colouring music and dance.
Teaching at this level is to prepare the toddlers for a lifetime by building a robust foundation for the overall development. The pedagogy is completely activity- oriented using teaching aids such as flash cards, 3D as well as real objects.

Classroom activities in different subjects are conducted to promote teamwork in a fun learning environment. Inter School Competitions, Family Day, Graduation Day, Festivals and major school events are a regular feature of the Pre-Primary segment which help foster social skills and appreciation towards multiculturalism so that the students develop a sense of acceptance for other cultures.

At DSE, teachers handling this level are well trained, qualified and experienced. They attend different workshops, both in-house and external so as to enhance their subject knowledge, improve their skills, develop classroom management, build good relationships with their students and update teaching methodologies.

PREPARATORY YEARS ( Grade III – V) – OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To cater to the overall development of  students  thereby fostering the unique capabilities of each one.
  • To focus on encouraging exploration, inquisitiveness, creativity and building confidence.

The unique features of our Primary Curriculum are:

  • Encouraging a Multi-Disciplinary approach to teaching.
  • Developing observation skills and thereby promoting inference and understanding of concepts.
  • Making learning joyful by integrating Art as well as adopting Experiential Learning.
  • Value based education by inculcating values like empathy, respect for others, cleanliness, courtesy and other necessary           values.
  • Encouraging reading habit.
  • Exposing the students to a variety of art forms like Music, Art, Dance and Drama.
  • Building Team spirit and cooperation by active participation in Team Games.
  • Focus on regular Formative Assessment and feedback along with regular Paper Pen Tests.
  • Flexible Learning environment that caters to the needs of the individual classroom.
  • Adoption of the new age Technology for making classrooms a beehive of activity.
  • In order to gain exposure to Indian culture, Heritage, values and general awareness, Value education and Quiz Clubs are introduced for these classes which are compulsory in nature. Equal onus is on imparting Life Skills and values apart from academics.

SCHEME OF STUDIES:

The Primary school curriculum consists of the following Core Subjects:

  • English 
  • Math
  • Environmental Science
  • 2nd Lang (Hindi/Telugu)
  • 3rd Lang (Telugu/Hindi)
  • Information Technology

MIDDLE SCHOOL - (Grade VI-VII) - OBJECTIVES

  • To provide Education that facilitates a significant period of growth for students to prepare them for the world which is challenging, complex and filled with exciting possibilities.
  • To prepare students  to become independent learners focusing on their course of study and the personal goals they wish to achieve.. The curriculum is designed to enable learners to step over the threshold of Secondary School with confidence and eagerness. 

At DSE, various subjects are taught in special ways….

In the language classroom, care is taken to ensure that students recognize speaking, listening, reading and writing as active and constructive processes. They are encouraged to summarize ideas and state their own views. They also learn to consciously attend to the rules of the written language to ensure that sentences are complete, interesting and coherent.

The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of learners who have different levels of proficiency in English. Classrooms are, therefore, made congenial to children from diverse language backgrounds. English is used and taught across the curriculum and all students soon acquire the necessary level of proficiency. To enhance the language fluency, Assessment of Speaking and Listening activities are conducted for students.

The Math curriculum aims to establish a strong foundation of Mathematics in the primary and middle school years. There is an emphasis on practice to reinforce knowledge of Math-facts, which are the building blocks for solving more complicated problems. Lessons are based on concrete facts and examples with an increased emphasis on conceptual understanding. This is to enable students to gradually progress from concrete facts to the underlying abstract ideas, or the ‘logic stage’ to support the larger Mathematical curriculum goals.

The Science classes too aim to strike a balance between teaching factual knowledge and developing the spirit of scientific inquiry. Science lessons are planned to stimulate the pupils’ curiosity in the world around them, building on existing knowledge, interests and ideas, and linked to everyday contexts. Social Science is an integrated area of inquiry drawing on the disciplines of History, Geography and Civics. The underlying concepts help students to develop their personal, familial, ethnic and cultural identities as they learn about people in relation to their past, their environment and their society. Learners are prepared for the in-depth study of History and Geography as separate curriculum subjects from Grade VI onwards.

At DSE, we believe in total education and appreciate that much of tertiary learning takes place outside the traditional classroom. Periodical Educational trips very well prove that ‘Seeing is believing’. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of athletic and cultural activities. They attend classes on music, dance, physical education, art, speech, group discussions and drama, to not only acquire specific skills but also develop their latent potentials and extend their breadth of interest.

Co-Scholastic Activities:

1. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
Students of Grades V to X are given the opportunity to choose among many in VPA activities such as in Indo-Western Dance, Contemporary Dance, Fine Arts, Theatre, Western and Indian Music, Expressions and Yoga, which facilitate a well-rounded development. These are a part of the regular curriculum, and are also being offered as co-curricular and core activity programmes. The arts foster lifelong learning skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.
2. Work Education
Students are trained in an array of activities in Work Education such as Creative Art in which students participate in Best Out of Waste, Doodle Art, Origamy etc, and Culinary Art etc in which students get to learn Brochure making, Table Etiquette, Fireless cooking and awareness about healthy food choices.
3. Yoga
Apart from the regular games, Yoga is also taught to students as per the directive of CBSE board. The yoga classes are conducted to imbibe healthy body along with positive thought process among students. 

4. Inter-School and Inter-House Competitions 

Inter-School and Inter-House Competitions are conducted for students to inculcate confidence, a spirit of competition and collaboration among students.

Every student is also assigned to be a member of a House and can participate in extracurricular activities with the four Houses as basic units in competitive activities. This gives them an opportunity to interact with different age groups and also helps to develop their organizational and leadership qualities. Participation in the ECAs helps to instill discipline and nurture a cooperative attitude, sensitivity to others and the ability to work in a team for achieving common goals

Participation in co-curricular activities, which are held on Fridays and Saturdays is encouraged for all. Students who show special interest or are especially talented in any sporting or non-sporting areas are offered further opportunities through the core activity programme, so that they are able to excel in such areas and also enhance their readiness to take part in competitions and tournaments outside of school. 

Apart from competitions, students are involved in celebration of the changing rhythms of the year conducted through a variety of festivals and activities. These are celebrated/ observed through morning assemblies, special assemblies and other major school functions, which help children in meaningful bonding and appreciation of such events.

The Primary school curriculum consists of the following Core Subjects:

  • English 
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • 2nd Lang (Hindi/Telugu)
  • 3rd Lang (Telugu/Hindi)
  • Information Technology

Secondary School (Grades IX & X - Objectivies

  • To provide multi-disciplinary study, building on the subject oriented pedagogical and curricular style of Middle stage.
  • To provide scope for greater critical thinking, more attention of life aspirations and greater flexibility and student choice of subjects.
  • To cater to building character and create holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with the key 21st century skills.
DSE caters to  an education where all students are required to take seven subjects – five main, one third language and one optional. At the end of Grade X, the students are required to undertake the All-India Secondary School Examination. For both Grades IX and X, there is an 80% weightage given to the Final/Board examination, while 20% marks are based on Internal Assessments comprising regular tests, school exams, assignments, Lab practicals, ASL etc. The formal pen paper tests and exams are supplemented by Subject Enrichment Activities, Multiple Assessments, Portfolios, Projects, Art Integrated activities, Math and Science lab activities.

Throughout secondary school, instruction and practice go hand in hand. Teachers use flexible methods to teach and inspire students to become more resourceful so that they continue to learn outside the syllabus.

All class activities are carefully planned to ensure that students achieve proficiency not only in academics but also possess the necessary skill sets to become responsible, contributing members of the society.

Another aspect of the curriculum is to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills. This is achieved through a variety of programs and projects built into the yearly programmes. Students work on community-based projects to strengthen the understanding of helping others and inviting people from all walks of life into the school to work with the class on real life projects.

Students who directly participate during a field experience generate a more positive attitude about the subject. Hence, field trips are treated as educational tools to connect students to classroom concepts. Experiential learning at formal and informal field trip venues increases student interest, knowledge, and motivation.

Workshops, seminars and Career Guidance sessions are frequently arranged for the students to boost their skills and expertise.
Scheme of Studies:
  • I Language – English (Compulsory)
  • II Language – Hindi / Telugu
  • III Language – Hindi / Telugu
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Information Technology

Secondary School (Grades IX and X)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus is followed at DSE and examinations have been designed and conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy, through the medium of English. It ensures a general education where all students are required to take seven subjects – five main, one third language and one optional. At the end of Grade X, the students are required to undertake the All India Secondary School Examination. For both Grades IX and X, there is an 80% weightage given to the Final/Board examination, while 20% marks are based on Internal Assessments comprising regular tests, school exams, assignments, Lab practicals, ASL etc. The formal pen paper tests and exams are supplemented by Subject Enrichment Activities, Multiple Assessments, Portfolios, Projects, Art Integrated activities, Math and Science lab activities.

Throughout secondary school, instruction and practice go hand in hand. Teachers use flexible methods to teach and inspire students to become more resourceful so that they continue to learn outside the syllabus.

All class activities are carefully planned to ensure that students achieve proficiency not only in academics but also possess the necessary skill sets to become responsible, contributing members of the society.

Another aspect of the curriculum is to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills. This is achieved through a variety of programs and projects built into the yearly programmes. Students work on community based projects to strengthen the understanding of helping others and inviting people from all walks of life into the school to work with the class on real life projects.

Students who directly participate during a field experience generate a more positive attitude about the subject. Hence, field trips are treated as educational tools to connect students to classroom concepts. Experiential learning at formal and informal field trip venues increases student interest, knowledge, and motivation.

Workshops, seminars and Career Guidance sessions are frequently arranged for the students to boost their skills and expertise.

All class activities are carefully planned to ensure that students achieve proficiency not only in academics but also possess the necessary skill sets to become responsible, and contributing members of the society.
Another aspect of the curriculum is to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills. This is achieved through a variety of programs and projects built into the yearly programmes. Students work on community based projects to strengthen the understanding of helping others and inviting people from all walks of life into the school to work with the class on real life projects.
Scheme of Studies
  • I Language – English (Compulsory)
  • II Language – Hindi / Telugu
  • III Language – Hindi / Telugu
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Information Technology

Co-Scholastic Activities

For a holistic development of a student, co-curricular activities in the following areas be carried out by the teachers and will be graded term-wise on a 5-point grading scale (A=Exemplary, B=Proficient, C=Developing, D = Emerging, E = Beginner).The aspect of regularity, sincere participation, output and teamwork be the generic criteria for grading in the following co-scholastic activities:

(a)  Art Education (Visual & Performing Art): It encourages learners to develop creative expression, sharpens keen observation and develops a sense of organization and order.

(b) Health and Physical Education : It focuses on holistic development, both mental and physical.

(c) Experience(subsumed in Health and Physical Education)

Following the strictures of CBSE, the DSE Group of Institutions offer Individual Games like Chess, Table Tennis etc, Group Games like Basketball, Football and so on as a part of Strand 1 – Games & Sport of Health and Physical Education Programme introduced by the CBSE from the year 2018 . Under Strand 2 – Health & Fitness – Yoga, Mass P.T, Dance, Aerobics and other activities are taken up by students. SEWA (Social Empowerment through Work and Action) pertains to the Strand 3 of HPE. It is mandatory for students to enroll in at least one SEWA activity throughout the year as per the CBSE norms. At DSE, all the above activities are conducted to ensure sound mental, emotional and social health of the students.