HS FAQ

The High School Frequently Asked Questions

1. What affiliations does the school have?

Little Angels is fully accredited by Cambridge International Examinations and we are proud to part of the growing International schools across the world. The school is also a STEM affiliate and intends to offer education that enhances the dissemination and learning of main subjects as recommended by the STEM education coalition [STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics]. We are also pursuing other affiliation sources while continuously striving for excellence in Education.

Kindly do refer to the following sites for further detailed information:

CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS | http://www.cie.org.uk

STEM EDUCATION COALITION | http://www.stemedcoalition.org/stem-ed-coalition-activities

2. What years does the High School cover?

The High School is divided into Post Secondary and Senior High Divisions. Post Secondary covers the Year10, Year11; whereas, the Senior High includes Year 12 and Year 13.

3. What kind of exams do the students take in High School?

The Post Secondary students study the subjects of English, Math, Science, Social Studies as core or
extended subjects; and, Physical Education, Japanese, Chinese as Extended subjects. Based upon the capability of the student and preparedness, candidates may take the Cambridge IGCSE examinations at the end of Year10 or Year11. Traditionally, the IGCSE program requires two years of preparation to possess adequate knowledge and improve upon skills. Note that here is however no age restriction placed on taking the examinations.

Senior High students are those in Year 12 and Year 13 and they may study further in the subjects
above (and any other optional subjects as may be offered). They take the International AS or International A level examinations either at end of Year 12 or end of Year 13, depending upon the candidate willingness, preparedness and ability. There is however no age restriction placed on taking the examinations.

Y13?

Little Angels International School starts with Y1 @age 5 and hence, Y13.

4. What curriculum does the Little Angels High School program offer?

The Japanese language curriculum for High School uses the texts as recommended by CIE and also
several other media aids and analysis of news, mass media and general topics. It primarily focuses upon the ability to write detailed essays and also focuses on reading comprehension. A high level of Japanese ability and the time management is essential to perform well in the IGCSE or International AS or International A level examinations.

The school aims to provide an excellent balance with the Music, Arts and Crafts programs and Physical Education methods for a balanced over-all human development. In the High School, PE is studies is treated as a subject, complete with a curriculum, being involved with training, sports activities, playing and participating in sports activities and learning the basis of Kinesiology.

The High School study schedule involves spending several research hours each week where much learning is done by careful analysis, synthesis and dissemination work. Writing is a major part of the High School years.

Chinese is offered as an optional subject as a foreign language as well. The benefits of multi-lingual studies have been reflected in the student’s abilities and awareness and also results in an excellent international education.

5. Are there specific admission deadlines?

We accept transferred students from other international schools and also those who have recently moved to the area in and around city in between the academic year. Our programs permit student acceptance for September (fall) admissions and also for April (Spring) admissions. For the latest information and exact deadlines, kindly check the admissions link on our HS website.

6. What are the types of tests administered for admission to the High School?

Depending on the age of the student, tests are conducted to determine their basic age level understanding and IQ and obviously proficiency in English. Note that for admissions in the High School, previous evidence of capability is essential as the course work is rigorous and intense.

7. What are the backgrounds of the teachers?

The class teachers hold bachelors / masters degrees from various universities of repute and also specialize in subjects they teach. They are also trained further for a minimum of three months followed by another six months of assistance during teaching. Note that all teachers in HS must be Cambridge certified for teaching and evaluation.

8. Should the parents know/speak English to enroll the children at Little Angels?

It is not necessary. We have Japanese speaking staff, any of whom will assist. All the information/
communication from the school will be bilingual (English & Japanese).

9. Can the Little Angels Middle School children join the Little Angels High school?

The Little Angels Middle School students who fulfill the Y9 Checkpoint examinations requirements will meet the basic requirements of the school and may apply for enrollment in the High School. However, for students from other middle schools must pass our entrance examination and standards to be enrolled.

10. What happens at the end of the 11th Year or 13th Year?

The students who graduate from the Little Angels Post Secondary program, if performing well in
the IGSCE (ICE) may directly apply to Universities but note that extreme academic capability needs to be demonstrated. Those completing Senior High, International AS or A levels, can certainly apply to Universities worldwide (including Japan) and study further in the subject of their choice.

11. May the parents/ guardians visit the school and watch the children during their class?

We certainly welcome parental involvement in education and solicit their help at times. Kindly fix an appointment prior to the visit. We also have open school days where you may visit and observe all
classes (within the allotted time slot).

12. What kind of physical education does the school provide?

The students are trained to perform various exercises using many indoor apparatus and they participate in sports at the city’s sports center to practice various sports/ athletics. Year10 upwards, the students must also learn Kinesiology and also learn the rules and regulations in Sports, in order to take the CIE examinations.

13. Do the students go on educational trips?

Yes. The students participate in two or three outdoor activities per year. They visit several places on field trips and also enjoy hands-on learning experiences. It is part of the he holistic learning process.

14. Do the students receive any medical attention, if necessary?

Yes. A professional nurse visits the school every month to conduct basic health check ups. Once a year, an eye test and color blindness test is performed and a routine urine test is a requisite. While the school has trained First-Aid personnel, there is no provision for a fulltime, nurse or medical care.

15. What kind of disciplinary action is taken in case of bullying or any other such misbehavior?

We keep a close watch on each child’s behavior and maintain a healthy communication with each. The school counselor also spends time with the students. We hold regular classes and discussions on behavior: good and correct versus bad and destructive behavior. We also create an environment which fosters positive child growth there, encouraging the student to come forth and have frank discussions with the teachers. In times of extreme need, we also talk to the parents to sort out any issues. For repeated misbehavior, the school issues verbal warning first followed by a written warning. For repeated misbehavior, the student may be given a suspension or detention depending on the seriousness of the act.

16. What kind of support is provided to a slow learning student?

If, and when a student is identified as a slow learner by the teachers, the child’s parents are called in for special meetings to address appropriate remedial work. We may also recommend that the student attend special remedial classes or complete additional assignments be held for them after school hours (Note: this process will be at additional cost).

17. Does the school assist in helping students secure admissions in Universities?

The HS intends to start the Academic counseling department whose sole purpose is to assist students
in taking the qualifying tests such as the TOEFL, SAT etc., (note these exams are not held at school nor are they within the purview of scope) and in time, such that the completed applications may be sent to Universities. The department will also provide assessments and mentoring regarding choice of Universities and probable good fit based upon the needs of the student. The department will also provide the necessary guidance as befits any International School of repute. Note that securing University admissions is entirely the effort of the student and is based upon the academic performance, the efforts of the student and the University requirements being met. This department
does not guarantee admission results but will assist the student sufficiently to achieve their dreams and meet their goals. Where it may be required, additional costs will be incurred by the students. This counseling service will be provided to all graduating students (in Year 12/13). Remember age is no bar.

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