The Montessori method is one of the oldest methods of progressive education and has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world. It is rooted in the belief that children have an innate desire and motivation to learn and is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play as an approach during the early years of education.
Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide. The Cambridge curriculum oﬀers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to its approach. As the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 year olds, Cambridge Assessment International Education is recognised by universities in UK, US, Canada, India and about 150 other countries.
Integrated Curriculum allows our students multiple options in terms of the approach and the choice of subjects. As a blend of the best of Indian and international curriculum, it carries the right balance of reading, writing, understanding, comprehending, and applying skills.
Curriculum Options for Higher Secondary
At the Higher Secondary Level, TIST proposes to oﬀer two streams of curriculum - National (CBSE) and International (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program). We believe in nurturing the strength of every individual; and providing such unique options between curriculums helps our students choose the
right path. The role of the Career Counselling cell at the school becomes extremely important here, and our well-equipped department is ready to provide all the related assistance. The role of Career Counselling cell at the school becomes extremely important here, and our well-equipped department is ready to provide all the related assistance.
The programme welcomes children from when they turn 2^1/2 years old and is intended to ignite interest in their young minds to learn and explore. The children get to experience and learn a wide range of concepts to excite their minds while playing, through a balance of both teacher-led and child-initiated activities. It will allow them to differentiate between their emotions, and learn about the world around them.
The toddler programme runs from 9am to 12.30pm. The school offers an extended day care programme as an option. It is functional till 3pm, and is a complete solution to the parents as a home away from home for the tiny ones.
The programme is meant for children in the age group of 3^1/2 to 6 years. We have designed a robust curriculum that integrates Montessori with the best practices and approaches of early school learning to bring the best out of every child. We prepare the children for a smooth transition to a more formal curriculum.
Our qualified teachers play the role of facilitators to ensure that individual interests and needs are catered for, and every child has the opportunity to develop at their own pace. The Kindergarten Programme makes use of a range of individual and group activities including role play, games, songs, dance, art & craft, storytelling, drawing, and painting to create an interactive and conducive learning environment.
Elementary School (Grade I to V)
Children at this stage need encouragement to collaborate eﬀectively, reason critically, think creatively and communicate eﬃciently. Our primary year’s curriculum emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, language development, values and attitude.
It is a blend of Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) and Indian Curricula. It oﬀers an exciting and creative learning environment, with an interdisciplinary approach to Languages, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, as individual and integrated subjects
In the Elementary School, students are assessed internally, against criteria that measure the objectives of understanding, exploring, enquiring and applying.
Middle School (Grade VI to VIII)
Our comprehensive Middle School curriculum combines academics with the necessary tools to develop learning strategies to suit individual students that will fully equip them for success in high school and higher educational pursuits. We oﬀer an exciting and creative learning environment, with an interdisciplinary appreciation of Languages, Mathematics and Sciences. A blend of Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) and Indian Curriculum, it incorporates continuous evaluation and review of the child's performance.
Secondary School (IX – X)
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme is administered by Cambridge Assessment International Education. In the two-year IGCSE programme, Classes IX and X students study a range of subjects that are exciting and challenging. It helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.
While the programme is international in outlook, it very much retains local relevance. The holistic and experiential nature of learning balances knowledge, understanding and skills, and ensures that students are well-prepared for the IB Diploma and other pre-university programmes.
Higher Secondary School (XI – XII)
At the higher secondary level, TIST plans to offer two streams of curriculum - National (CBSE) and International (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program). We believe in nurturing the strength of every individual; and providing such unique options between curriculums helps our students choose the right path.
The role of Career Counselling cell at the school becomes extremely important here, and our well-equipped department is ready to provide all the related assistance.
We believe that every child is unique and no two learners are alike. They vary in their physiological, psychosocial and cognitive makeup. Hence, it is natural that they react differently to their environment and learn differently. Although it is important to follow social norms, it unlikely that anyone can fit into one rigid mould.
Students are placed in this program based on detailed observations, past records and feedback from class teachers. Referrals are made for further testing, should learning needs be identified during the school year. Regular communication with the student support team and the parents takes place to monitor each and every student’s progress. A trained team of School Counsellor and Special Educator provide the required support to bring the desired improvement.
To inspire a sense of belonging, a feeling of unity in competition, and to encourage healthy competition, we have four houses in the school; each student will be a part of one such house. Each of these names are inspired by the strong, majestic and unique fauna of Kerala. Each house has values and characteristics attributed to it, derived from the very characteristics of these animals.
The Tiger House:
Motto: Valour in thought and action
Colour: Coral Red
The Elephant House:
Motto: Through wisdom and strength
Colour: Ocean Blue
The Leopard House:
Motto: Excellence through agility
Colour: Ocher Yellow
The Nilgiri Tahr House:
Motto: Gratitude and Grace/Integrity
Colour: Basil Green