The school will have an integrated curriculum comprising of both classical and modern systems. For modern subjects like English, Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences, the school will refer to National/International Curriculum Frameworks and identify suitable textbooks/worksheets to ensure quality on par with any national school. For classical subjects, the school will use curriculum adopted by Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board, Purnaprajna Vidyapitha and such Sanskrit Institutes as a reference and come up with its own new curriculum to meet its objectives. Besides, for arts education curriculum from KSEEB and such art institutions will be referred. A due emphasis to fields like health, psychology, agriculture, environment, journalism and current affairs will be given. As a general guideline, academic council will conduct research continuously to give the best integrated curriculum.
The school will also pay special emphasis to games and other extracurricular activities to ensure overall development of the child. Our regular weekly schedule will have appropriate slots for the same. In addition, it will have excursion program every winter and summer to expose the child to environment and society. This would be done through some lively programs like hiking and social initiatives.
The school will use the best available mechanism to ensure its autonomous curriculum and pedagogy. To achieve this we train students in open school method. The students will attend the examination conducted by KSEEB, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) or Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) boards for 10th grade. We also plan to offer grade 12 certification.
LEARNING PROCESS AND PEDAGOGY
Purnapramati believes that each child is unique and destined to realize his/her own self. The school is just an enabler for each child in its evolution. In addition, every child undergoes a gradual shift with age and learning. Considering these two parameters, the program is designed to subjectively address each child’s need and help it evolve stage by stage. It is designed for a stage-wise growth from play-way method to experiential and joyful learning, curious and conceptual learning and finally abstract and analytical learning. The nature of learning evolves to include creativity, discipline and motivation within a free, fearless and joyful environment.
The pedagogy will mainly focus on ontological approach which relates reality with principles to make learning meaningful and relevant. The evaluation is mainly based on a continuous monitoring for individual growth.
Elementary school will not have annual examinations. However, the students of middle and high school will be gradually trained to write annual competitive examinations to face the board exams.
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
Purnapramati will adopt a unique multilingual approach for teaching. The school uses English as professional and technical language, Sanskrit as philosophical and cultural language, and Kannada as colloquial language. The students will be trained for proficiency in English, Sanskrit and Kannada. Students will be also be encouraged to use Hindi for inter-cultural communication.
PHILOSOPHY OF ACADEMIC EXECUTION
Purnapramati, grounded on its intention to be a center for integrated learning, has its primary focus on creating an environment that enables integration and learning. Most of the academic policies and details of implementation are visualized in this lieu. We have a very high teacher to student ratio to allow for effective interaction and development of each child. The teaching is considered as one of the modes of learning and not the only mode. Therefore classroom teaching is supplemented with numerous activities that engage children actively. Academic homework is kept to the minimum to avoid an unnecessary pressure. However to guide the kids for an efficient utilization of their curiosity, a creative and supplementary homework will be given. Integration of knowledge streams and paradigms of thoughts for a holistic growth and comprehensive development is ensured at every step. We make efforts to avoid isolated growth in just one subject or one skill without a global and integrated perspective in theory and practice. Therefore the academic framework includes integrated methodology to teach, integrated content to deliver and integrated processes to review resulting in an integrated Purnapramatian.
Similarly, the examination policy of Purnapramati is quite robust, purposive and non-conventional. Examinations cannot be and should not be discrete checkpoints to measure competitiveness, but tools to understand and act on continuous growth and development. To achieve this purpose, it is necessary to avoid and gradually allay fear for examinations; but, couple this concept with the vision of review, comprehensiveness and love. Therefore, Purnapramati conducts continuous and surprise ‘avalokana’ with multiple components like worksheets, oral presentations, activities, and performances to understand the growth and development in heart, head and hand. Avalokanas will be followed up with the kids through enabling and corrective steps, whichever necessary, and with the parents by sharing the progress report once in a quarter. The progress of the child will be reported in qualitative terms and hence in rigorous detail.