FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What type of curriculum does Stonehill International School (SIS) offer?
At Stonehill, we follow the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum starting from preschool all the way up to
the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12).
2. What are the school’s timings?
A typical school day starts at 7:40 am and ends at 3:00 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when we have After School Activities (ASA), school ends at 4:00 pm. However, for our P1 (Nursery) and P2 (Lower KG) students, the school ends at 12:40 pm.
3. What is the average class size?
The average class size is 18 students.
4. What is the ratio of boys to girls?
The ratio of boys to girls is 1:1.
5. What percentage of students are boarders?
10 % of our students are boarders.
6. How diverse is the student body?
Our vibrant student body consists of children from 35 different countries.
7. Where do your teachers come from?
Our diverse faculty is comprised of 15 different nationalities.
8. Does my child require a laptop or other digital devices?
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) supports a 1:1 device programme. All students from Nursery to Grade 5 are provided an iPad by the school and are taught to use it in integrated lessons conducted by their classroom teacher.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) students are required to bring a laptop to school each day.
9. How will my non-English speaking child manage in the school?
Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department helps children who require extra support during the school day. This is done from Grade 1 to Grade 10. We have many students coming from various non-English speaking countries who require varying levels of EAL support. In the Primary years, it is absolutely okay for a child to have no knowledge of the language. They will learn very quickly via a combination of ‘in-class learning’, EAL specialised support and playtime activities.
10. Does SIS offer support for children with specific learning needs?
Being an inclusive school, we do take in children with different needs – physical, emotional, social or educational; as long as we are sure that the school can provide the support that the child needs.
11. What languages are taught at SIS? Does SIS offer Mother Tongue classes?
We offer three language options at the PYP level: Hindi, Spanish & Mandarin. To this, we add French in the MYP and DP levels. SIS also offers French and German mother tongue classes, with other languages under consideration.
12. Does SIS offer After School Activities?
Yes, SIS does offer After School Activities such as Horse Riding, Aero Modelling, Coding and Robotics, Football, Swimming, Basketball, Arduino based electronics, Community Service activities, Musical theatre, etc.
13. Are there field trips during the year?
Yes, field trips are an important part of the educational programme at Stonehill. Students are taken for day trips, overnight camps and 2 – 5 day field trips in different parts of India.
14. Are there any private instrumental music lessons offered at SIS?
Music plays an integral part in our school curriculum. We also offer private music lessons for piano, guitar, drums, violin and cello by experienced professionals in school, which is incorporated within the school day for the child. We also have a music club, school choir and rock band.
15. Does the school prepare students for entry to Universities abroad and in India?
Yes, Stonehill prepares students for entry to Universities abroad and in India in the following ways:
● Support of the College Counsellor
● Career related assessments for students
● Visits by University representatives to SIS
● College fairs outside campus
● Career days with guest speakers
● Strength finder Workshops
● Essay/Personal Statement workshops
● Support for SATs
16. What universities do students apply to?
Stonehill graduates have been accepted to universities around the world, recent ones being Stanford University, London School of Economics, MIT (Boston), Hong Kong University, Shrishti School of Design, Erasmus, Leiden University, Kings College (London), University of British Columbia, etc.
17. Does the school provide transport for the students?
SIS provides air-conditioned buses that are well equipped with GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, seat belts, speed governors and bus monitors. Our buses operate across multiple routes around the city.
18. What are the meals provided in school?
Our focus has always been on serving a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet to all our students. Our in-house kitchen staff at Stonehill serve both non-vegetarian and vegetarian meal plans in Indian and International cuisines. We are a nut-free campus, and we serve salads and fresh seasonal fruits on a daily basis.
19. What are the Boarding Programmes offered?
Our Boarding facility offers the following options:
● Weekly Boarding – Children come in to school on Monday morning and go home on Friday afternoon.
● Full Time Boarding – Every day, including weekends, except for some holidays which are defined at the beginning of the year.
20. What are the facilities available in Boarding?
Boarding at SIS is very much in tune with 21st century life – three modern boarding houses, staffed by experienced and professional full-time House Parents. There are spacious twin and quad sharing rooms, fully air conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, high speed internet, a common lounge, study centre, fitness centre and 24-hour medical centre with a live-in nurse. The children also receive academic support at the boarding during the school week. Our boarding builds a family atmosphere in the houses to create a “home away from home” experience.
21. What is the admissions process?
Click here for the details of our admissions process: http://www.stonehill.in/admissions
22. Does my child have to join SIS on a specific date? When is the first day of school for a new student?
While the academic year starts in August and finishes in June, we do not have a specific start date for new students (except for Grade 11 students who must start at the beginning of the year). Being an International School, we have ‘Rolling Admissions’ – admissions take place through the school year since families move to Bangalore at different points of time. This is subject to having available seats in the required grade level, at that time.
23. Is there an entrance test for Admissions?
For the Primary years, no tests and interviews are required. Students applying for Grade 8 and above might need a test to determine their proficiency in the English language so that appropriate grade placements can be arrived at. Interviews are needed on a case by case basis, depending on the grade a student applies to.
Applicants to Grade 11 are required to do a Mathematics and English test as part of the Admissions Process.
24. Does SIS offer Scholarships?
Our Academic scholarships are offered for Grade 9 upwards and Sports scholarships for Grade 8 upwards. Please refer to the Admissions page on the website for details.
25. How do parents get involved in school?
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a parent support group for Stonehill school activities. It does much valuable work in support of the school and is always happy to hear from interested parents.
26. Does SIS have a Summer Camp Programme?
SIS has a summer camp in the month of June, which is a combination of sports, arts and technological activities. This is open to Stonehill students as well as students from other schools.