Frequently Asked Questions


Q. As parents of a prospective student, how do I apply to Kimberley?

The first thing you need to do is to send a mail to admissions@kimberley.co.in
mentioning your intent to seek the admission of your child/ward to the school. The school office will get back to you within 24 hours with all the necessary information/instruction.

Q. What is a school day like at Kimberley?

Boarding

A normal weekday includes a morning run followed by breakfast and academic classes up to lunch. In the afternoon the students take part in activity classes, followed by games. Both activities and games are compulsory for all students. In the evening the students have supervised prep, followed by dinner. After dinner they are permitted to be in the recreation room till it is time to go to bed.

Day School

Students reach by 8:30AM, Classes start at 9 AM followed by snacks. The claases will include most of the activities during the day time table. However, the Day Boarders will be given lunch followed by extra classes and major focus on the activities.

Q. Is it necessary for my child to have an interview before acceptance is offered?

Yes, after the written assessment, there will be an interview with the Principal, on the same day. The interview is as pleasant and non-intimidating as we can make it. We are interested in knowing about the child’s/student’s educational development, use of language, social skills, academic enthusiasms and extra-curricular interests. The aim of the interview is to find out what the student knows, understands and enjoys.

Q. Must my child be fluent in English to attend Kimberley?

The medium of instruction in Kimberley is English. Hence, fluency in English, ultimately, will be an advantage. However, the school will take extra care of students who have been studying English as a second language or those whose English skills need improvement, by organizing special classes to achieve proficiency in spoken and written English.

Q. What does the Kimberley curriculum offer?

Kimberley proposes to offer an international curriculum. Students will find a welcoming atmosphere of friendliness, warmth and security, which will soon evolve into a diverse and challenging environment. They will have the opportunity to work and learn with peers from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. Students will graduate from Kimberley not only with a solid academic foundation but also take with them a genuine understanding of interdependence and a respect for differences.

Q. How are students assessed at Kimberley?

The goal of assessment at the Kimberley is to support both learning and teaching through varied and balanced assessment practices, which are aligned with the curriculum, reflecting the international nature of the school and include useful feedback to students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Information on student performance will be clearly communicated through interim reports, progress reports, parent teacher conferences and other communication as needed.

Q. How does the school and parents communicate?

The school encourages close home-school partnerships in order to ensure that communication is positive and open. There are two formal parent/teacher conferences each month/year, and parents are also encouraged to contact their children’s teachers if the need for other conferences arises. Report cards will be issued four times every year to all students. Teachers will also communicate on an as-need basis with parents.

Monthly emails will be sent out that contain information about school and sport events. The school will also issue newsletters on a regular basis that provide information to parents about activities and events that take place.

Q. How can parents volunteer and become involved?

There are many opportunities for parents to become involved at Kimberley. Parents are welcome to attend special presentations by students and are invited to participate in school committees. The student empowerment committee will also get in touch with and request parents to talk to students about their area of expertise and share with them their life experiences.

Q. How will my child get to school before the beginning of the first term
and, subsequently, during his years at Kimberley. And, how will he return home
and get back each term?

Boarders

Once your child is registered and is put on the rolls of the school, his travel plans, for the first time to school and his subsequent trips home and again, return to school over the next few years, becomes the responsibility of the school.

Your single point contact is the School  Principal

The School Principal, will be in regular and specific dialogue with you (well before the travel date) will plan for his/her arrival and departure to and from school for the rest of the child’s school days.

Q. What about your faculty?

The selection of a faculty is the key to whether a school is merely “good” or reaches the level of “great”. Kimberley, clearly, is a “great” school and has chosen its faculty with great care, introspection and diligence, as will become apparent when you meet them.

Great staff adds to the luster of an institution and even more so, takes young children to heights that are attainable but sadly, not all schools keep this truth in mind.

Kimberley has not lost sight of this truth and will never let it happen.

Our continuous assessment and learning plans for staff will assist in their growth and the luster of our students and the school.

Go to the Faculty & Staff page.

Q. When will I meet the Principal?

You will meet the Principal when your child comes for the written assessment and the interview as also, often, during your frequent visits to the school. The Principal will be available on campus at most times and easily accessible. Other than that, and if required, you can make a prior appointment if you wish to meet him for a specific reason.

Q. Do you have an after-school programme?

Yes, we have two types of programmes, which are ongoing and part of the school time-table every day (except Sunday) from 3 to 6 p.m. The after school programme is built around specific interests. Students may sign up for one or more activities, which usually last for about an hour after school and this is followed by compulsory games.

A list of choices that the school makes available to the parent (after your child is
admitted) allows for you and your child to decide his areas of interest and, enabling you to take an informed decision.

Q. What kind of a student does Kimberley admit?

The school is selective and looks for students who can follow the programme of study, intellectually curious, interested in extra curricular activities and whose parents are supportive of the school’s Mission Statement.

Q. Why should I choose Kimberley for my child?

It is important that a parent selects a school where a child learns values. Where a
child is safe, loved and nurtured. It is important that a parent keeps in mind that learning is a process of affection for the written word, an inculcation of passion for the world of sport.

It is more than relevant that a parent should be concerned whether a school is a caring school, opening a world of concern for people, plants, and the environment, including other life forms, for his child.

It is urgent that a parent sees a school as a 21st century school, which will prepare a child for the challenges faced as an adult. And whether the child, as an adult, will excel, revel and challenge the new world order and not merely submit to its pressures. Where the child is a winner, a leader and not a submissive follower. Where he will dream big, evolve, transform, empower and lead the world.

If you are looking for such a school, please send your child to Kimberley!

If you feel the above FAQs have not answered your specific query, you can send us an email to: info@kimberley.co.in detailing your query and we’ll revert back within 24 working hours. An online query page is also available here.