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Introduction

A) When was the school established?

The school was established in 1985 to promote rural education around Raiwala.

B) What is the size of your school and the number of pupils?

We have separate campuses for Junior and Senior School spread over a total of Approx 15 acres of land with about eight hundred and fifty non-residential pupils.

C) What are your main strengths?

The main strength of our school is its Management, which includes alumni from the best and most prestigious schools in India like The Doon School, Dehradun, Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun, Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun and Mayo College. The school gets the best possible guidance and direction because of their sound and broad-based education.

 

The School is a affiliated to CISCE (Council for Indian Schools Cerftificate Examinations) which is committed to serving the nation’s children, through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society, promoting introspective living, by creating exciting learning opportunities, with a commitment to excellence.

 

The school is a member of Dehradun District Council Schools’ Association (DDCSA) and Principal’s Progressive Schools’ Association (PPSA), which provides our pupils an opportunity to interact and compete against the best schools.

 

The school possesses a team of exceptionally good, dedicated and committed teachers (a few of whom reside in the school), with high expectations and a clear adherence to the concept of an all–round development through “Quality” Education. Excellent pastoral care, clearly defined processes that are continuously reviewed and improved. Compared to other schools we are particularly strong at Sports, Music, Drama, Art, and outward-bound activities.

D) What are your main achievements?

  • Modernization, improvement and up-gradation each year.
  • Infrastructural Expansion (Started with ten rooms and now having nearly 1,00,000 sq ft covered area).
  • High standards of success in Sports, Music and other cultural pursuits.
  • Growth in students and Staff (Students: 50 to 850 and Teaching Staff 5 to 60)
  • Games and Sports Intensification (State of the art playing field, one Basketball court, Multi-purpose Activity Hall, Pavilion, Multi-Gym and training facility, Badminton Court, etc. apart from other basic infrastructure)
  • Activity Multiplication
  • Attained expertise at organizing events (sports & extra curricular activities) recurrently.
  • Is member of the prestigious Dehradun District Council Schools’ Association (DDCSA) and Principal’s Progressive Schools’ Association (PPSA)
  • Strengthened Reputation after providing maximum satisfaction.

E) How is MAMS different from other schools?

Most of our pupils are from rural backgrounds. A lot of them are first generation school going kids from their family. But each one of them has dreams and aspires to make it big in life. Being a close-knit community we are able to convey our message with ease. Our parents understand that we mean business and know our job well and hence we are able to implement our policies with ease through their support and constant cooperation. We aspire to “Discover & Develop each child’s interests & gifts” and are totally dedicated to this mission.

F) How far is your school from Delhi?

The school is Approx 250 KM north of Delhi, situated in District Dehradun, in the State of Uttarakhand. The school lies on Haridwar – Rishikesh highway (NH 58)

 

View the route map for more information.

G) What is the average class size?

There are about thirty students per section in the junior as well senior classes. In case of some optional subjects in senior classes, the class size falls down to even 5-10 students.

H) What is the proportion of Students who are from abroad?

We do not have any foreign students studying at MAMS at the moment. We are however open to accepting foreign students in our hostel from the 2015-16 session onwards. A lot of our non-residential students have their families settled abroad. Most of them stay with their local guardians in Rishikesh.

I) Are you affiliated to IB?

No, we are only affiliated to the CISCE (Council for Indian Schools Cerftificate Examinations).

J) Is your school co-ed?

Yes, the school is co-educational, with approximately 30% girls and 70% boys. However, we only offer residential facilities to boys.

K) Why should I put my child in a boarding school?

Residential schools mainly serve the purposes of a wide exposure and help develop personal qualities like confidence, public-speaking skills, secular outlook, independence, strong character etc., which are so important for success in adult life.

 

Pupils at boarding school do not face the problems of traffic and poor public transport; they can use the time saved to do worthwhile activities. Academic lessons do not have to be crammed between 9 am and 4 pm: they can be spread over a longer period with breaks for sport and other activities. The volume of sport, music, acting, hobbies and other creative activities is far greater at a boarding than a day school.

 

Boarding pupils thrive in the life of a busy community. They learn to adjust better, have high regard for and tolerate others, learn community living, become truly secular in their outlook, gather a high degree of independence, which is invaluable when they go on to taste life for themselves. They still see a great deal of their parents, with long weekends every sixth week and are luckier to get much longer holidays than those enjoyed by pupils in day schools. Parents are welcome to visit the school on specified visiting weekends only and can take their children out for a day.

Admission & Fees

A) What is the procedure of admission?

The admission procedure entails a deposit of the registration fee alongwith the duly filled in admission form through registered post/self/email. The applicant is then supposed to appear for an admission test and interview, on a stipulated date, which is informed to all prospective parents well in advance. The result is declared within a week after the test and admissions have to be accepted/declined thereafter. For more information, visit the Admissions page on this website.

B) What is the number of students admitted for various classes every year?

The number of admissions depends upon the number of withdrawals. Since most of our admissions are from the Raiwala Army Cantonment wherein units keep moving, we may have withdrawals between sessions as well. We normally admit approximately 100 students every year in different classes.

C) What is the number of applicants per year?

We receive around 300 applications for admission every year which are carefully screened to translate into admissions.

D) When should interested parents apply for admission?

Ideally in the month of December but we accept strong/brilliant applicants at any stage. Admission tests are held in the month of February for Day-Scholars and in the month of November/December for boarders each year and admission is granted in the month of March/April. Check out Admission section of the website for more details.

E) What is your school Fee?

The School Fee gets revised from time to time. Kindly visit Fees structure under admissions in the website for details of fee.

F) Can the fee be paid in installments?

The Fee for Boarders is to be paid semi-annually for each term. The fee for day scholars is to be paid for quarterly. All fees are required to be paid in advance.

G) Do you accept Donations?

We DO NOT accept donations for securing admissions. However, we do accept donations for need cum merit scholarships. A lot of our students come from not so fortunate backgrounds who may not be able to pay the requisite fee. We urge noble-minded philanthropists to help such students. All donations will qualify for relief under section 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961. Please visit Support Us section for further details.

H) Can a parent get any “Guarantee” of admission?

There is no “Guarantee” of admission in MAMS. There is only an exception for NRI candidates who may be able to secure admission on the basis of their performance in their previous schools. Resident Indian Admissions are done only through the regular test and interview procedure.

Academics

A) How many Teachers are working in your school?

We have a team of about 60 Teachers and Other Staff members at the moment. A few of them stay on campus to supervise the residential students.

B) What are the qualifications of the teacher/staff members?

Qualified staff as per the CISCE Guidelines is appointed. (Bachelor’s in Education is compulsory for all teachers and Master’s of the subject is mandatory to teach in Senior Secondary classes).

C) What is the Teacher:student Ratio?

Less than 1:15

D) Which all languages are taught in the school?

Pinegrove is an English Medium school. Hindi is a compulsory subject till 10th Grade and A third language (Sanskrit) is taught in the Middle School. We are also making provisions for Optional Foreign languages like French, German and Spanish to be taught in school.

E) Do you teach foreign languages?

No, we don’t currently teach any foreign languages. However, we are making provisions for Optional Foreign languages like French, German and Spanish to be taught in school.

F) Do you provide extra coaching?

Extra-coaching in the form of remedial classes is available to students assist them to come up to the required standard. Generally, children are expected to cope with the academic pressure without extra help and assistance. Academic result is of topmost priority at MAMS.

G) Do you provide coaching for competitive exams?

No, special coaching for particular examinations is not given. However, we do permit students to enroll for classes providing coaching for AIEEE and PMT Examinations at their own behest.

H) Does the School award scholarships/freeships?

Yes – generally to deserving students from economically weaker sections of society. The scholarships are need cum merit based.

Facilities & Activities

A) What facilities are there for Games, Sports and other activities?

Inter-House Competitions are scheduled throughout the year and are religiously held in various games and sports. These competitions give the children ample opportunity to display their skills and are conducted in sports like Cricket, Soccer, Athletics, Badminton, Debating, Recitations, Table Tennis, salad making, Chess, and Carrom-board etc. Dance, Music and Theatre/Acting are also taught in school.

 

More details can be viewed in the Sports & Wider Horizons section of the website.

B) Do you have House-System?

All the students, both boys and girls, are divided into four Houses, Vindhya (Yellow), Nilgiri (Green), Aravali (Red) and Shivalik (Blue). Each house is looked after by House In-charges who in turn are assisted by the student prefects. All teachers are also allocated Houses. Click on House System under Student Life for more details.

C) How do you instill leadership qualities in students?

The student council (prefect system) is an essential part of any school for delegating responsibility to children so that they learn to exercise initiative. We also have separate committees for sports, extra curricular activities, library and mess etc., which promote leadership amongst students. Check Student Participation & leadership under Student Life for more details.

D) What are the medical facilities available in your school?

The school has an infirmary and a resident nurse lives on campus. Doctors are on call and for emergencies kids are taken to specialists off campus. Visit Infirmary under Facilities for more details.

E) Do you have a swimming pool?

No, the school does not have swimming pool currently, but we have plans to make a full-fledged national sized swimming pool in the near future.

F) Do you have a gym?

The school has a bodybuilding and workout Gym with modern equipment and a multipurpose hall with indoor table-tennis, Gymnastic equipment for horse, floor and other exercises as well.

G) What are the activities in your school for Girls?

There are many activities run for the girls in the school including sports like Cricket, Soccer, Table Tennis, Badminton, Kho-Kho, Acting, Music and Debating. All the evidence shows that girls achieve more and are better adjusted in life if taught in co-educational institutions.

 

View Extra Curricular section under Wider Horizons on the website to know more.

H) What hobbies are provided for the children?

All pupils are encouraged to pursue some socially useful productive work (SUPW) apart from their usual academic and other physical activities, like Gardening, Indian/Western Music, Dance, Acting, Debates, Band, Computer, Science/Nature/Photography Clubs, Knitting, Art, Craft, Sculpture, Embroidery, Stitching, Cooking etc.

 

These activities are conducted during hobby sessions, which are an integral part of the school curriculum. These activities develop their artistic ability, technical skills, aesthetic sense, and help to improve the co-ordination of body and mind.

Boarding

A) Who looks after the pupils in their boarding house?

Adult Matrons live in the boarding house supervised by the Housemaster, who is a teacher and is responsible for the pupils and their domestic arrangements in the House as well as activities in the school.

B) What about Personal Attention?

Few children have an Academic Tutor or a Mentor/Guardian if required.

C) Do pupils sleep in dormitories?

Yes, children sleep in a dormitory which houses thirty students.

D) What kind of filtering is done on drinking water?

All drinking water is sent through Aqua-guard machines for filtration.

E) How do you take care of children who do not eat well?

Special attention is given to such children and a teacher is made in-charge of the child to take care and ensure that the child eats adequately.

F) Do you provide Non-Vegetarian meals?

No. We do not provide Non-Vegetarian Food in view of the sanctity of this institution and the surroundings areas.

G) What are the mess facilities in your school?

The school prepares food in a clean and hygienic environment. The vegetables and other basic ingredients are sourced from well-known shops/markets and proper check is kept on the freshness of supplies. We also have an in-house kitchen garden.

H) Do you provide junk food to children?

The School children are authorized a reasonable amount of money per week to spend for tuck. Tuck from outside is not permitted. The tuck shop is only authorized to sell specific items after permission to students.

I) What is the daily menu?

The menu is prepared by the Mess in-charge keeping in view the caloric need for growing children. The menu changes daily for variety. The Menu generally provides for Cereal, Milk, bread, Butter, Jam, Parathas/Poha/Veg for breakfast, Rice, Chappattis, Curd, Salad, Dal, Vegetable and Fruit at Lunch, Snacks with Tea, Chappattis, Dal, Vegetable, vegetarian dish and dessert for dinner.

J) What is the daily routine of the children?

The details of the daily routine of children on normal working days are adequately explained on the website under Boarding section. The school timings are also given under Student Life.

Discipline

A) Do you give corporal punishment to kids?

Corporal Punishment is consciously avoided and is not administered by the teachers in MAMS. The schools administers punishments such as rounds, extra PT, essays etc. Students may be withheld from going out if their discipline is not up to the mark. All punishments are recorded and signed.

B) How to control bullying?

Great care is taken to ensure that there is absolutely no bullying in the school whatsoever. Seniors are taught to assist and take care of their juniors maintaining a very high “happiness” level. Children live together and hence, they ought to have a congenial dormitory atmosphere. The school ensures the teachers control and administer the school and not students.

C) Can the parents give Gifts to teachers/staff?

Gifts for staff and other employees are totally banned.

Others

A) Do you allow children to call up parents over phone?

Only children not going out on “Visiting Weekends” are permitted to call up parents during the “Visiting Weekends” through the School Office. The students may approach the House Master or Principal in case of an emergency.

B) How frequently can students communicate to parents?

Letter writing is compulsory for students each week. Students, after spending few months in the school, are permitted to email as well.

C) When do you allow the parents to meet the children?

Parents may come on visiting weekends to take their children out for the day. Outings are allowed from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The student also allows night out on certain weekends.

D) Do you take children out on picnics/camps?

Regular yearly camps are compulsory and outings are a regular feature especially for children who do not go out for visiting weekends. The school also organizes mid-term excursions and industrials visits from time to time. Please go through “expeditions & caps” and “educational tours” for further details.

E) Do the students travel out on exchange programmes?

We are currently working out a feasibility of starting exchange programmes with some of the best schools in India. Not only will our students spend some time to learn and imbibe various things at their campus but even students from those will come and spend time with our students. This exchange will promote bonhomie amongst students from diverse groups of society. Once this is underway, we will also work out international exchange programmes with schools based abroad.

F) What are qualities of a good teacher?

Someone who is dedicated, loves his subject, conveys that enthusiasm with clarity and has high expectations from pupils. One who is “zealously devoted to the profession” is a good teacher.

G) What are qualities of a good House-Master?

Someone who ensures all his pupils are “happy” at school, that they eat properly, that they learn how to relate well to others in our community, whose pupils have a charitable outlook, do well academically, and are busy and successful outside the classroom.

H) Is any religious teaching/education practiced or preached?

Although the school was established as a memorial to Maa, but there is no religious teaching imparted in the school. The school is totally secular in its outlook and practice.

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