Spread across three contemporary campuses in Hi-tech City — Hyderabad’s IT and financial hub — contiguous to the scenic Botanical Gardens, CHIREC (Children’s Recreation Centre) International School has earned a national reputation for providing 21st-century holistic education to its 3,354 students mentored by 357 highly-qualified teachers. Inspired and driven by the school’s motto — ‘Quality Education for Overall Excellence’ — CHIREC supplements its rigorous academic programme with a rich extra-curricular activities menu to enable all-round development of children.
Founded in 1989 by Ratna Reddy, an early childhood education postgraduate of the University of Iowa (USA), CHIREC was promoted a quarter century ago as a new age preschool offering contemporary US-inspired early childhood care and education. Since then responding to pressing public demand, it metamorphosed into a fully-fledged internationally benchmarked K-12 school sited on a state-of-the-art six-acre campus in Kondapur, in Hyderabad’s steel-n-glass Hi-Tech City. Affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), UK and International Baccalaureate (IB), Geneva, the CBSE-affiliated CHIREC Public School is ranked the #1 co-ed day school in Telangana and Hyderabad, and the CAIE and IB-affiliated CHIREC International is separately ranked among the country’s Top 10 international day schools in the EducationWorld India School Rankings 2017-18. Moreover, the CHIREC preschool, Jubilee Hills, is ranked #1 in Hyderabad in the EW India Preschool Rankings 2017-18.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT In 2015, heads of departments and teachers received continuous year-round professional training from experts including professors of Ball State University, USA and well-known trainers Dr. James O’Meara, Dr. Joe Richardson, and Dr. John Tibke from the UK.
To realise its institutional objective of developing the “whole child”, the CHIREC management has invested heavily in enabling hands-on academic and extra-curricular facilities. The schools’ 1,642 boy and 1,712 girl students learn in three fully wi-fi enabled state-of-the-art campuses sited at Jubilee Hills (pre-primary), Gachibowli (Pre-primary and Primary) and Kondapur (K-12) hosting 90 digitally equipped classrooms, well-stocked libraries, computer and language labs, art and crafts, painting and music rooms. A fleet of 102 buses fitted with safety and speed tracking systems transport children and staff.
CHIREC alumna Aashna Shroff, currently at Stanford University, received a university grant to launch the Girls Code Camp at CHIREC to develop the computer skills of girl students and bridge gender disparities in computer studies.
TOP UNIVERSITY PLACEMENTS
CHIREC students have been admitted into several top-ranked varsities in the US including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon universities, Parsons School of Design, New York, and the London College of Fashion, UK.
Co-curricular and Sports Education
True to CHIREC schools founder Ratna Reddy’s philosophy and ideology of wholesome development of children, co-curricular and sports education are integrated into the school’s curriculum and delivered by 58 expert coaches—many of them certified by the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. Sports infrastructure includes a well-maintained athletics track, cricket pitch, two all-weather basketball and lawn tennis courts apart from a volleyball court and outdoor skating rink.
“My experiences at CHIREC have played an integral role in shaping me as a
leader, innovator and entrepreneur. After completing my bachelors in software engineering in 2010, I co-founded a social media start-up, which was subsequently acquired. I’ve spoken on social media at various conferences in India, USA, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.”
Nabeel K. Adeni (class X, Batch-2004) Head-Operations, Deep Red Ink Consulting Organizer & Licensee, TEDx Secunderabad
“CHIREC was the ideal institution for me. The school offers a great balance between freedom and structure. This balance is crucial in developing independent, ‘thinking’ individuals. I always loved the fact that the school‘s name is an abbreviation of “children’s recreation”. The philosophy of the school is that education and enjoyment are not mutually exclusive.”
Soumeet Lanka (class X, Batch-2005) Co-founder, The Makers of Things Designer, Soumeet Lanka Studio
“The unique educational environment of CHIREC prepared me well for college and was the foundation of my successful passage through the NALSAR University of Law. As a result of that solid foundation, I have always felt confident whether preparing for exams, writing papers or arguing in court. The skills I acquired as a student of CHIREC and the opportunities I was provided in school were valuable formative influences.”
Juhi Bansal (class XII, Batch-2010) LLM, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Advocate of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad.
Admission & fees
The K-12 Chirec International School is a co-ed day school. The admission process for all grades begins in November.
Tuition fees (per year): CBSE: Rs.2.1-2.6 lakh.
CAIE & IB: Rs. 2.3-3.2 lakh
For more details visit www.chirec.ac.in
(Excerpted and adapted from Future-Ready Schools of the New Millennium, 2017)