Pathways World School (PWS) is an international co-educational day-cum-boarding school affiliated with the International Baccalaureate (IB) board. Sited off Gurgaon Sohna Road, PWS was the first school to be launched under the Pathways umbrella in 2003. Pathways World School was the first residential school in north India to introduce the IB curriculum.
Pathways Schools are a group of three international schools located in Gurgaon and Noida in the Delhi NCR, for students from pre-nursery to grade XII. The Pathways schools in Gurgaon and Noida are day schools, whereas the Pathways World School at Aravalli is a day-cum-residential school offering day, week and term boarding options.
The school boasts a multicultural community of students from over 40 nations. Pathways has created a benchmark in the purposeful use of technology in imparting education with universal radio networking and the use of interactive whiteboards and projection screens to integrate information communication technology (ICT) with classroom learning.
The campus has classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and projection screens to make classroom learning more exciting and interesting for the students.
Pathways School has integrated information communication technology (ICT) with classroom teaching. The teachers use a digital format to prepare lessons and interactive whiteboards are utilized to conduct lessons in the classroom.
Unlike the traditional system, Pathways School conducts both its theory lessons and practical experiments in the science laboratory itself. The science as well as design & technology laboratory at Pathways are well-equipped with industry standard machines and equipment enabling them to pursue individual projects.
To expand the artistic qualities of students, Pathways provides studios for dance, music and theatre for ample practice.
The school houses a special atrium in each academic building with aesthetically done skylights and a glazed finish to enable infusion of natural light, making it a prominent place well suited for socializing and group learning. These atriums also have a mini amphitheatre for any activity or outdoor classes. Classroom contact and education prospers with a lot of informal contact outside the classroom, therefore providing a space like these atriums act as knowledge centres for students and teachers alike.
Another striking feature in the school is the majestic amphitheatre where most of the functions and school events like the Graduation Day, Founder’s Day etc. take place. The amphitheatre has a capacity of 1000 people.
The library-cum-media centre not only has a vast range of real books but also quiet story telling corners. The library uses special library management software which enables the students to access library resources online.
Outdoor sporting facilities on campus include:
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The IB primary years programme (PYP) has been devised keeping in mind the best research and practice across a whole range of national/ international systems. To facilitate best development in every child we keep our class sizes manageable and student teacher ratio healthy. The students work in groups to encourage learning from each other as well as allowing children to process other opinions and to develop listening skills and critical thinking abilities. This does not limit their learning to the teacher’s ability alone but encourages “out of the box” thinking as that is a skill required by students in the future.
The IB middle years programme builds on the structured, student-centred foundation laid in the primary years programme in primary school. Its framework encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. All subjects are criterion-related and have strong inter-disciplinary elements. This curriculum is approached through inquiry, developing what the students know into an exciting journey of knowing more, thus stimulating a student’s latent curiosity and honing the skills of research, expression, presentation and application. Students learn to share experiences and work in teams. The “Personal Project” is an individual long-term project completed in Grade 10. It is the consolidation of learning in the MYP wherein students choose a topic of their interest which they wish to learn more about. They achieve it through systematic research and are assessed through a set criterion.
The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for grades 11 and 12 is among the most prestigious pre-university courses in the world. It is a two-year course and examinations are taken at the end of Grade 12. It is designed to provide a holistic approach towards education. This approach nurtures not just academic excellence, but also civic responsibility, articulateness and international understanding. IBDP mandates a broad-based curriculum that covers all basic disciplines and also offers opportunity for increased focus in chosen ones. Essential features include the extended essay, theory of knowledge and the CAS component.
Sonya Ghandy Mehta (school director)
Parents are requested to be honest in providing information in the admission application form. Any wrong information or concealment of information discovered later may lead to cancellation of admission.
The parent-teacher interaction is normally conducted by the Head of Admissions, School Director, the respective Principal, Head of Pastoral Care and Residence Coordinator (if applicable). Through this interaction, the faculty familiarises themselves with the students’ educational development, use of language, social skills, academic enthusiasms and extra-curricular interests.
Admission seekers for grades 6 to 9 have an interaction and a written test. Testing is done for basic English and mathematics. For grade 9, students will also be assessed for integrated science (physics, chemistry and biology).
Students are only taken into grade 10 if they are transferring from a similar school and their admission is based on reports from their existing school and an interaction and test.
Admission to grade 11 is by interaction and written tests in English, mathematics and science. All the IB diploma candidates also have a meeting with the School Director. The candidates should demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements of the IB diploma.
In grade 12 only transferring IB diploma students are admitted.
On being offered admission, parents are requested to pay the one-time admission fee and a refundable security deposit within two weeks to secure the admission of the student. Subsequently, the student is issued a unique student ID number. Parents further need to fill and submit various forms and declarations that would be given along with the admissions acceptance letter.
Pathways World School Aravali is ranked among the top international schools in the country by EducationWorld India School Rankings every year.
PWS provides accommodation facilities to its boarders.
The school offers day, weekly and term boarding options to the students. The flexible options provided by the school have been designed keeping in mind the hectic schedules of the working parents. Resident coordinators and parents are responsible for the safety and well-being of the student-boarders. About 45 percent of Pathways students are either term or weekly boarders.