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SCHEME OF STUDIES
IB Primary Years Programme (Nursery to Grade 5)
  The PYP is a trans-disciplinary model where themes of global significance transcend the confines of the traditional subject areas. The PYP at NISV represents the scope & sequence of all traditional subjects (language, math, science, social studies, performing arts, visual arts, PS PE) meeting the standards of the National Curriculum Framework of the NCERT, New Delhi. Learning strategies develop connections of these traditional subjects with the real world, laying emphasis on knowledge, concepts, attitudes, skills and action for future.
   
IB Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 to 10)
  The curriculum consolidates the Primary Years Programme, to maintain the continuity required, keeping in mind minimum levels of learning, IGCSE Cambridge Check point (Gr. 6 to 8) and IGCSE (Gr. 9-10) requirements. It is delivered within the framework of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and is designed to enable students to move easily into their board exam patterns. All the students follow the Interdisciplinary approach in the academic disciplines of Mathematics, Languages A & B, Sciences, Humanities, Technology, Art and Physical Education. They undergo mandatory training in Performing Arts(Gr. 6 to 8), Physical & Health Education and Personal & Social Education.

The subject groups are...
 
Language A  English
Language B Hindi / French / German
Language C Hindi, French, Sanskrit, Gujarati
Humanities History, Geography, Civics & Disaster Management (Gr. 6 to 8) Economics &
Business Studies (Gr. 9 & 10), Global Citizen and World Peace keeper
Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Mathematics -
Arts   Visual Arts & Performing Arts
Physical Education -
Technology

Information Technology / Computer Technology / Computer Studies

 
The Personal Project which forms the core of the programme, is mandatory for each MYP student of Grade 10.

Community Service Programme is mandatory for Grades 6 to 10.

IBO monitors or moderates the assessed summative tasks of the student through a well- defined process. A certificate of completion of IB MYP is issued to the student by the school.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) - Grades 9 and 10
  IGCSE is a popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. It develops successful students, providing excellent preparation for their next step in education, including progression to Grade 11 of the State and CBSE Boards, Cambridge A and AS Level study or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and equips them with skills for immediate employment. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers in India and across the world.

The course is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge with a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects and therefore, suitable for students with varying levels of ability. Students are encouraged to opt for 7 subjects. In addition, students have courses in Physical Education / Sports and Life Skills.

IGCSE Grading is based on an eight-point scale (A* to G). In addition to the IGCSE Certification, the ICE (International Certificate in Education) is also awarded to all students who successfully complete the study of seven subjects, including two languages and one subject from each of the other subject groups. Students who do not meet the requirements would still be eligible for an IGCSE certification.

The study programme consisting of five groups.
 
Group 1 Language A      -  English
Language B      -  German/French/Hindi
Group 2 Literature in English, Economics
Group 3 Co-ordinated Sciences, Combined Sciences
Group 4 Math, Additional Math
Group 5 Art and Design, Business Studies, Information and Communication Technology, Computer Studies
IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 & 12)
  Students who enrol for the two year IB Diploma Course write their final examination at the end of Grade 12. Internal assessment projects/portfolios completed over the two years form a part of the final assessment.

The IB Diploma (regular) subjects are arranged in six groups. The students need to choose one subject from each of the first five groups and may then choose their sixth subject from group six or a second subject from Group 3 or 4. This will ensure the delivery of a well-balanced curriculum. However, students may apply for a non- regular IB Diploma to meet their admission requirement. Students usually study 3 subjects at the higher level(HL) and 3 at the standard level(SL). Theory of Knowledge, CAS and Extended Essay on a topic of the student's choice form the core of the IB Diploma and are mandatory.

The six groups and the subject choices in each group available at NISV are as follows:
 
Group 1 Studies  in  Language  and
Literature : English  A Literature
Group 2 Language Acquisition : Hindi B, Ab-intio-French, French B, Ab - intio - German , German B
Group 3 Individuals & Societies : Economics, Business & Management, Psychology, ITGS
Group 4 Experimental Sciences : Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ESS
Group 5 Mathematics & Comp. Sciences
Group 6 The Arts : Visual Arts
Group 7 TOK, CAS and Extended Essay
   
  Note - Students are required to choose one subject from each of the groups 1,2,3,4 and 5. You need to choose another subject from group 6 OR groups 2-5. (Only courses with sufficient demand will be offered. Other subjects could be added to the list if there is sufficient demand). From 2012, the core element of IBDP TOK/EE/CAS will be available to IB World Schools as individual recognized stand alone courses.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) - What is knowledge, and what is not? How is it used, and by whom, and with what purpose? One will learn how to think and express oneself in a logical and clear way.

Extended Essay (EE) - A 4,000-word research essay of high academic standard, where you effectively learn university-level methodologies. A perfect  preparation  for university studies.

CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Programme - CAS is an integral part of the IB Diploma and all Diploma candidates have to devote a certain number of hours to this programme, in order to be awarded the Diploma.

The  IB  Diploma  is  equivalent  to Higher Secondary(+2) qualification. It is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities for Undergraduate Studies, as also by International Universities.
   
Assessment, Reporting & Examinations
  The Boards specify very strict rules for the conduct of their examinations and non compliance with these rules results in its status as an Examination Centre being revoked. If a student uses unfair means or behaves improperly during an examination,  it  is  necessary  for  the school to inform the Board. This could lead  to  the   cancellation  of  all  the student's grades  in the examinations. We therefore follow the same rules and sanctions for our internal examinations as well.

All matters regarding entries for and the administration  of  CBSE,  IGCSE,  IB MYP  or   IB   Diploma   Examinations should be referred to the Principal. The approximate dates for the examination period will be included in the school calendar  and  the  detailed  timetable given to the relevant group of students and their parents as soon as the final version is received from the respective Examination Boards.
The NISV reporting system regarding the  student’s progress is designed to give information  on  a  regular  and systematic basis. However, the school is also  committed  to  informing  parents immediately if problems arise. Parents can   receive   their   ward's   progress reports   by  email  and  discuss  their child's progress with the student's Grade Tutor   at   the   scheduled   interactive sessions or by appointment.

Assessment, both formative and summative, is conducted regularly.

Primary School (Nursery to 5 IBPYP) does not have examinations but has a continuous assessment policy against levels of achievement. Students are assessed on the 5 essential elements of the PYP - Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes and Action using various strategies and tools. At the end of each semester report is given in the form of a detailed  skill-based  appraisal  with  a detailed Student Profile.

Middle School (6-10 IBMYP) reports include criteria based assessment and an achievement grade together with a detailed profile / evaluation comment on the   student's   performance   in   each subject,   co-  curricular  activities  and community service. These are issued at the end of each semester.

Grades  9-12  (IGCSE/IBDP)  end  of semester examinations prepare students  for  board  examinations  and NISV is dedicated to the task of making this   preparation   both   effective   and realistic. The structure and content of internal examinations are based on the requirements of the content and nature of   the   IGCSE   or   IB   examination syllabus.

Grades 6-9, 11 have two semester examinations per year. Internal assessment through a formative and summative approach is done throughout the year.

In Grades 10 and 12 there will be three internal practice / 'mock' examinations.
  There will be External Public Examinations for IGCSE / CBSE (Grade 10) & IB DP (Grade 12) students
 
As the final result is based on the entire year's performance, it may be noted  that  NO  RETEST for any reason  whatsoever, will b e conducted after the semester examination.  
Performing   Arts,   Visual   Arts, Physical Education are the part of the curriculum and will be assessed each semester.
The  report  card  (Grade  1-5)  will indicate  letter-grades  awarded  in each  subject  on  a  7  point  scale given below :
 
Letter grades Range of marks
A

90% and above

B 80% to 89.9%
C 70% to 79.9%
D 60% to 69.9%
E 50% to 59.9%
F 40% to 49.9%
G Below 40%
The report card (Grade 6-10) IBMYP will indicate the following features :
   
 
IB MYP learner profile
Approaches to learning skills ( rated as introductory level/proficiency level/mastery level)
Levels awarded for each criterion of a subject as per IB MYP specification and its descriptor in brief.
Level total of each subject.
Grade point(1-7) of a subject determined by level total of a subject.
Descriptor of the grade as per IB MYP specifications.
Community and Service points earned by the students.
Rating of behaviour (excellent / good / satisfactory / scope for improvement).
Attendance.
Height and weight.
   
The grades given on Grades 9- 10(IGCSE) reports relate directly to the grading system for the IGCSE.
 
Letter grades Range of marks
A*

90% - 100%

A 80% to 89%
B 70% to 79%
C 60% to 69%
D 50% to 59%
E 40% to 49%
F 30% to 39%
G 20% to 29%
U Ungradable Or not offered
   

The Grades Points for IB DP (Gr. 11- 12) will be awarded as per IBO regulations. Predicted grades are usually issued by December of IB DP Year 2. The students’ DP Year 1 exam results & DP Year 2 practice examination results will be considered for the predicted grades.