Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers general questions about the School, its curriculum, educational philosophy and admission policies.

Questions by category:
General
Admissions
Education
Discipline


GENERAL

Q: Do the children have to be Ismaili to attend the school?

A: No. The School is non-denominational and accepts children from all faiths.

Q: Is transport provided?

A: Yes, the School offers school transport service at an additional monthly charge to students from Grade I. To register or to obtain further information, please contact us.

Q: Do you have day care facilities?

A: Not at this time. There are plans to provide these facilities in future.

Q: Is there a minimum age for entry?

A: Children enter the School at the age of two and a half to three years. Admission into Playgroup is based on the child’s ability to converse in both Bangla and English and to demonstrate acceptable social skills during an interview. Both Parents are also interviewed at this time.

Q: Do you have boarding facilities for students?

A: No. The School does not currently offer any boarding facilities.


ADMISSIONS

Q: How do I obtain an application package?

A: The admission package is available from the Admission Office in the Secondary School premises during the month of October/November. An advertisement is placed in the local newspaper with more details.

Q: Is there an admission test?

A: Yes. All students applying for Grade 1 to Grade IX must successfully complete English, Mathematics and Bengali admission tests. Those who successfully complete the admission test are called for an interview with their Parents for the final selection.

Q: What are your school fees?

A: The fees are very competitive with other Bangladeshi English medium schools. The current fee structure is available in the admission package. The Aga Khan Education Service reserves the right to review and adjust fees periodically.
For more information, visit the Admissions Section

Q: Do donations assist in the admission process?

A: The admission process is honest and fair. Any attempt to exercise "influence” or make “conditional donations” will be refused. The School has a clear and transparent admission procedure, which is child-centered and merit-based.


EDUCATION

Q: Do you take measures to ensure my child receives a quality education?

A: The School has careful hiring practices in place to screen and identify teachers. It has vigorous training programmes for the teaching staff. Under the teacher performance review programme, members of the Leadership Team visit classes informally. Classes are visited formally and teachers receive a written report on their performance which is discussed with teachers to identify areas for further development. The School administration is based on the philosophy of “management by walking around”.

Q: What Examination Board is your curriculum based on?

A: The curriculum is based on the Cambridge International Examinations, United Kingdom.
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Q: How many subjects does a student need to sit for?

A: At IGCSE level, students must take a minimum of seven subjects in one sitting. This is the prerequisite for entry to the A (Advanced) level programme. At AS Level students have to sit for four subjects and at A Levels, they need to appear for a minimum of three subjects in May.

Q: What are your class sizes?

A: The guidelines determine the maximum class size. At the primary level, the School has a maximum of 25 students in each class. Each of these classes has two homeroom teachers to ensure all children receive individual attention. Presently the Secondary school has a maximum class size of 27.

Q: Do you have an extracurricular programme?

A: Yes. The School considers ECA to be a very significant part of the educational experience of each student. Various sporting activities and clubs allow students to develop leadership and organisational skills. More details are available on the Extra Curricular page.

Q: What are the graduation requirements from Class 12?

A: Students in the A level program must successfully complete a minimum of four Advanced Supplementary courses in Year 11. In Class 12, students must sit for a minimum of three advanced level courses. Students also need to have 80% attendance at school.

Q: Does your school offer university counseling?

A: The Student Counselor provides the students counseling and assistance for the application process to the University of their choice.

Q: How many Class 12 students pursue tertiary education?

A: 100% of the graduates pursue a university education. Depending on family income and access to scholarships, the students have gone on to study in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.
For more information, visit the Curriculum Section


DISCIPLINE

Q: Is there a code of conduct for students?

A: Yes. The behaviour policy is rooted in the expectation that all students will be respectful, cooperative and treat each other with dignity.

The School follows a system of progressive discipline and frequently involves parents in strategies to resolve behavioural and social difficulties. This reflects the School’s objective of involving students, parents and teachers as partners in the educational experience.

Q: What would be examples of unacceptable behaviour?

A: Some examples would include students under the influence or in possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs, actions endangering the physical well-being of fellow students and persistent opposition to authority. Such student behaviour will result in suspension or expulsion from school.