Dhirubhai Ambani International School

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Dhirubhai Ambani International School
DAIS Logo.jpg
"Dare to Dream, Learn to Excel"
Location
Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai-400098, India
Information
Type Private School
Patron saint(s) Dhirubhai Ambani
Established 2003
Chairperson Nita Ambani
Faculty 190
Grades K-12
Website

The Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS) is a private co-educational LKG-12 day school in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, built by Reliance Industries, named after the late patriarch of the conglomerate, Dhirubhai Ambani. The school was established in 2003 and has been an IB World School since January 2003. It offers the International Baccalaureate Program in its Diploma form. Nita Ambani, wife of Mukesh Ambani is the chairperson of the school.

The school prepares students for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, the IGCSE and the IB Diploma examinations. Admissions to the school are extremely competitive as a result of over 100,000 students applying every year, especially for the international curriculum programs.

The school is known for a very high grade average in both the IB diploma program and IGCSE. IB results have been extremely strong right from the first graduating class, with over 50% of students achieving more than 40 IB points in 2012[1] and gaining placements at institutions worldwide for further education.[2] Out of the three students achieving full 45 points in the IB program in Asia in 2011, two of them were from the school. IGCSE results have also proved the schools greatness with 44 world subject toppers. Every year, at least 90% of the IBDP students choose to pursue higher studies at foreign institutions. The top universities of the world have offered positions to students from the school including Ivy League universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

System of education[edit]

Primary School (CIPP): LKG to Class 4[edit]

The Primary School programme comprises Lower and Upper Kindergarten (LKG and UKG) years and classes I to IV. In classes LKG to IV, the school follows an integrated curriculum by drawing on teaching programmes of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and international examination boards. The school is a member of the Cambridge International Primary Programme and is rewarded as one of the most successful IB schools in the city of Mumbai by the board of school and higher studies UK.[3]

Middle School (CLSP): Class 5 to Class 7[edit]

The Middle School Programme i.e. classes 5 to 7, build on the foundations laid in previous years. The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme is followed by the school.[4]

Secondary School[edit]

The school offers the following in class VIII, where students prepare for the programme that they will study in classes IX and X: ICSE Programme and IGCSE Programme.[5]

Post Secondary School[edit]

Dhirubhai Ambani International School has been an IB World School since January 2003. It offers the IB Diploma Programme.[6][7]

Facilities[edit]

The school building is seven storied with lawns, landscaped gardens and playgrounds. The school premises house 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of teaching space containing classrooms and laboratories.[8]

Every classroom has a public address system, display and writing boards, lockers for students, broadband Internet access and air conditioning. There is schoolwide Wi-Fi internet access for the school's 11th and 12th graders. There are laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology and teaching rooms for Art, Music, Social Science, Languages, Computer Studies, and Mathematics.

The school has a Learning Centre with access to periodicals and audio-visual resources, the internet and photocopying/printing facilities. It shares a playground with the American School of Bombay with a grass pitch, tennis and basketball courts for outdoor sports. The Dhirubhai Ambani International School Study and Activity Centre situated in Matheran, 100 km from Mumbai, opened in 2008. It is used for cross-curricular, recreational activities as well as for weekend training camps and Physical Education activities.[9]

Student Council[edit]

The school has four houses: Tigers, Panthers, Jaguars and Lions. Each house has two house captains, one sports captain, one support team member, two vice house captains, one vice sports captain, and a cub captain.

The council core positions are Head Boy, Head Girl, Student Council Coordinator, Sports Coordinators and Vice Student Council Coordinator. The council is non democratic (members are selected by the teachers). The council is changed in October each year.

The student body of the school consists of the children of celebrities like - Sachin Tendulkar , Shah Rukh Khan , Arjun Rampal Hrithik Roshan and many more.

Activities and achievements[edit]

  • The Dhirubhai Ambani International Model United Nations (DAIMUN) is hosted by the school.
  • The Paigaam Peace Conference works towards building harmonious cross border relationships
  • Global Membership of Round Square (2008)[10]
  • Member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) (2008)[11][12]

Social initiatives[edit]

  • Socially Useful Productive Work Programme students work with Indian NGOs such as Advitya, Akanksha, CCDT, Muktangan, Pratham, Eve, Village Project, Goonj and Ishara. The Dhirubhai Ambani International School Akanksha Centre has been set up as part of this programme.
  • DAISight is a student-initiated organization in affiliation with Lotus Eye College and the Mumbai Eye Care Campaign. DAISight towards improving and spreading awareness of eyecare around Mumbai.
  • Across the Road is a service project supporting children in slum areas adjacent to the school in educational and developmental needs.
  • The Village Project, born in 2009, and called Empowering Rural India, is a school project where villages are adopted with the objective of eradicating poverty and unemployment through a three-pronged strategy – Education, Infrastructure and Empowerment. This helps the school achieve the UN Millennium Development Objectives as well as the IB Mission goals: “Think Globally and Act Locally.”

Means of improvement in the village's fortunes will be by:

  • improving means of income generation,
  • empowering women and allowing them to contribute to the household income,
  • implementing infrastructure for health care, education, and communication.

The two villages are Hassachipatti and Kumbharghar. The website for the project is http://da-is.org/rew/index.html [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Da-is.org. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  2. ^ Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Da-is.org. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  3. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  7. ^ "International Baccalaureate". Ibo.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  10. ^ Round Square Members
  11. ^ a b "Dhirubhai Ambani International School". Da-is.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  12. ^ CIS School Members Directory - Online