Why CSA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why CSA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Changing schools – advice to parents

Switching schools because you are dissatisfied with the current school your child is attending can be quite a challenge, and it is important that you make the right decision and not step from “the frying pan into the fire”. The following are essential considerations before you make that all-important change to a new school.

01. What curriculum does the school follow?

A globally recognized curriculum will give your child confidence that his/her qualifications will be valued by both universities and employers, whether in Sri Lanka or abroad. The assessments must also be valid, reliable and practicable, and take into consideration that English is not the first language of a student in Sri Lanka. Students should be assessed on the basis of in-depth subject knowledge, conceptual understanding, as well as, more importantly, higher-level critical thinking skills.  With these skills in hand, students can be confident of success in a job market that is fast evolving due to the digital revolution taking place around us.

02. Does the school have a child protection policy in place?

A child protection policy will go a long way in guaranteeing the safety of your child while he/she is at school. The school’s child protection policy must ensure that all adults within the school community discharge their responsibilities in order to minimize risks to students.

03. Does the school encourage independent learning?

Research carried out in the UK in 2014 involving nearly 600 A-grade students at five universities in their first week found that students could remember only two fifths of their A-level syllabus. One reason for this is the lack of in-depth understanding stemming from students’ dependence on tuition to see them through their school education. A strict “No Tuition” policy will give you the confidence that the school takes full responsibility over your child’s academic achievements, encouraging them to become independent learners.

04. What values does the school promote?

The school needs to gear students to cope with the challenges of the 21st century. To this end, students must be grounded in core cultural values such as integrity, perseverance, tolerance, compassion, discipline, and ethics, which are essential for fostering peace and harmony in society.

05. Does the school gear your child for the 21st century?

It is expected that by the mid-2030s, 44% of jobs requiring low education will be at risk from automation. The digital revolution taking place has also made it extremely likely that we will see a hitherto unseen classification of jobs by the mid-2030s. Given such a context, the only way to gear a child to face the challenges of the 21st century is to equip them with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to think out-of-the-box.

06. Does the school provide a nurturing environment for your child to learn?

Research has shown that a nurturing environment provides children with the platform they need to grow as future leaders. A child who feels safe develops in confidence. A child who is self-confident develops as a leader and goes on to make a difference in the community. The right environment will enable your child to find the emotional balance he/she requires to focus on studies, as well as grow in their understanding of moral values, discipline and perseverance which provide the foundation for good governance and leadership. In addition, a holistic approach will go beyond academic discipline to cultivate creativity, responsibility and self-esteem in your child through the development of the “whole being”.

07. What is the teacher-student ratio in an average class?

Smaller class sizes with experienced teachers will ensure that your child receives personalized attention, which will foster understanding and encourage your child to be more engaged in the classroom.

01. What curriculum does the school follow?

A globally recognized curriculum will give your child confidence that his/her qualifications will be valued by both universities and employers, whether in Sri Lanka or abroad. The assessments must also be valid, reliable and practicable, and take into consideration that English is not the first language of a student in Sri Lanka. Students should be assessed on the basis of in-depth subject knowledge, conceptual understanding, as well as, more importantly, higher-level critical thinking skills.  With these skills in hand, students can be confident of success in a job market that is fast evolving due to the digital revolution taking place around us.

02. Does the school have a child protection policy in place?

A child protection policy will go a long way in guaranteeing the safety of your child while he/she is at school. The school’s child protection policy must ensure that all adults within the school community discharge their responsibilities in order to minimize risks to students.

03. Does the school encourage independent learning?

Research carried out in the UK in 2014 involving nearly 600 A-grade students at five universities in their first week found that students could remember only two fifths of their A-level syllabus. One reason for this is the lack of in-depth understanding stemming from students’ dependence on tuition to see them through their school education. A strict “No Tuition” policy will give you the confidence that the school takes full responsibility over your child’s academic achievements, encouraging them to become independent learners.

04. What values does the school promote?

The school needs to gear students to cope with the challenges of the 21st century. To this end, students must be grounded in core cultural values such as integrity, perseverance, tolerance, compassion, discipline, and ethics, which are essential for fostering peace and harmony in society.

05. Does the school gear your child for the 21st century?

It is expected that by the mid-2030s, 44% of jobs requiring low education will be at risk from automation. The digital revolution taking place has also made it extremely likely that we will see a hitherto unseen classification of jobs by the mid-2030s. Given such a context, the only way to gear a child to face the challenges of the 21st century is to equip them with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to think out-of-the-box.

06. Does the school provide a nurturing environment for your child to learn?

Research has shown that a nurturing environment provides children with the platform they need to grow as future leaders. A child who feels safe develops in confidence. A child who is self-confident develops as a leader and goes on to make a difference in the community. The right environment will enable your child to find the emotional balance he/she requires to focus on studies, as well as grow in their understanding of moral values, discipline and perseverance which provide the foundation for good governance and leadership. In addition, a holistic approach will go beyond academic discipline to cultivate creativity, responsibility and self-esteem in your child through the development of the “whole being”.

07. What is the teacher-student ratio in an average class?

Smaller class sizes with experienced teachers will ensure that your child receives personalized attention, which will foster understanding and encourage your child to be more engaged in the classroom.