Why ABWA is the best international School

The Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA) established in the year 2008-09 stands tall as a top notch international school in Mumbai. It offers globally benchmarked qualifications in a safe and secure environment where educational excellence thrives.

ABWA commands much respect in India and abroad as an exceptional international school in Mumbai. It offers international curriculums coupled with a solid foundation of values. The school offers the two most challenging and invigorating Pre-University programmes – the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) as well as the Cambridge A Level programme. The curriculum balances the essence of Indian culture with an international syllabus contributing to the holistic development of students to become caring and compassionate adults.

As an international school having a global outlook, we acknowledge that the children of today need a mastery of different kinds of knowledge, abilities and skills like information literacy, tech-savviness, global awareness and social responsibility. We have adopted a holistic approach towards education; the emphasis is on educating the WHOLE child; developing his/ her intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic and creative potential in the context of a dynamically changing world.

To facilitate the child-centric approach, our student-teacher ratio is 6:1. It is no surprise then that ABWA is consistently ranked among the best international schools in Mumbai. The school has been adjudged the top International School in South Mumbai since 2014 in surveys conducted by the Hindustan Times. We have been awarded as the 2nd Best International School in Mumbai and Maharashtra by the Times School Survey and Education School Awards, 2019. We have also received the Global Innovative School Award in 2019 for innovation in pedagogy. In addition to the academic rigour, a key focus in the later years is to prepare students for the next stage of their lives. To this end, we believe that college counselling is a process and not a product. ABWA provides access to an independent team of counsellors which advises students on career choices as well as college applications. We begin the career guidance as early as Grade VIII, to help students follow their dreams and passions. ABWA as an international school in Mumbai has an approved centre for SAT and SSD. We are proud to say that ABWA is the largest SAT centre in Mumbai. Moreover, participation in various programmes such as, overseas summer internships, student exchanges, language immersion, pen-pal and enrichment programmes helps build students’ confidence and independence as well as further develops their inter-personal skills in a real-life setting.

ABWA, a top-grade international school in Mumbai, renders purposeful Community Service projects and Green Cell activities as a supplement to the curricular requirements. Student led initiatives such as School Detox and Book Bazaar form an integral part of the students’ learning process. Sports and co-curricular activities also feature strongly in the school’s approach towards holistic-learning. Students have access to professional coaching for activities ranging from the performing arts to individual activities such as Aerial Silk, Drone Making, Aeromodelling, STEM Club, 3D Printing and team sports, such as football, basketball, cricket and table tennis. ABWA also hosts Infinity, an annual, all-India Inter-School Mathematics League in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

Enhancement of teacher proficiency is an ongoing process at ABWA. To keep pace with the latest trends in technology, we encourage integration of technology into learning. This truly makes us in a class all by itself as one of the finest international schools in Mumbai. Professional Development workshops enable teachers to keep abreast with the latest pedagogical practices, the main focus is on how to equip teachers with effective synchronous and asynchronous educational tools and build 21st century skills. Our teacher’s mental health and wellness is one of the pillars of our professional development plan. The school has appointed a professional counsellor that the staff (which also includes the non-teaching admin staff) is encouraged to reach out when in need. We also organize various fun staff engagement sessions which focus on boosting positive mental health. These sessions range from mindfulness to yoga to cookery as well as building life skills.

ABWA is the first choice as an international school in Mumbai for most parents as the wellbeing of our students is always our first priority. We believe that in order for learners to reach their full potential they need to feel safe, valued and respected in their learning environment. Thus their pastoral care is at the center of the school’s operation. Our counselling approach is preventive as well as responsive. In order to maintain a space of continuous social- emotional learning, the team undertakes the whole school activities such as Failure Week, Happiness Week and Global School Play Day. Our student centric initiatives such as Anti-Bullying Squad, Mental Health Champions, Connect 101 and interactive workshops help enhance our learners’ Social Emotional Learning skills and mindful behaviour. To further support student well-being, we run the Minds Matter Curriculum, that is grounded in the Four Quadrants of Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Awareness. The school counsellors follow a time-tabled weekly period, across grades 1 to 12, to deliver the curriculum.

The online module of teaching learning hasn’t deterred our enthusiasm. We were the first of its kind in the league of international schools in Mumbai to host an online graduation ceremony for our cohort of graduating students. Another first was our online annual ABMUN (ABWA Model United Nations) Conference, a student led initiative which had participants from schools across the nation.

The school also believes that parents and families are an integral part of realizing educational philosophy. Hence it works closely with parents to facilitate the holistic development of students. A Supportive Alumni is another valuable asset for ABWA. They are readily available to younger students with career queries and work as mentor and guides.

At ABWA, national and international festivals are celebrated with equal fervour to respect the concept of ‘Unity in Diversity’. No doubt Aditya Birla World Academy is an international school with an Indian soul.

Author

Jayshree

Jayshree Kotak

Communications & Discipline Coordinator