Sathya Sai Shiksha Sadan is pleased to provide the prospective guardians with a condensed version of the major program of studies. It is intended to furnish information about the core disciplines of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The contents of the program of studies cover the same curriculum as spelled by the Ministry of Education, and in many cases go beyond prescribed standards. A review of the program of studies shows that there is not an exact match with the Sadan program of studies by grade level. However, all the state requirements are included so that the child will be fully prepared to take all the government-prescribed tests and examinations.
The language arts curriculum includes objectives that support students’ development in the skills of reading, writing, and oral language. These skills are developed through direct instruction, modeling by teachers, and guided practice. Teachers plan a balance of learning experiences, which include phonemic awareness and phonics for oral fluency, fiction and nonfiction for reading practice, and guided and free compositions for writing development.
The content of the mathematics objectives supports four goals for students: becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, and making mathematical connections. Concepts are introduced and developed through the use of models and hands-on materials. Students apply concepts and skills through a variety of problem-solving experiences.
Sathya Sai Shiksha Sadan program of science studies is a hands-on curriculum designed to provide students with a basic understanding of Earth and space, life, and physical and chemical sciences concepts. Students develop a solid base of science knowledge, apply learned knowledge to solve problems, communicate information, use experimental design, and make connections to science in their everyday world.
Social studies instruction incorporates the five strands of history, culture, civics, geography, and economics. Students study about individuals who have made significant contributions to Nepal. They learn about national festivals and holidays and the people or deeds associated with these events. Students also study various cultural traditions and celebrations. They also review the cultures of ancient civilizations and modern nations.
While the Sadan follows the national curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education, it also offers additional courses in line with its unique educational philosophy. For instance, the course on “We and the World/Human Values” seeks to relate the individual with the world, the other inhabitants of this world, and the ways and methods of connecting oneself to the life and the world around in scientific, esthetic, and moral terms. The entire thrust of the school lies in imbibing values through action.
Students are taught the following subjects: Nepali, English, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Social Studies, Population and Environmental Studies, Accountancy and Office Practices, Handicrafts, Drawing, Dance, and Music. The Sadan provides facilities for games and sports, indoors and outdoors.
The Sadan offers many co-curricular activities. Students may participate in activities such as music, drama, dance, quizzes, story-telling, seminar, elocution and debate, recitation of essays and poems, and handwriting, spelling, drawing, paper-craft, and handiwork competitions. Other co-curricular activities include creative writing, seva, and plantation.
Special events are organized to celebrate festivals and other important days. Such celebrations reinforce the ideals of education for human values. Guest speakers are also invited on such occasions.
The Sadan fosters a love for reading— an invaluable lifelong treasure. With this aim in mind, it operates a functional library. Besides its own collection of over 22,000 books, the Sadan has made provisions for borrowing books from different institutions and individuals. The Sadan also subscribes to selected dailies, weeklies, and monthlies.
The Sadan has also a well-equipped laboratory.
The Sadan operates a modest clinic with first aid facilities and a supply of medicines for common ailments. A medical practitioner carries out medical check-ups of students. Necessary immunizations, provisions of vitamin and mineral supplements, and other health activities are periodically carried out by the Sadan’s health service. In addition, emergency health care is readily available. Parents are responsible for any emergency care costs.
Besides regular class assignments and unit tests, there are monthly tests, term examinations, and an annual examination. An eight-point grading system is followed:
|Grade||Description||Grade Point||Interval in%|
|NG||Not Graded||–||Below 35|
To be promoted, a student must either earn at least a C+ grade in every subject or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8. Students who fail to meet either of these requirement must pass a grade improvement test.