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Principal's MessagePadmini Sambasivam

Greetings from Shiv Nadar School, Chennai!

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with existence.” – Rabindranath Tagore

It is no secret that we are at the forefront of one of the most exciting and promising moments in history. Explosion of information coupled with breathtaking advances in technology and Globalization of markets have thrown open opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Day 1 Glimpses : Shiv Nadar School, Chennai

Campus ecology

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. – Dr. Edward O. Wilson

As parents, we wish our children to grow into curious learners, independent thinkers, and mindful individuals. And no better avenue to ensure this than the Shiv Nadar School, Chennai, with its natural surroundings.

Research has proven that closeness to nature can profoundly impact a child’s physical and emotional well-being and cognitive understanding. Calm surroundings stimulate the senses and create a context to bring out the most creative forms of self-expression.

For the 14-acre campus at Chennai, we are focused on leveraging the richness of the green environment to enrich learning outcomes. We turned to Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. B V Doshi, who readily agreed to conceptualise and design the campus. Dr. Doshi has played a crucial role in shaping India’s sustainable architecture discourse. In keeping with his philosophy, the school building will be a blend of aesthetic sensibilities with a sustainability focus.

Outdoor and indoor spaces would flow seamlessly, integrating the overall landscape and making room for existing trees and plants. Around three-fourths of the total area will be enclosed in green cover.

A team of environmentalists, landscape consultants, and a dedicated horticulturist is onboard to assist us in sustaining the ecological balance. While most of the trees will be maintained, a few will be transplanted with utmost care.

Effective rainwater harvesting to replenish the existing water body, solar panels to meet 25% of the overall energy needs, wastewater treatment strategies, and flora and fauna documentation would be undertaken meticulously. A combination of air-conditioning and natural ventilation is planned to suit the city’s hot and humid weather conditions, and the building is devised to achieve the highest IGBC rating.

We aim to build awareness about the benefits of eco-friendliness, which we call ‘Ecosophy.’ With a blend of innovative design and smart technology, SNS Chennai will be a net-zero built environment--a robust ecosystem that enables ‘learning by seeing’ and would shape our children into conscious consumers, encouraging them towards sustainable living.


1. What is the academic session for the school?

The school’s academic session is from July to May.

2. Where is the school located?

Nestled amidst the lush greenery in the heart of Chennai, adjacent to the Adyar River, the school campus is well-connected to Alwarpet, Besant Nagar, and OMR. It is located just 3 km from Besant Nagar Beach, with the Anna Centenary Library, Top Universities, and the Planetarium all in close proximity.

3. What classes and facilities offered during the first year of inception?

In its first year, Shiv Nadar School Chennai offers classes for Early Years students from Nursery to Grade 4 with a built-up area of ~25000 sq ft. While for the academic session year 2024-25, the school will operate from Nursery to Grade 7. The campus includes a play area, art room, performing arts room, multi-purpose hall, gallery, and various exhibition spaces.

We aim to develop a fully-fledged K-12 international campus with a built-up area of 4.1 lakh sq. ft. and state-of-the-art facilities by 2026. A comprehensive list of facilities planned and the proposed School layout can be obtained from our Parent Partnership Office in Chennai

4. When will the process for Registration for Academic Year 2024-25 begin?

Nursery (EY1) to KG2 (EY3) registrations are closed for AY 2024-25. Grade 1 (PY1), Grade 6 (MY1) and Grade 7 (MY2) admissions will begin on 4th October 2023.

5. What is the admission process for Shiv Nadar School Chennai?

Parents must fill out the admission form on our website, following which they will be invited for a meeting with our Parent Partnership Office and the Principal. A baseline assessment will be conducted shortly after. Parents can reach out to the Parent Partnership Office for details on the same.

7. Which Board/ Curriculum will you follow?

Shiv Nadar School Chennai will follow an international curriculum. We aim to be an IB certified school offering the IB-PYP, MYP and DP programs.

8. What are the timings of the school?

The school timings are from 8.15 AM to 12.15 PM for Early Years, and 8 AM to 3 PM for higher grades.

9. What is the Class size for Shiv Nadar School Chennai?

The class size for each grade is 26 students.

10. How many sections will the school have?

Shiv Nadar School Chennai shall maintain three sections across all grades.

11. What are the extracurricular activities in the school?

The school offers a host of non-academic opportunities to the students. We believe that music, dance, art, sports, theatre, and various other curricular activities are essential ingredients to hone and encourage critical life skills in our future change-makers.

Specialised programs like AHA! Education for Life and various Outbound Learning Experiences (OLEs), student exchange programs, and workshops enable all-round development in our students, allowing them to experience, explore, and express themselves through their passion.

For additional information, please visit https://shivnadarschool.edu.in/aha

12. Does the school plan to provide transport facilities to students?

The school has air-conditioned buses with CCTV cameras and GPS tracking to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. The buses shall ply on all major routes across Chennai. More information and detailed route plan can be availed at the Parent Partnership Office.

13. Will the school provide meals to students?

The school provides wholesome meals for both breakfast and lunch. The menu is meticulously planned keeping in mind our students’ calorific and nutritional needs. The cooking process is extremely hygienic, following all standard protocols.

14. What aspects of safety have been considered?

Safety of the Shiv Nadar School child is our topmost priority. All systems and processes are in place to ensure the safety of the child on the school premises and while on the school bus. We have electronic monitoring systems across the campus and a full time safety officer for continuous safety checks.

15. How many campuses does the school have?

Shiv Nadar School has three campuses across NCR: Noida, Gurugram, and Faridabad. The Chennai campus is our newest endeavor, built on the foundation of our decade-long experience.

16. How can parents contribute to school development?

At Shiv Nadar School, the onus of a child’s development is a partnership of equals between the educator and the parents. We have structured processes in place to allow parents to assume a more active role at school and contribute to the school community. Further details on the same can be obtained from our Parent Partnership Office.

17. How can I know more about the school?

The Chennai campus has an Experience Centre where parents can learn more about our history, curriculum, and pedagogy, witness our student achievements, and, most importantly, experience Shiv Nadar School and all it stands for in an immersive environment.

Parents can also connect with our Parent Partnership Office or visit our website https://shivnadarschool.edu.in/to know more.

18. What are the other languages (foreign) that would be available at the school?

Early years educators are mindful that students may communicate in their mother tongue. Language learning at the Shiv Nadar School includes the development of home and family languages, languages of the school, additional languages and literacy. All students can learn more than one language like Spanish and French, from grade three onwards.

Children will be exposed to Tamil and Hindi from Nursery upwards.

19. What are the grade levels offered at the school?

Currently, we offer from Grades Nursery (EY1) to Grade 4. For the academic year 2024-25, we will extend up to Grade 7(MY2).

20. What is the school’s progression plan?

The progression plan should go up on the website

21. How do you ensure the quality of the faculty of the school?

Great care is taken in recruiting our teachers - who we believe are the pillars of a great school. Apart from the requisite academic and professional qualifications, a deep affection for children, a love of learning and a passion for the job are essential qualifications to be a Shiv Nadar School teacher. We believe that the right attitude is of great importance.

To ensure that we select educators with the right attitude, we have put in place multiple processes for the recruitment of teachers. It involves a deeply self-reflective application form, multiple psychometric tests, and three levels of interviews by experts.

The pre-service includes 80 hours of training to hone skills and develop a thorough understanding of the curriculum and the ability to teach in a Shiv Nadar school classroom. All teachers undergo a one-year probationary period, thus ensuring we retain the best. Understanding the best uses of technology and interpersonal & communication skills are also essential attributes of the teachers at Shiv Nadar Schools.

22. What kind of indoor and outdoor sports do you provide on campus?

The school will provide the following sports facilities: Soccer, Cricket, Rugby, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Swimming & Track and Field.

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