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About Us

In 2012, the Shiv Nadar Foundation made its foray into K12 urban private school education with a singular purpose - to redefine benchmarks across education and deliver unparalleled learning experiences to students. Moving from strength to strength, we are now a strong community of 4 schools, 5000+ students, 850+ staff, and 10000+ parents. Our students emerge as lifelong learners, with a sense of purpose, compassion, adaptability, and strong communication skills.

With an international curriculum aimed at the holistic development of our students, Shiv Nadar School Chennai will commence its academic journey from June 2023 onwards to children from Nursery to Grade 4.

Shiv Nadar School Chennai is on a sprawling 14-acre lush green campus located in the heart of the city, Adyar. The campus has been designed by Padma Bhushan awardee Mr. B. V Doshi, who has been at the forefront of designing ecologically sustainable architecture.

Our infrastructure and practices aim to ensure students receive the finest learning experiences, in the lap of Mother Nature.

Education For Life

Learn

A child learns in many ways - questioning adults, collaborating with peers, and experiencing the world through their unique perspective. Shiv Nadar School transforms these ways of learning into a methodology of relevance. This means that every child at our school is equipped with a toolkit of concepts, skills, and knowledge, which they can shape into endless possibilities and solutions.

Explore

We create progressive, value-oriented learning experiences for our students. They include but are not limited to, Outbound Learning Experiences (OLEs) both within the country and abroad, literature and science festivals, expert workshops, panel discussions, and social fellowships. Through these experiences and programs, we instill ethics and values that help build the character of our students.

Innovate

At Shiv Nadar School, our innovative curriculum enables our students to not only use the latest technology in the best ways, but redesign it, interpret it, comment on it, and often, even create it. This is the path to becoming pioneering creators of new and emerging technologies. We also push our students to see technology not just as an end, but also as potential means for bridging social and economic gaps.

Evolve

The Shiv Nadar School Career Guidance Centre (CGC) is a non-judgmental, open-minded space to connect and collaborate with students to make them future-ready in the ways that best resonate with each child's personality. The CGC gives concrete shape to students' goals and interests, options for higher studies, and ultimately, career choices, in a supportive environment. Apart from professional workshops, documentation of skills, seminars, counseling, psychometric assessment, and profiling of international colleges, students also undergo internships to gain an insight into the professional world.

A child learns in many ways - questioning adults, collaborating with peers, and experiencing the world through his or her unique perspective. Shiv Nadar School transforms these ways of learning into a methodology of relevance. This means that every child at our schools is equipped with a toolkit of concepts, skills and knowledge, which he or she can shape into endless possibilities and solutions.

We create progressive, value-oriented learning experiences for our students. They include but are not limited to, Outbound Learning Experiences (OLEs) both within the country and abroad, literature and science festivals, expert workshops, panel discussions, and social fellowships. Through these experiences and programs, we instill ethics and values that help build the character of our students.

At Shiv Nadar School, our innovative curriculum enables our students to not only use the latest technology in the best ways, but redesign it, interpret it, comment on it, and often, even create it. This is the path to becoming pioneering creators of new and emerging technologies. We also push our students to see technology not just as an end, but also as potential means for bridging social and economic gaps.

The Shiv Nadar School Career Guidance Centre (CGC) is a non-judgmental, open-minded space to connect and collaborate with students to make them future-ready in the ways that best resonate with each child's personality. The CGC gives concrete shape to students' goals and interests, options for higher studies, and ultimately, career choices, in a supportive environment. Apart from professional workshops, documentation of skills, seminars, counseling, psychometric assessment, and profiling of international colleges, students also undergo internships to gain an insight into the professional world.

Our Learning Philosophy

A Skillset
To Lead

  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Making Global Connections

Academic
Excellence

  • Robust Teaching Learning
  • Effective Feedback Mechanism
  • Rigour accountability

Ethics &
Values

  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Sense of Purpose and Responsibility
  • Openness and Transparency
  • Respect and Compassion

A Passion for the arts

  • Professional training in Visual and Performing Arts
  • Festivals and performances
  • Workshop and Lecture Demonstrations
  • Collaboration with HCL Concerts and KNMA (Kiran Nadar Museum of Art)

Physical
Health &
Sports

  • Structured Curriculum
  • State of the Art Facilities
  • Robust and Qualified Team

Lifelong
Learning

  • Design Thinking
  • Project & Inquiry-Based Approch
  • Open Learning Environment

An overview of the school

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 maintaining the ecological balance. While most of the trees will be maintained, a few will be transplanted with utmost care.

Sustainability practices are invariably at the core of the building philosophy. 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. Choices like low-flow water fixtures, smart water and energy meters, and interactive displays would sensitise them towards the need to avoid the wastage of resources.

We aim to subtly build awareness in young children about the benefits of eco-friendliness, what 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.

Message from the Principal

Padmini Sambasivam

Principal, Shiv Nadar School, Chennai

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.

The fabric of societies is constantly changing rapidly. Students of today face challenges across all fronts be it environmental, economic or social. They are witness to a whole range of uncertainties such as climate change, the growing population, rising inequalities in living standards across the globe, heightened conflicts between nations, plight of refugees often enmeshed in populist politics, as much as the global debate in finding solutions that ensure sustainability for all.

Therefore, as the old proverb goes, we cannot confine children to our learning for they are born in another time. Educational institutions shoulder the immense responsibility of nurturing students and their well-being, preparing them for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented, and solving problems that have not yet been anticipated.

Quality education therefore is undoubtedly the key to help students navigate through these challenges with equanimity. We at SNS believe that education must inspire lifelong learning and go beyond preparing people for the world of work and equip them with the necessary skills to become proactive, responsible citizens who are rooted locally but with a perspective that is global.

Our 14-acre green, environment will be designed to build in them the spirit of inquiry, love for nature, an attitude of awareness and accountability where they learn to collaborate and identify multiple solutions to problems, with a deep-rooted conviction of developing an inclusive, sustainable future.

We firmly believe in the unique potential of every child. My staff and I shall endeavor to motivate each student to learn and follow his/ her passion, be it academics, arts or sports, as whatever is learned through motivation of passion remains a permanent learning experience.

We see our role as a shared responsibility with all stakeholders such as teachers, peers, families and communities, as they all influence deeply the learning of the individual. The personalised learning environment that we will co create with every learner will help every student to make pertinent connections with different learning experiences and opportunities and help them progress towards their valued goals individually and as a learning community in harmony.

We at SNS would be schools that learn, a school that will think ahead and tirelessly work on a design that would ensure the delivery of a successful educational programme for the future!

I welcome you to join us as we embark on this exciting, new journey amidst vibrant, young minds!

Glimpses of the school

Our ALUMNI ACROSS THE GLOBE

FAQs

The school is scheduled to commence its academic session 2023-24 from June 2023.

Nestled amidst the lush greenery in the heart of Chennai, proximate to the Adyar River, the campus is well-connected to Alwarpet, Besant Nagar, and OMR. 3 km away from Besant Nagar Beach, the campus has the Anna centenary library, top universities, and the Planetarium all nearby.

In its first year, Shiv Nadar School Chennai will commence classes for Early Years students from Grades Nursery to 4th with a proposed built-up area of ~25000 sq ft. 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 3.5 lakh sq. ft. and state-of-the-art facilities by 2024. A comprehensive list of facilities planned, and the proposed School layout can be obtained from our Parent Partnership Office at Chennai.

Registrations for admission will begin from 26th Sep 2022 onwards.

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

2.6 years as on 31st March 2023.

Shiv Nadar School Chennai will follow an international curriculum. We aim to offer IB-PYP to our students from Nursery to Grade 4 in the academic year 2023-24.

The school timings are from 8 AM to 12 PM for Early Years, and 8 AM to 3 PM for higher grades.

The class size for each grade is 24 students.

Shiv Nadar School Chennai plans to have three sections across all grades.

Shiv Nadar School offers a host of non-academic opportunities to our students. Music, Dance, Art, Sports, and various other curricular activities are essential ingredients to hone and encourage essential life skills in our future change-makers.

Specialized 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 further experience, explore, and express themselves through their passion.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Chennai campus shall soon have its very own 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.

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.

Contact Us

Shiv Nadar School,
Besant Ave Rd,
Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
600020

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