Hebron places a strong emphasis on creating an atmosphere which allows all the students to achieve their potential physically, personally, spiritually and academically. The school is divided into four sections each with a Head of School who is responsible for all the students and their pastoral welfare and their academic progress within their area of the school. These four sections are the Junior School, the Middle School, the Senior School and A Levels. The Department of Personal Development also oversees the pastoral monitoring and welfare of all the students In the school. Each class from Stds. 7 - 13 has a PD (Personal Development) Tutor to teach personal and social education (PSE) and study skills and provide subject and careers guidance. Regular academic interviews are held for all students from Stds. 7 - 13 so that their academic progress can be monitored. Students are also able, and encouraged, to speak to their PD Tutor, or Head of School, or to their Dorm Parents about anything which is of concern to them. There is a ‘Child Protection Policy’ that guides all interactions with the students. PD Tutors meet with their Heads of School weekly to discuss academic and welfare matters about students in each section of the school.
At Hebron extra support is provided for our students through the Department of Enhanced Learning (DEL). The department helps children with specific and moderate learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. A service that very few other schools in India will provide.
"helps children with specific and moderate learning difficulties, such as dyslexia". It also runs classes in 'English as an Other Language' (EOL).
INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) Students who have a specific learning difficulty and or dyslexia receive extra support. Based on an assessment done by a qualified educational and/or clinical psychologist, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created for each student. These plans include information as:
- to what learning difficulty the student has,
- how that problem will be addressed,
- methods of instruction,
- the material to be used for teaching the student and
- time allotted for each area
The IEP is re-evaluated every semester. The school has contact with a psychologist who gives guidance and advice on how best to teach the student. Trained staff are then used to address different learning difficulties.
ENGLISH AS AN OTHER LANGUAGE (EOL) At Hebron we do not subscribe to the philosophy that students placed in a class and dormitory, where English is the common language, will automatically pick it up. Language is taught, not caught.
“Research shows that children take up to two years to develop basic interpersonal skills, but it takes from five to seven years to acquire the full range of inter-personal skills of IGCSE” (Assessing the Needs of Bi-lingual Pupils. D. Hall).
The programmes of study for the students are based on the results of their admissions tests, which include
- Reading comprehension,
- Maths tests and
- English as an Other Language (EOL) competency tests.
Students are admitted to the EOL programme if their admission tests show their proficiency level in English is lower than the required standards of Hebron, but have an adequate reasoning score. Thus the programme of study is somewhat flexible. Students work on a range of language skills adequate for communication and necessary for their academic achievement. An IEP is written for each student identifying areas of English Language difficulty. These plans are followed during the semester and then reviewed and revised at the end of the semester. The EOL teachers also work alongside the class teachers to incorporate classroom and subject specific vocabulary to enable a close working relationship between the Middle School and DEL. This also supports the students for integration into the mainstream classes.
One good plan for Hebron students attempting PSAT/SAT is outlined below (please see www.collegeboard.com for more information).
PSAT: October of Std 11* SAT 1: November or December of Std 12 (or January) # SAT 2: November Std 13 (if required)
* Some students who are citizens of the USA and high achievers may repeat the PSAT in Std 12 as they may be short-listed for a merit scholarship.
# Some students may repeat the SAT 1 in Std 13 in order to improve their grades.PSAT
The PSAT is offered at Hebron School in October of each year.SAT
Hebron is NOT a centre for the SAT – please register to take it at Good Shepherd International School (GSIS) or a centre that suits you during holidays.PARENT - STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
It is the responsibility of students and their parents to register for the PSAT or SAT (please note the School Code for Hebron School is 671671).SOME OTHER INFORMATION
Taking the SAT 1 in Std 12 gives all concerned a good guide to the score a student is capable of and this informs the process of choosing where to apply. The website (www.collegeboard.com) has statistics including the average score improvement between grades. Students need to make decisions about College applications in consultation with their parents in the summer between Std 12 and Std 13.
It can be helpful for a student to take the SAT 1 twice as colleges accept a SAT total made up of the best scores on the three individual sections. Sometimes the Math score improves while the Critical Reading or the Writing score may drop, or vice versa.
If a student gains a good score in Std 12, they are in a strong position to apply for early decision to Colleges which have deadlines in early October or November and they are free to take SAT 2 (subject SATs) in the autumn of Std 13 (These are mainly required by the more prestigious colleges). Equally if they feel they need to improve their SAT 1 score, there is the opportunity to do that and to concentrate on preparing the sections that were identified as weaker in the SAT 1 in Std 12.
Leaving SAT 1 to Std 13 can work, but it is a bit risky in case the student has an off-day for any reason and it gives us less information to include in the transcript with applications which are usually prepared in the first semester of Std 13. As we do not rank students, or produce GPAs, the SAT scores along with the external exam results are key on the transcript.
Regarding College credits, you can find more information on the Cambridge site www.cie.org.uk under 'recognition'. US Colleges can give credit hours for good A Level results. For example, a previous student with three good A level grades was given 21 credits by Wheaton College (a premier Christian college in the US). The credit requirement for his first year is 28 credit hours altogether. He then has a number of choices: he can take a lighter load in his first and second year leaving more time to work and finance his studies, he can aim to complete the 4 year course in 3 or 3 and a half years, or he can do a double major.