The Sankalp Open School for Specific Learning Disabilities is located in a well- equipped new building covering an area of around 10,000 sq. ft. at Shenoy Nagar.
It has well-ventilated classrooms equipped with comfortable seating, hygienic facilities, a child safe environment and a cheerful ambience.
The Open School provides an environment where students learn both academics and life-skills based on their individual achievement levels. The nurturing environment provided by the staff at Sankalp coupled with the interactions within small groups help build the confidence and self-esteem of the students. The teachers are trained to use special teaching methods catering to the student's individual learning styles. This helps in bringing out their hidden potential and will improve their academic performance.
Education imparted through a therapy approach where a structured learning environment is made available to the student to develop cognitive and social skills helping them become independent learners.
Occupational Therapy through exercises to stimulate the brain and body to improve motor coordination, visual perception, sense of balance, gait, handwriting skills and activities to cope with daily living skills is also offered.
Individualized education program assures that each child is taught subjects like English, General Math, Practical Math, Science, Social Studies, and co-curricular activities like Retail Management, Cookery, Theatre, Dance, Drums, Art and Music at their level of competence.
Physical Fitness and Brain Gym are also part of the curriculum.
The teaching methodology for Learning Disability is focused with a holistic approach to instruction. Academic skills are taught in conjunction with life skills using Multi-sensory Teaching Methods*.
There is a growing body of evidence supporting Multisensory teaching, much of it supported by the National Institute of child Health and Human Development (NICHD), USA. Multisensory teaching is about simultaneously using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile (VAKT) methods to enhance memory and learning. Links are consistently made between the visual (what we see), auditory (what we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (what we feel) pathways in learning to read and comprehend.
The evaluation process is continuous as there are unit tests and examinations in every term. Skill assessments are also conducted simultaneously.
Experts in the fields of Management, Education, Environment, Fine Arts and a variety of other subjects are invited to conduct workshops and interact with the students.
Students are taken on regular field trips and outbound trips to broaden their horizons.
The teachers attend workshops regularly to upgrade their skills.
Psychological assessment is done to help us better understand the student and provide valuable insights about their individual behaviour, skills, thoughts, personality and learning styles.
The Open School for Specific Learning Disabilities provides:
IQ assessment both verbal (BKT) and non-verbal (Bender Gestalt Test, Knox Cube, Seguin Form Board, Coloured Progressive Matrices, Standard Progressive Matrices)
Formal assessment for learning disability (NIMHANS battery, Diagnostic test for Learning Disability, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement)
Informal assessment for LD (Aston Index)
The assessments are conducted over a span of 3 sessions.
This involves a detailed interpretation of the scores on the tests and its relation to the student’s performance.
The Open School tutors children to appear for the Secondary and Senior Secondary Examinations under the NIOS Board.
The National Institute for Open Schooling or the NIOS conducts Secondary and Higher Secondary Board Examinations at the National level.
It is one of the three recognized National boards, the other two being the ICSE or ISC and the CBSE.
The NIOS certificate is recognized and accepted for admission to most of the Universities in India and abroad. Students who have passed the NIOS examinations have joined premier institutions.
For further information on the NIOS please visit the official website at www.nios.ac.in
English is the only compulsory language.
The students can choose from a variety of subjects including subjects like Data Entry, Business Studies, Home Science, Painting, Baking and Confectionery, Commerce, Mass Communication etc.
They do not have to write very long essay answers.
They have marks assigned for internal assessment in the form of Tutor Marked Assignments.
They need not appear for all the subjects at the same time. For example they can appear for a few subjects in October and the rest in April but they will be issued a single pass certificate and not multiple mark sheets.
The Open School provides after school remedial help to children from mainstream schools.
Remedial teaching consists of tailor - made intervention programmes designed to meet the specific needs of a child. The teachers focus on the learning outcomes of the child by teaching one student at a time to overcome Learning Difficulties in reading, comprehension, writing and spelling.
The remedial teachers understand the strengths and weakness of a child and adopt appropriate teaching strategies to improve their overall academic performance.
To REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE material and work towards building a sustainable environment, the project PRAYAAS was started at the Open School.
It aims at providing structured training with multi-skill based activities to students in the age group of 14-18 years.
The students are equipped with pre- vocational skills.
Training is provided to make cloth bags, paper bags, weaving, vegetable prepping and sale, and composting.
Apart from academics, students between 12 and 18 years are also given practical training on essential skills that are necessary for daily living and to run a home.
Some of the skills taught are:
Cooking and menu planning of nutritious food and a balanced diet
Home Management and Design
Sewing and Textiles
Budgeting and Economics
Health and Hygiene