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Apr 8, 2017

Schools in India and US - Part 2

Tutoring for kids

Many Indian parents love to advance their kids in Math, so they send kids to centers like Kumon, Gideon, Eye Level, Huntington, Sylvan etc. Since English is a second language for Indians, kids also attend English classes. There are also private tutors for kids in Middle School. Online tutoring is also an option.

School Selection

Public schools - You can attend a particular school depending on the community or street you live in.
Charter schools - It covers the predominant area
Private schools - You are free to apply anywhere

Where you choose to live depends pretty much on the ranking of a school district or what you want for your child. Some parents tend to put kids where the Indian community is more, some just prefer other areas.

Extra curriculars

Lots of opportunities for sports and hobbies. There are recreation centers, private centers, sporting fields and stadiums or just after-school campuses which offer a wide variety of activities.
Your kids college application will require filling up some of those, so its one primary reason parents tend to put their kids in classes.


Playground, parks are available in suburbs. Sometimes kids get together for play dates if they are small and are located in long distances. Older kids play in school grounds or parks.

Parent teacher meetings

These are referred to as conferences. Elementary has parent teacher conferences year round. Some middle and high schools don't have meeting dates. You can either mail teachers, give them a call during conference hours or fix an appointment to meet them


Elementary kids have very less homework compared to India. In Middle school, the homework load starts increasing and high school is similar to India.
Indian parents love to have more homework for kids. Competition is paramount here also. Some parents just leave it to the school work.

Mar 29, 2017

Schools in India and US - Part 1

Q. How are the schools in US divided?

Most of the public schools in America are divided into elementary, middle and high school.
Elementary - Pre-K, K, till grade 5 or 6
Middle School - Grade 6 or 7 till 8
High School - Grade 9 to 12

Private schools and charter schools might have all the grades.

Q. What is the curriculum in US?

Most of the states in US follow the Common Core Curriculum. Some of the states like Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska, Indiana, and South Carolina follow their own syllabus.

Q. How is the homework load in schools?

Homework is less compared to schools in India. Once kids start their high school courses, the homework is pretty much the same. You can expect a heavy workload in high school
Charter and private school work loads might be a bit higher.

Q. How are students evaluated?

The system looks at continuous evaluation. All the work done in school and home is evaluated. There are also semester exams from middle school sometimes. Quizzes, projects, homework, unit tests comprise the assessment list. Depending on each state, the states test the students like a common state test from grade 3 till high school.
The state tests are like the public exams of the Indian school system.

The state tests might be used for evaluation of schools and teachers.

Q. What are the subjects in elementary school?

The students have English(Language Arts), Math, Science and Social Studies. They will have gym or PE everyday.

Q. How is the school atmosphere is elementary?

The atmosphere is mostly friendly. Mostly a single teacher is assigned to a class and they handle all the subjects except PE. They get to know the students well.

Q. About the teacher interaction in elementary?

Many schools have websites or many send paper newsletters home. The syllabi covered or work done will be notified in the newsletter. Parent - Teacher conferences are held through the year. You can fix appointments with the teacher or you can email them. Most of them are prompt to reply.

Feb 23, 2017

Shame on playschool

Young little children, abused in a playschool is really shocking. Kuddos and Bravo to the parents who have come forward to bring out the mismanagement and abuse.

Don't the administrators think for a second what cruelty they are administering.

Kidzee playschool should have their license revoked and the admin should be publicly defaced so that they don't start another school

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