Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Admissions update

Suddenly we’re at the end of the semester! It's been a very traumatic time for us all this last few weeks and we are feeling glad to move on and spend some time with our families and thank our blessings for our health and the sense of togetherness that the recent tragedy has made us so aware of.

Over the last two months we have had a total of 90 enquiries, 38 of those being from outside India. Our January total enrolment looks to be heading towards 590, and numbers are on track for a 600-620 enrolment in July 2010.

In January Admissions heads to Bangkok to hold an information reception for prospective families. All are more than welcome to attend and alumni will receive further information regarding this function through the Alumni directory.

A trip within India is proposed for February. We will target Coimbatore, Bangalore, Goa, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi. Please keep an eye open for further information about these events in the new year.

In order to maintain our internationalism, the Admissions office seeks to attract diversity in our student body. One way of doing that is by accepting visiting students, those wanting to join the school for a shorter period (6 months to 1 year) – perhaps more for the “KIS experience” – cultural rather than academic. Visiting students could be described as those demonstrating the following:

• academic ability
• independence in both their learning and living environments
• an interest in the arts and sport
• a commitment to social service
• a sense of cultural awareness
• a concern for global issues
• a willingness to cooperate with the KIS Code of Conduct

Additionally, for children of alumni, KIS could provide:

• fees under the local schedule
• meet and greet at the Chennai including an orientation to India to be held at Mahaballipuram
• escort to Kodaikanal (these 3 provisions at cost to the student over and above actual fee)
• accommodation in school dormitory
• an academic / social / cultural advisor
• schedules that include a combination of classes (for audit if necessary) which will provide the learning of / exposure to Indian geography, language, music and dance, and / or modified to meet the students’ interest / needs
• time both in and outside of the classroom to participate in intensive social experience
• opportunities to interact with people in the local community to further enrich their learning / experience.
• participation in field trip week
• Long weekend chaperoned excursion - a hiking / camping experience, a trip to Periyar Wildlife Santuary, Kovalam Beach …
• Participation in Winter Tour

If you would be interested in learning more about opportunities to study at KIS, please contact the Admissions office.

The Admissions office is very excited about the Russell Devalois Scholarship, the intent of which is to attract an Indian student who is likely to excel academically and one who can contribute to the public service, artistic or athletic life of the school. The scholarship will enable a student who may not otherwise be able to afford the education that KIS provides. We hope to start receiving applications for same by February 2010 so that the recipient is well in place for the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

As was affirmed by Council in February 2009, KIS is conscious that in order to attract a broad range of students with a healthy socio-economic mix, a scholarship program be established. Alika Khosla (KIS Development Officer) is working to have four scholarships available one each over the next four years. The first scholarship will be offered from July 2010. Two will be supported with funds contributed by the Council and two with funds raised through the KIS Development office. For further information please contact Alika on

Next week staff and students will start heading down the hill. Before we know it, though, the campus will be abuzz again – with blue skies and sunshine above.