Students are grouped chronologically till the age of 12 and follow a graded curriculum. Thereafter they are grouped according to their abilities and pursue either academics or pre-vocational-functional literacy. The prevocational group is further divided into a technology-based group i.e assistive technology for vocation or a regular prevocational group. The number of students availing service is 150 students.
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This is a hub of activities for students between the ages of 6 years to 20 years. The program for each student is planned by the team of experts in consultation with family and students. A unique integrated Transition curriculum is the basis on which the entire curricular plan is done. The transition curriculum covers skills needed for adulthood and is followed by all students right from junior school, for them to reach their maximum potential.
Sections of Our School
6 – 12 Years Old
Comprises students between 6 – 12 years and follows a graded curriculum -Samcheer Kalvi – Government of Tamil Nadu. There is a lot of activity-based learning and experiential learning is encouraged. So, the classes are always up to doing some activity or the other, be it growing plants or exploring sea life, or understanding nature. Adaptations for reading, writing, and doing gross and fine motor skills are all provided according to specific needs.
12 - 15 Years Old
Here there are students between 12-15 years . .They can opt for pre-vocational training and functional literacy or academic stream Samcheer kalvi (grade 5 to 8). Both the streams follow the transition curriculum that covers all domains including reading, writing, and math, and subsets in independence in activities of daily living. A dedicated pre-vocational skill unit caters to the needs of the students and helps in exploring different skills.
15 Years & Older
Caters to students above 15 years and the students pursue academics and take school leaving exams through National Institute of Open Schooling( NIOS). They can choose to learn skills from the following :
bakery and confectionary,
front office assistants,
Tie and dye,
retail management including quick service restaurant (QSR)
The high school students are part of Interact Club and lead the school in socially responsible causes like collecting funds for post-natural disasters and working on environmental issues. The high school curriculum includes organization skills, self-advocacy, work , social & soft skills, sexuality, relationship, and conflict resolution. Through this, life skills like money transactions, task completion, and independent travel is taught to the students.
We ensure the students participate socially in all family and community events. All students get opportunities to take part in mainstream symposiums like the Goethe Science festival, competitions like Quizabled, and Art for all. Thus we work towards breaking attitudinal barriers and making the community accessible for all.
An Anecdote from Kalpana Rao, Principal of Day School
At Vidya Sagar, the programme plan is worked on to meet the individual needs of the person with disability. In 2016, we were invited to conduct an assessment camp at a government school in our neighbourhood in Kotturpuram. We realized that there were a group of students who were on the verge of dropping out of school as they were unable to cope with academics due to lack of special education intervention. We relooked at the Day School plan and decided to have a new tenth grade class for these students who would cope better in Tamil medium and through NIOS curriculum. This marked a beginning with 12 students being taught in Tamil- a first of its kind at Vidya Sagar. The entire programme plan had to be restructured to accommodate the Tamil medium curriculum and also to impart various vocational skills which this group would need to make a career. We focused on life skills through transition curriculum. We got a designer on board to teach the students skills needed for Tie and Dye, we roped in NCC trainers and basket ball coaches to get the physical fitness and discipline. Four of these students are now pursuing advanced training in Bakery and Quick Service restaurant along with Retail Association Skill certification. All these along with special education strategies for academics worked out and the students finished the Tenth grade and also acquired the vocational skills. They are exploring the possibilities of open placements. Two students are exploring the entrepreneurship development program and are planning to become entrepreneurs in the future.