Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Brief and Admissions
1) How and when to apply for admissions at The Northstar School?
Admissions for Play Stage (PS) to Grade 12 are currently on. To apply for 2023-24 admissions, click here.
2) What is the admission process & what documents do I need to submit for admission?
Please see the Admission Procedure page for further details.
3) What is the age requirement for admission at The Northstar School?
For admission to Pre Kindergarten, a child should be a minimum of 3 years of age.
4) Which board/curriculum does the school follow/is affiliated to?
The Northstar School is affiliated to Cambridge Assessment International Examinations, UK (Centre Number: IN171). You may know more about CAIE here.
The Northstar School has developed a unique and path-breaking approach to education called the “Northstar Approach.” Northstar Approach is a collective outcome of our founding team‘s experiences at world’s top universities. Northstar Approach permeates all activities at the school.
5) Is there an admission test?
We conduct a process known as Bridging Interpretation (BI) to allocate appropriate grade placement. BI is NOT an entrance test. Staff and parents work together to complete questionnaires through a combination of classroom-based observations and parents’ authentic information.
BI is administered for the following objectives:
Serious medical, biological, and environmental problems demand swift attention and remediation if maximum development is to be attained.
Early identification of children whose developmental trajectory is delayed or atypical is essential in order to institute timely action to correct or attenuate problems.
6) What is the fee structure?
Please call 90991 95950 for details regarding school fees.
1) What are the school hours?
School timings are as follows:
1. PS: 9 am to 12.30 pm
2. PreK to K2: 9 am to 1.30 pm
3. Grades 1 to 12: 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
2) How many campuses do you have?
We have two campuses: The Northstar Nest (our Preschool) and The Northstar School (main campus).
Both campuses are among India’s best campuses and have been featured in global architectural and design magazines.
Please have a look at the campus gallery.
3) Is there any immediate emergency first aid and fire safety service set up in the school?
The school has a 24×7 emergency medical transport facility in addition to on-campus first aid services.
Both the campuses have been inspected by relevant government authorities for fire safety compliance. We also have fire evacuation procedures.
Our teachers are also given training for primary first aid and use of fire extinguishers.
Please note that teachers are not authorized medical professionals.
4) Is there a campus tour available?
Yes. We do provide campus tours for both the campuses. Please contact us on 9099195950 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a school visit.
5) What is the location of The Northstar School?
The Northstar Nest campus is located at 2nd Ring Rd, Mota Mava, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005.
The Northstar School main campus is located at Kasturbadham, Rajkot-Bhavnagar Highway, Rajkot, Gujarat 360020.
Life at The Northstar School
1) What extracurricular activities are available to students?
We believe that good education entails physical fitness and wellness. Only a handful of school campuses in the country have the open spaces and landscaping that Northstar has. We think it is crucial for learners to experience such a campus life. Being holed-up in a concrete, utilitarian high rise block with no trees is a disservice to kids. Northstar campus naturally creates opportunities for physical fitness as they walk, run and play around in our massive, tree-filled campus. Our spacious campus has the facilities to cater to various sports activities like Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Swimming pool, etc. Our Sports and Wellness curriculum is broad and well-rounded to provide learners with exposure to a variety of skills. We also have a custom designed free play area.
We also offer a wide range of learning experiences that go above and beyond the curriculum, such as, Explorations, Mallorn (reading program), Montage (movie club), Horticulture, Noesis (philosophy program), etc. It is impossible to list out the wide range of experiences that your child will get at Northstar.
2) Is transportation provided to and from school?
Pick-up and drop-off transport facility is available for both, City campus and Main campus. All our buses are air-conditioned.
3) Is food provided in the school?
Main Campus: Yes. Optional food service is provided at Main Campus which includes: Fruits on arrival, Breakfast, Lunch and departure snacks.
Nest Campus (preschool): We do not offer food service at our preschool.
1) What is the Northstar Approach to education?
The Northstar Approach illustrates how we think about education and learning at the Northstar School. Learn more about The Northstar Approach. Also visit our blog to read about learning at Northstar.
2) Will students be using technology in the classroom? If yes, what gadgets will they use and will they be provided by school?
At Northstar we consider technology to be a powerful tool that can be used to support student learning. But we recognize that technology is not a pedagogy in itself, and that if not used with due care, it can distract learners rather than help them. At Northstar we always think about the learning goals first and then how technology may or may not support these. This way we make sure only to use technology when it makes sense as a way to enhance student learning.
We follow a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model from grade 5 onwards. We are also device agnostic. We encourage blended learning and flipped models using a variety of resources.
3) How does the Northstar Approach prepare students for college and beyond?
Learning at Northstar is unlike learning at any other school. From a very early age, we expect learners to take charge of their learning. Our Habits of Mind Program helps learners develop learning and life skills that prepare them for college education and also beyond that in professional life. Educators help learners in creating their own learning journeys which requires them to think critically.
4) Which streams do you offer in high school?
Our learners can choose a variety of subjects based on their interest and college/university admission plans. We offer subjects in sciences, commerce and humanities. Our learners have gone to do university degrees in various disciplines such as medical, computer science, management, engineering, etc, both in India and abroad.
5) Do you provide University admissions counseling?
Northstar provides individual one-on-one guidance for securing admission in universities across the world. We assist students in choosing their preferred program, writing applications, providing recommendation letters, etc.
Our learners have secured admission in great universities across the world like UCL (UK), Rutgers University (US), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), University of Nottingham (UK), Azim Premji University (India), NMIMS (India), University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), etc.