Course options

Helping our students find the right path

We provide a comprehensive curriculum with specialists delivering music, physical education, drama, theatre, library studies, visual arts and technology sessions.

Early Years (Little GEMS) and Lower Primary (Grades 1 and 2)

The early years consist of grades Pre-K, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2. The Little GEMS curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS), a UK curriculum framework which focuses overall skills development in the cognitive, affective and psycho-motor areas. It draws upon research by education pioneers such as Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori and Lev Vygotsky (you can find out more by visiting the Little GEMS site).

Activities are designed to take into account the following key learning areas for early childhood development:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Physical development
  • Understanding the world

Young learners are encouraged to explore, enquire and take risks in an interactive environment which includes the use of smart boards, digital devices and dedicated indoor and outdoor learning zones. We have a caring team of well-trained Early Years Educators who monitor and student progress through observational assessment and document it using e-portfolios.

Upper Primary (Grades 3-5)

The Upper Primary curriculum continues with the skills-based thematic approach to ensure a smooth transition. It uses real life examples and brings together the 7 learning areas through the teaching of literacy; languages (e.g. French and Hindi); numeracy; ICT; art; personal, social and emotional development; environmental education; and physical education. Children are allowed to learn and develop at their own pace.

Ongoing formative assessment, individualised according to the needs of each student, takes place in the classroom and is based on observation and feedback. Students form part of the assessment process, learning to self and peer assess and monitor their own progress.

At the end of term there is a comprehensive review which includes feedback on attitude to learning, behaviour, contribution to class, homework and strategies for improvement. The consolidated report shows an overall grade for each of the learning domains. Parents receive frequent feedback, with continuous evaluation files and portfolios regularly sent home.

Middle (Grade 6 upwards)

During middle years schooling students are immersed in a formal and comprehensive programme which requires them to apply their understanding via different modules. The focus is not only on engagement and stimulation but on practice and preparation for Grades 9 and 10 as well as the first board examination in Grade 10. There is a strong emphasis on acquiring language skills, especially English. A well-balanced programme provides students with opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. Students learn about enterprise, environment, ethics and sensitivity to others. There is an emphasis on innovation and discovery.

Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation as proposed by CBSE

As part of the CBSE CCE (continuous comprehensive evaluation) policy, Formative Assessment is used to monitor student progress in a non-threatening, supportive environment. Regular descriptive feedback gives students the opportunity to reflect on their performance, take advice and improve upon it. Students are an essential part of the assessment process and help to design criteria and assess their own work as well as that of their peers. If used effectively, CCE can improve student performance, raise self-esteem and reduce teaching workloads. 

Formative assessment

Formative Assessment (FA) can take place via pen and paper tests, assignments, journals, quizzes, projects, etc. Assignments are designed according to the scope of specific units.

Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment (SA) relates to assessments carried out at the end of a course of instruction to measure how much a student has learned.

FA and SA reduce anxiety and stress which often builds up if the students are assessed only once through 'one-shot' assessments at the end of year. Timely diagnosis of learning gaps and remedial intervention are beneficial to learning.

Secondary (Grades 9 and 10):

The curriculum is subject-specific and prepares students for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination. Depending on the aptitude and inclination of each child, there are options for studying various subjects belonging to different streams.

Senior Secondary School (Grades 11 and 12):

At this stage, students will be enrolled according to their choice of stream - Commerce, Science or Humanities. The two-year course will lead to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination at the end of Grade 12.

Interested in enrolling your child at GEMS Modern Academy, Gurgaon? Perhaps you'd like to learn more about our philosophy or discuss our outstanding pass rates? We're always ready to help with your questions; get in touch with our team today.