Curriculum

Chinmaya Vidyalaya aims to foster excellence in academic studies and scholarship. We have high expectations of our students - we expect them to work hard and achieve their maximum potential. We also aspire to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to promote intellectual curiosity and the ability to work independently.

The whole Chinmayan curriculum is well known for its rigour, breadth, depth, and coherence; for its spirit of intellectual engagement; and for the confident, cultured and outward-looking students it produces.


Samacheer Kalvi Syllabus

The school follows the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus (also known as Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education/ Equitable Education System), since it was introduced by the Tamil Nadu Government. Under this system, standards 1 to 10 have a uniform syllabus all over Tamil Nadu. The core subjects of study are

  • Tamil
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Social Science

The School doesn't restrict education with this prescribed curriculum alone. It's the Chinmayan conviction that assures a broad acquaintance with the basic areas of academic study to every student enrolled with us. So apart from the prescribed syllabus, we also have a wide range of activities to supplement the government curriculum:

  • Hindi as additional language from standards 6 to 9.
  • Spoken Sanskrit from standards 6 to 8.
  • Handwriting remains the primary tool of communication and knowledge assessment for students in the classroom. We adopt cursive writing pattern from standard one.
  • Mindspark, a computer based self-learning programme, acts as an assistant teacher, helping students in their specific areas of concerns in Maths.
  • Supplementary books to bridge the gap between standard 10 and Higher Secondary syllabus.
  • Computer-aided learning during CD periods with activities and application examples to promote intellectual thinking, active learning, learning preferences, time management, and effective communication.
  • Preparation for competitive exams for Higher Studies at Higher Secondary classes.
  • Periodic career guidance and counselling to facilitate students in making right choices in higher education and career.

Comprehension

A variety of material is used for comprehension such as books, poetry, plays, magazines and newspaper articles. This often forms the basis of discussions and does not always involve written work although it helps develop understanding and appreciation. Reading periods allow children to further enhance their comprehension skills in oral and written work.

The general education requirements are designed to provide every Chinmayan student certain skills and knowledge that includes an understanding and appreciation of the important aspects of human thought, communication and inquiry.


Learning Support

Educating a heterogeneous mixture of students involves a variety of approaches of teaching and involves different learning processes.

We cater to the needs of slow-learners by providing special care for their unique learning needs. Teachers take extra care after tactfully identifying the grey areas of students through one to one interactions with students as well as their parents. We provide parents with tips on inspiring their children to learn better.

In addition, we periodically monitor and assess the progress of students. Children identified as slow learners are offered some extra support during sports period. Strategies are used to differentiate work and support each student according to his or her needs.


Courses Offered for XI & XII

Science Stream:

The following courses are offered in the science stream at Higher Secondary:

Biology Group

  • Tamil, English, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology

Computer Science Group

  • Tamil, English, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science

Commerce Stream:

The courses offered under the commerce stream are

Commerce with Business Maths

  • Tamil, English, Commerce, Accountancy, Economics and Business Maths

Commerce with Computer Science

  • Tamil, English, Commerce, Accountancy, Economics and Computer Science

Biology - A Brief Summary

The word "Biology" is derived from the Greek words bios (meaning life) and logos (meaning study) and is defined as the science of life and living organisms.

Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve. They may study cells under a microscope, insects in a rain forest, viruses that affect human beings, plants and animals in different forests. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and help us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health and maintain abundant viable food supplies.

Why students should not miss studying Biology?

Scientifically it has been said that the first half of the 20th century was the era of atomic physics and molecular chemistry whilst the second half belonged to molecular Biology. Developments in the application of Biology, be they the utilization of the findings of the human genome project, genetic engineering, cloning, multiple bacterial drug resistance, environmental pollution or the biochemical and neurological basis of consciousness, will have major effects on society and individuals.

As citizens, we are expected to make judgments on these developments and consider the importance of learning Biology over other subjects.


Facilities

The Biology Department has a laboratory, a display foyer, microscopes, a collection of subject software and an interactive white board.

All those studying Biology at Chinmaya Vidyalaya are exposed to a considerable amount of practical work, particularly at 10th, 11th and 12th standard levels. Chinmaya Vidyalaya aims to foster enjoyment of the subject, a thirst for learning and a genuine interest in Biology which goes beyond the parameters of the curriculum.


Reading at Home

In addition to reading at school, children are expected to read regularly at home to themselves as well as aloud. Reading a variety of materials is encouraged - students may choose to read a book from the school library in addition to the books in their curriculum. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the reading challenges that encourage students to read a wide variety of books aimed at enhancing their reading level and to write reviews of the book they have read.


Home Work

Expanding the horizon of a subject is the main objective of our homework. Worksheets, assignments, projects, book reviews, PowerPoint presentations, writing travelogues, report writing, application-oriented experiments, and demonstrations are some of our homework formats that ensure that learning occurs even beyond the realms of the prescribed texts. It enables our students to do away with rote memorization.


Reports

Parents of our Vidyalaya are entitled to receive all necessary details about the progress of their children in school activities. We not only pay attention to the academic achievements of the children, but also look at the behaviours, attitudes, interests and inherent potential in co-curricular activities of students and give our recommendations and feedbacks to the parents. So reporting at Chinmaya becomes a comprehensive process.

Every student receives his / her report with joy as it never fails to authentically state 'You are a Chinmayan kid'.

In short, the academic curriculum at Chinmaya Vidyalaya is broad, balanced and appropriately challenging. We prepare our students to be extremely well educated and highly successful in their learning across all subjects and activities. In Chinmaya Vidyalaya, students thrive in an atmosphere of hard work, enjoyment and effort. We ensure that their attitudes to study are excellent and they take pride in their own achievements and that of others.

Thus we aim to provide a broad education that ensures that when a boy or girl leaves us he or she is ready to face the challenges of the wider world with confidence and independence both in action and thought.