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HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dr Geoffrey Fisher
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SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Dr Colleen Boyett
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IBDP COORDINATOR
Dr Rupesh Solgaonkar
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UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
Manju Sharma
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Meenakshi Mattoo
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ADDRESS
625 G.D. Somani Marg,
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005
bdsomaniinternationalschool.com

CEEB SCHOOL CODE: 671663
IBDP School Code: 002602

B.D. Somani International School (BDSIS) is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) certified Reception to Grade 12 school in the Cuffe Parade area of South Mumbai, India.

Our school follows a progressive approach to learning and a blend of internationally recognised frameworks that foster inquiry and investigation. The school curriculum is designed to nurture global citizens of the 21st century, mindful of their role in their communities and the world, and keen to actively contribute to both.

B.D. Somani International School offers its students an internationally recognised curriculum in an Indian setting. The school focuses on social as well as intellectual development of the students to equip them to take their place in the global community of the 21st century. In an atmosphere that values academic excellence, the school seeks to encourage respect for individuality and self-awareness. At BDSIS, we aim to nurture and develop the potential of each of our students and to prepare them to become dynamic, caring and productive members of a democratic and interdependent society.

Since its founding in 2006, BDSIS has supported students as they embark upon university studies to pursue their long-term career aspirations. Central to our mission as educators is a total commitment to student health, safety and wellbeing. While the global pandemic has extended into the current academic year, 2021 – 2022, prompting modifications to how we deliver the BDSIS experience, we have remained steadfast in our promise to offer world-class education to our community of young scholars. By implementing best practices in distance learning, we successfully delivered online lessons all through the previous year, moving quickly to leverage the talents of faculty, staff and our IT department to ensure uninterrupted student learning amid nationwide school closures.

As we look forward to physically welcoming students back to campus during the second semester, we will do so under the most current guidance from the Ministry of Education, Government of India. Although we are bravely facing the challenge of COVID-19, BDSIS’ key to success has been the abiding support and cooperation received from the entire school community of students, teachers, faculty, staff and administrators. Ever aware that uncertainties still lie ahead, we remain confident in our students’ ability to not only cope but thrive in this challenging environment.

PRINCIPAL’S ROLL
Awarded to students who achieve A-/A/A+ in every course, with no effort grade less than 1.

HONOUR ROLL
Awarded at the end of every semester to students who achieve a minimum grade of B in every course, and an effort grade no less than 2.

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN
Awarded to a student who has achieved the highest academic grades in his/her class in grades 11 and 12.

BEST STUDENT
Awarded at the end of every academic year to the best student in each subject, based on their academic performance in the subject throughout the academic year.

CITIZENSHIP AWARD
Presented at the end of the academic year to an exceptionally motivated and dedicated student from Grade 12 for engagement with the school community.

We believe that extra-curricular participation is critical to the overall development of our students and encourage them to engage in a range of activities outside the classroom. We offer a variety of sports, cultural, service, career-related, and personal enrichment activities – including Model United Nations, theatre productions, Student Council, Yearbook, and BD Broadcast, amongst others.

COMPULSORY
First Language English
Literature English
Cambridge International Mathematics
Co-ordinated Sciences (Double Award)

OPTIONAL (ANY FOUR)
Art and Design
Drama
Music
Computer Science
Additional Mathematics
History
Economics
Business Studies
Geography
Hindi as Second Language
French as a Foreign Language
Spanish as a Foreign Language
Environmental Management
Global Perspectives

Group 1: Studies in Language AND Literature
Language A English Literature
Language A English Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition
Spanish – ab initio, HL and SL
French – ab initio, HL and SL
Hindi – HL and SL

Group 3: Individuals & Societies
Business Management
Economics
History
Geography
Environmental Systems & Societies*

Group 4: Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Systems and Societies*

Group 5: Mathematics
Math Analysis and Approaches
Math Applications and Interpretations

Group 6: The Arts
Theatre
Visual Arts

All subjects, except ESS*, are offered at Higher and Standard level.

From grade 6 through grade 12, all assessment at the school is based on a criterion-referenced system. For quarter reports, the school uses an A to F system for academic performance and 1 to 4 for effort grades. The academic grades of A, B, C, D, and F represent the core values expressed as descriptors beside each grade. Students who demonstrate the highest levels of consistent competencies will achieve the + (plus) version of the grade in the Semester reports. Students who exhibit the competencies of the grade but to a less consistent level will be rewarded the – (minus) version of the grade. Semester report cards are issued for academic and effort grades. For university applications, we issue a transcript that reports the final grade in each subject. We do not rank our students.

INDIA
Ashoka University
FLAME University
Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME)
KREA University
University of Mumbai
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)
OP Jindal Global University

REST OF ASIA
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Gulf Medical University, UAE
LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore
Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore

AUSTRALIA
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
RMIT University
Monash University

CANADA
Carleton University
Concordia University
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
McGill University
McMaster University
OCAD University
Ryerson University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
York University

UNITED KINGDOM
Arts University Bournemouth
Aston University
Brunel University London
Cardiff University
City, University of London
Coventry University
Goldsmiths, University of London
King’s College London
Kingston University
London College of Communication
London School of Economics and Political Science
Loughborough University
Queen Mary University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
SOAS University of London
St George’s, University of London
University College London
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Buckingham
University of Cambridge
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St. Andrews
University of Surrey
UWE Bristol
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
University of York

REST OF EUROPE
ESCP Business School
American University of Paris
Jacobs University Bremen
Queen’s University Belfast
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Trinity College
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Maastricht University
University of Amsterdam
IE University
Les Roches
University College Groningen

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Babson College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
California College of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Drexel University
Emory University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
Georgetown University
Haverford College
Indiana University Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Macalester College
Maryland Institute College of Art
New York University
Northeastern University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pennsylvania State University – University Park
Pratt Institute
Purdue University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Skidmore College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
SUNY Binghamton University
Syracuse University
The New School; Tufts University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbour
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vassar College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Yale University

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Parentspeak
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Grade 1 Parent

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