Based on what many parents have asked us, we have put together a set of FAQs for you.

Do go through them and if you have any question that we haven’t answered here, do feel free to get in touch with us.

How does IB education compare CBSE and ICSE?

Boards in India like CBSE and ICSE are always theory oriented. Students of these boards read from books, memorize the answers and get good marks.

IB focuses on holistic learning, intercultural awareness and enhancement of communication skills. More importance is given to languages, arts and humanities at a higher level

IB has international curriculum where subjects are taught in an integrated way in order to avoid a fragmented approach. IB has a different approach where there are no or few textbooks. Students are free to explore the world

Its main focus is on 'how to learn' rather than 'what to learn'. 

IB examinations test student's knowledge and not their memory and speed

Why should I select an international school education for my child?

Recognised in India and the world

  • IGCSE from Cambridge International Examinations is recognised as a Class X examination by all Indian national and state boards.
  • IB Diploma is recognised as being equivalent to any national Class XII examination. And acceptance of these two curriculums is increasing in India has increased as parents now want their children to opt out of the race for marks option present in traditional education systems.
  • Many international universities prefer students trained in the thinking style of education. International programmes give students an edge during the college admission process. Additionally, most universities in North America give credit for subjects taken at the A levels and IB Higher Level (HL), giving students the benefit of saving one semester or more at the university. This translates into saving substantial money and time in tuition and accommodation costs. Some schools in UK such as Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Imperial College London and University College of London only accept students with IB Diploma or A level qualifications. 
  • IB is fast becoming the programme of choice for Indian students preparing to pursue higher education abroad. Some universities even offer scholarships to IB diploma holders.
  • University admissions around the world are getting competitive by the day. Admission officers are increasingly looking for other evidence that a student will succeed in the university, such as exposure to quality curriculum, research abilities, international outlook and social service - all enhanced by IB.
  •  Globe trotting parents and business folks will find IB Schools ideal for their children as this system is present around the world and their children will be able to continue their IB education in other countries

Focus on all-round development of your child

  • IGCSE and IB programmes are more practical and application-based and have a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development and are more challenging than Indian educational boards and test student knowledge, not their memory and speed.
  • The IB Diploma is universally reputed for rigorous assessment. This gives students access to the top colleges and universities in India and the world.
  • The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organisational skills and being actively engaged in own learning
  • Jobs in a fast moving information-overwhelmed age require thinking style of education to succeed. IB equips your child for this,

“I have a job with prospects of overseas postings.When I migrate to some other country, I don't want my child's education to suffer. Hence I have opted for IB Curriculum.”

Your child will be exposed to very innovative learning methodologies compared to traditional systems of State and Central Boards

  1. In IB, the emphasis is laid on developing critical thinking, analytical skills, communication skills, investigative abilities, problem solving techniques, team work, independent research and other qualities valued by all international universities
  2. Students can select courses according to their interest in the subjects of science, humanities, languages, mathematics
  3. The courses also provide your child with an opportunity to mix these subjects with components of fine arts, visual arts, theatre, technical drawing, music, film making, community service, etc
  4. A small class size in IB [at NES it’s 20 students] fosters interactive teaching
  5. The IB curriculum emphasises the physical, psychological, intellectual and social development of your child
  6. The overall atmosphere in the school is international, with your child and the teacher are equals in a stress-free teaching methods
  7. in IB, the focus on all round development rather than pure academic performance


What do we mean by International qualification and recognition?

International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International Education Programme (CIE) are qualifications accepted by higher educational institutions in India and abroad and future employers across the world.

NES International - IB World School Mumbai offers two well-designed, internationally accepted curricula from IB, Switzerland and CIE, UK.

IB programmes start at the age of 3 to 17 years and are offered as:

  • Early Years (Playgroup to Sr KG)
  • Primary Years (PYP- Grade 1 t0 5)
  • Middle Years (MYP – Grade 6 to 10),
  • And IB Diploma (IDP- Grade 11 and 12)

Cambridge International Examinations starts from the age of 11-17 years

  • Checkpoint Years - I, II & III (Grades 6 to 8):
  • IGCSE (Grades 9 and 10)
  • IGCSE A Level and AS Level (Grades 11 and 12)

Why should your child opt for IB Diploma, or the IGCSE A Level?

IBDP Programmes and IGCSE certificate are recognized by our national and international universities and are popular among international students who aim at specializations in subjects offered by universities world over.

  • 9,000 schools in 160 countries conduct CIE courses recognizing its impact on global education
  • 3,738 schools in 147 countries follow IB curriculum distinctively

What that simply means is that your child will be totally prepared for entering Universities abroad or in India with these qualifications. What's more, these qualifications will also give him/her an edge in employment as employers recognize and value these qualifications.

What is the admission procedure?

In 4 easy steps, we assist you to entrust us your future explorers, and knowledge creators.

Our admission process involves,

  1. You visit the School and answer a surve to observe our learning environment, speak with our officers, get your queries answered
  2.  You submit an application form for curriculum/grade to which you wish to admit your child giving all relevant details about the child
  3. We interview, interact and assess your child’s learning abilities on a given date before shortlisting for admission
  4. You pay the registration fees and the admission is complete. 

What is the age criteria for admission to NES International?

  • NES maintains an age criteria for students,
  • Playgroup starts at 1.5 years to below 2.5 years 
  • Nursery is 2.5 years to below 3.5 years 
  • Jr KG is 3.5 years to below 4.5 years
  • Sr KG is 4.5 years to 5.5 years
  • Grade 1 is 5.5 years to 6.5 years

These age criteria to be reckoned as on 31st March of the relevant academic year

What is the optimum number of students per class?

NES International maintains an optimum pupil-teacher ratio of 15:1

What are my child’s school timings?

  • Playgroup: 9:30 - 11:30 pm
  • Nursery - Sr KG - 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Grades 1-12:  8:15 am to 3:45 pm

Students interested in specializing in any language or games / sports are given specialized coaching in extra hour.

Will my child go through a stressful exam curriculum?

  • We prepare your child for a life beyond education and employment
  • We never expose your child to stress or pressure him/her to obtain marks
  • Our students are prepared for competitive programmes offered by International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • We evaluate the IB curriculum through our standard internal assessment
  • CIE conducts its own examinations for every academic year.
  • We also offer higher English language diploma course of the British Council
  • We deploy internationally reputed agencies to conduct sports/ games 

How do I get more involved with my child’s education at school?

  • You can participate actively and know more about NES activities, events, notices, and examinations online
  • NES conduct parent's orientation programs in the beginning of the academic year. We invite parents for workshops and seminars at regular intervals. This gives you an opportunity to interact with us, other parents and teachers.
  • We offer one-to-one meet between parent and teacher for every child and also organise open day inviting parents.
  • We invite parents in “My Subject Knowledge Exhibition’ to know fully about their children

How do I pay fees?

  • We process electronic payments, cheques, demand drafts.
  • We facilitate NRI admissions with the help of a guardian.
  • Our admission calendar begins in November for the next academic year.
  • We also offer scope for cash payment through our banker located in school campus. 

What are the documents required in order to secure admission in your school?

Nursery to Grade 1, the documents required are Original birth certificate, Medical certificate, with specific mention of ailments, if any. Copy of previous year academic report, if not fresher

3 photos of student and 2 photos of each parent

Grade 2 to Grade 12, the documents required are Copy of birth certificate, Medical certificate, as to ailment if any. Attested copies of previous year's academic report, preferably 3 years, Original previous school leaving certificate, 3 photos of student, and 2 photos of each parent

What are the documents required from UK Schools? The School certificates can be certified by a Public Notary and authenticated by Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK.

The Indian High Commission does not attest documents already apostilled by FCO.

When in doubt, ask. Clarify. We are here to help you through the process from applications, and enrolments to final placements. We look forward to answering all your questions.

Is IBDP accepted and recognized by Indian universities?

Since 1983, International Baccalaureate Diploma has been recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as an entry qualification to all universities in India. The IBDP prepares students for university entrance in India and all around the world. In fact, IBDP is currently considered to be the best university preparation course in the world. Amity University, Bangalore University, Punjab University, are amongst some of the premier universitiesin India that recognize and accept IBDP students. For more detailed list of Indian Universities that accept IBDP qualifications,click here

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parent reflections

Ananyaa is very excited about the current uoi topic air. As soon as she came home she explained the entire experiment of candle and jar. I thank you for making learning so much fun for Ananyaa and developing the qualities of a thinker in her with such experiments.
Thanks a lot!

Parent of Ananyaa Aggarwal, Grade 1A

Indeed the sports day this year was equally exciting as it has been since past two years .

Meticulously planned , perfect time management and efforts of the teachers and PE team were the main commendable aspects of this sports day .

Congratulations to the entire team NES for yet another successful event for the year 17-18. Looking forward for more innovative races in the forthcoming sports day.

Mother of Hannah Dhulla, Grade 1A

Nafees has shown a lot of understanding and confidence about the UOI Houses. He has started explaining the types of houses that are there according to the weather of the places we live in. He really had fun and showed interest while practicing making the stilt house at home for the summative assessment and a little more about stilt house to explain it in class.

Jamil and Abida Ansari (Father and Mother of Nafees Ansari, Grade 1D)

Ishaan has been enjoying school. He has been singing the ‘Healthy and junk food’ song that they have learned in school. He thoroughly enjoyed the spelling bee conducted by Principal sir last week. He loves the space videos that they watch during break times. He has explained how Pluto’s orbit crosses into Neptune’s, how the atmosphere scatters the sun’s rays during sunset and sunrise to make the sky look red

Mother of Ishaan, Grade 1C

I am grateful for all the wonderful things the school and Tanvi Teacher are doing for our son Noel. He is growing extremely intellectual and physically active by the day. We loved both the grammar fest and sports day arrangements. Lot of trouble was taken. The school and his teacher have been working very hard to make him good, better and eventually best.

Mother of Noel Verdes, Foundation B

I am happy to see how Shiven has been taught the UOI ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Needs and Wants’. He understood it very well that he came home and explained the same to us. I like how he is interested in his studies and he comes home and shares the same. Once again thank you to the homeroom teacher and NESISM School for putting in so much effort towards our child.

Parent of Shiven Chimnani, Foundation B

The progress and development of Dishita has always been overwhelming. I have always had good results from her. Thanks to the homeroom teacher who has taken care of her not only in her studies but also her behavior and habits. Great thanks to the NESISM team.

Parent of Dishita Mamgain, Foundation B

My daughter has shown positive development thanks to the training and learning she is receiving at school. She is willing to help people, she even helps me and her father in our everyday activites. It is amazing to see how she is practically applying her learnings from school in her daily life. We are quite happy with her conduct and would like to sincerely thank her teachers and the entire management.

Mother of Urja Kothari

Myra by now has completely accustomed and adjusted to the routine and culture of NESISM. I am very delighted to notice that she has taken the least time to adjust in the school. She speaks with a lot of pride about her school in front of the family. We are looking forward to learn and grow together.

Parent of Myra Kabadi, Foundation B

Improvement in Parini’s confidence is reflected at home. She has started opening up and mingling with others. She tries to read different words and enjoys the same. She has evolved as a good sports person. She discusses a lot about the topics taught to her in school.

Parent of Parini Shah, Foundation B