Academic Calendar 2023-24

Academics philosophy

 The young people of Pioneers International School are encouraged to develop the habits of mind of scholars. To that end, Pioneers offers a broad, rich and challenging curriculum. The curriculum promotes a strong foundation in, across, between and beyond the academic disciplines, broad exposure to the liberal arts, as well as selective opportunities to pursue individual interests. As students progress through the grades, the programmes become increasingly rigorous, while offering a wide array of electives beyond the core curriculum.

Our collaborative planning and reflection processes for teaching and learning demonstrate our commitment to curricula that are conceptually focused. Our facilitators provide classroom experiences designed to nurture curiosity, stimulate inquiry and breadth of interest, self-expression, joy and aesthetic sensibility. Each learning engagement is carefully designed to encourage our students to explore big ideas in the context of their local communities, as well as the world at large through active collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

Academics at Pioneers is demanding, but the culture of the school is also caring and supportive. Students build close personal relationships with their teachers. The environment in the school is one of cooperation and a shared endeavor in the pursuit of learning and growth. Additional support outside of the classroom, as well as personalized teaching within the classroom, is an important element of the Pioneers culture as teachers recognize their students’ diverse individual needs and learning styles.

Our extensive system of ongoing assessment inform and guide teaching and learning at every step of the learning process. Analysis of assessment data, and action plans developed in the process, are actively implemented to monitor and improve the achievement of learning outcomes. Students are active agents of their own learning, are regularly engaged in self-assessment and peer assessment.

Our academic philosophy also takes cognizance of the fact that all learning must ultimately provoke students to take meaningful action in their own lives and immediate, lived contexts. To this end, we strive to develop academic programmes that help students build enduring skills and frameworks for understanding.


Regular field trips and educational tours are arranged in every subject to get a thorough and in depth learning experience.

Theme based teaching and celebration of color days; object talk, puppet show, role play etc. are a regular part of the curriculum in the pre- primary section so that children learn by play-way technique.

Online tests are arranged for the secondary students after every chapter so that the students revise the lessons on time.

IT enabled classrooms help students to understand the concepts and engages the learners.

Theme based Class Presentation is organized for pre-primary and primary section to ensure participation of each and every child by providing an opportunity to share the stage.

Students participate in various activities throughout the year based on the annual theme and get a thorough understanding of the concept of the theme.

Video conferencing and flip classes are used to aid learning using technology wherein the students can learn from home, if need arises.

Establishing global connections: Students learn through collaborative projects and sessions with students of other schools of various countries throughSkype sessions, emails and surveys thus enabling rich cultural exchange.

Providing opportunity to the students through projects, workshops, seminar, counseling sessions, expert talks, etc which really help the students to develop their interactive skills and helps them to get an in-depth insight of the topic.

A variety of innovative methods of teaching like- QAXP, 3Stay 1Stray, Think-Pair-Share, Jigsaw method, Concept attainment method, etc. are used by the teachers offering interactive and enjoyable situations in the classroom for learning.

International days are celebrated and activities with a global perspective are integrated with regular classroom teaching. It helps to develop a feeling of universal brotherhood among the students.


Assessments at Pioneers International School, informs both learning and teaching practices. Facilitators at Pioneers use a variety of assessment strategies, tools, and techniques to build a detailed understanding of each learner’s development. Our facilitators assess students before, during and at the culmination of units of study, as well as at intervals throughout the year.

Our facilitators begin each unit of study by first understanding and acknowledging what each student brings into the classroom in terms of existing knowledge. Recording, Documenting and Reporting assessment data is done meticulously, transparently and with great attention to detail and to the individual needs of the students. Assessment data supports teachers in designing learning experiences tailored according to the needs of their students. Specialists in the field of individual needs also track student progress and share their understanding with classroom teachers and parents.

Evidence of student learning documented through portfolios, projects, tasks and assignments as well as that of progress are shared with parents at regular intervals through coffee mornings, parent-teacher conferences, meetings and open-house days besides student-led conferences and exhibitions. At DRSIS, there is a strong belief that assessments are an integral and enjoyable part of learning that is not distinct from the learning process itself.