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Common Grounds International Academy (CGIA) is a truly child centered school. Our staff pays great attention to each child through one-on-one interactions in classes made up of 10-12 students. We emphasis transferable skills which means that our curriculum, lesson plans and examples relate to everyday life so that students understand why they are learning subject matter and how to apply their knowledge. In an environment that shapes high character, the kids grow to love learning at Common Grounds; instruction is fun, hands on and interactive.Show More

We use a Multi-Age System in most of our classes, which means that two or more grades are taught in one classroom to encourage older and younger student mentoring and interaction. Read more about Multi-Age Classrooms here. In this a cooperative, group learning environment, students learn to collaborate, form questions, listen to others, problem-solve, practice public-speaking, and teach themselves to learn, in small groups. We emphasis transferable skills which means that our curriculum, lesson plans and examples relate to everyday life so that students understand why they are learning subject matter and how to apply their knowledge. Motivation for learning is centered around a positive approach including reward systems, constant encouragement, affirmation, and positivity, which crown each child with honor, value and intrinsic motivation to learn and contribute to community.

We have created an environment that shapes high character with a moral compass. Teachers embody peace, gentleness, kindness, patience, self-control, joy, and love: the fruits of a spirit that is guided by a gracious, just, and good God. We seek to build up the whole person through morel lessons, exercise, the arts and other “specials”. Family involvement through classroom volunteering, day trips, family event nights, and regular interaction with parents on student progress, reinforce the family structure, and uphold respect for the value and strength of family.

Finally, our student population is unique being made up of Malayali, other Indian and international students. Thus, our teachers use the English language close to 100% of the time, which along with having peer interaction with native speakers causes our students to gain English language fluency within the first few months of attendance. CGIA is an initiative of Common Grounds Foundation and is run by an administrative board.Show Less

Vision 2025

Common Grounds International Academy is an internationally acclaimed educational institution with a global standard using IB or IGCSE syllabus starting with our chain of preschools through +2 and beyond to one of our affiliated universities. The visionary management is focused on offering further upgrades to excellence by equipping our teaching staff and inviting renowned scholars to offer specialized instruction. Our students experience a multi-cultural community where the joy of learning leads to understanding and character development providing our students with an enriched, fully-developed worldview.Show More

CGIA’s small class sizes and individual attention allow each student to work at their own pace toward their unique academic goals and to reach their full potential regardless of their abilities or challenges. For children with severe disabilities, our caring staff provides meaningful learning opportunities and positive social interaction in their own specially designed wing. Students utilize our well-equipped laboratories, smart classrooms and public research library to learn a variety of disciplines.

CGIA’s art wing is graced by veterans from the fields of drama, music, folk art, photography and film. Our excellent sport facilities encourage play, exercise and competition. In our wing for Social Responsibility, our students develop their ideas and plans for the benefit of their fellow students and the wider community through service.

CGIA’s fully equipped campus is situated in a nature preserve maintained, in part, by the students themselves. The life skills our students gain make them competent contributors to their families and society.Show Less

History

We at CGIA would like to give you some background surrounding how our school came to be:

“Three sets of parents from the UK and America, here doing business in beautiful Kerala, sought to provide a school that would embody the educational approach of “teaching the whole child,” as well as one that would transition their children well into UK, American or Indian systems equally. They spent their first year (2013-2014) selecting curriculum, hiring and training staff and testing their approaches on their own children. It worked! The kids loved it as they did.

After that initial year of visionary set up, Common Grounds International Academy became an initiative of Common Grounds Foundation, a local trust. Then in the spirit of expanding carefully to ensure quality, we opened up the opportunity for a few, select families to join CGIA. That 2014-2015 school year included only a small number of primary and preschool aged children and this innovative initiative has grown beautifully in every year that has followed!

Now, in 2016-2017 the students, Play Class to seventh, continue to experience small class sizes and individualized instruction. CGIA is run by an administrative board, which intends to add a standard each year, meaning that eighth standard will be there in the coming year and so on from there.

Our Motto

‘Wisdom. Understanding. Knowledge.’

This motto is taken from the wisdom of King Solomon…

“Through wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Like a house needs to be built, established and filled with rich treasures, so our children’s lives need to be nurtured and filled with gifts of learning, laughter and We regard every student as a valued individual; whose mind, body and character all need nurturing. We aim to do this by providing excellent instruction in a caring, creative and professional environment.

Above this we seek to teach them how to apply themselves to succeed in life in a wholesome and balanced way, to the benefit of themselves and others.

Chairman's Message

Dear students, parents and well-wishers,

When we look back, the growth of CGIA has been tremendous. Starting as a home school, four years back, for a few western kids with one teacher now has grown to a large community with a snowballing effect.

In principle we see schools as a space for facilitating learning. Yes, CGIA has been a space for children to gain knowledge, skills, values and behavior development. In CGIA children learn through rational enquiry with other children of similar interest that helps them in progressive meaning making. It has also been a place for parents to come, share ideas and work together for a better future of their children. As a community we have made remarkable changes in the lives of the children, the generation next. The students certify that they have had an enjoyable and creative learning space in CGIA.Show More

Naturally a child is always enthusiastic to ask questions, explore and learn continuously. It is important to note that the majority of children stop natural learning when they are admitted in schools. This is mainly because we take shortcuts to fill more knowledge artificially in their brains without application. The teachers in CGIA, through rigorous training, learned how to keep up their interest and make learning easy and progressive. For most of them, it has been not only a process of learning but also a process of unlearning. Each of the class rooms have become very creative, information rich and learner friendly. Learning has never been a process of memorizing things just for examinations but has been a process of developing the whole child for life by way of conceptual understanding and its application to deepen the understanding and acquisition of related skills.

Multi-cultural and multi-grade class rooms and groupings, according to the interests and levels, help children to learn things at their own pace on a continual basis. The presence of native English speakers and focus on phonics has helped the children to acquire a good command over the English language; even the KG students of CGIA have acquired this capability. The multicultural experience, the command of the language, and international curricula enables them to survive in any corner of the world. The young Indian and western kids in CGIA see and interact with each other without prejudice because they feel they are one family. This shows the power of cross-cultural experience in CGIA.

We at CGIA believe that education is not complete without character formation. Appropriately designed moral lessons for inculcating good values; a loving and caring approach followed by the faculty; mutually supporting and enriching group activities; and a positive rewarding system enable them to build their characters. It has been rewarding for us when parents testify that their child has made a quantum leap in terms character formation.Show Less

Our Staff

Joy

Chairman

Joicy

Director

Deepa

Administrator & Admissions Officer

Kavitha

Lower Primary Teacher

Narjis

UKG Teacher

Jisna

Primary Class Assistant Teacher

Manjusha

Play Class Support Staff and Creche Lead

Aswathi

Special Educator

Krittika

Primary Class Assistant Teacher

Reena

LKG Support Staff & Transport Ride Along Assistant

Sunil

School Vehicle Driver

Sunitha

Nursery Support Staff & Transport Ride-Along Assistant

Hasna

LKG Teacher

Shwetha Sunil

Play Class Teacher

Gayathri.R

UKG Assistant

Remya.M

Science Teacher

Nadiya

Play Class Teacher

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Our students receive one-on-one teacher attention. Instruction is fun, interactive, and hands-on.

Common Grounds International Academy (CGIA) is a truly child centered school. Our staff pays great attention to each child through one-on-one interactions in classes made up of 10-12 students. We emphasis transferable skills which means that our curriculum, lesson plans and examples relate to everyday life so that students understand why they are learning subject matter and how to apply their knowledge. In an environment that shapes high character, the kids grow to love learning at Common Grounds; instruction is fun, hands on and interactive.Show More

We use a Multi-Age System in most of our classes, which means that two or more grades are taught in one classroom to encourage older and younger student mentoring and interaction. Read more about Multi-Age Classrooms here. In this a cooperative, group learning environment, students learn to collaborate, form questions, listen to others, problem-solve, practice public-speaking, and teach themselves to learn, in small groups. We emphasis transferable skills which means that our curriculum, lesson plans and examples relate to everyday life so that students understand why they are learning subject matter and how to apply their knowledge. Motivation for learning is centered around a positive approach including reward systems, constant encouragement, affirmation, and positivity, which crown each child with honor, value and intrinsic motivation to learn and contribute to community.

We have created an environment that shapes high character with a moral compass. Teachers embody peace, gentleness, kindness, patience, self-control, joy, and love: the fruits of a spirit that is guided by a gracious, just, and good God. We seek to build up the whole person through morel lessons, exercise, the arts and other “specials”. Family involvement through classroom volunteering, day trips, family event nights, and regular interaction with parents on student progress, reinforce the family structure, and uphold respect for the value and strength of family.

Finally, our student population is unique being made up of Malayali, other Indian and international students. Thus, our teachers use the English language close to 100% of the time, which along with having peer interaction with native speakers causes our students to gain English language fluency within the first few months of attendance. CGIA is an initiative of Common Grounds Foundation and is run by an administrative board.Show Less

Vision 2025

Common Grounds International Academy is an internationally acclaimed educational institution with a global standard using IB or IGCSE syllabus starting with our chain of preschools through +2 and beyond to one of our affiliated universities. The visionary management is focused on offering further upgrades to excellence by equipping our teaching staff and inviting renowned scholars to offer specialized instruction. Our students experience a multi-cultural community where the joy of learning leads to understanding and character development providing our students with an enriched, fully-developed worldview.

CGIA’s small class sizes and individual attention allow each student to work at their own pace toward their unique academic goals and to reach their full potential regardless of their abilities or challenges. For children with severe disabilities, our caring staff provides meaningful learning opportunities and positive social interaction in their own specially designed wing. Students utilize our well-equipped laboratories, smart classrooms and public research library to learn a variety of disciplines.

CGIA’s art wing is graced by veterans from the fields of drama, music, folk art, photography and film Our excellent sport facilities encourage play, exercise and competition In our wing for Social Responsibility, our students develop their ideas and plans for the benefit of their fellow students and the wider community through service CGIA’s fully equipped campus is situated in a nature preserve maintained, in part, by the students themselves. The life skills our students gain make them competent contributors to their families and society.

History

We at CGIA would like to give you some background surrounding how our school came to be:

Jill Hines & Kristi Blanchard
Founding Parents who took the school forward in the first few years

Three sets of parents from the UK and America, here doing business in beautiful Kerala, sought to provide a school that would embody the educational approach of “teaching the whole child,” as well as one that would transition their children well into UK, American or Indian systems equally. They spent their first year (2013-2014) selecting curriculum, hiring and training staff and testing their approaches on their own children. It worked! The kids loved it as they did.

After that initial year of visionary set up, Common Grounds International Academy became an initiative of Common Grounds Foundation, a local trust. Then in the spirit of expanding carefully to ensure quality, we opened up the opportunity for a few, select families to join CGIA. That 2014-2015 school year included only a small number of primary and preschool aged children and this innovative initiative has grown beautifully in every year that has followed!

Now, in 2016-2017 the students, Play Class to seventh, continue to experience small class sizes and individualized instruction. CGIA is run by an administrative board, which intends to add a standard each year, meaning that eighth standard will be there in the coming year and so on from there.

Our Motto

‘Wisdom. Understanding. Knowledge.’

“Through wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.”

The above is taken from the wisdom of King Solomon.

Like a house needs to be built, established and filled with rich treasures, so our children’s lives need to be nurtured and filled with gifts of learning, laughter and love. We regard every student as a valued individual; whose mind, body and character all need nurturing. We aim to do this by providing excellent instruction in a caring, creative and professional environment. Above this we seek to teach them how to apply themselves to succeed in life in a wholesome and balanced way, to the benefit of themselves and others.

Chairman’s Message

Dear students, parents and well-wishers,

When we look back, the growth of CGIA has been tremendous. Starting as a home school, four years back, for a few western kids with one teacher now has grown to a large community with a snowballing effect.

In principle we see schools as a space for facilitating learning. Yes, CGIA has been a space for children to gain knowledge, skills, values and behavior development. In CGIA children learn through rational enquiry with other children of similar interest that helps them in progressive meaning making. It has also been a place for parents to come, share ideas and work together for a better future of their children. As a community we have made remarkable changes in the lives of the children, the generation next. The students certify that they have had an enjoyable and creative learning space in CGIA.Show More

Naturally a child is always enthusiastic to ask questions, explore and learn continuously. It is important to note that the majority of children stop natural learning when they are admitted in schools. This is mainly because we take shortcuts to fill more knowledge artificially in their brains without application. The teachers in CGIA, through rigorous training, learned how to keep up their interest and make learning easy and progressive. For most of them, it has been not only a process of learning but also a process of unlearning. Each of the class rooms have become very creative, information rich and learner friendly. Learning has never been a process of memorizing things just for examinations but has been a process of developing the whole child for life by way of conceptual understanding and its application to deepen the understanding and acquisition of related skills.

Multi-cultural and multi-grade class rooms and groupings, according to the interests and levels, help children to learn things at their own pace on a continual basis. The presence of native English speakers and focus on phonics has helped the children to acquire a good command over the English language; even the KG students of CGIA have acquired this capability. The multicultural experience, the command of the language, and international curricula enables them to survive in any corner of the world. The young Indian and western kids in CGIA see and interact with each other without prejudice because they feel they are one family. This shows the power of cross-cultural experience in CGIA.

We at CGIA believe that education is not complete without character formation. Appropriately designed moral lessons for inculcating good values; a loving and caring approach followed by the faculty; mutually supporting and enriching group activities; and a positive rewarding system enable them to build their characters. It has been rewarding for us when parents testify that their child has made a quantum leap in terms character formation.Show Less

Our Staff

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Joy

Chairman

Joicy

Director

Deepa

Administrator & Admissions Officer

Kavitha

Lower Primary Teacher

Narjis

UKG Teacher

Jisna

Primary Class Assistant Teacher

Manjusha

Play Class Support Staff and Creche Lead

Aswathi

Special Educator

Krittika

Primary Class Assistant Teacher

Reena

LKG Support Staff & Transport Ride Along Assistant

Sunil

School Vehicle Driver

Sunitha

Nursery Support Staff & Transport Ride-Along Assistant

Hasna

LKG Teacher

Shwetha Sunil

Play Class Teacher

Gayathri.R

UKG Assistant

Remya.M

Science Teacher

Nadiya

Play Class Teacher