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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2020-05-11T12:12:44+05:30
What do you mean by a Hero’s Journey?2020-05-11T12:07:45+05:30

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life.

Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.

Who is an “Independent Learner”?2020-05-11T12:11:21+05:30

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems — admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.

Is Flourish a Montessori School?2020-05-11T12:11:58+05:30

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school.
We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands-on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

Is Flourish a franchise school?2020-05-11T12:12:05+05:30

No.
While Flourish is a part of the Acton Academy network of schools and is accredited by the IALDS, we are not a franchise school (of the Acton Academy).

As part of the Acton Academy network, Flourish enjoys access to all the tools, learning designs, processes and systems created by the Acton Academy and the entire network of schools.

All Acton Academy network schools are independent organisations who share education best practices with each other.

An Acton Academy school can only be started by parents whose children will be attending the school and cannot be started purely for business.
Hence, together, we form an extremely strong community of like-minded parent-entrepreneurs who want the best possible educational experience for their children in line with the 21st century.

If you are familiar with software development, think of it as an open-source system with a GPL type licence.

What is a mixed-age classroom? How can students of different ages learn together?2020-05-11T12:15:40+05:30

A mixed-age classroom is one in which children of different ages sit and work together.

At Flourish, our classrooms are called “Studios” and we divide them as follows:

  1. Elementary Studio
    For our learners in grades 1 – 5. (We don’t have grades – but for the sake of explanation, it helps to have parity with traditional schools).
  2. Middle School Studio
    For learners in grades 6 – 8.
  3. LaunchPad Studio
    For learners in grades 9 – 12.

Learners of different ages can learn together because, for subjects like core-skills (Math, Reading & Writing), all learning is self-paced and work on their own goals for these subjects (no one-size-fits-all blackboard teaching).
All other subjects such as science, technology, history, geography, etc. are offered via hands-on projects in which the learners are divided into groups and work together.

A tremendous amount of learning takes place, and leaders emerge (exactly like in real life) when people of different ages interact – which a traditional school cannot replicate easily.

How many Acton Academy schools exist today?2020-05-11T12:16:56+05:30

As of 2020-21, we have 275 partner schools across the world.
Flourish is the 3rd Acton Academy network school to open in India with the other two being in Ahmedabad and Chennai.

What is a “Running Partner” at Flourish?2020-05-11T12:15:21+05:30

AA Guatemala explains this best:

Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals.
They encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.

If you would like to here a great example of what this means, please check out this short anecdote shared by a parent.

Will children be grouped into classes / grades?2020-05-11T12:15:32+05:30

No. We do not divide our students into classes or grades.

At Flourish, our mixed-age classrooms are called “Studios” and we divide them as follows:

  1. Elementary Studio
    For our learners in grades 1 – 5. (We don’t have grades – but for the sake of explanation, it helps to have parity with traditional schools).
  2. Middle School Studio
    For learners in grades 6 – 8.
  3. LaunchPad Studio
    For learners in grades 9 – 12.

 

What do you mean by “Every Child can Change the World”?2020-05-11T12:12:15+05:30

At Flourish, we deeply believe that every child that enters through our doors possesses a unique skill (or a set of skills).

If these skills are discovered and honed, they would be in a position to make a serious dent in the world. Whether this is in the field of science, math, technology, literature, art, choreography, sports — does not matter.

Given enough time and practice, our learners can be world-class in their chosen fields and change the world.

How long is Flourish in session each year?2020-05-11T12:13:54+05:30

We operate on a ten-month calendar which is similar to most schools in Maharashtra, India – but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.

What grades do you offer?2020-05-11T12:14:04+05:30

We serve children from grades 1 to 12.
At present, for the year 2020-21, we are starting with grades 1-4 (children between and including the ages of 5.5 and 9) and plan to grow the school with them.

What board is Flourish affiliated with?2020-05-11T12:14:50+05:30

Flourish is not affiliated with any board in India, nor does it ever aspire to.

The way Flourish approaches learning would not be possible if we were to affiliate with any board in the country.

Flourish is a partner school of the Acton Academy, Austin and shares processes and best practices with 275+ (as of May 2020) parent-run Acton Academies around the world.
Flourish is also accredited by the IALDS (International Association of Learner Driven Schools).

Do you offer art and music at Flourish?2020-05-11T12:14:59+05:30

Yes!

Both our music, and art programs are offered by professionals who conduct premium after-school music and art programs.
So, our learners would be getting the best music and art programs in the city offered to them within the school hours.

Also, every session (six weeks) will have a public exhibition – so you would be able to experience what our young artists and musicians have been working on for that session.

Do you offer team sports at Flourish?2020-05-11T12:15:12+05:30

Even though we offer a great PE program at Flourish (run by the best professional coaches), the size of our school at present does not lend itself well to team sports.
However, we encourage and make it easy for students to enrol in team sports with local clubs in Pune.

Does Flourish follow an American curriculum?2020-05-11T12:15:55+05:30

If you study curriculum across the world, you will soon realise that we teach more or less the same thing around the globe.
Some curriculums may align the progression of some subjects differently to another curriculum.

To answer the question – No. We do not follow an American curriculum.
Our students are free to choose their own learning paths (and most of them easily surpass any set curriculum).

However, being in Pune, we will try to align to the Maharashtra State as much as possible.

 

This is so that it is easy for students to move from Flourish and join a traditional school (if they choose to).
However, across the Acton schools, it is quite common for students to jump 2-3 grade levels every year. So at that point, the curriculum does not hold a lot of weight.

How do you assess students without examinations?2020-05-11T12:14:31+05:30

At Flourish, students are assessed daily. Students are encouraged to use any tool to understand and learn a concept, and once they are confident, they are invited to prove their mastery via a set process.

 

There is no formal examination, and students choose to be evaluated whenever they feel confident.
In addition to this, students are also tracked on the effort they put into their learning. They are awarded points for spending time trying to master a particular concept.

How do you ensure my child will be able to compete in the real world tomorrow?2020-05-11T12:14:40+05:30

More than the syllabus and curriculum, we at Flourish aspire that our children pick up processes and systems which will make them successful in life.

Our young learners are in charge of their learning. They set their own SMART goals and try hard to achieve them.
They celebrate failure. They learn to work productively in teams – with people both older and younger than them.

From middle school onwards, our students take on real-world apprenticeships at local businesses which they secure themselves.

All of these skills and discipline will ensure that your children will not only be able to compete, but also surpass any challenge that life throws at them.

While we do not teach to an examination or an entrance test, our students have access to the best experts in any field they choose to pursue and will be assisted by us in whichever way possible.
As such, they will have the best tools and systems in place to achieve whatever they set their sights to.

Is Flourish a religious school?2020-05-11T12:13:42+05:30

No.
While we expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality we do not promote any religion.

Who was Lord Acton?2020-05-11T12:13:26+05:30

Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Being a part of the Acton Academy network, we celebrate his defence of economic, political and religious freedom.