About John Dewey School

John Dewey School has been established, with the hopes of ensuring the longevity of excellent academic achievements through our commitment to excellent quality education for all. We, at John Dewey School, believe that a child's education is the foundation or learning and achievements throughout life. By involving faculty, parents, and community, members in shared decision-making, we endeavor to constantly create an environment where respect and care are modeled by all.

Our goal is to help each student become a responsible, productive member of society with valuable work force skills. We will strive to help all students develop to their fullest potential through the teaching of basic values and academic curriculum which combines with critical thinking, communication, collaboration, time management, initiation skills and current technology. Students will be encouraged to listen to others with understanding and be open-minded. We will provide the structure, encouragement and a safe environment through the maintenance of school system that will foster growth. We encourage respect for others by treating students, faculty members, and patrons alike. It is our belief that the school environment should be one that fosters the well-being and overall growth of a child; where he/she feels safe and thus makes learning an exciting adventure.

Keeping in mind the learning abilities of each individual student, we will adopt activities which appeal to their different learning capabilities. Lessons will be structured to involve one or more intelligence and will cover a reasonable range and balance over the academic year. To release students from competitive rating against fellow students so they may become free to reveal strengths and weaknesses without loss of self-esteem. John Dewey School was established in 2008 with a vision to enhance leadership, character and service of young individuals to become responsible and productive members of society. In eleven years since its establishment, John Dewey has built a reputation for excellence in school education. As a follower of progressive education, we follow guiding principles given by American educationist late John Dewey, and have recently become the member of John Dewey Society. By adopting arts and research into the curriculum, we employ integrated approach to education. Keeping in mind the learning abilities of each individual student, we will adopt activities which appeal to their different learning capabilities. Lessons will be structured to involve one or more intelligence and will cover a reasonable range and balance over the academic year.

The distinctive character of John Dewey is manifest:

In our Profile

As Nepal’s evolving progressive school, we shoulder a responsibility to make academic choices based on current school education trends and national need as well as community preference. All in all, we will be seen as an institution which is contemporary and conscientious learning center in its truest sense, as a result of which prospective students (parents), higher education centers, staff, and alumni will feel a pride in being associated with us in various capacities.

In our Student Body

The student body at John Dewey is drawn from across the nation, primarily from the Kathmandu Valley and from expatriates who reside in the Kathmandu Valley. Diversified students will be attracted to the school by our reputation, the quality of our staff and facilities and the unique nature of the educational experience. John Dewey will have a distinctive mix of students, with a growing emphasis on creative talents, excellent coursework and community service. We aim to further develop a community of scholars in which inspired students, primarily at Secondary levels, interact with staff in a research-led environment. As such, research, arts and education are linked, mutually reinforcing each other. In particular, the John Dewey student population in 2020 will be characterized by: > high achievement > ethical standards > thoughtfulness in changing lives of people and communities > inventiveness > research-mindedness > technology savvy > optimism. Because of our location in Kathmandu, and the focus on progressive education, we will always have a relatively small student population. However, as progressive school education participation rates increase, John Dewey will also continue to increase its student population in a controlled manner at both primary and secondary levels. A larger student population will provide the school greater critical mass, offer students greater breadth of interactions and enhanced resources.

Students will have a great life at John Dewey as manifest in the following: A major learning philosophy of ours is that education must have relevance to real life. Only then can students put their knowledge into practice, and hence the education they have received has some meaningful value. Whether students are seeking study skills, participation in a favorite sport or activity, outings to explore the spectacular natural beauty as well as industries, opportunities for social interaction, or information about education and career options, they'll be in good hands during their years at John Dewey. And, they'll have fun too, no doubt. Life at John Dewey might look quiet, but always dynamic, and never boring. On the one hand, our teachers will bring in diverse experience to share in the classrooms while using case studies, project works, arts, research and classroom interactions. On the other hand, every diverse student finds something interesting to match their interests. As a whole, students are hardly ever bored during their school life. Even our assignments and project works excite them equally because through these our students will be offered chances to use the creative side of their mind, exploration, socialization and of course diligence; in the process they use a very high level of their potential for a transformational experience. Student Representatives- A group of chosen students will take various positions such as School Captain, Vice-Captain, House Captains and House Prefects. The group members will observe around the school and support in maintaining conducive environment for learning.

Events -There will be numerous intra-class, intra-school and inter-school events as well as community-based events in each of which students will learn from participating and organizing. Various events at the school create: ~ a vibrant community; ~ opportunities to explore their personal interests while practicing them; ~ opportunities to develop leadership potential; and ~ an exciting schedule of student-involved events and activities. Finally, Treks, Tours and Community Visits add life away from school life: Being a student at John Dewey is not only realizing academic degrees, but also living life fully. Students walk important years of life with us, in their choice. Treks, tours and community visits within and outside the country are some off-line events that help students redefine themselves, freshen up from the daily hustle-bustle life of the city while strengthening their network with school-mates and coming back with some new vigor for life as well as interesting stories to share with.

In our Focus on Education Policy Issues

John Dewey will be recognized as an emerging contributor to education policies and situations debate, addressing the major issues confronted by education and society (parenting). In this role, John Dewey will be one of the points for debate and discussion on such issues and the source of unbiased, high-quality advice and comment.

In Educational Effectiveness

The educational philosophy of John Dewey is that students are part of a community of scholars. Because the vast majority of John Dewey academic staff will be passionate educators with substantial training on progressive teaching models, education will be practice-based. John Dewey education will engage students and stretch them intellectually, encouraging them to question the norms – to ask “why” not only “how” and to discover through their own research. Educational excellence with the prime priority, John Dewey aims to create a holistic educational experience, unique in Nepal, which goes beyond the narrow confines of the classroom. The John Dewey educational advantage will consist of: > an engaging curriculum at both primary and secondary levels (Nepal government’s prescribed curriculum will definitely be followed as stipulated); > extended school involvement for students, including engagement in student-led club activities and wide range of co/extra-curricular activities; > innovative learning and teaching, including the appropriate use of technology; > parental involvement in uplifting school standards while providing platform for parenting education.

We strongly believe that equipping students with required knowledge and foundational clarity is too rudimentary. Now, we need to rise much higher. What is important is not how much knowledge our students have encompassed, but what they do with the knowledge they have gained. Skills such as Critical Thinking, Socialization, Adaptation, Initiation, Communication, Collaboration (working with others), and Using Technology are what students must develop through our teaching learning activities. And, to achieve these, our entire body of teachers, staff and even students themselves will be trained to get accustomed to activity-based practical education. Our core learning philosophies are: > All students learn, but not in the same way, at the same pace and at the same time. > Students learn best when they are engaged in some activities. > Each student should compete with self and cooperate with others. > Thinking critically and asking questions is more important than accumulating knowledge alone. > Social, emotional, creative and physical developments add to the all-round development of students. > Arts and research should be integrated into learning for students to be independent and creative.

In pursuit of these philosophies, > John Dewey will further enhance the school experience for all students, providing a richer experience and more opportunities for engagement. >John Dewey will provide an engaging teaching environment and an innovative curriculum.

Most of the times, the environment will be innovative and energizing for both staff and students. The contributions of highly skilled and dedicated general staff are critical to the future of the School and an essential element in the success of John Dewey in meeting the standards of excellence to which we are committed.

In our Staff

As members of a world-class progressive school, our academic staff must be widely regarded passionate educators and caring individuals. As an institution, John Dewey aims to attract, develop and retain the most outstanding staff from around the country and competent educators from abroad. The School must be among the first choices for high-performing staff. > We will amend our recruitment processes for all new academic staff from appointing the best candidate who meets a minimum set of criteria to one of searching for outstanding staff. This search process should continue until excellence is found. Every appointment will be regarded as of the utmost importance. > We will encourage and support staff to become progressive education philosophies/ techniques and participate in educational interaction. > We will continue to strengthen our recruitment, development and retention programs to ensure that John Dewey has the best possible general staff. > We will ensure that all staff are respected, talent is nurtured and supported, and staff enjoy a safe and engaging work environment. > We will ensure that staff appraisal and promotion processes equally reward excellence in education, professional expertise and service. > We will address any staff member’s grievances, concerns or suggestions with objectivity, sensitivity and priority. > We will have staff handbook that outlines policies relating to staff.

In Alumni Engagement

Our vision will be in the hands of our alumni who have walked their educational/ career journey with us. John Dewey aims to build a life-long relationship with our alumni. A student’s experience at John Dewey should be life changing and the relationship with the School must be enduring. As such, alumni relations should become an important element of School activities. Social gathering, successful giving and alumni involvement in school activities arises from the nurturing of relationships with alumni and activation of John Dewey Trust. Such engagement will require: > an enhanced investment by the School in alumni and development activities. > a structured approach to philanthropic giving across the country in areas deemed necessary by alumni. > an encouragement of alumni participation and interaction in appropriate events.

In National/ International Outreach and Networks

John Dewey feels the need to be well connected with other institutions. > John Dewey will develop an active set of national alliances where these links strengthen the School’s national role as well as build and enrich the educational mission and research activities of the School. > John Dewey will tie up with prestigious international organizations which raise the profile of John Dewey and benefit our stakeholders. > John Dewey will value public relations and encourage meaningful participation in media. In order to achieve these outcomes, John Dewey will develop a dedicated Relationship Office to co-ordinate activities across the School and provide a greater focus on national/ international engagement.

In Organization’s Effectiveness

Effective organizations need efficient organizational structures and clear policies and procedures to underpin their activities. The staff structure and value system are important for successful operations of the school. A special care, however, needs to be given on the use of advanced technology and eco-friendly operations to both reduce costs and increase effectiveness. > John Dewey will continue to develop its structure and ensure there are clear policies, procedures, reporting lines and accountabilities across the School. To work efficiently, such a structure requires: > clear organizational lines > clear policy guidance > efficient, integrated information/ record keeping systems. John Dewey will ensure that administration will be successfully measured against these criteria and is fit for purpose, across functions including: finance, development, human resources, research, student management and information services including learning support.

In Infrastructure

High-quality physical and technological infrastructures are critical elements of a world-class school. Such infrastructure includes the built environment of the school and the IT systems required for teaching and research. Access to the world stock of knowledge through libraries and innovative teaching spaces is essential to the delivery of engaging education. Provision of such infrastructure is, however, extremely expensive and requires careful planning, not only for its acquisition, but also its ongoing maintenance and ultimate replacement. John Dewey aims to be as strategic as possible in our infrastructure development, through: > developing a detailed Capital Management Plan to parallel the School Master Plan > communicating with shareholders, parents and/ or financial institutions for funds/ loan > planning and decision processes for developing the School’s information infrastructure and services which ensure that they are enabling, valued and shaped to support JOHN DEWEY objectives > continually examining opportunities to develop facilities John Dewey aims to provide a physical environment that meets world’s best sustainability practice with the intent that John Dewey will innovate and lead in school education sector.. >. The strategies for the future, as outlined in this plan, are based on the confident assumption that the BOD will continue to be supportive of the activities and infrastructure requirements to meet our goals outlined.