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Welcome to the Mahindra International School (formerly known as the Mercedes-Benz International School or MBIS)

Mahindra International School (formerly Mercedes-Benz International School) was founded in 1998, and is a well-established, non-profit school serving Pune’s expatriates, repatriating Indian families and globally minded Indian families who wish to offer an international education to their children.

Currently, 30 nationalities are represented in a student body of approximately 360 students. Our diverse community shares a common Mission; To promote learning, encourage responsibility and celebrate diversity”. We are proud of the reputation our school has earned over the past 20 years and we are pleased that you are considering becoming a part of our expanding community.

Our teaching faculty and administrators are amongst the finest in the world, sought after by the very top international and independent schools. The faculty are innovative and growth-oriented using best practices in our state-of-the-art learning spaces. Our community of learners, including our faculty, are equipped to be 21st-century global citizens with a passion for life-long learning.

Mahindra International School has been an IB World School since its foundation and is authorized to offer all the Programmes, the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Our curriculum, textbooks, instructional materials, and teaching methods are among those found in the top international and independent schools worldwide.

The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The language of instruction is English.

Your inquiry is important to us. If there is a possibility your family will move to Pune or if you are considering an IB education for your child, please contact me, Priti, at admissions@misp.org to receive further information about the admission process.

As a mother myself, I understand that settling your children in the right school is a top priority. Our students are safe and secure, challenged, encouraged to take risks, and grow to their full potential while developing life-long learning skills and building long-term relationships. I additionally understand the significance of finding a supportive community for you as a parent in Pune. I look forward to beginning this process with you and making it as smooth and transparent as possible.

I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Priti Satpute

Through programmes that promote learning, encourage responsibility and celebrate diversity, Mahindra International School provides a co-educational environment for the holistic development of students. MIS is a not-for-profit school with a richly diverse international community and a low student-teacher ratio.

MIS offers a concept-driven and inquiry-based curriculum. We believe in education that stimulates intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and problem solving and allows students to be continually challenged at an appropriate level. The curriculum is structured in a way that enables students to become independent, well-balanced, active and caring members of society.

Admissions Policy: Admission to Mahindra International School is open to students of all nationalities who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the challenging programmes offered by the school. Mahindra International School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policy, athletic and other school administered programs.

The decision whether to admit a student will be made after an evaluation of prior school records, our own diagnostic placement tests, a review of special learning needs within the context of the school’s resources, and available space in our school. Admissions will be determined by an admissions committee at each divisional level based on an evaluation of whether MIS can meet the learning needs of the student. The admissions committee will consider the follow elements in deciding whether to admit a student;

  • Academic preparation
  • Social, emotional, physical and cognitive readiness
  • Meeting all admission procedures and qualifications
  • Meeting all financial obligations

Availability of space in the grade the parent is seeking admission to

Admissions Process and Placement

Mahindra International School works directly with families on the admissions process. While we do understand that a relocation agent may be supporting you in your transition to Pune and in finding the best school for your children, it is important that all applications and communication are received directly from the family and not through any third party.

All admissions to Mahindra International School are on first come first served basis. The admission procedure for the new school year begins in the month of January and you are advised to contact the school admissions office as early as possible.

Students come to the Mahindra International School from many different countries, differing school calendars and age-cut off dates.  After careful consideration of an applicant’s age, school records, and academic history, students are placed with consideration given to the school’s curriculum, standards, and expectations, as well as performance on any diagnostic test the school may wish to administer.

Applicants from countries whose school year calendar finishes during December-March (ie. Southern Hemisphere, Japan and Korea) will continue for an additional semester in the grade most recently completed.  The guiding principle is to ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate learning environment.

The School recognizes that there may be differences in opinion of parents or students regarding grade placement as a result of a transfer from a different educational system, different program of studies, or a system based on a different calendar year.

The Mahindra International School (MIS) reserves the right to make all final determinations regarding grade placement.

 Age and Grade Placement

The age-cut off at the Mahindra International School is September 1st.

Early year 1/ Preschool 1: Students must turn 3 on or before September 1 of the year of attendance.

Early year 2 / Preschool 2: Students must turn 4 on or before September 1 of the year of attendance.

Early year 3 / Preschool 3: Students must turn 5 on or before September 1 of the year of attendance.

PYP 1 / Grade 1: Students must turn 6 on or before September 1 of the year of attendance.

Mahindra International School is an inclusive school and has a small department to help a limited number of students having special needs.

The School deserves the right to deny admission without giving any reason.

  • All admission applications are accepted through our online application portal, OpenApply. The link to the system is below and you will be able to create your own login once you visit the site.
  • Admissions applications are complete only after all elements have been completed and the requested supporting materials uploaded.
    • School records for two years in a single PDF file
    • Copies of parent’s passport,
    • Confidential Recommendation form from the current school
  • Upon receipt of the complete application and documents, the school finance office will mail you the invoice for the application fee.
  • The Admission form and supporting documents are reviewed upon receipt of the application fee, and diagnostic assessments, meetings and or skype interaction (for students not in the country) will be scheduled for admission to MYP 1 and onwards.
  • If offered a place in the school, the seat is reserved or confirmed only on payment of the admission fees.
  • All admissions applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis and seat will be offered based on the availability in each class.

For admissions contact the school admission office at admissions@mbis.org

Application Fee

A fee of INR 5000 per child is payable upon receipt of a complete application and all supporting documents. This is a non refundable amount. Once your application form is complete and your supporting documentation uploaded, you will be invoiced for this amount.

Admission Fee

Once the school offers admission to a family, you will be invoiced for the Admissions fee of 200,000 INR per child for a maximum of 2 children. For children entering the Early Years (3-5 yr olds), the payable amount is 20,000 INR with the balance payable on entry to PYP 1.

The Admission Fee serves to secure your child’s place in the school after being granted admission.

Annual Tuition Fee

The annual tuition and fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Trustees and the PTA. The tuition amounts vary according to category, and age of the child. The approved tuition fee structure is different for Indian and expatriate students. The fee charged will depend on the nationality of the parents as recorded in their valid passports. The Indian fee structure will be applicable to a student if at least one of the two parents’ is an Indian passport holder. For this purpose, the parents’ passport will be the deciding document.

There is a 10% sibling discount for the first sibling (family with 2 children) and an additional 20% for the second sibling (family with 3 children).

All fees are collected in Indian Rupees and are payable to our bank accounts (details below).

In general, the annual tuition fee covers the majority of school expenses including the IB Programme fees, exam fees, educational field trips, learning resources, text books, and extra-curricular activities.

Participation in competitive sport teams, Model United Nations, international excursions and some specialized extracurricular activities offered by outside providers come at an additional cost.

The School retains the right to change the fee structure.

Download Fees Structure for Academic Year 2019-20

 

Payment terms

Enrollment is subject to payment of all applicable fees by the dates specified. For students enrolled after official payment dates, all fees are due immediately upon receipt of invoice. Regardless of any arrangements between parent and employer concerning payment of school fees, the parent is always responsible for the child’s school fees. All fees are due and payable in Indian Rupees (INR) only, on the dates specified.

Payment may be made by a cheque, wire transfer or credit card. Information for making payments is available on your invoice.

Late payments

Late payment charges will be assessed for each student if payment has not been received within 30 days of the due date. The current late payment charge is calculated at 2% per month of the payment due and will be calculated monthly.

Students enrolling after the start of the year

A student enrolling late pays the remaining part of the term and any remaining terms of this academic year and an additional 12%. From then the annual payment will be made in the normal way.

Students leaving early

A student leaving early similarly forfeits the balance of the fees for the quarter that the enrollment ends and other levied charges.

School information that you will want to know from day one!

School Timing – When does the school start and end?

Mahindra International School operates 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.  The general school timings are 8:10 am to 4:20 pm.

Early years 1/ Preschool 1 – 8:10 to 12:00 pm

Early years 2/ Preschool 2 – 8:10 to 2:30 pm

Early years 3/ Preschool 3 – 8:10 to 2:30 pm

Primary school – 8:10 to 2:30 pm

Secondary School –  8:10 to 3:10 pm (and 8:10 am – 2:20 pm on Wednesdays)

The School offers an After School Activities program that is conducted as below

Primary School – 2:30 to 3:10 pm

Secondary School – 3:10 to 4:20 pm

Lunch – Do you have a school cafeteria?

Lunch is available to all students at an extra cost within a spacious and well-equipped cafeteria. Meals are prepared onsite daily in a modern and fully equipped catering kitchen by a professional catering company.

Careful attention is paid to providing balanced meals and a daily variety of both Western and Asian options. Food storage, presentation and disposal are closely monitored according to international hygiene and food safety standards.

Menus are updated on a weekly basis on the school website.

The school cafeteria does not provide snacks and parents are requested to send students with healthy snacks for morning break from home, filtered and treated water is provided in the water dispensers located in school. Students are required to bring their own refillable water bottles.

Students are welcome to bring their own lunch, microwaves are provided in the school cafeteria, should the student need to warm their own lunch.

Transportation – Do you have a school bus service?

The School operates and manages a fleet of 15 school busses that provide transport to students for a fee. The details of bus routes, pick-up and drop-off points, time schedules are provided by the School at the time of admission of students, should the student decide to enroll with the school transport system.

Transport is allocated on first come first served basis.

For security reasons we do not publish the bus routes and as per school policy we service only arterial routes and do not service by lanes or society compounds thereby increasing the efficiency of the school transport system.

Student and Family IDs – How do you handle student IDs and entry to the school?

All members of our community must carry and display a school ID card. Upon admission, the student, parents and a designated care giver are provided with ID cards for entry in and out of school. These must be carried by the student on a daily basis. These ID cards are RF enabled and allow us to track exactly who is on campus, riding the buses or eating lunch.

The cost of replacing a Lost/Damaged ID card is INR 850

Medical Needs – Do you have a school nurse or doctor?

The health and safety of our students is important to us.  The medical center is suitably equipped and is staffed by a qualified and experienced nurse who is on duty every day during normal school hours. Three times per week, we have a school doctor visit campus. Our medical center handles routine scrapes and bruises, sniffles and stomach upsets. No medications are administered to students without direct parent permission.

For medical emergency or a need for expert intervention the School refers to a leading hospital in Pune located just a kilometer away. In the case of any emergency involving your child, you will be contacted immediately.

The medical center maintains high standards of hygiene and a well-documented system of students’ health records.

Our school teaching and non- teaching staff undergo first aid training.

Uniforms – Do we need to buy school uniforms?

Mahindra International School students wear our school uniform every day. Students are expected to take pride in their personal appearance and to conform to all rules governing the school uniform.

The school uniform is a white cotton t-shirt available in two designs – round neck and polo t-shirt and can be purchased from the school store. The bottom for both boys and girls should be comfortable and respect the host country culture. No frayed or torn jeans are allowed. More information on the Uniform policy and guidelines can be found in the Student Handbook.

For PE lessons students are required to wear the PE uniform, these are available in the school store and need to be carried for PE lessons.  A swim kit consisting of a swimming costume (one piece for girls) and cap and goggles is required for swim lessons. These can be purchased at local sports shops and in many shopping malls.

Students studying in the Diploma Programme do not have to wear the school uniform but are expected to dress appropriately for school.

In no cases may a student wear clothing that includes messages about drugs, alcohol or tobacco.