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Letter from CEO
Dear Families,

It is my great joy and privilege to welcome you to Ascend International School.

Throughout my life, my family and I have been devoted to creating educational opportunities for children in India. Nearly 70 years ago, my grandfather began the Kasegaon Education Society (KES) with one school in a small village 300 kilometres from Mumbai. Today, KES has grown to encompass 39 educational institutions across the state of Maharashtra. My family has continued to expand on their interest in educational philosophy and their commitment to the field of education. Ascend International School is the result of this longstanding commitment to excellence in education.
Aditya Patil : CEO
As a student growing up in our Indian school system that offered a traditional model of education, (rote memorization, teacher lectures from the front of the class and overt pressure to perform) I am acutely aware of the need for the expansion of our educational philosophy and learning opportunities for children in India. India is a multi-faceted society that requires creative leadership and innovative direction, and education must address these needs and adapt to the changing need of the world around us.
Today, some of the best minds in the world are focusing their attention toward schools and learning. We now know that to be successful in an ever-evolving world means children must learn how to learn. It is important for children to move beyond traditional methods of education to begin to learn how to access resources, evaluate information and critically analyze data. Interacting in an internationally minded community means children must develop effective communication skills, be able to think flexibly, entertain multiple perspectives and collaborate to build upon a collective body of knowledge.
Looking back on my own schooling, I was one of the students who proceeded with the assigned work even though I now realize that I didn't fully understand the complexity of what I was being asked to perform. I look back on the feelings of pressure that this situation created for me in my daily schooling experience. Since that time, I have travelled worldwide, looking for innovative educational models in which the curricula and teaching philosophy works for a wide variety of student learning styles. I am compelled by a model like Ascend International School that inspires students to develop a love of learning. AIS challenges students academically and socially and at the same time alleviates the internal pressure that students are at times left holding in traditional rote learning environments across the world.
At Ascend International School, our mission informs everything we do. From our individualized curriculum to our state-of-the art facilities, each piece of our community is designed with intention. Our students are the beneficiaries of this thoughtful design. They learn, create and play in the unique spaces on our campus, designed by teachers and architects, that promote curiosity, collaboration and innovative thinking. Here, students gain a deep understanding of concepts and build fluency with academic skills that are imbedded in the researchdriven curriculum developed by our knowledgeable faculty. They foster friendships, learn how to listen deeply and express themselves confidently through the purposeful design of our multi-age, collaborative classrooms. They learn to take risks, ask questions, entertain multiple perspectives and reflect on their process through the guidance and modelling of teachers who are passionate about learning.
Meaningful learning is the dream that has led me to work tirelessly to bring the vision of Ascend International School to life. It is the same commitment we bring to creating an education that offers your children the opportunity to foster their passions, recognize and develop their intellectual and social gifts and successfully engage the global community around them. I invite you to come and experience the innovation and energy of an AIS education.
Aditya Patil
CEO, Ascend International School
5, ‘F’ Block, Opp. Govt. Colony, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai - 400051, India
T:+91 02271222000     Email: admin@ascendinternational.org
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