HLC aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We wish to encourage our students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

From Headstart to HLC International

Headstart was established as a nursery and primary school in 1995 by Mrs. Sudha Mahesh. In the 22 years since then, the institution has grown into HLC International – one of India’s top schools, offering quality education that shapes the lives of bright young children at all grade levels. HLC International is also one of the first Ashoka Changemaker schools in the country. At HLC, we have pioneered a new individualized learning program that emphasizes skill-based learning, and uses a wide range of teaching methods – debates, discussions, role-play, simulations and modeling techniques – all of which engage children fully in learning by experience.

HLC’s history has been one of continuous growth; back in 1995, we began as Headstart Nursery and Primary school. Since that time, we’ve reimagined learning and learning environments significantly. In 2009, we rebranded ourselves as HLC International and relocated to Karanai, near Shollinganallur (off OMR) offering the IGCSE syllabus of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).


HLC’s work is guided by a few key principles:

  • Child-centric education: Children learn in many different ways – by seeing, by listening and by doing. The teaching methods used in the school take advantage of this breadth. We have created a child-centric program that is focused on the individual learning needs of each child, giving every one of them the opportunity to learn in a manner that is best suited to them.
  • Working closely with parents: Children learn better when the environment of learning at the school is aligned with that at home. At HLC, the parents of the students are invited to interact with the teachers as well as to participate actively in the school’s affairs to bring about unison in what they seek for their children and what HLC offers.
  • Respect for diversity: HLC is an integrating and inclusive school. Children at HLC come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and we work hard to cherish and support each of them.
  • Transparency: Above all, HLC believes in transparency. We share with the parents detailed information on how the school runs, the new techniques and ideas we are working on, the likely benefits of our efforts, and much more. We believe that we are in a research-led environment, and we therefore embrace a culture of open-ness that fosters learning for all – not only the children, but also teachers, administrators and parents.


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