Dear Naveen and Sudha, It has been a very pleasant experience visiting your school. I absolutely love the design and the ambience of the school. I am sorry the students were not here today. I really admire the passion that both of you have and I am sure the school will go places under your guidance.
Thanks for all the information you have given me, and wish you all the best. May you have a long long time here and may the school grow from strength to strength. God Bless!
Principal, Vidya Mandir, Mylapore
There is a huge need in society today for thinking people with a long term focus to work in education. At the same time, when such people actually try to get into the field, they face many obstacles because quality is still not completely understood and appreciated yet. Under these circumstances, it is only a highly determined, highly committed fraction who are able to stay on, persist and eventually succeed. I have known Naveen and the efforts of Headstart (now HLC) for some years now – they are also a valued partner with us in Educational Initiatives. HLC ‘s commitment to individualized learning and quality of the education are both commendable and I really respect Naveen and HLC for that!
MD, Educational Initiatives
Thank you for the time and showing me around your beautiful school. It truly is a transformation since the first stone a year ago. It stands out and always will – for educational pedagogy, active learning, and student friendly approach. The interior and exterior are well suited for study and research purposes. Cambridge offers different study options and glad to see many syllabi (16) offered at HLC. My congratulations to Mrs and Mr Mahesh, Mr Naveen, the family at HLC, the students and teachers for making this an international school. We are very proud to be associated with your school. Best wishes.
Schools Development Manager, Cambridge International Examination
Quiet a place, you have here Naveen. Impressed by the design and the layout (as I walk in). Looks to be the place in this neighborhood set to take off. A vision well conceived and well implemented. Lovely children !!! Kudos!!. Lots of love and GOD BLESS.
Senior Principal, OMEGA School
A wonderful place for buds(children) to blossom. Very well planned school, you have a bright future. Hearty congratulations and very good luck.
IGCSE Coordinator, OMEGA School
Mrs. Christina Ratnam
Head, Pre-School Education
Education Programmes Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This quote is what brought me to HLC, waiting to be nurtured into a more confident and headstrong being. I fit in well with my peers and learnt to accept their way of life. As I hailed from a simple background I held strong ideologies about how an international school would be like, but I kept it to myself. I watched in shame and pride as the staff and the people around, proved me wrong. It is in HLC that I understood the art of true hard work and determination that gave me the strength to move forward and face other battles that lay ahead for me.
With the help of my teachers (to whom I still owe a lot) and of course the constant support of my parents and friends, I not only survived, but lived through a stormy year of my life and came out victorious. On my journey, I learnt to respect every form of being, every creation of god and to understand the true meaning of disability.
We all have disabilities, and the only way we can come to such a conclusion is to work and play with the Elina kids. I have encountered some harsh realities in life where people believe that the differently abled, both mentally and physically, have known only to be dependant. This reality of mine was deeply reconstructed as I joined HLC. The big bad world suddenly became a place where hope could bloom. It is through them that I developed an infuriatingly optimistic attitude to life and the art of patience .
This school, being a close knit community brought out the 5 year old kid in me and let me live again. Because living this life, is much more valued that surviving. I would love to thank all my superiors who are to my great pleasure, my friends and family for giving me an important lesson not only for my studies or exams, but also for life.
I am ever grateful for what you’ve done, and will never forget a second of this journey. I only hope that I get to relive this journey once more someday.
2012 A Levels
Current pursuing BA at Christ University
I’ve been at HLC for very long now and my IGCSE years were the most memorable. Everything seemed hard to do at first, when HLC switched from ICSE to IGCSE. At the time, I thought, “These lessons are too complicated, I hope that the exams aren’t difficult as well”.
But very soon after, I started to pick up this curriculum too, thanks to my teachers. I feel extremely fortunate to have studied this many years at HLC and also about opting for IGCSE. In my experience, HLC has been a school with a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE, it is a one-of-a-kind school, and I’m very grateful to the faculty and everyone here.
2011 IGCSE batch
Got 6 A* and CENTUM in IGCSE Sciences
My experience at HLC was really great. The students were all really nice to me and the teachers were good too. HLC cares about every student, and I really felt that in my classes. It seemed like the teachers actually cared whether I did well or not, which was a huge change from my previous experiences. The teachers and their teaching styles are devoted to making the knowledge easy to understand and take in for every student, which means that all the students have the opportunity to succeed. The students are able to be themselves and work at their own pace; this attitude towards learning also means that HLC is inclusive when it comes to children with learning difficulties. Overall, my experience was positive and it was a shame to leave.
2010 IGCSE batch
Got 5 A* in her IGCSE Exams
“Writing a testimonial for HLC is harder than I first thought – not because of lack of content but rather, too much of it! My association with the school goes back a long way to a time when I was one of four kids in the Kottivakkam school and I was one of the first to pass out of the school. The best testimonial I can offer is to honestly say that HLC and its teachers have moulded me in more ways than one. Teachers at HLC are called ‘Aunty’ and ‘Uncle’ but to me, they were truly my second family, my foster parents, my support system even today.
At HLC, it was not academic knowledge alone that I received. I received an education. I wasn’t taught Physics and History alone. I learnt tolerance, acceptance, teamwork and self-confidence. Though I’ve been to different schools both before and after, HLC will always be my school. Just like every other student, I was, am and always will be a proud Headstarter!”
2009 IGCSE batch (HLC’s first)
Got All-India Second Rank in IGCSE French and currently studies at IIT Madras, posted in Jan 2012.
The best part of the education at HLC is that students learn to become self-taught themselves. In all honestly I can confess that neither I or Chaithanya’s mother have sat beside him to teach him. Other than his early early years (which was before HLC) we left him to himself when it came to studies. Unless there was a dire need to help we never intervened. Till the 12’th Grade he almost worked on his own.
Subash S L (Chaithanya’s Dad)
When we took the decision to put our daughter, Aayushi into an International School following the Cambridge University syllabus after 10 years of CBSE based schooling, we did so with the knowledge that things would not be easy for her. We also were swayed by her enthusiasm in opting to be different. A visit to the school premises and brief interactions with the Principal, Director and faculty allayed whatever little doubts we had as to the process that would be followed in ensuring a productive two years at the school. The first year was admittedly tough for all concerned, what with our daughter taking her own time in finding the ropes. There were occasions when we had our misgivings about the pressure she was under and whether it was really worth it. It was at this stage that the experience, involvement and encouragement of the entire school faculty came to the fore and combined as one in gently but firmly guiding her through a challenging phase of her schooling. That she came through with flying colours can largely be attributed to the skill with which the school identified her weak areas and the manner in which it was corrected, Today, if we see a confident, enthusiastic and mature individual capable of making level headed decisions in all walks of life, the credit must, to a large extent, go to her two years at HLC International which shaped not just her thought process but her personality as well. We as parents would like to thank all of you at HLC for the tireless efforts in recognising her for what she was and helping in shaping what she is today.Please continue in your exceptional contributions towards shaping the future of this country.
Srinivasan T S
Parent of HLC
When we moved back to India, like may other parents, our biggest fear was finding the right school for our child, especially since he would be starting afresh in a new environment and also in upper middle school. After lots of research during our many visits to India, we finalized on three schools and reached out to all of them.
We then selected HLC from among these. From day 1, HLC has given us the warmth that we needed to move forward with our plans. From the onboarding process, to the one-on-one attention the children get and helping us parents to connect with and understand the strength of our child, the school administration and the student coordinators have exceeded our expectations. Now, having spent 4 wonderful years with the school, I can confidently recommend HLC to anyone looking to give their kids a positive learning experience.
Congratulations HLC on the achievements so far and I wish with all my heart for this wonderful leadership to continue FOREVER.
Parent of HLC since 2010
About teachers and children
- Teachers are capable, highly responsible and caring.
- They give personal attention to each child and take her along in learning.
- They share a healthy personal bonding with each child.
About teachers and parents
- Teachers communicate with parents, regularly and sufficiently through well-established, safe and always available communication channels.
- They are friendly and easily approachable.
- They are receptive to and serious about suggestions and feedback.
About what my children feel
- Teachers are friendly with us.
- They teach in a way we understand easily.
- They make learning fun and enjoyable, each moment.
- To make learning fun, they give activities.
- They get us involved in every activity.
- The school is safe and hygienic.
- We get enough light and air inside the classrooms.
- We have a big ground to run around and play.
- In short, school feels like a second home.
About learning experience
- Children learn by doing and by exploration; so the learning is deep and firm.
- Children are exposed to age-appropriate and sometimes even tougher challenges making faster growth a norm.
- Children are made to participate and perform in all curricular and extra-curricular events providing them opportunities for rounded growth.
- Children develop excellent reading habit and become independent in choosing, reading and comprehending books.
About teaching methods
- Teachers employ innovative methods, simple tools and relevant technology to deliver great learning results.
- They adopt effective processes guaranteeing consistent quality of teaching across teachers and classes.
- They collaborate with experts in the field of education to bring wider wisdom and superior learning experience to children.
About the facilities
- Neat lay out and ample space inside the school provide an excellent ambience for learning.
- Safe and comfortable bus transportation takes the distance concern off our minds, helping us focus on the kids’ learning and growth.
- The school has a rich library with easy borrowing and good reading facilities.
About the school management
- The principal and her team are forward thinking, in terms of what would make their children ready for the world of tomorrow.
- Through their professional management practices they are serious about building a sustainable framework of learning.
- They are approachable for parents, caring for the children while being committed and focused towards their mission.
Parent of HLC since 2004
Founder of UMoldIT
We greatly enjoyed our visit to HLC yesterday, to demonstrate Argentine tango to the children. Everyone was lovely, and the children were adorable. We were impressed on every level, from your creative solution to the dance floor dilemma, to the facility, to the students, to the intelligence and thoughtfulness of the curriculum.
Being involved in education ourselves, we found the openness of the curriculum refreshing. It recognizes that each child comes with their own strengths and weaknesses, and that a standardized focus on “outcomes” ultimately keeps the students from developing to their full potentials.
There is a generous spirit that pervades the school and the staff. You are engaged in a noble endeavor…what fortunate children! They are clearly in good hands.
Karl and Leslie McCauley
Performed Argentine Tango Dance at HLC on 1 February, 2012.
Very impressive, well informed children. Credit goes to HLC teachers and HLC’s Management. Wish all of you well on this special day (12/12/12).
Padma Bushan, Founder of Bharata Kalaanjali visited HLC on 12 December, 2012.
This school shows its beliefs very beautifully in every way, through its management, teachers, children and infrastructure. I loved its openness, transparency and simplicity.
Elina is a beautiful initiative. Looking forward to working with you.
Fellow, Ashoka Foundation visited HLC on 13 December, 2014.