FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR ACEDEMIC YEAR 2017-18

What is Shishu Bharati and where is it held? 

Shishu Bharati School of Languages and Culture of India is a non-profit school having 3 branches located in Lexington, Nashua and Walpole. The school runs from September through June, with classes being held every Sunday (except Holidays) from 10:00am – 12:25pm. The school offers a KG program plus an 8 year well established Culture and Language program. The Languages offered at most branches are: Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu. In order to be eligible for KG enrollment at Shishu Bharati, the student must be 5 years old by 9/1 in MA, 9/30 in NH, 9/1-12/31 in RI. A Hindi class for Adults may also be offered as long as there is a minimum enrollment of 5 students and a teacher available.

Where can I obtain more information about the school, curriculum, policies etc.? 

You can find more information at www.shishubharati.net. The “Handbook” has the general curriculum guidelines and all important information you should know. You must also view the School Policies found in the Handbook before registering your child. Please note, however, that at this time, the information in the Handbook applies to the year 2016-17, and is subject to change for the year 2017-18. You may call 1-888-SHISHU-8 to speak to a Director, or e-mail us at the respective branch:

If you know of anyone who is interested in newly registering at Shishu Bharati, they should be asked to forward their e-mail addresses to the above noted e-mail accounts of the respective branch so that we can keep them posted as to the registration process and other details.

What is the procedure to handle registration of new and returning students? 

Students are to be registered online through the “Online System” link provided at www.shishubharati.net. Please see pages below for detailed registration instructions. Online registration for the 2017-2018 academic year will take place between July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.  All registrations after midnight on July 31, 2017 and before August 21, 2017 may be accepted if space is available, but will not be eligible for early bird discount. Online registrations will close on August 21, 2017 for the Lexington Branch only. Registrations for Walpole and Nashua branches will be open until all seats are filled

All online registrations will close on August 21, 2017. Registration requests after August 21st will need to be submitted via paper registration to the branch Registrar, noted below, and will be accepted on a first come first served basis after consideration of several factors and on a case by case basis. Space in most classes is limited, so you should register as soon as possible once the online registrations begin. Both new and returning students need to be registered online each year. Registration is not considered complete until full tuition payment is received by Shishu Bharati.

What if we are unable to register online due to travel plans? 

We maintain all registrations and grades online, and registering online provides parents with online ac-count access so that they can update any necessary information and access their child’s report card. We understand that a lot of families travel to India during the summer, and want you to know that the online registration process is quick and can be done from anywhere that you have access to the Internet. Credit card payments are also accepted online. If, and only if, you are going to be unable to register and/or pay online due to travel plans, you can send the branch Registrar, noted below, a paper registration form (will be provided upon request) along with a check for the full tuition amount, but such registration will only be considered effective on August 20th. This is to prevent unnecessary administrative workload on our volunteers. Please know that there is a chance that some classes may fill up before August 20th and that you may be put on a wait list, so it would be in your best interest to register online as soon as possible even if you have given us a paper registration and check. If giving us a check ahead of time, you will not be eligible for the early bird discount; so please make it to the amount of the regular tuition charges listed below, and post-date the check to August 21 2017. We will not deposit the checks until registration is completed online or August 24, whichever is later.

What are the registration and tuition charges for enrolling a child? 

The regular tuition charges, for 2017-18, are $425 per student ($775 for 2 siblings, $1,125 for 3 siblings). If registration is completed by July 31, 2017, early bird tuition charges of $375 per student ($725 for 2 siblings, $1,075 for 3 siblings) apply. The charges apply to the entire school year, which is about 30-33 weeks. There is a non-refundable registration charge of $75, per student, included in the total tuition charge. For withdrawals between October 31 and December 31 of the school year, 50% of the tuition charges are refundable, and for withdrawals after December 31, none of the charges are refundable.

Are checks for tuition fees to be collected at the time of registration? 

All tuition charges are to be paid at time of registration or earlier. Credit card payments are taken online immediately upon registration. Check payments should be mailed, to the specified address given below, and received by the Registrar within 5 days of the online registration date, for the registration to be considered complete. Please make check payable to “Shishu Bharati School” and mail to the following respective branch Registrar:

Lexington branch Registrar: Shishu Bharati Lexington, PO Box 32, Belmont, MA 02478 (617-909-3304)

Nashua branch Registrar: Shishu Bharati Nashua, 6 Doral Drive, North Chelmsford MA 01863 (857-891-6577)

Walpole branch Registrar:  Shishu Bharati Walpole, Neerav Jain, 18 Spruce Pond Road, Franklin, MA – 02038 (216-235-6129)

2017-18 ADMISSION GUIDELINES & ELIGIBILITY 

Culture Class Placement: 

KG Admission: Student must be 5 years old by 9/1 in MA, 9/30 in NH, 9/1-12/31 in RI

Culture 1: Student in 1st grade or higher in regular school

Culture 2: Student in 2nd grade or higher in regular school

Culture 3: Student in 3rd grade or higher in regular school

Culture 4: Student in 4th grade or higher in regular school

Culture 5: Promotion from Culture 4 only

Culture 6: Promotion from Culture 5 only

Culture 7: Promotion from Culture 6 only

Culture 8: Promotion from Culture 7 only

Shishu Bharati offers eight years of Culture curriculum to maximize the student’s knowledge of Indian Culture. It is highly recommended that the parents and students review the curriculum at the time of registering. Students may be admitted to a lower Culture Level if so desired by the parents and after consultation with the Principal and Assistant Principal of Culture.

KG Class Placement: 

Children who have not completed 5 years of age by September 30th, but who are enrolled in a Kindergarten Program outside Shishu Bharati is eligible to attend KG in Shishu Bharati. These children will be admitted the following year into 1st grade in Shishu Bharati upon furnishing proof of admittance into 1st grade in regular school. Failure to produce such proof will result in the children continuing another year in KG.

Language Class Placement: 

All new students will start at Level 1 in Language except when they successfully complete a proficiency test to get into a higher level but not to exceed Level 3. Returning students can be placed in a higher level than promoted to, only upon passing a proficiency test upon a recommendation from the teacher and approval by the Assistant Principal.

Please log on to www.shishubharati.net, and click on “Handbook” to view the current curriculum, and Policies. 

2017-18  ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS 

FOR NEW STUDENTS:

In order to register as a new parent and enroll your child/ren for the first time at Shishu Bharati, you will first need to create a parent online account with Shishu Bharati, and then complete an online registration form for each of your children being enrolled. Please follow the steps below to do so:

1. Go to www.shishubharati.net and click on “Online System.”

2. Click on “Create Account and fill in all required information (be sure to select “Parent” in the “Register As” drop down menu), and note down your Login ID and password for future use.

3. Please scroll down and read the school Policies and agree to the “Acceptance of Agreement.”

4. Complete all required information in the “General Information” screen- a) please ensure that you give us an Emergency phone number where you can be reached at during SB school hours, b) please ensure that you have input/updated, in this screen, the e-mail account at which you would like all official school announcements to be sent to.

5. Click on “Registration Forms” tab and select “New Student.”

6. Complete all required information in the “Student Information.” Please note that the e-mail input in this screen will be used by teachers for any class related communication. If you would like for this communication as well as all other official school communication to be received by you all at one e-mail address, please ensure it is that e-mail address that is input here.

7. If enrolling another child, click on “Save: Register Another Child” and follow instructions as above. If done enrolling all children, click on “Save: Proceed to Payment”

8. Agree to the Disclaimer that pops up, for each child enrolled, by clicking “OK.” If you hit “Cancel” the registration will be invalid, and you will have to register all over again.

9. On the “Payment Details” screen, either click on “Submit Payment by Check” if you will be mailing us a check (in this case, please note down the mailing address given for the branch you are enrolling your child); or complete all CC information and click on “Submit Payment by CC” if paying online with credit card (in this case, please only submit once and do not hit the back button until you get a payment confirmation.

10. At this point you are all done, except for mailing us the check if that is what you have selected. Please note that class placement will not be made until payment is received by us.

11. You can log in again, a week after this process is complete and payment has been made, to check for your child’s class placement. You can do so, by clicking on the “Registered Student Info” tab once logged in.

12. Please note that, as per the school’s policies, any new student in grade 1 and above will be placed in Language Level 1. If, after reviewing our Handbook (available online at www.shishubharati.net) for each level’s curriculum, you feel that your child is eligible to be placed in a higher Language level, please e-mail the applicable branch at lexington.admin@shishubharati.net, nashua@shishubharati.net or walpole@shishubharati.net to re-quest a placement test to be given to your child during the 2nd week after school begins.

13. E-mail us at the applicable branch at lexington.admin@shishubharati.net, nashua@shishubharati.net or walpole@shishubharati.net if you have any problems, questions or concerns.

14. Look for occasional e-mails from us or visit our website at www.shishubharati.net for any important announcements and please add the applicable branch e-mail address (mentioned above) as your “Trusted Sender” in your e-mail address book so that our e-mails do not go in your Spam/Bulk folder.

 

FOR RETURNING STUDENTS & THEIR SIBLINGS:

In order to register your child who is a returning student, and to register his/her sibling being newly registered this year, please be sure to use your currently registered account, by following the steps below:

1. Go to https://online.shishubharati.net

2. Sign in with your login information that you used last year (If you have forgotten your Login ID, please e-mail the applicable branch at lexington.admin@shishubharati.net, nashua@shishubharati.net or walpole@shishubharati.net and we will e-mail it to you. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the “Forgot Password” link and let us know at the above e-mail address if you do not immediately get the reset password in your e-mail account.

3. Click on “View/Update MyInfo” tab to update all current contact and other information- a) please ensure that you give us an Emergency phone number where you can be reached at during SB school hours, b) please ensure that you have input/updated, in this screen, the e-mail account at which you would like all official school announcements to be sent to.

4. Click on “Registration Forms,” “Returning Student,” and the ID of the student being registered and update all necessary student information, including current school grade. Please note that the e-mail input in this screen will be used by teachers for any class related communication. If you would like for this communication as well as all other official school communication to be received by you all at one e-mail address, please ensure it is that e-mail address that is input here.

5. Please scroll down and read all school Policies available here before proceeding.

6. If enrolling another child, click on “Save: Register Another Child” and if done enrolling all children, click on “Save: Proceed to Payment.” If newly enrolling another child, please select “New Student” on the next screen and continue as above.

7. Agree to the Disclaimer that pops up, for each child enrolled, by clicking “OK.” If you hit “Cancel” the registration will be invalid, and you will have to register all over again.

8. On the “Payment Details” screen, either click on “Submit Payment by Check” if you will be mailing us a check (in this case, please note down the mailing address given for the branch you are enrolling your child); or complete all CC information and click on “Submit Payment by CC” if paying online with credit card (in this case, please only submit once and do not hit the back button until you get a payment confirmation.

9. At this point you are all done, except for mailing us the check if that is what you have selected. Please note that class placement will not be made until payment is received by us.

10. You can log in again, a week after this process is complete and payment has been made, to check for your child’s class placement. You can do so, by clicking on the “Registered Student Info” tab once logged in.

11. E-mail us at info@shishubharati.net if you have any problems, questions or concerns.

12. Look for occasional e-mails from us or check our website at www.shishubharati.net for any im-portant announcements- please add the applicable branch e-mail address (mentioned above) as your “Trusted Sender” in your e-mail address book so that our e-mails do not go in your Spam/Bulk folder.