Facilities

Our Facilities

Classes

Classrooms at Northstar are important locations for learning activities to happen. At Northstar our classrooms are not traditional. Each classroom is designed to be as flexible as possible in terms of the types of activities that it can support. All classes are ICT enabled with projectors, screens and Wi-Fi. Classes have green spaces on both sides which are used by students and teachers for learning activities.

Library and Resource Centre

The Library and Resource Centre (LRC) at Northstar is community space for all members of the school. The LRC is designed to support silent and individual learning as well as group work. The LRC has its own large courtyard which is a great discussion and exploration space.

Courtyards

Each classroom at Northstar has access to courtyards on both sides. While sitting in the classroom, students can see green spaces on both sides giving a pleasing atmosphere to the class. Teachers and students can seamlessly transition between the ”indoor” class and “outdoor” gardens between classes and even during the same class.

Grand Court

The Grand Court at Northstar is the centre of all activities in the academic block. The grand staired courtyard is accessible from two floors and all classes.

Studios

At Northstar, we give equal importance to sciences and math on one side and humanities and arts on the other. We have designed learning studios for various visual, performing arts and media arts including music, dance, art, theatre, media creation, etc. These studios are flexible spaces and can be used for multiple purposes.

Conference Hall

We have a large 300 seater seminar and conference hall for large events at the school.

Laboratories

We have established highly advanced science laboratories for all grades with advanced equipment appropriate for international curriculum. In addition to the labs on Northstar campus, our students have access to some of the most advanced laboratories in the country through our agreement with the neighbouring university to access their campus.

Computer Centre

The computer centre at Northstar houses the most modern computing equipment. The computer centre supports many school academic functions and houses equipment for media production as well.

Meeting Rooms

There are two meeting rooms on the campus. Both are ICT enabled and can be used for multiple purposes by members of the school.

Faculty Rooms

The school is equipped with  a large faculty room with individual teacher desks as well as space for collaboration. However, most of our teachers will be found around the campus engrossed in experiential learning 🙂

Outdoor area Play areas

We have multiple play areas for Elementary, Middle and High School students. Apart from these dedicated play areas, our entire campus is open for play and exploration.

Grand Plaza

Upon entering the school campus, visitors are greeted by the Grand Plaza. This massive plaza serves a central campus organizing feature. It also acts a main area for large school gatherings and drop off area for cars and buses.

Sports Areas

Northstar places high importance on sports and play as a key element in learning experience. We have built professional standard sports fields including Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Athletics, etc. We also have spaces for traditional Indian sports such as Kabaddi and Kho-kho.

Swimming Pool

Our Main Campus has a large swimming pool. Apart from recreational purpose, the pool is large enough to serve as practice pool for professional grade swimming for students who wish to pursue swimming as a sport. Swimming pool is maintained by trained staff and life guards are on duty whenever students use the pool.

Camping Site

The Northstar campus is spread over 15 acres of landscaped land, a large part of which is to be established as a green and wooded area. A large part of the campus will be established as a thickly wooded area for camping and outdoor activities. This will be a unique space where students can organize camps and other outdoor explorations within the campus.

Walking Trail

As part of the landscape design of the Northstar campus, a walking trail meandering around the campus has been planned. Students and teachers can take thoughtful walks around the campus while reflecting on their learning.

Our Facilities

The school architecture transcends the boundaries between inside and outside. The entire building merges seamlessly with the surrounding landscapes and greens. Even within the school, each class has courtyards on both sides. The first floor studios have “live walls” with climbing ivies on either side.

 

While designing the learning spaces at Northstar we analysed the current assumptions about learning and students that institutions make. These are:

  • Learning only happens in classrooms.
  • Learning only happens at fixed times.
  • Learning is an individual activity.
  • What happens in classrooms is pretty much the same from class to class and day to day.
  • A classroom always has a front.
  • Learning demands silence and the removal of distractions.
  • Classrooms should have as many chairs as possible.
  • Students will destroy or steal expensive furnishings.
  • Students need to be confined to their chairs for learning to take place.
  • Students are all small, young, nimble, and without disabilities.

These assumptions about classrooms and learning spaces in general are in complete disagreement with our learning philosophy. Northstar learning environment is completely opposite of these assumptions. Our design approach is hinged upon the understanding that:

  • Learning happens anywhere (inside and outside the classroom)
  • Learning happens anytime: during class time, play time, breaks etc.
  • Learning individually is one of many other learning formats including group learning, lecture, individual reflection, etc.
  • Learning varies immensely between different subject groups and student groups.
  • Teachers are guides and mentors, not occupying the central role of a knowledge disburser. Hence classes are not designed with teachers taking the centre stage.
  • Classes and learning spaces should be vibrant and full of sensory cues to stimulate curiosity.
  • Classrooms should be flexible to accommodate individual learning, group learning, lectures, project work, play, etc.
  • Campus culture should be case don mutual trust and responsibility.
  • Physical movement enhances learning experiences.
  • Learning spaces should be designed keeping in mind physical and mental needs of diverse body types including special needs students.