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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a large 300 seater seminar and conference hall for large events at the school.
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.
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.
There are two meeting rooms on the campus. Both are ICT enabled and can be used for multiple purposes by members of the school.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: