The school offers programs for children as well as adults. In most subjects, classes for adults are held separately. Children should be at least 5+ years old for admission into any course. Upon sufficient request, classes can be arranged in groups as well as on an individual basis on days other than Sundays. On Sundays, all classes are scheduled between 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM on the school premises.
The school year is divided into three semesters of about fourteen working days. The Fall semester is from mid September through the end of December. The Winter semester is from January to the end of May. Summer session consists of six working days in July and August. Holidays and the beginning and ending semester dates are announced at the commencement of each semester. Effort is made to announce snow closings (if any) on the radio as well as by phone.
India school Inc. offers several levels of instruction in Hindi. Upon sufficient demand, classes in Bengali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu can be arranged. In all language instruction, reading, writing and speaking skills are equally emphasized. The school uses and provides credible textbooks and resources for its students.
Hindustani vocal and instrumental music are taught in small group classes. Instruments currently taught are harmonium, keyboard and tabla. Among dance forms, we offer Kathak and folk dance classes. Theory, as well as practice, are taught according to classical traditions. Classes are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The students bring their own instruments to the class. The school also, whenever possible, sells and rents instruments and can generally help students in procuring required instruments. Each period is 70 minutes in duration.
India School students participate in cultural activities organized in the Washington metropolitan area and also present a program of music, dance and plays at the end of the school year. India School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race or sex or on any other ground in its educational and other activities.
Registration for the academic year commences in September. Those seeking admission are requested to call India School at (301) 654-6915.
The tuition is modest but varies from subject to subject. On average, fees for fine arts classes range between $20-$25 per hour and fees for language classes range between$10-12 dollars per hour. Tuition is payable in full for a semester of approximately 15 hours. The registration fee is $25. There maybe a small charge for snacks which are provided by the School each Sunday and at the Annual Program. TUITION IS NON-REFUNDABLE UNLESS NOTICE IS GIVEN WITHIN FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES.
Discounts & Scholarships
Embassy staff and India School Inc. staff or their children are given tuition concession for Hindi courses. India School also awards scholarships in the form of free tuition in Hindi for two students every year. Family discount is also available for 3 registered family members of 10 dollars. Please note that discounts cannot be applied to online registration, and if you qualify for one, please let us know so we can apply the credit to your account after registering.
Certificates & Awards
Credits from Montgomery County Public Schools
High School students enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools can earn a ½ elective credit for studying Hindi and other cultural subjects. India School Inc. has been approved to recommend eligible students to receive such credits. Interested students must inform the school in December or May to acquire these credits.
Credits from Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County High School students enrolled at India School Inc. can also receive 2 foreign language credits from Fairfax County. Hindi students must inform the school authorities of their desire to receive such credits so that they can be coached to complete the county requirements successfully.
Government of India Certificate and Diploma Course
Students who are able to read and write Hindi and/or have completed beginner, intermediate and advanced level courses at India School Inc. can register for the Hindi Certificate Course in July of each year.
India School Inc. Certificates
All students who have completed 100 or more hours of study at India School Inc. in their chosen field will be awarded a certificate.
India School is a duly established non-denominationa and not for profit tax-exempt organization