Beyond 8 begins at Grade 9 and goes beyond Grade 12. Students will become eligible to enroll in Beyond 8 if they have completed Grade 8 in a school. We currently offer 4 offerings:
Because the current education system is broken. And it’s been like that for a long, long time. Our current school education system took shape at the time of the industrial revolution, over 200 years ago. It was designed to produce workers who would follow instructions, stay agreeable to their managers, and meet the tall demands of a newly industrialized world.
We need an education system that addresses children’s passions. An education system where the children are at the center. Where they're listened to. Beyond 8 enables young people to learn many things and in many different ways.
We’re not an alternate school, but an alternative to schooling. We focus on enabling passions, and not on institutionalising learners.
No. Although Beyond 8 does a lot more than ‘what schools do’, it also prepares students for Grade 10 and Grade 12 examinations.
Beyond 8 is a result of over 25 years of research and experimentation at Headstart Learning Centre (HLC) International School, Chennai. HLC is rated as one of India's most innovative schools and as India’s first Ashoka Changemaker school. Beyond 8 is an initiative from the founders of Headstart Learning Center, Chennai.
Beyond 8 learning centers are open between 9.00 am to 3.30 pm Monday - Friday. Students who wish to pursue their passions, train for a sport or art during the school working hours, will have complete flexibility to plan their time at the center, based on their availability. They will have the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and also avail the facility to attend sessions via video calls.
Beyond 8 is India’s First Fully-Heutagogical Learning System. In other words, a learning system that does what the school system is unable to do for learners. At a high level, Beyond 8 enables your child to :
Heutagogy is nothing but self-determined learning. Based on the philosophy knowledge sharing, in a Heutagogical learning system there is a strong emphasis on the following:
Conventional learning systems:
Beyond 8 is based on Heutagogical learning - a model of self-determined learning where:
Conventional schools force learners to just focus on their academics. While children are young, it allows them to be curious about the world, has many interests, learns at their own pace, and have fun learning.
But the minute they reach high school, it tells them the opposite; focus on one thing, learn it fast, and learn it only to get a job.
If a student wishes to pursue a passion such as sport, art or research, it forces them to choose either academics or their passion. Students with unconventional pursuits, such as sports, arts, music and other passions often give up their passion to pursue only academics.
Highly motivated students who wish to pursue their passions need an alternative that allows them to:
Beyond 8 does this and more.
Beyond 8 offers learners flexibility, more time, and more space to pursue their passions/interests.
Our learning facilitators begin their engagement with every learner with a Dream Mapping exercise along with his/ her parents. We map insights from the dream mapping exercise to build an individualized learning plan for each learner to help them pursue their academics and passions in a balanced manner.
No. Beyond 8 does not offer classes in sports and music. However, it enables learners to follow their passions unhindered through a flexible academic program. We don’t stop with just the academics but we offer them a holistic learning program that includes modules such as learning to learn, entrepreneurship, public problem solving, industry expert interaction sessions, and internships that will enable students to identify their Ikigai - so that they can lead meaningful lives.
Yes. Dream Mapping is the first step at Beyond 8. Dream mapping is nothing but a step by step process where a learning facilitator interacts with your child and you, to make an action plan. During the process, learners are welcomed to reflect on and answer questions about their desires, dreams, fears, characteristics, past, current & future needs. The parent joins the student to come together and give their inputs on these steps.
The information gained through this process leads to a vision of what the students hope and wants to achieve. The responses are mapped on a large sheet of paper, illustrating their desires. After completing the MAP, a personalized academic plan is arrived at to help the learner balance between the academic pursuits and their passions.
Dream mapping activity will be conducted periodically for each child, along with the parents. Outcomes will be shared and discussed with you.
Yes. Most of the time, children can’t identify their passions or interests because of lack of exposure. Beyond 8 addresses this “gap in exposure” not through Dream Mapping but a series of expert-led discovery sessions. We offer a series of courses in a variety of subjects, domains, and walks of life are made available to the students, outside of their academics to enable them to identify their areas of interest/passion. These programs offer early and much-needed exposure to arts, music, sports, alternative careers, gig economies, etc all while pursuing their academics.
The child’s interests/passions may change with time, exposure, evolution, and growth. At Beyond 8, our program will accommodate your child, irrespective of their changing passions/interests. Besides, our periodic dream mapping activity will help us get early insights into your child’s growing or changing aspirations and interests.
Well, that’s obvious. Also, remember that your child’s hobbies, passions, and interest areas may overlap or change with time, their growth, exposure, and evolution. You can be ready for that. Someone once said, “Allow your child’s indulgence but expose them to passions which are more aligned to their dream careers. Expose them to industry/domain experts whose opinions are more likely to change your child’s views.” So, other than being ready and being ready to accept that, we leverage dream mapping to identify what is your child’s desires right from the start of the enrollment.
Yes. Of course. One hundred percent, Yes.
Beyond 8 begins at Grade 9 and goes beyond Grade 12. Beyond 8 currently offers 4 years of high school education (Grade 9 to Grade 12) and a one-year bridge course for students who have completed grade 12 (gap year program).
Beyond 8 offers admissions throughout the year. There are no fixed windows to seek admission. However, admissions are subject to availability.
Yes. Beyond 8 offers all the flexibility and personalization that drives homeschoolers.
While there are no admission or entrance tests, we invite all applicants for a dialogue with our learning facilitators. This is to ensure that there is sync between what you are looking for and what we offer.
Currently, we have two centres in Chennai. We have a centre in Palavakkam, ECR, Chennai & in Karanai, OMR, Chennai. Two more new centres are opening later this year for the convenience of learners in other parts of the city.
Well, that is subjective. It has no definitive answer. It is a matter of opinion; your opinion. Evaluate it by asking yourself if you can lose by committing your child to a Beyond 8 year? Understand the founding principles and the people behind Beyond 8. Know that if at anytime you don't like our learning map for your child, you are not bound by any clause to continue with us and that your child can return to what your he was doing before. We stand by what we offer and endeavor to deliver exceptional learning opportunities that are currently unavailable anywhere. If you don't feel this is true upon experiencing what we do, you may withdraw with the full fee for that year, refunded back to you.
At the core of our academic program is an individualized and personalized learning plan. Therefore we admit only 30 students across different age groups. Beyond 8 classrooms are based on vertical grouping and cohorts. In simple words, they mixed-age classrooms that nurture thinking, problem-solving skills and improve social competences. Our classrooms offer opportunities for learners to work with a wider circle of peers. It also enables the facilitator to understand each learner’s needs and strengths better.
We plan our learning facilitators based on interests and subjects our learners wish to learn, in each of our centers. On average, we have 4 - 5 facilitators and 30 learners in each of our centres.
Our learning facilitators are our biggest assets. Unlike conventional schools, our facilitators don’t act like knowledge-holders but as coaches who nurture learners and guide them to a path of self-determined learning. List of our learning facilitators at each of centres are available here.
No. We do not offer canteen facilities or serve food at our learning centres. Learners are expected to carry their food. We encourage students to carry wholesome and nutritious food.
No. We do not offer transport facility. Given the flexibility we offer learners to decide their own learning time, we do not offer transportation facility.
Beyond 8 offers a series of industry expert-led modular courses to help learners get a glimpse into the many directions in which their lives can go and have the opportunity to be excited by the diversity of choices they have. We enable them with the freedom and fun, explore multiple interests, and in ways that prepare them for fulfilling lives, not only careers.
It is personalised, goal-oriented and timely. Combined with ample amount of peer learning opportunities, Beyond 8 leads to successful college and career readiness.
We offer high school programs in IGCSE, NIOS & Advanced Placement.
Each of these curriculums has its own benefits. You can choose the right curriculum by taking the right advice from your child’s learning facilitator.
Let’s make this very clear. There’s no such thing as an ‘average day’ at Beyond 8. Daily schedules are personalized based on each learner’s availability. Based on their chosen or identified passions, dream mapping activity, expert-led sessions, and flexibility desired, your child’s journey may comprise:
You can get detailed reports via an online student portfolio. Each child will have a portfolio that will consist of regularly updated inputs from various modules, such as academic preparation, MOOCs, entrepreneurship education, public problem solving, dream mapping, internships, etc. His/ her passion-related milestones and achievements will also be updated on the portfolio.
Think of this portfolio as an enhanced and detailed version of LinkedIn and Behance rolled into one!
Apart from access to the online portfolio, you can always schedule a meeting with your child’s learning facilitator anytime with a prior appointment.
Yes. Beyond 8 is designed to prepare students to lead a meaningful life and to prepare them for higher education beyond grade 12. Students who have completed grade 12 in Beyond 8 will have no problems getting admissions for higher education in Indian universities.
Yes. Beyond 8 offers IGCSE, NIOS & AP program which are firmly established and recognized worldwide. Currently, in India, there are over 300 schools offering IGCSE courses. It is well recognized in India as equivalent to Grade X and used as a preparatory level for A-Level, International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) or State HSC. It is also equivalent to the Grade 10 examination of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle year program of the IB.
Beyond 8's efforts in instilling interests/passions move in tandem with your child achieving their academic milestones mandated to fulfill the criteria of educational boards, such as IGCSE, AP and NIOS. Therefore, an exit from Beyond 8 can lead to any educational institute or school that supports IGCSE or NIOS syllabus/learning.