The new campus is planned for Grades 1 to 12 with 3 sections each – at full capacity of 950 children and approximately 200 personnel. This is being built on a 2.25-acre property, right in the middle of the city. We planned to have two separate buildings – one (Yemalur II) built for the PYP with Ground + 1 floor with a built up area of around 27,000 sq. ft., and the second (Yemalur I) Ground + 3 floors with a built-up area of approximately 90,000 sq. ft. along with a half Olympic size pool, a U8 football field, an 80m running track, a basketball court, and rooftop tennis courts.
We will move our existing children from the interim campus to Yemalur II in Term 2 (November) of AY 2015-16, and will be able to open doors to Yemalur I finally at the start (June) of AY 2016-17.
Location - No other international school or school catering to the higher end of the market; or indeed a school reputed for strong practice exists in a city center location. We believe that children should not have to commute 2 hrs each day, 5 days a week for 45 minutes of sports 3 times a week. Thus, the location of Neev Academy’s campus was chosen such, so as to set up a unique school model of smaller city campuses meeting the developmental needs of children without the trade-off of long commutes. For students and teachers.
The property, while in the middle of the city is in a verdant area, in close proximity of Bellandur Kere, one of the largest surviving man-made lakes. These lakes were built by Kempe Gowda the founder of Bangalore around 1500AD. From the second floor of the secondary school building we will have open views of this lake.
The property is situated on a road that is to be widened into a 60 foot wide connecting road intersecting the Intermediate ring road (IRR), and outer ring road (ORR). While there is no defined timeline for this road, the drainage works have been initiated for this already.
The location is well connected and close enough to all 5 of Neev’s preschools (Indira Nagar, Whitefield, Koramangla, Sadashivnagar and the newest one being set up at Queen’s road), so easily meets the needs of the same catchment that the preschools currently serve. Especially by the standards of most international schools (all the prestigious international schools of Bangalore are at least 20-25 kms distance from most Bangalore residential areas being located in the outskirts of the city). The central location offers a further advantage due to access to the city’s museums, community centers, municipal facilities, companies, etc. – specifically for Neev’s curriculum, which is centered on experiential learning and many field trips and expert visitors for talks for children on an almost daily basis.
The research exploring the relationship between building environment and student performance is vitally important in how we have designed our school campus. After all, children spend approximately 20,000 hours of their lives, which amounts to around 15% of their life up to the age of 18, within the walls of school buildings. In this time children need to absorb new learning every day, every minute, all the time in their time in school – something we take for granted as we hardly face new learning ourselves in our adult lives. Further, all students learn differently, through different stimuli, at different paces. All of this while schools have four times as many occupants per square foot as office buildings making elements like open space and ventilation very important.
In creating a school campus for our Grade School, we want to make sure our children not only feel safe, comfortable, challenged, inspired, and proud but much more. The design of the primary and secondary school is suited to the age groups and their needs.
The primary campus (Yemalur II) is designed much like a learning village, with flowing indoor-outdoor spaces which take advantage of the wonderful climate in Bangalore, to create learning spaces with lots of natural light and ventilation through multiple open courtyard interspersed with the classrooms, the primary library, performing arts and visual arts areas, etc. This is an environmentally friendly building with planning for water harvesting, alternate energy, etc., planned for grades 1-5, their teachers and administrative staff.