Two decades of inspiring and transforming dreams into reality
- 9 June 2022
Oakridge International School, Gachibowli, was established in 2001, at the start of a new millennium, when the 21st century ushered global awareness, a priority for social and academic success. The landmark institution was envisioned to meet the ever-growing expectations of parents in the era of globalization and to build a community of global learners.
THE LEGACY SCHOOL
Tummala Naga Prasad and Yarlagadda Rajasekhar Babu started Oakridge, a pioneering IB school in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, under the visionary guidance of dynamic educationist Shomie Das. Soon, 5 schools were set up across India, upholding the same ethos, culture and international standards.
“The successful completion of 20 years is testimony to the vision and dedication of the promoters, teachers and staff and the faith of parents in Oakridge and it’s educational philosophy. I am sure Oakridge will continue serving the city of Hyderabad with innovative teaching and learning , under the guidance of Nord Anglia Education” says Shomie Das, who continues to be the Education Advisor for all Oakridge International Schools.
BUILDING A GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
In 2019, Oakridge became a part of Nord Anglia Education (NAE) group which spans across continents and cultures. This association has created excellent global opportunities for students to learn, collaborate and compete globally through Global Campus, an exclusive platform. NAE collaborations with MIT and UNICEF have further broadened the horizons for the students to explore and learn with experts, thus helping them stay ahead.
“Oakridge International School, Gachibowli has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for 20 years. Congratulations on all the success achieved academically, personally and collectively for all of the students, staff and families who form the school community. Here’s to the next 20 years of success,” says Brian Cooklin, Managing Director, Nord Anglia Education India.
MILESTONES IN ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Oakridge, Gachibowli has consistently been named ‘No.1 International School in Hyderabad’ for the past few years and ‘No. 1 School in Online Education’ in Times Education Rankings. The prestigious institution has also been identified among the ‘Top 10 International schools of India’ and ‘Top 5 Schools of the State’ according to other surveys by renowned organizations.
Year after year, Oakridge students have proved their competency and set the bar high with outstanding academic results across curricula. Nikhil Jain was the first Oakridger who has the honour of scoring a perfect score of 45 in IBDP in 2015. Since then students have consistently achieved the perfect score, with a record-breaking four 45s in 2021 results. Whereas Vasana Srivasan was CBSE AISSE state topper in 2020 with a 99% aggregate.
Oakridge is honoured to have 40 students placed in Ivy-league universities and over 500 students placed in top-ranked universities worldwide, further preparing them for the best of workplaces.
Avnish Kumar, Managing Director, NEERUS Group, an Oakridge Alumnus of class 2008 says “As every parent wanted to give the best education to their child, they wanted me to change guard after Grade 6. I was fortunate back then as they chose Oakridge in 2002, the only promising International School at that time with a holistic approach for a New Age Student in Hyderabad. As an alumni I can say whatever I am today professionally, it’s due to the strong foundation of Oakridge Group in my High School. I always like to be the First or the only in what I do professionally, this mantra maybe started long back when even my school was the First or the Only of its kind”.
ACKNOWLEDGING AND ACCEPTING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Community service is the soul of Oakridge and compassion is inculcated among students right from early years education, so they strive for the betterment of the society. Through the Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with UNICEF, Students at Oakridge work on projects embedding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The student body has positively contributed toward social impact programmes like Habitat for Humanity, arts and sports events for differently abled, free medical camps for students of government schools, Spoorthi to educate the underprivileged, wellness programmes for women, Give Way to Ambulance, lake cleaning, tree plantations drive, rural development foundation and other community outreach programmes.
Shalini Samuel, CAS Coordinator, Oakridge, says, “The feeling of giving back is unparalleled. Our students, grow as compassionate individuals, learning right from early years that life is well lived when it is lived for others.”
TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Cutting-edge educational technology and facilities designed to ignite the imagination of children makes Oakridge way ahead of the schools of its time. Through the NAE collaboration with MIT, students hone the problem-solving skills required to meet the challenges of future through a series of in-school STEAM challenges.
Oakridge was a frontrunner in Hyderabad to conduct Model United Nations in 2012, to make school students aware of UN policies and approaches to combat world issues. Programmes like Verdantus, TedX, leadership camps, adventure camps, Oxford summer courses, Columbia programme, cultural immersive learning through SGLI, student exchange programmes and international and national trips have nurtured global learning and strengthened the values of Oakridgers. Shailima Kalvakuntla, mother of Himanshu Kalvakuntla Rao, a student of DP1, said, “Congratulations to all teachers for hardwork and dedication over the years. Your contributions are not overlooked, even if we don’t always express how thankful we are to you.”
PROMOTING SPORTING TALENT
With the right kind of support and encouragement, excellent sports infrastructure, dedicated coaches and immense support from the academic staff, Oakridge has nurtured impeccable sporting talent over 2 decades. International champions from the school include Amita Gondi and Rohan Gondi (Squash), Rishith Reddy (Cricket), Ayush Rudraraju and Shreya Kollipara (Shooting), Sahithya Vedera and Aayush Bhatt (Tennis), Dhyan Arjun (Badminton), Subhash Chintalapati, Ayush Arumalla and Rohan Mallidi (Basketball).
TEACHING FACULTY AT THE BEST
Teachers at Oakridge, Gachibowli are passionate about teaching and mentoring students into responsible future-ready citizens. Nord Anglia Education provides a unique platform for its faculty to upgrade skills and expertise through a world-wide network of teachers at Nord Anglia University (NAU).
“We all feel a sense of pride and accomplishment on reaching the 20-year milestone. We have created a legacy of talented and successful alumni and we continue to grow and evolve. I feel privileged and blessed to be part of this organization since its inception. My learning and connect with the community of Oakridgers have made me the person I am today. I’m proud to be a principal of this prestigious school,” says Hema Chennupaty, Principal, Oakridge International School.