Heritage International Xperiential School is about blending Experiential Learning with the International Curriculum. It is about building capacities and skills for the future and furthering the vision of preparing our children to thrive in any and every context. It is about creating a global learning community that upholds the values of authentic learning, empathy, excellence and citizenship. It is about pushing the boundaries of what the international curriculum has to offer just the way we pushed the boundaries of the national curriculum a decade and a half back.

Heritage International Xperiential School comprises the International Primary Programme (IPP) from Nursery to Grade 3 (to be extended year on year to grade 5), and Grades 6 to 10 (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. The curriculum structure of the HIXS International Programme borrows the best age-appropriate curriculum integrated with our Mastery Strands. These Mastery Strands complement the best of what internationally accredited curriculum boards offer and provide a unique edge to the HIXS graduate. The student learning experience is further supported by student leadership opportunities and a culture of advisory through the school years.

The vision for HIXS is for it to become one of the best International Schools not only in Gurgaon, India or Asia but in the world by staying true to the core ethos of providing student centric, authentic learning that humanizes and empowers the next generation to take responsibility of a world that needs healing and mending. By focusing on the innate strengths of the child and nurturing their social and creative intelligence the school aspires to raise individuals who are curious, creative, reflective, purposeful, responsible, resilient and self-assured.

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“The purpose of education must coincide with the larger life purpose of those being educated.” This firmly held belief is what drove the founding father of The Heritage group of schools, Shri N.C. Jain, to enter the field of education almost 30 years ago. The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, the first school from the group was set up in 1994 under his guidance and direction. His philosophy, passion and belief have been the guide for countless people to find their own truth in their lives. A true visionary, he inspired the next level of changes in the education ecosystem. Known for his immense work in philanthropy, he contributed to multiple social causes, with a focus on education and healthcare for the underprivileged.

The Heritage journey began in 2003 with the Heritage Xperiential Learning School being established in Gurugram. Within a year, the founders realised that conventional education needed to be transformed for it to have relevance to students’ lives; that in a system focused on deficit rather than capacity, children lose the ability to be themselves and to be free. We recognised that, for education to liberate, it is essential for us to create safe psychological spaces for our children in which they can thrive, embrace their creativity and be truly themselves. We found that the lack of relevance in what was being taught meant that children were compelled simply to comply and train themselves for purposelessness.

We therefore got rid of books, uniforms, tests, exams and introduced multidisciplinary projects that were relevant and had a sense of purpose for our children. We focused on teacher empowerment, on why they were teaching, and what they were teaching. That understanding was essential to creating classrooms in which relevant education took place.

In the last 15 years, the Heritage schools have worked with some of the best organisations, mentors, experts, scholars and practitioners from around the globe to create a curriculum that is uniquely Heritage. While addressing the child’s cognitive function, it ensures that the entire being of the child — hands, heart, mind and the spirit — is engaged.

The principles on which Heritage’s transformation was based were inspired by several schools of thought – the Waldorfs, Montessori, Krishnamurthy, Sri Aurobindo and Kurt Hahn, who propounded expeditionary learning and founded the Atlantic College in Wales. It is interesting to note that the genesis of the IB programme was based on Kurt Hahn’s work in outbound learning and his belief that education is about deep immersive learning with real purpose that really moves and touches learners so that they confront who they really are and solve real life problems.

That truly has been the spirit of IB. However, the risk in the process of templatising is often that of dilution of the spirit. Heritage International Xperiential School, the top international school in Gurgaon, is an endeavour to keep that spirit alive so that children benefit from the kind of education that IB originally intended to deliver.