About Lady Evelyn Independent School
What is Lady Evelyn Independent School?
Lady Evelyn Independent School is a complete interactive online private school. We have two sections: American and British, each giving access to a world-class curriculum for our students. In the American Section, we have an Elementary, Middle, and High School. In the British Section, we have a Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form School.
Students learn on their own computers with a headset and microphone, and they interact directly with their teachers and fellow pupils. Classes are taught live, online, by expert teachers who have passion for their subjects and are dedicated to helping every student succeed.
What is the difference between the American and British Sections?
Lady Evelyn Independent School is split up into two sections: the American Section and the British Section. Students can choose which section they will join. Each section gives students access to a world-class curriculum.
In the American Section, we teach the American curriculum in our Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, culminating in an American High School Diploma. In the British Section, we teach the British curriculum in our Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Schools, culminating in International GCSEs and A Levels.
What are the advantages of studying at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
You can expect everything from traditional brick-and-mortar schools and a lot more at Lady Evelyn Independent School. Students can study from anywhere in the world while having access to expert teachers teaching American and British curriculums. Classes are conducted live by real teachers (not boring CDs) and students can interact with them directly during and after the classes.
Live classes are also recorded so students can catch up on missed classes, brush up on subject matters they found difficult, and use these recordings to revise for exams. There are many advantages of studying at Lady Evelyn Independent School. See this page for a more extensive list of advantages.
How do students attend school?
Students “attend” school just like any other traditional school but with one major difference: all classes are conducted online. The students do not need to travel to a regular brick-and-mortar school. They will simply log into the Lady Evelyn Independent School Website Portal at the time of their classes and begin their learning.
The teachers teach live, using a virtual classroom which includes a whiteboard, a live video and audio feed of the teacher, and a chatbox. During the class, students can easily communicate with the teacher and each other through the chatbox and their microphone, when required. Students submit their homework (and see their marked work) via the school platform. Everything is conducted online.
Using voice, text, whiteboard, notes, recordings, presentations and screen sharing, classes are much more engaging and interactive than at traditional schools. Students can set tasks to work through specific exercises, share their work or demonstrate to the class. This allows every student the chance to directly and privately communicate with the teacher, so no one is ever left feeling missed out or left behind.
Who are the teachers at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
Classes are taught live, online, by expert teachers who have passion for their subjects and are dedicated to helping every student succeed.
What are your teacher's qualifications?
Teachers have a minimum of 2 years of classroom experience, often significantly more. They also have a minimum of a PGCE or a teaching qualification equivalent in education.
What role does Faith play at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
While the Islamic Faith is at the centre of our ethos at Lady Evelyn Independent School, we welcome students of all faiths and of none, as well as students from all backgrounds. Our aim is to offer a superb education for all.
We encourage tolerance and a genuine understanding of different faiths and beliefs. We expect all students to respect the multi-culturally diverse society in which they live.
We offer optional subjects related to the Islamic Faith such as Islamic Studies and Quran. From time to time, students will be required to attend assemblies in which matters such as kindness, being charitable, and other faith topics will be discussed.
Are online schools recognised?
We are a member of Cognia, one of the world’s largest accrediting body, ensuring high standards. Online schooling falls under homeschooling in many countries (including the UK) and is a legal alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar schools.
Do I get Islamic Holidays like Eid and the last few days of Ramadan off?
Yes. The days of trying to explain to your school why you need a holiday on either this day or the next for Eid are gone!
At Lady Evelyn Independent School, we follow private and independent school conventions for the number of academic study weeks in each year. Because this gives us some flexibility, we have holidays that give us some spiritual time at the end of Ramadan and for Eid to spend time with family and friends. This year’s Academic Calendar can be found here.
Are you accredited?
We are a member of Cognia which includes NCA CASI, NWAC, SACS CASI, The National Association of Private Schools, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and are in the process of receiving accreditation from them.
Students who graduate from Lady Evelyn Independent School American Section will earn a fully-accredited American High School Diploma.
What curricula do you teach in the American Section?
How many credits are required for the American High School Diploma?
We require 24 credits for the High School Diploma. This is an internationally recognised qualification and can be attested to provide entry to international universities, including the UK.
Are American High School Diplomas recognised by colleges and universities?
Yes. The American High School Diploma is accepted by colleges and universities in the USA, internationally and in the UK. If you want to be certain that you can get onto your chosen college or university course, we would recommend that you check with their Admissions Team.
Do you teach AP classes?
Does Lady Evelyn Independent School align to Common Core?
Yes. Our American Section curricula are based on Common Core standards.
Can I transfer my credits from another school?
Yes. You can transfer your existing credits to Lady Evelyn Independent School with a transcript from your previous, accredited school. Once we have reviewed the transcript, we can then set up a meeting to discuss with you how many credits we will transfer over.
What are the American Section school timings?
Our American Section will run from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Central Time and students from all over the US (and over the world) can join from the comfort of their own homes. (Actual times will depend on the timetable and which subjects the student has actually chosen.) Students can also choose to study in the Gulf Standard Time. This is most suitable for those in the Middle East.
Important Note: Students will not be studying throughout the day. Students are only expected to log on and be at their computers during class time.
What curricula do you teach in the British Section?
At Lady Evelyn Independent School, in the British Section, we teach the English National Curriculum:
- Primary Key Stage 1 – Years 1-2
- Primary Key Stage 2 – Years 3-6
- Secondary Key Stage 3 – Years 7-9
- Secondary Key Stage 4 – Years 10-11 (International GCSEs)
- Sixth Form Key Stage 5 – Years 12-13 (International A Levels)
What are International GCSEs?
International GCSEs are globally recognised qualifications and are very similar to GCSEs (which are only recognised in the UK). International GCSEs do not usually involve any coursework as they are internationally focussed.
What were your grades like for International GCSE?
We are thrilled to announce that 95% of our results this year for International GCSE were a grade A* or A, which is a phenomenal achievement and a testament to the dedication of our students. In fact, 75% of our students achieved grade A, A* or Grade 7-9 equivalent in ALL of their subjects. You can see a detailed breakdown by clicking here.
Are International GCSEs recognised by colleges and universities?
Yes. The International GCSEs we teach are accepted by colleges and universities in the UK and around the world. If you want to be certain that you can get onto your chosen college or university course, we would recommend that you check with their Admissions Team.
What are International A Levels?
Advanced Level qualifications (A Level) are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. Students normally study three or more International A levels over two years. Top universities in the UK and around the world require students to have studied International A Levels.
What were your grades like for International A Levels?
As for our International A Level results this year, 85% of our students achieved grade A in their chosen subjects while 100% of our students achieved the top A*–B grades. You can see a detailed breakdown by clicking here.
Are International A Levels recognised by colleges and universities?
Yes. The International A Levels we teach are the same as those in any other Sixth Form or college in the UK and are recognised by universities in the UK and around the world.
What Exam Boards do you use?
The exam boards may change depending on the subject but, in general, we use EdExcel or Cambridge.
Where and how will students sit their exams?
Students sit their formal exams in local examination centres, closest to them. There are thousands of examination centres in the UK and across the world. Usually, secondary schools accept Lady Evelyn Independent School candidates. If you need help in finding a local examination centre, get in touch with us and we’ll help.
What are the British Section school timings?
The main school timings for the British Section are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm London time. Most students, however, will be finished by 3:30 pm and primary school students will normally be finished by 2:00 pm. (Actual times will depend on the timetable and which subjects the students have actually chosen.) Students can also choose to study in the Gulf Standard Time. This is most suitable for those in the Middle East.
Important Note: Students will not be studying throughout the day. Students are only expected to log on and be at their computers during class time.
Classes, Lessons and Tutorials
Are the classes really live?
Yes. The classes are conducted live by real human teachers.
Are the classes recorded?
Yes. All the classes are live and in real-time. The live classes are recorded and students can access the recordings for the subjects they are enrolled in. This is a huge advantage over traditional schools. For example, when a student has missed a class due to illness, he/she can catch up by watching the recordings.
Also, when doing homework, sometimes a student may come to realise there was a topic he/she didn’t fully understand. Or maybe he/she wants to re-watch certain subjects during exam time to consolidate the learning. In all these cases, studying at Lady Evelyn Independent School gives a crucial edge over traditional brick-and-mortar schools.
Can I see sample classes?
Yes. You may see all of our sample classes by clicking here.
What happens if a student cannot attend a live class?
If a student is unable to attend a live class, his/her parent/guardian must inform the school via the Lady Evelyn Independent School Parent Portal for it to be marked as an Authorised Absence.
If this is not done, it will be marked as an Unauthorised Absence and will be recorded in the student’s file. In both cases, students are expected to watch the recording of the live class and submit the relevant homework on time.
What are the class sizes at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
Students are arranged into class tutor groups of up to a maximum of 19 pupils. At the Secondary/Middle School level onwards, classes may be of two types: Lessons and Tutorials.
In Lessons, lead teachers teach new subject matter to students in larger groups at the same time. Tutorials are conducted in smaller groups where there are class discussions, exercises, etc. to consolidate understanding of the new subject matter.
What about the Physical Education and Exercise?
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. Every student will have P.E. once or twice per week.
How many subjects must each student take?
We have a core number of subjects depending on the academic level of the student. However, students may take as many or as few subjects as they like.
Can students take exams a year early or a year later?
Yes. The students may take exams a year early (or even earlier) if they are ready.
How can students register at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
The registration process is easy. Simply head over to this page and fill in the form. A registration fee of $65 USD (in the American Section) or £50 GBP (in the British Section) is payable with the application. Then, once accepted, the Academic Deposit is paid along with the fees. You can view the American Section fees by clicking here, and the British Section fees by clicking here.
Is the school for British or American students only or do you accept International students?
We certainly accept and welcome students from all over the globe. We follow the English National Curriculum (British Section) and the American Curriculum (American Section) and students from all over the world – no matter which nationality – can benefit from our high standards of teaching, as well as gain globally recognised International GCSE and International A Level qualifications or the American High School Diploma.
Can students register from anywhere in the world?
Yes. Students can register from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.
What are the School Fees?
Our extremely competitive Independent School fees can be viewed by clicking here.
Do you accept Payment Plans?
Yes. You can pay annually or per semester/term. In some circumstances, we also allow monthly payments over ten months. You can see the details by clicking here.
What is the difference between the Annual Contract and Pay-As-You-Go Contract?
Our Annual Contract is binding for one Academic Year (September-July) and gives you the option to spread the cost over two Semesters, three Terms, four Quarters or ten Monthly payments (September-June). An Academic Deposit is required. The benefits of our Annual Contract include:
- No interest charges
- One single payment or convenient payment plans
- Best value for money and the most affordable package
- A one-academic year commitment so your child’s place is secured for the year
Our Pay-As-You-Go Contract is a great option for families who are not able to commit to our Annual Contract. With the Pay-As-You-Go contract, you pay per Quarter (in the American Section) or Half-Term (in the British Section) and can cancel at any time within that Quarter or Half-Term. The benefits of our Pay-As-You-Go Contract include:
- No annual commitment
- Can cancel at any time during the Quarter or Half-Term that you have paid for
- Pay each Quarter or Half-Term without committing to the next Quarter or Half-Term
Is there a Sibling Discount?
Yes. We offer a 5% discount on the lowest fee for siblings who are currently studying at Lady Evelyn Independent School.
What are the entry requirements to apply for Lady Evelyn Independent School?
The requirement for both the American and British sections is that the student must be fluent in English. However, in our American Section, we may require a transcript from the student’s previous school.
What are the computer hardware and software requirements?
You may see all the technical requirements by clicking here.
What are the age groups can study at Lady Evelyn Independent School?
We cater for students 5 years old and above.
Is the school for boys and girls?
Yes. We accept both boys and girls at Lady Evelyn Independent School.
Where are your teachers and students from?
Our teachers are mostly British or American and mostly based in the UK or the USA. Our students are from all over the world.
What are the Grade Levels/Year Levels and which year will my child join Lady Evelyn Independent School?
You can learn more about Year Groups by clicking here.
Which books should students purchase?
Once, a student has been enrolled at Lady Evelyn Independent School, closer to the start of the academic year, we will send a list of books to be purchased for each subject along with links from websites and bookstores from where they may be bought. The actual books will vary, depending on which year group the student is in and, if applicable, which subjects he/she has chosen.
What are the School Term Dates and when are the Holidays?
The Academic Calendar details the term dates and the holidays. You can see the Academic Calendar by clicking here.