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Abirami . 2017 March graduate

We, Abirami's parents, wanted to share a summary of our 4 years of experience at Dishaa in this writing. This is our view of the school, as we experienced through our child.

We sincerely feel that a short writeup on Dishaa environment like this is no way complete, but must be experienced in person – as a child, and as a parent.

We are extremely happy that Dishaa is run truly as a house of children.The school is definitely not run for commercial purpose. The teachers at Dishaa are really handpicked for their belief, value and practise in Montessori system. Dishaa closely follows and adheres to the principles recommended and envisioned by Maria Montessori herself - thanks Dharini and Geeta!

We would like to share the impact of Dishaa not only in Abi's life but also the effect on us. For example, Abirami would not allow us, or her friends to use any “harsh” words in her presence. If used, we had to go and goggle the mouth for using the bad words as told by her aunty at school. While driving in our car, we have goggled several times, as we were scolding the other vehicle drivers for rash driving.

Everyone around Abirami – young or adults, were taught to frame sentences with magic words (“please”, “thank you” and “sorry”). The absence of these words in a sentence were incomplete and rude, according to her.

She keenly observed mannerisms around her - coughing or yawning without covering one’s mouth was not allowed by her. Abirami became a Montessori facilitator at home. Our learning as adults, through our child. is too many to list here.

Dishaa gave our child not just academics, but has nurtured her with good habits, discipline, moral values, ethics, kindness and the mindfulness techniques. She has very well learnt to take care of younger children and accept differently-abled kids. We are moved by her love and touching care towards younger ones at this young age. Thanks to the entire Dishaa team, for encouraging these qualities in her – no school can inculcate this sense of empathy and feeling in a child.

When my child was 3 and ½ years, she was not happy with us, parents dropping her in a day care. The aunties at Dishaa were the ones she could trust and solve her problem – they were angels in her eyes. She outpoured her emotions to the elders at Dishaa, who patiently listened to her, heard her in full, and came to her rescue. We then got a call from Geeta herself. They were not happy to see the child so sad. Geeta narrated what the child was undergoing, stood by our child and gave us suggestions to get her out of the day-care. Thanks for stepping in the child's problem, though it is not related to school. As we think back, Geeta and Dharini took great care of the child – in and outside the Dishaa environment, to the extent possible.

For Abi, the aunties at Dishaa are the best and stars for her. They are her role models, and so she wants me (her mother) also to become an aunty in her school. The pressure is huge on me to become one.

☺ On the academics aspect, while graduating Abi was easily able to read story books by herself. As assured by the Dishaa team, our concerns about her writing abilities were misplaced. We greatly credit the Montessori method for her effortless ability to master pencil-holding and then flow with writing, over time. She became interested in arithmetic, maps, drawing, colouring, craft and many other activities, at the right age. To our surprise, she developed a great interest in cooking, in her senior year. She learnt about plants (including photosynthesis) and other practical knowledge with such an ease.

Mindfulness technique is a great subject taught to the seniors of her batch. She could clearly understand and relate the essence of the subject. Thanks very much to Sripriya aunty, for creating this awareness at an early age.

The progress report from Dishaa shared with us every year, was an eager thing we look. It was almost like her having her gene-sequencing done ☺. The report made by her aunties at school, was a stunning observation of her activities at Dishaa, recording her growth to the perfect detail. Every year we were surprised by the keen observations about our child listed exactly – no time in the 4 years we disagreed to the observations. At times, the report was way better than our own inference of her growth.

Thanks so much Dharini , Geetha and the Dishaa team, for opening Abi’s world with such a positive view, developing trust, love and kindness – in short, as a real child, the way Montessori would have wished.

Abirami and we will always fondly cherish the memories of Dishaa. We are proud to acknowledge our own growth, along with our child, who wholesomely imbibed Dishaa in her. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! Regards, Anbu & Sasi


Ishaan Agrawal, 2017 March graduate

Dishaa taught us too. Dishaa taught us that our child was unique, like every other child. It taught us to pay attention to his good qualities, always trivializing his problems. Everytime I came out of a meeting in Dishaa, I felt proud of my child. I think that's something really special about Dishaa. To treat every child as extra ordinary. To nurture a child, bring out his best abilities.
At every step we were amazed at how quickly Ishaan was able to grasp the fundamentals of different subjects. Every part of learning (reading, writing etc) was introduced exactly when the child was ready to take it up, which did not make it tedious for them.
I would thank all its teachers and akkas to have taken such good care of our child. For holding his hands and being the beginning of his journey. My child got the best at the start :).



Varun Rao. 2016 March graduate. 

Dishaa is like coming home …


It’s been a year since my first boy ‘graduated’ from this wonderful pre-school, and we still miss the place regularly. It was really a second home for Varun, and a source of inspiration and energy to us as parents.


There are so many things that are special about Dishaa. It is run by a close knit team in a family like set-up, with an atmosphere that is nurturing and engaging for both children and parents. The leadership of Dharani and Geetha guarantees high quality yet practical schooling, keeping humility at its core. Each of the teachers and staff are a reflection of this through their passion and personality suited so well for the first leg of a child’s formal learning. Children walk in being embraced for their individuality and walk out being enabled for their future years. And the support given to parents is amazing – from helping to understand one’s child better to talking through parenting worries. Most of all, is that every aspect and detail of this pre-school has been so well thought through, to create an environment has the child’s best interests at heart.


Put simply, one cannot go wrong with Dishaa as a choice for your child’s early years. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have come across this preschool and been a part of their journey. The only reason Varun is still not here is because they don’t extend to primary school! But for now, my second one is hopefully going to be enrolling soon :).


Wishing Dishaa the very best, always!


Naveena S. 2017 March Graduate

We feel proud that our daughter Naveena had her first schooling at Dishaa. Dishaa is a wonderful team. They are very passionate about their work. Their care starts from the school gate where we leave our child. There is no second thought about the safety of the kid, everything is taken care and in built.

Dishaa has 2 experienced person Dharini and Geetha Mam. They will always try to bring the best from the child. They are giving importance to each and every children and mould them in a way that they are special. They are teachers for parents too, they guided us a lot to develop our daughter’s confidence.

We thank Barani for taking care of Naveena. She has played a significant role in shaping Naveena.

Dishaa will keep on re-inventing with new ideas to add value to the system. Mind full body session added in this year helped the children to change the way they view the world. Naveena helped us pass through a difficult stage easily. We need to thank Sripriya for this.


Everytime my daughter surprises me, I will think about Dishaa. 


Child Name - Sana Manoj. 2016 Graduate

We have explored a lot of montessori schools in Bangalore and Dishaa stands out in terms of the quality of people involved and the heart for children that they have. Right from the housekeeping staff to all the teachers, we have been a lot in awe of the beautiful people at Dishaa and the umpteen number of gestures through which they reveal their pure hearts, refined minds and passionate spirits. So many occasions their observations about Sana have surprised us on how much they have understood our own child, sometimes more than what we,as parents, have known about our child.


Child Name - Samara Ballal, 2016 Graduate

As, parents, Sandeep and I count ourselves fortunate to have found a school like Dishaa. Our daughter Samara loved it from her very first day. I guess it actually reflects badly on us as parents when our child prefers going to school than staying at home. 

The whole atmosphere at Dishaa is conducive for a child to flourish as much as possible. Sometimes, schools use the term " Montessori " to slack off and not teach much, but Dishaa isn't like that. The teachers are good and Dharini and Geetha have decades of experience between them. There's not much scope for going wrong. Samara has probably learnt more than other children her age and the most amazing part is that she has actually enjoyed the process.

The children are encouraged, treated with infinite patience and individuality and development are applauded. I have found the teachers to be friendly and open with the children as well as the parents. Geetha and Dharini's doors are always open for parents who may have any fears, issues, problems that concern them. It's a relief as a parent to have people who you can trust with your children and who have their best interests at heart.

In the three years at Dishaa, Samara's become an independent and well adjusted person. She's developed a love for school and learning. The only fear now is whether it stays that way once she goes on to another school.

Thank you for everything, 


Child Name - Ishan Sabu and Rihan Sabu, 2016 Graduate

Dishaa helped our twins to build a strong foundation on which they can build a beautiful future. We like the kid centric approach in Dishaa. Ishan and Rihan are really going to miss Dishaa.
Sabu & Suhana



Child Name - Nivaan Thomas Abraham, 2016 Graduate

When we were looking for the perfect pre-school for our son, we went to some of the most sought-after Montessori schools in Bangalore. We were directed to Dishaa Montessori by the principals of these popular schools.
Dishaa came highly recommended as a professionally run school by Dharini Srinivasan and Geetha Nityananda, two individuals whose work in the field of Montessori education is well regarded.  Within minutes of our interaction with Dharini, we were convinced that we had found a great place for our son to grow and learn at his own pace, in a cute, cozy environment that looked like an extension of our home.
Dishaa is a haven where the intentions are pure, the pace is calming and the space given to each child is nothing short of wonderful, preserving their unique individuality. Learning is never rushed but beautifully incorporated into the child’s natural rhythm. It has been a joyful experience watching our child blossom into a confident, articulate, caring and happy individual.  Every staff member, right from Gowda uncle at the gate, exudes real affection and care for the children. Our child settled down into his new environment in no time and in the 3.5 years that he has been at the school, there hasn’t been a single day he has shown any reluctance to go. The sparkle in his eyes when he talks about the things he does at Dishaa - cooking, art, yoga, music, story sessions, library, gardening, field trips – tells us how much he enjoyed himself at the school. The mixed aged group environment cultivates a caring behavior in the children that you can’t help but notice.
Dishaa is very transparent in their dealings. Parents are given a good understanding of their child’s progress regularly, and you get plenty of opportunities to volunteer and contribute. This makes you feel like part of a close-knit family. We will miss Dishaa and to all parents who are looking for a meaningful pre-school education for their kids, we would highly recommend Dishaa.

- Rony & Priya



Child Name - Prahati Shankar , 2016 Graduate

Looking at Dishaa from Prahati’s eyes, it was a wonderful 4 years in her life – we, as parents couldn’t have made a better decision. Growing up in conservative families Kavitha and I never had a chance to express our true desires but delighted to see that Prahati is every bit demanding what she likes doing in her life and we have made it our primary goal to encourage and help her learn whatever she wants to learn. I think the foundation that Dishaa has given her will be with her for life and as parents we really enjoyed all the interaction with teachers at Dishaa.

For both of us, the only thing that could have been even better is helping parents with the transition after life at Dishaa. Perhaps even bringing parents of previous batches to interact with parents of graduating kids (at least 6 months in advance and then 3 months before Graduation) would be a good idea. Most parents have some idea of schools but alumni will tell about how they found the current school, fee structure, how has the kid adjusted to the new environment etc.

We are going to be near Dishaa, so I am sure Prahati will enjoy seeing the school every time we cross the road and cherish the memories she held there. 

All the very best for a super bright future for Dishaa.

Best regards



Child Name - Tejaswini B, 2016  Graduate

 We still remember when Tejaswini joined Dishaa when she was 2.5 years.She used to hide behind our back and hesitant to talk to anyone. In the last4 years she has blossomed into an independent and confident child with lotof clarity in thought and expression. She is ready to experience whatevercomes in her path.

All thanks to the wonderful team at Dishaa who are very passionate about children. They have showered a lot of love and warmth, making each day of our child so special. They respect and accept the uniqueness of each child, motivate them to think and learn at their own pace. This has given Tejaswini immense confidence and right attitude to give in her best in whatever she does.
Dharini and Geetha have taken lot of effort to guide us as parents at everystage and prepare us at various milestones of our children. For them the‘child’ is of atmost importanance.
Thanks Dishaa for making Tejaswini’s childhood with fond memories and for having given her a strong foundation to enjoy life ahead!!