Relocating to India is fun. But finding the right school for your children can put a damper on your excitement. Is the hunt for the right school for your children plaguing you with doubts and causing insomnia? What curriculum should your child pursue – ICSE, CBSE or the IB curriculum? How do you find a school that meets the standards you expect?
Not to worry! We help you kick start your groundwork in the west with the concluding series on ‘The best schools for NRI kids in India’.
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
BSS is one of the most prestigious schools in Mumbai offering the ICSE curriculum. It was adjudged one of the best in the ‘Outlook Best School Survey’. The school boasts of impressive alumni, including Amir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Hinduja and Lucky Ali. Various competitions in sports, dramatics and debates help in shaping the overall personality of the students. Student-led clubs on campus, including Nature Club, Science Club, Scouts & Guides, and The Scottish Junior Rifle Club, help students explore their area of interests and pursue them.
St. Mary’s School, Pune
Often lauded as the best all girls school in Pune, this school continues to retain its high standing as a leading ICSE school in India. With the use of the latest technology and educational aids, the learning couldn’t get better. A well equipped library, a swimming pool, music lessons and sports facilities ensure that students pass out with skills beyond the classroom. Students of the school have made a name for themselves wherever they have gone, both India and overseas. Since its inception in 1866, the school has come a long way and even started a boys section in 1992.
Loyola School, Pune
This HSC/SSC School has excellent facilities for reading and research through the school library and computer labs. Students are confronted with challenges in various fields to excel and nurture their talents. Sports and cultural activities are made compulsory for the overall development of the students. Notable alumni include industrialist Atul Kirloskar , diplomats and leading research and academic names like Shankar Sastry from University of California at Berkeley.
Delhi Public School, Ahmedabad
Selected as the Best School in Ahmedabad by a survey by Divya Bhaskar this school has also been selected as one of India’s best schools by the National Talent Search Contest. With a focus on providing students a balanced learning atmosphere combining extra curricular activities and academics, DPS Ahmedabad certainly has made a place for itself on the education arena of Ahmedabad. Built on a sprawling 13-acre campus, the school has done a lot for the community it serves as well, with active participation in earthquake relief and other rehabilitation work.
Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
If you’re looking for an international school, you could consider DAIS, an elite school run by the Ambanis. The school prepares its students for the ICSE, the IGCSE and the IB Diploma Program. The seven-storied campus, spread over 130,000 square feet, has a state-of-the-art learning infrastructure. Performing arts, environmental education and sports help foster the student’s versatile interests and their urge to excel. Various seminars and workshops are conducted by distinguished personalities throughout the year to hone the skills of the students.
Have you had a bad experience when seeking admissions in the elite schools of India? Is it right to expect kindergarten students to go through tests and interviews while seeking admissions? Are there any other schools you feel should be on this list? Tell us about them!