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India's top 10 schools; six from Delhi

Last updated on: September 15, 2011 17:05 IST

India's top 10 schools; six from Delhi

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In a recent pan India survey conducted by Delhi-based Centre for Forecasting and Research Pvt. Ltd. and Education World magazine, the Shri Ram School in Delhi was ranked first in the country. Read on to find out the other top 10 schools of India.

The annual survey results for the top 10 schools in the country are out.

In the survey conducted by the Delhi-based Centre for Forecasting and Research Pvt. Ltd. and Education World magazine, the Shri Ram School in Delhi has been ranked number one.

The rankings were based on a pan India survey which was conducted across 404 schools across 16 cities in the country.

Respondents, which included principals, teachers and parents were asked to rank these schools on the following 14 parameters, namely -- teacher welfare and development, competence of faculty, academic reputation, co-curricular activities, sports education, individual attention to students (teacher-pupil ratio), discipline and life skills education, infrastructure, value for money, leadership/management quality, parental involvement, quality of alumni/students, disabled friendliness and community service.

Interestingly, the survey revealed that of the 16 schools that made it to the top 10 list, six schools are from Delhi, four are from Mumbai and the rest are from Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Noida. Another interesting aspect is that a couple of them have shared the same number too.

All of these are private run schools. No government school has been featured in the top 100 list. The top ranked government school being Kendriya Vidyalaya, which ranked 166.

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1. Shri Ram School, Delhi

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On first position is Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi.

Established in July 1988, the Shri Ram School has three campuses spread across Delhi. This includes Junior School in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi followed by Senior School in Gurgaon and Aravali.

The 1.5 acre campus houses a science laboratory, computer and ICT labs, music and dance rooms, lunch room, assembly hall, sports area, a yoga room, performance area and more.

They have staff strength of about 360 members across three sites of which 275 are teachers.

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2. Cathedral And John Connon School, Mumbai

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On second position is Cathedral And John Connon School, Mumbai

Established in 1860, the school is divided into five sections, namely the pre-primary section, the Infant school, Junior school, Middle school and Senior school.

The school is affiliated to ISCE and ISC boards and offers Advanced Placement programme for classes 10 and above.

The school's alumni association has well over 3500 members which include personalities like JRD Tata, Homi Bhabha, film critic and maker, Khalid Mohammed, writer Salman Rushdie, actors Karisma Kapoor, Rahul Bose and the like.

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3. Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore

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Sharing the third position is Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore.

Established in 1984, the school is named after liquor baron Vijay Mallya and is popularly known as Aditi.

The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi and annually enrols about 550 students from sixteen nationalities in the world.

In 2005, the school was awarded the prestigious Cambridge Fellowship by the University of Cambridge in England, UK. So far, only 20 secondary schools in the world have received this fellowship.

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3. Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai

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Sharing the third position along with Aditi International is Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Nungambakkam, Chennai

The school was formally incepted and co-founded in 1958 by noted educationalist Dr.Mrs.Y.G.Parthasarathy.

When it started, there were only 13 students who were taught under a thatched shed on a terrace flat. Today the school has six branches and has an annual enrollment of over 8000 students and a staff strength of 500 members.

The founder is a recipient of PadmaSri from the Government of India in Education and Literature.

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4. Vasant Valley School, Delhi

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On fourth position is Vasant Valley School, Delhi.

Started in 1990 by the India Today group, the school was featured in the July 2005 edition of Fortune magazine where the academic excellence of its students were highlighted.

The school is affiliated to the CBSE board and follows grading system against ranking system at the school level.

It has an annual enrollment of about 1300 students and faculty strength of about 140 members.

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5. Springdales School, Delhi

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On fifth position is Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi.

The school has five branches, of which Dhaula Kuan, the first one was founded in 1955 by Dr. Rajni Kumar, and her husband, the former being a recipient of Padma Shri.

The school follows the CBSE curriculum of education.

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6. Sanskriti School, Delhi

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On sixth position is Sanskriti School, Delhi

It was formed in August 1998 by the Civil Services Society, which comprises of wives of the civil servants from allied branches of Government of India.

It follows the CBSE curriculum of education and has an annual enrollment of about 2500 students.

The school management also runs a parallel school called Umang, where underprivileged children from nearby areas are provided education free of charge.

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6. Delhi Public School, Delhi

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Also sharing the sixth place is Delhi Public School, RK Puram, Delhi

The school was established in 1972.

The day cum boarding school is affiliated to the CBSE, Indian Public Schools' Conference and National Progressive Schools Conference.

It has an annual enrollement of about 12,000 students along with faculty strength of over 220 faculty members across its three campuses.

In 2008, one of its principals, Dr. (Mrs.) Shyama Chona was a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award.

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6. Mother's International School, Delhi

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Another school sharing the sixth place is The Mother's International School, Delhi.

An establishment of Sri Aurobindo Education Society, the school was founded in 1956.

The school is affiliated to the Central Board of secondary education.

When it started, it had only 15 students. Today, it has well over 2000 students under its roll.

The school is a member of SPICMACAY and has been featured as the best school in the city in the Outlook C-Fore Best School Survey.

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7. Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore

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On seventh position is Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore.

The school was established in 1981 and is affiliated to the Indian School Certificate Examination.

It has a lush green campus spread across six and a half acres of land and accomodates facilities like library, recreation centres, laboratories and more.

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8. Smt Sulochandevi Singhania School, Mumbai

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On eighth position is Smt Sulochandevi Singhania School, Thane, Mumbai.

Founded in the year 1968, the school started functioning since 1969.

It is spread over 10 and a half acres of land and is headed by Dr Vijaypat Singhania, Chairman of Emeritus-Raymond Ltd.

It follows the ICSE curriculum up to class 10 and ISC for class 12.

The school is a recipient of International School Award hosted by British Council for its notable contribution in incorporating global elements in the curriculum.

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8. Gitanjali School, Hyderabad

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Sharing the eighth position is Gitanjali School, Hyderabad.

It is a co-educational school and follows the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum.

They also manage the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme.

The school's programmes are also affiliated to the Cambridge University in UK.

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9. Campion School, Mumbai

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On ninth position is Campion School, Mumbai.

Founded in 1943, Campion school is essentially a boys school and is named after St Edmund Campion.

It follows the ICSE curriculum and has about 800 students under its roll.

Among its notable alumni include Ratan Tata, Kumaramangalam Birla, Shashi Tharoor, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Randhir Kapoor and Rajdeep Sardesai to name a few.

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9. Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai

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Sharing the ninth position is Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai.

Also known as Scottish, the school was established in 1847 as Scottish Female Orphanage by the Scottish Christian missionaries with an aim to offer education to the daughters of Scottish Presbyterian soldiers and Indian Navy seamen.

It follows the ISCE curriculum

Among its notable alumni include actors like Amir Khan, Abhishek Bachhan, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan, Imran Khan, Ranbir Kapoor besides cricketer Rohan Gavaskar and Aditya Thackeray, son of politician Udhav Thackeray.

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10. The Valley School, Bangalore

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On tenth position is the Valley School, Bangalore.

Founded in 1978, it is one of the five schools of the Krishnamurti Foundation India.

It follows the ISCE curriculum and has about 365 students under its roll along with faculty strength of about 60.

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10. Step By Step School, Noida

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Sharing the tenth position along with Valley School is the Step By Step School, Noida.

It started as a leading preschool in Panchsheel Park, New Delhi with 8 students and two staff members.

Today, it has well over 400 children ably managed by a staff of about 50 faculty members.

The school follows the CBSE curriculum and implies on learning through activity and play.


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