The 2011 Hindustan Times-C fore Top School Survey for the NCR gave scores to each school across 14 different parameters, from academic rigour to sports. Here is an alphabetical list of schools that made it to the top ten.
AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Amity has scored well in the ‘academic rigour’ and ‘value for money’ parameters. It has an excellent teacher-student ratio of 1:17. Sports and physical education are important, which is evident from Amity's four spacious playgrounds. Students with learning difficulties are assisted and guided by competent counsellors.
Nursery cost: Rs. 77,000 (Class 1)
BLUEBELLS MODEL SCHOOL, SECTOR 4
Bluebells has consistently maintained a good academic record, with its students doing well in Class 10 and 12 Board examinations. It does well in the ‘value for money’ and ‘parental participation’ parameters. Aiming to make its students think independently, teachers have designed the entire syllabus in a clear and transparent manner.
Nursery cost: Rs. 70,000 per annum
DAVP, SECTOR 14
One of the oldest schools in Gurgaon, DAV Public School’s classrooms are equipped with 'smart' boards and audio-visual aids. Academics are a strong point, with the school topping in the 'academic rigour' parameter for the second year in a row, along with 'value for money' and 'social accountability'.
Nursery cost: Rs. 54,600 per annum
DPS, SECTOR 45
DPS, Gurgaon is a good school all-round— with the third highest score in the ‘value for money’ and ‘academic rigour’ parameters in our survey. Through a blend of academics, activities and sports, learning is both an interactive and holistic experience here. The school also runs special classes for students from economically weaker sections.
Nursery cost: Rs. 97,000 per annum
SALWAN PUBLIC SCHOOL
A museum, a mini zoo, a herbal garden and a rock-climbing area…all this and more makes studying in Salwan Public School a joy ride for students. The school is second best in the ‘extra-curricular activities’ parameter, and in the overall ‘value-for-money’. It's the chart topper in instilling a ‘value system’ in its students across all Gurgaon schools.
Phone: 0124 - 4886050
Nursery cost: Rs. 48,000 per annum
One of the newest schools in the city, it tries to steer clear of accepted notions of education. For example, students of this Gurgaon school don't wear uniforms. It tops the 'innovative teaching' and ‘individual attention to students’ parameters, same as last year. Parents looking for something beyond the books will find Shikshantar's style appealing.
Nursery cost: Rs. 96,000 per annum
SUMMER FIELDS SCHOOL
One of the older schools in Gurgaon, Summer Fields was established in 1987. It has three playgrounds and two auditoriums, including an open-air stage where various cultural events are held. It scores well in the ‘extra-curricular activities’ and ‘value system’ categories. Regular workshops for its teaching staff are conducted.
Nursery cost: Rs. 40,000 per annum
Within just five years of its inception, Suncity has become a school to watch out for. Spread over five-and-a-half acres, and with an average class strength of 24 students, the school scores well in the ‘individual attention to students’ parameter. It ranks second in the ‘infrastructure and facilities’ parameter, and tops in 'safety and hygiene'.
Nursery cost: Rs. 78,000 per annum
THE HERITAGE SCHOOL
The curriculum here is designed keeping in mind the inquisitive nature of children. Heritage has the best ‘infrastructure and facilities’ and ‘individual attention to students’ scores. The school, spread over 18.25 acres, invests a lot in teacher training programmes - topping the survey's ‘teacher care and development' parameter.
Phone: 0124 - 2855124
Nursery cost: Rs. 64,000 per annum
THE SHRI RAM SCHOOL, ARAVALI
The TSRS curriculum is designed to address each child’s strengths and weaknesses. It tops the survey in the ‘extra-curricular activities’, ‘sports’, ‘parental participation’ and ‘competence of teachers’ categories. The faculty comprises of those who are not only academically oriented, but also qualified to teach life skills and make students creative.
Nursery cost: Rs. 85,000 per annum
Colonel’s Central Academy (CCA) School
sector 4, urban estate
CCA School has completed 30 years in Gurgaon. It provides students a variety of sports options. Taking a page out of Kaun Banega Crorepati’s book, they have electronic voting pads for quiz competitions.
Lotus valley international school
M-block, South City-ii, Sector 50
The school’s motto is “School for life”. It hasn’t completed six months yet, but it is certainly aiming big. The school offers various recreational options like horse riding and has a bowling alley for students who want more than the traditional options of cricket and tennis.
Bluebells public school, Sector 10
Bluebells believes in holistic growth. The school that started only with nine students has soared to great heights. Trying to overcome its infrastructural constraints, they have tied-up with Gurgaon’s Gymkhana Club for use of the swimming pool facilities.
Gems International school
Block c-2, Palam Vihar
The school believes in the importance of physical development. Which is why sports achievements are given importance in this school. Activities for children include mass drill, chess, table tennis, roller skating, self-defence through kick boxing and taekwondo among others.
The Shri Ram School, Moulsari
Moulsari Avenue, Phase III, DLF City
This school offers Classes 6 to 12. Their aim is to shape students into responsible citizens. Each class has a parent representative which enables feedback and interaction between teachers and parents. Facilities include a football field, basketball courts, cricket pitch, pool and a gym.
TOP INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
PATHWAYS WORLD SCHOOL, Aravali
With a wi-fi enabled campus, this school brings learning to every student on their personal computers. Among other international schools in Gurgaon, Pathways scores highest in 'teacher care and development', 'extra-curricular activities' and ‘academic rigour’ among other parameters. They have built atriums in every academic building to encourage student interaction.
SCOTTISH HIGH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
In a five acre campus, Scottish High has managed to fit an indoor golf and archery academy among other things. In their attempt to inculcate strong Scottish cultural values, a traditional bagpiper plays every morning and all the students are divided into ‘clans’. The school scores highest in the ' value for money' parameter in our survey.
GD GOENKA WORLD SCHOOL
The entire campus of this school is monitored by CCTV cameras, which is why it scores highest in our 'safety and hygiene' parameter. The school has a sauna, gym and a salon to groom students.
EXCELSIOR AMERICAN SCHOOL
The school aims to develop the social, intellectual, physical and ethical aspects of students’ lives. It scored the highest in the ‘individual attention to students’ category. It conducts special ‘lunch and reading’ sessions with parents to increase parental involvement.
VIDYA SANSKAR international school, faridabad
The school offers an international curriculum to Indian students as well as those from Japan, South Korea, Thailand etc. It scored the highest in the ‘parental participation’ parameter. The school has an encouraging teacher-student ratio of 1:8.