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Best schools in Navi Mumbai
Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 15, 2012
First Published: 01:42 IST(15/9/2012)
Last Updated: 18:29 IST(19/9/2012)
Delhi Public School in Nerul has a huge playground and offers its students horse riding lessons

We are very pleased to present to readers the fourth HT Top Schools Survey. As we did last year, we have refined the methodology to reflect our own deepening understanding of the issues and by incorporating sensible suggestions from readers. See ‘Methodology’ for further details.


We hope that the survey will help parents with one of the most significant decisions they will take on behalf of their children: selecting a school. Along with the rankings, we have profiles of the top schools in each zone followed by a series of articles that capture key education trends in the city.

We think that the entire series will help not only newcomers to Mumbai but also parents who have lived here all their lives. This is because city schools are rapidly transforming and school education is the most dynamic.

First, over the past year, Indian policy makers have ushered in radical changes in curricula across boards to make it more student-centric and less marks oriented. These changes will be reflected in the school education trends, where we will speak to all stakeholders.

Second, international boards are rapidly making inroads in to city schools, raising the cost of education but also ushering in innovative and wider approaches to learning and teaching.

Finally, many of today’s generation of highly conscious parents want to be closely involved with their children’s lives at school: they want a lot of information about what goes on at school not only before sending their children there but also afterwards. They would like a school that suits these aspirations.

This series takes into account these key shifts in schooling and parenting.

Apeejay School

Sector 15, Nerul             
Website: www.apeejay.edu

Highest ratings for:
Social management
Teachers
Selection process

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 - CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 27,000 – Rs. 36,000
Student strength: 2,648
Student-teacher ratio: 26:1

History: The school was promoted under the aegis of Apeejay Education Society, Delhi, in 1966. It was the first school in Navi Mumbai to offer the CBSE curriculum.

Unique features: The school emphasises extracurricular activities and has weather and robotics clubs. Every classroom has a computer and large screen television to make the teaching-learning process more effective and interactive.
  
“Apart from academics, we emphasise the development of life skills and a good value system. Each child is unique and should be given the choice to follow his passion. The school’s consistent progress is testimony to this philosophy.”
                            — Rakesh joshi, principal 


Avalon Heights International School

Sector 19-F, Vashi           
Website: www.avalonheights.org

Highest ratings for:
Teachers
Safety, health and hygiene
Selection process

Board:
Class 10 – ICSE, IGCSE
Annual fee: Rs. 65,000
Student strength: 1,132
Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

History: Simi Sharma started a playschool in 1998 on a 550 sq ft plot in Koparkhairane. The child-centric school soon prospered and moved to its present premises in Vashi in 2005. It now has batches till Class 10. 

Unique features: The school follows an integrated learning pattern, in which subjects are linked to each other. The school uses advanced software and has ‘smart classrooms’.
 
“We don't believe in just creating good students. Our efforts are to create good human beings. We groom students, teachers and parents. This combined force aims to prepare students for not just board exams, but the test of life.”
 — meena singh, principal

Bal Bharti Public School

Sector 4, Kharghar    
Website: www.bbpskharghar.com

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Selection process

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 – CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 31,320
Student strength: 2,517
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

History: The school was set up by the Child Education Society on September 1, 2000. It was originally started in CBD Belapur from where it shifted to Kharghar in 2002. 

Unique features: The school is popularly called Bal Bharati Parivar for its personal interaction with students. All classes have plasma televisions to teach through smart class modules. The school has a doctor,  counsellor and special educator.

“Education for life and not education for living is what we strive to impart. Students are taught to maintain values of Indian culture and optimal global practices for best results.” 
 — Radhika V Raman, principal

DAV Public School, Airoli

Sector 10, Airoli     
Website: www.davairoli.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Selection process

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 – CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 1,320
Student strength: 2,517
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

History: The school was set up by the Child Education Society on September 1, 2000. It was originally started in CBD Belapur from where it shifted to Kharghar in 2002. 

Unique features: The school is popularly called Bal Bharati Parivar for its personal interaction with students. All classes have plasma televisions to teach through smart class modules. The school has a doctor,  counsellor and special educator.

“Education for life and not education for living is what we strive to impart. Students are taught to maintain values of Indian culture and optimal global practices for best results.” 
 — Radhika V Raman, principal

DAV Public School, Airoli

Sector 10, Airoli     
Website: www.davairoli.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Selection process
Value for money

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 - CBSE                     
Annual fee: Rs. 30,590
Student strength: 4,255
Student-teacher ratio: 29:1

History: The school was established in 1998 to cater to the needs of students primarily from Navi Mumbai and Thane.

Unique features: The school focuses on activity-based learning. All students have to enroll in one of their 10 clubs, which includes robotics, environment and language clubs.

“We focus on the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual development of our students. Children at this age are reservoirs of energy and through their involvement in different activities we try to channelise their energies in the right direction so that they can contribute positively to the society in a responsible way in their youth.” — rajeev kumar, principal

DAV Public School, New Panvel

Sector 10, New Panvel       
Website: www.davnewpanvel.com

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Selection process
Value for money

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 – CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 43,200
Student strength: 4,728
Student-teacher ratio: 36:1

History: DAV is a charitable organisation and one of the largest non-profits in the country in the field of education and social welfare. The school in New Panvel was established on April 20, 1997.

Unique features:  The school provides facilities for different sports such as athletics, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. The school has received the Excellence in Technology the Trend Micro Award for schools in October 2004 and 2005.

“We work towards the development of social, moral and spiritual values. Self governance, equality of opportunity and education for self-sufficiency are given due importance.” 
 — Jayashree Khandekar, principal

Delhi Public School, Nerul

Sector 54, Nerul               
Website: www.dpsnavimumbai.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Selection process

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 – CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 30,000
Student strength: 3,567
Student-teacher ratio: 24:1

History: DAV is a charitable organisation and one of the largest non-profits in the country in the field of education and social welfare. The school in New Panvel was established on April 20, 1997.

Unique features:  The school provides facilities for different sports such as athletics, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. The school has received the Excellence in Technology the Trend Micro Award for schools in October 2004 and 2005.

“We work towards the development of social, moral and spiritual values. Self governance, equality of opportunity and education for self-sufficiency are given due importance.” 
 — Jayashree Khandekar, principal

Delhi Public School, Nerul

Sector 54, Nerul               
Website: www.dpsnavimumbai.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Selection process

Board:
Class 10, Class 12 – CBSE
Annual fee: Rs. 30,000
Student strength: 3,567
Student-teacher ratio: 24:1

History: The Navi Mumbai branch of the Delhi Public School began in 1996. Delhi Public Society is a not-for-profit organisation. 

Unique features: Students participate in various national-level competitions such as the Math and International Informatics Olympiads. More than half the students, who appeared for Class 10 and Class 12 board exams last year secured more than 90%. Many were part of the CBSE merit list.

“Education is not merely imparting knowledge but also educating and training the mind and body. Attempts are made to equip our students with life skills and academic skills through an integrated learning programme in tune with international standards.”
 — PC Chhabra, principal

Fr Agnel Multipurpose School

Sector 10-A, Vashi    
Website: www.agnelhamara.net

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour n Teachers
Selection process

Board: Class 10 – SSC, Class 12 – HSC
Annual fee: Rs. 13,200
Student strength: 5,162
Student-teacher ratio: 30:1 (primary), 40:1 (secondary)

History: The Fathers of Agnel Ashram established the school in 1982. There were no schools in the area then and the school accepted all those who wanted to study. They also wanted to focus on vocational education to make children
self-sufficient.  

Unique features: The school has facilities such as an astro-turf playing field, shooting range and swimming pool. Several of its alumni have become successful sportspersons.

“We are an inclusive school with a strong sense of commitment to community. Each child is special and is nurtured in a dynamic environment to be a sensitive and concerned human being, and also excel in academics and sports.”
 — Snigdha Roy, principal

Podar International School, Nerul

Sector No. 36, Seawoods (west)   
Website: www.podar.org/CIE-Nerul

Highest ratings:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Selection process

Board: Class 10 – IGCSE (CIE), ICSE; Class 12 – A levels (CIE)
Annual fee: CIE – Rs. 87,500, ICSE – Rs. 56,000
Student strength: 2,675
Student-teacher ratio: IGCSE – 20:1, ICSE – 40:1

History: The ICSE school was established on June 24, 2007. Recognising the growing needs of the globetrotting populace of Navi Mumbai, the school adopted Cambridge curriculum in June 2009.

Unique features: All classrooms have smart boards, projectors and computers with Internet. The school deploys international trainers to train its teachers. Students from the school have been regularly participating and winning national-level chess competitions. 

We aim for all-round development of pupils, who are emotionally balanced with high standard of ethical and moral values. I believe in equality, discipline, determination and a positive attitude.” 
 — Rashmi Choudhri, principal

Ryan International School, Khargar

Sector 11, Khargar        
Website: www.ryaninternational.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Teachers
Sports

Board:
Class 10 -IGCSE, ICSE
Class 12- ISC
Annual fee: Rs. 25.695
Student strength: 3,743
Student-teacher ratio: 35:1

History: The school was the first ICSE school in Navi Mumbai. It began functioning formally on June 13, 1999, with 89 students and eight teachers. The first batch passed out in 2006.

Unique features: The school has a swimming pool, auditorium, playground and several well-equipped labs.  The school has been accredited with the International School Award from the British Council.

“The school has excelled for the past 10 years in providing fine education and all-round development, keeping in mind the global scenario and competition. With the blessing of our God, we have been able to achieve these milestones.”
 — Alice Vaz, principal


Ryan International School, Nerul

Sector No. 19A, Nerul    
Website: www.ryaninternational.org

Highest ratings for:
Academic rigour
Selection Process
Value for money

Board:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 20,000
Student strength: 2,593
Student-teacher ratio: 35:1

History: Ryan International Schools are present across the country. This school was founded in 2005.  It comprises six floors with a huge playground and an auditorium.

Unique features: Students have won at various Olympiads. Some students also got to go to NASA for an educational tour. International theatre festivals are held every year as a platform for interaction between students of different nations.
 
“Our vision statement is ‘academic excellence and all-round holistic development of our students’ and we believe in inculcating positivity in our students through prayer, preparation and practice.”
  — Katherine James, principal


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