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Best schools in the tricity

With schools across Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula buzzing with nursery admissions, Hindustan Times is pleased to present to its readers the first HT Top Schools' Survey. It's the first-ever ranking of the top ten schools of the tricity and three top schools each of SAS Nagar and Panchkula.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 11, 2013 01:48 IST
HT Correspondents

With schools across Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula buzzing with nursery admissions, Hindustan Times is pleased to present to its readers the first HT Top Schools' Survey. It's the first-ever ranking of the top ten schools of the tricity and three top schools each of SAS Nagar and Panchkula. In all, twenty-five schools, which participated in the survey conducted by C-fore, a Delhi-based research organisation, were assessed on as many as 14 parameters - from academic rigour and infrastructure to social accountability and the use of innovative teaching methods. The ratings may offer a helpful guide to parents seeking entry-level admissions for their children. Every school has its pros and cons. Parents, of course, look for a school with a good academic record, infrastructure and a host of other facilities. But at the end of the day, intangible factors such as teaching philosophy also matter in their choice of school.

St John's High School

Address: Sector 26, Chandigarh

Website:www.stjohnschandigarh.com

HISTORY
Founded by the Christian Brothers on November 15, 1959, St John's High was the first English-medium school to come up in Chandigarh. The first academic session of the all-boys school began on February 1, 1960. It began by enrolling students in classes 3 to 8. It is a Christian mission minority educational institution and its motto "Pro Deo et Patria" translates into "For God and Country".

UNIQUE FEATURES
The school has national presence in gymnastics, chess, football, golf, tennis, horse riding, badminton and archery. Scholarships for deserving students,

PRINCIPAL'S QUOTE
We strive to inculcate in every student a strong sense of social responsibility. Our aim is to groom our students into responsible citizens. Our students are encouraged to value people for who they are.
Kavita Das, principal

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR

Good teachers


Infrastructure and facilities


Value system



BOARD:
Class 10 -

CBSE


Class 12 (commerce and non-medical) -

CBSE


Fee:

R30,000 annually


Students:

2,600 boys


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30


Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh
Address:

Sector 9, Chandigarh


Website:

carmelconvent.org



History:

The school, founded on July 16, 1959, is administered by the Apostolic Carmel Sisters. The all-girls school has branches in Delhi, Giridih, Bhopal, and Faridabad. It is affiliated to the CBSE and recognised by the UT directorate of education.

Unique features: The school has a spacious, well-planned building. It provides quality infrastructure for the overall growth and development of students.

Sister Maria Swati:

"The school strives to serve society and transform young individuals into leaders."



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR


Academic rigour


Life skills education



BOARD:

CBSE up to Class 12


Fee:

R20,000 annually


Students:

2,000


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30


Delhi Public School, Chandigarh
Address:

Sector 40, Chandigarh


Website:

www.dpschd.com

History


The school is a co-educational institution and was established in 2003. Though only 10-years-old, there are 3,465 students enrolled in Delhi Public School. It is among one of the many Delhi Public Schools established across India.



Unique feature:

A large and aesthetic amphitheatre and a newly inaugurated auditorium, known as "Rajiv Gandhi Hall of Excellence", add to the beauty of the school.



PRINCIPAL's QUOTE

We try to equip our students with life skills and groom them to become future leaders. Education to us is not a destination but a journey of discovery and introspection.


Reema Dewan, principal



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR



Academic rigour


Competence of teachers


Social accountability



BOARD:

CBSE up to Class 12


Fee:

R40,000 (approx)


Students:

3,465


Teacher-student ratio:

1:40

Sacred Heart School


Address:

Sector 26, Chandigarh



Website:

NA



History:

It was established in 1968 and is managed by the Institute of Franciscan Clarist Sisters. The all-girls school has six grounds and two buildings, which comprise a junior and a senior block.

Unique feature:

Large playing areas and discipline. The school believes in grooming its students into future leaders.



Principal's quote

We strive to be the best. We work hard to ensure our students are groomed well and have strong moral values.


Sister Nisha, principal



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR


Academic rigour


Competence of teachers


Value system/integration



Board:

CBSE till class 12


Fee:

R15,000


Students:

2,000


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30

St Kabir Public School


Address:

Sector 26, Chandigarh


Website:

stkabir.co.in



HISTORY

The school, founded by JP Singh in 1974, has the motto 'Labor Omnia Vincit' (Labour wins all). A co-educational institution, the school is run by Kabir Educational Society and shifted to its present location in Sector 26 in 1991.



UNIQUE FEATURE

The school is in a tie-up with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Besides, two students of the school attended a summer studies programme organised by Duke University, a US-based private research university, last year.



PRINCIPAL's QUOTE

The all-round development of a child is our focus. We believe in imparting child-centric education and grooming the students to excel in life.


Gurpreet Bakshi, school administrator



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR


Competence of teachers


Academic rigour

Board:

Class 10 - ICSE


Fee:

R53,400 at the entry-level (approx)


Students:

2,600 approx


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh

Address:

Sector 27, Chandigarh


Website:

www.bhavanchd.com

History
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, was established by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a charitable public trust, on November 30, 1983. The co-educational school is affiliated to the CBSE.

Unique feature
The school ranked 42nd in an all India survey conducted in 2012. It regularly plans fieldtrips for its students.

PRINCIPAL'S QUOTE

We always strive to instil good qualities in our students. We believed that is no formula to success that is devoid of hard work, commitment and professional ethics.


Vineeta Arora, principal



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR


Academic rigour


Value for money


Value system



BOARD:

CBSE till class 12


Fee:

R30,000 (approx)


Students:

3,000 (approx)


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30-35

Strawberry Fields World School, Chandigarh


Address:

Sector 26 Chandigarh



Website:

www.sfworldschool.com



History:

The Durga Das Foundation started Strawberry Fields World School in Chandigarh on October 11, 2003. Set up in 1991, the foundation was registered as a trust in 1994.

Unique feature:

The school has world-class infrastructure and claims to have state-of-the-art facilities. The architecture of the school - designed by Mani Chowfla, the man who designed the Indian Habitat Centre - is also unique.



We provide the best of facilities to our students. We try to ensure that our students stand out in a crowd.


Atul Khanna, director



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR


Individual attention to students


Extracurricular activities


Innovative teaching


Safety and hygiene



BOARD:

Class 10 - ICSE



Fee:

R1 lakh at entry level


Students:

2,000


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30

Vivek High School, Chandigarh
Address:

Sector 37, Chandigarh


Website:

www.vivekhighschool.in

History
Established on April 4, 1984, the school is administered by Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust. It has been named 'Vivek' after a house of an ancient Buddhist university in Nalanda.

Unique feature:

The school is known for taking different initiatives. Eminent personalities such as Tom Alter, BV Karath, MK Raina and others are associated with the school.



PRINCIAL's QUOTE

Vivek High is a school where education means more than just imparting knowledge. It is about growing up and finding experiences that develop the character of a student.


PK Singh, principal


HIGHEST RATINGS FOR

Extracurricular activities


Individual attention to students


Infrastructure and facilities


Safety and hygiene



BOARD:

CBSE till class 12


Fee:

R46,000 entry level


Students:

2,600


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30


Yadavindra Public School
Address:

Sector 51, SAS Nagar


Website:

www.ypschd.com

History:

The school was established on April 9, 1979. Raja Ram Pratap Singh was its founder and first chairman. The school is based on the lines of public schools and is a member of the Indian Public School Conference.



Unique features:

The school focuses on sport. Students have the option to choose from squash, soccer, hockey, cricket and tennis. The school has computers in every classroom and was appreciated for being the most computer-literate school in state of Punjab in 2004.



PRINCIPAL's QUOTE


The holistic development of a child is what YPS stands for. We offer a three-dimensional compulsory programme which helps in the growth of a child.


Anita Kashyap, vice principal



HIGHEST RATINGS FOR

Sports


Infrastructure and facilities



Board:

ICSE till class 12


Fee:

R90,000 approx


Students:

3,000 approx


Teacher-student ratio:

1:30


Hansraj Public School, Panchkula
Address:

Sector 6, Panchkula


Website:

hansrajschool.org



HISTORY

The school was established in 1994 and named after eminent luminary Mahatma Hansraj, the headmaster of the first DAV school.



UNIQUE

The school stands out for having an amusement park and a Playroom. Another interesting feature about the school is that cartoon characters have been drawn on its buses.

Principal's quote
We care for our children and believe in the overall development of a child.
Jaya Bhardwaj, principal

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR
Sports
Social accountability
Board: CBSE till class 12
Fee: R30,000 annually
Students: 2,600 approx
Teacher-student ratio: 1:30