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Keeping up the quality

Riding high on a record of all-round development of students, St John’s High School, Chandigarh, has been rated the best for the second consecutive year in the Hindustan Times-C-fore top schools’ survey in the tricity.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 28, 2013 16:50 IST
HT Correspondents

Riding high on a record of all-round development of students, St John’s High School, Chandigarh, has been rated the best for the second consecutive year in the Hindustan Times-C-fore top schools’ survey in the tricity.


Scoring 797 on a scale of 1,000, the all-boys school’s thrust on sports and the competence of its teachers, besides the basic infrastructure, has made it stand out again.

Kavita C Das, principal of St John’s, said it was a proud moment to be rated the best again: “We believe in giving our boys value-based education that has a spiritual bent too. That is what makes them gentlemen who stand out in society and bring laurels to their school.”

Manish Tewari, a Congress MP and union minister for information and broadcasting, an alumnus of St John’s, was thrilled: “It is indeed a matter of immense satisfaction that my alma mater is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of recognition. The credit for these laurels must go to the principal and staff.”

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, also a St John’s passout, commented, “My school is the best, and I just hope I make my school proud year after year.”

On the second spot again is Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, with a score of 778. The strong points of the school, as per the survey, are academic rigour, extra-curricular activities and competence of teachers. “The credit goes to our entire team.

We have been striving for academic excellence and our focus remains on overall development,” Sister Maria Swati, principal of Carmel Convent, said.

With a score of 748, Delhi Public School (DPS), Chandigarh, retains its third position, this year sharing it with Sacred Heart Public School, Chandigarh, which has jumped a spot to be bracketed third.

Of the 14 parameters that formed the basis of the survey, academic rigour and competence of teachers worked for DPS, while Sacred Heart scored high on academics and infrastructure. Strawberry Fields World School, Chandigarh, has come up from the seventh spot last year to be rated fifth this time. Here, individual attention to student, along with infrastructure, came up as strong points.

From SAS Nagar, Yadavindra Public School is in the top 10 at the seventh spot, up a rank from last time.

Panchkula’s lone entrant in the top 10, occupying the 10th spot, is Bhavan Vidyalaya, which was ranked 12th the last time.
Tomorrow: focus on panchkula

What they say



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/Kavita%20Das%20principallive_compressed.jpgAT ST JOHN'S SCHOOL, WE BELIEVE IN GIVING OUR BOYS VALUE-BASED EDUCATION THAT HAS A SPIRITUAL BENT TOO. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM GENTLEMEN WHO STAND OUT IN SOCIETY AND BRING LAURELS TO THE SCHOOL.

Kavita C Das, principal of St John's, Chandigarh.

IT IS INDEED A MATTER OF IMMENSE SATISFACTION THAT MY ALMA MATER, ST JOHN'S SCHOOL, IS

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/Manish%20Tiwarilive_compressed.jpgGROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN TERMS OF RECOGNITION. THE CREDIT FOR LAURELS MUST GO TO THE PRINCIPAL AND STAFF.

Manish Tewari, union I&B minister.



THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE SCHOOL, THE FEE STRUCTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/parent%20gurjotlive_compressed.jpgPROVIDED TO THE CHILD AND THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL ARE KEY FACTORS. DISTANCE FROM HOME ALSO MATTERS FOR MANY.

Gurjot singh, father of a child in pre-school.


The top ten

St John's High School



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/St.%20Johns%20schoollive_compressed.jpgSector 26, chandigarh (2012 rank: 1)

The school was founded by Christian Brothers on November 15, 1959. By January, admissions were made for class 3 to 8. The school formally opened on February 1, 1960, with 41 students.

Affilated to: CBSE

Entry-level seats: 160

#Entry-level fee: Rs 30,000

Website: stjohnschandigarh.com

# approximate fee for whole year.Carmel Convent School

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Sector 9, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 2)

Founded on July 16, 1959, it is run by the Apostolic Carmel Sisters, an Indian Christian assemblage that originated in 1870. Affilated to: CBSE

Entry-level seats: 120

Entry-level fee: Rs 20,000

Website: carmelconvent.orgDelhi Public School

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Sector 40, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 3)

The school was established in 2003, and follows the pattern of other Delhi Public Schools. There are over 150 DPSes in India, the largest number in a chain compared to any other functioning in India and abroad.

Affilated to: CBSE

Entry-level seats: 150

Entry-level fee: Rs 40,000

website: dpschd.com

Sacred Heart School

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Sector 26, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 4)

It was established in 1968, and managed by the institute of Franciscan Clarist Sister. It is providing girl students with the best of facilities. Medium of instruction is English and Hindi. Punjabi offered till Class 8.

Affilated to: CBSE (till Class 12)

Entry-level seats: 200

Entry-level fees: Rs 15,000

Website: sacredheartchd.com

Strawberry Fields

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Sector 26, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 7)

Durga Das Foundation formally launched Strawberry Fields World School on October 11, 2003. The school has been designed by Mani Chowfla, the man who designed India Habitat Centre and the Sri Ram School in New Delhi.

Affilated to: ICSE

Entry-level seats: 160

Entry-level fees: Rs 1 lakh

Website: sfworldschool.comBhavan Vidyalaya (Chd)

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Sector 27, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 5)

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, is a part of an Indian educational trust. Founded on November 30, 1983 by KM Munshi, the trust operates through its 117 centers in India, seven abroad and 355 constituent institutions.

Affilated to: CBSE (till Class 12)

Entry-level seats: 100

Entry-level fees: Rs 30,000

Website: bhavanchd.comSt Kabir Public School

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Sector 26, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 5)

JP Singh established the school in 1974, with a motto 'Labor Omnia Vincit' that is Labour Wins All. The school is co-ed and is run by Kabir Educational Society. It ha key tie-up with The Energy and Resources Institute, commonly known as TERI.

Affilated to: CBSE

Entry-level seats: 90

Entry-level fees: Rs 50,000

Website: stkabir.co.inYadavindra Public School

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Sector 51, SAS Nagar (2012 rank: 8)

Established on April 9, 1979, under the patronage of Capt Amarinder Singh, the erstwhile maharaja of Patiala, YPS was first in tricity with day-boarding facility. It has 30 classrooms with Tata Classedge learning system within a huge campus.

Affilated to: ICSE (up to Class 12)

Entry-level seats: 60 (approx)

Entry-level fees: R1-2.5 lakh (website)

Website: ypschd.com

*bracketed 7th, scored same as St KabirVivek High School



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/Vivek%20High%20Schoollive_compressed.jpgSector 38, Chandigarh (2012 rank: 8)

Established on April 4, 1984, it is run under the patronage of Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust. Known for taking initiatives like Asian Cricket Academy, adoption of Pustak School, apprenticeship programme called Job Shadowing.

Affilated to: CBSE (till Class 12)

Entry-level seats: 95

Entry-level fees: Rs 50,000

Website: vivekhighschool.inBhavan Vidyalaya (P'kula)



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/12/Bhavan%20Vidyalya%20pkulalive_compressed.jpgSector 15, Panchkula (2012 rank: 12)

Established in 1994, the school has two libraries, smart classrooms, and has infrastructure to support 13 games. It also has a learning centre where students with special needs are guided by a special educator.

Affilated to: CBSE

Entry-level seats: 120

Entry-level fees: R35,400

Website: bhavanpanchkula.in

They too make the grade
They may not have made it to the Top Ten, but they hold as much promise as their crowned counterparts. Here is a list of other options in the tricity.

Hansraj Public School
Sector 6, Panchkula
Established in 1994, the school has smart classrooms, with no physical books, as education is technologically-driven. It has good facilities for sports too.


St Anne's Convent School
Sector 32, Chandigarh
It identifies itself as a Christian minority institution, established by the Simla-Chandigarh Educational Society in 1977 and administered by the Religious Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate.

The Gurukul
Sector 20, Panchkula
Established in 2001, The Gurukul has pioneered in numerous fields as well in following Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation system for 10 years even before CBSE introduced it. It offers online fee payment and registration facility for parents.

St Stephen's School
Sector 45, Chandigarh
It is a Roman Catholic school founded by an Anglo-Indian Catholic principal, Harold Anthony Patrick Carver, in 1982. The building that houses the classrooms covers five acres with equal space allocation between boys and girls.

DAV Public School
Sector 8, Chandigarh
The school that has entered its 35th year and has a holistic take on learning. In a special initiative, over 100 underprivileged kids are provided with foster parents who look after their academic, financial, social and above all their emotional needs.


Methodology
The survey was conducted by research organisation C-fore in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula, covering 25 respondent schools.

A perceptual survey was conducted among 1,225 parents and teachers in these cities.

The respondents of the survey were asked to assess the schools that they were familiar with on a 10-point scale against different parameters.

Simultaneously, objective data was also obtained from various schools which was further validated by C-fore researchers by visiting schools and also by checking data from other secondary sources.

Results of the perceptual survey were combined with objective data to rank schools.

Perceptual data scores were extrapo lated for schools whose objective data was not available. Parameters
covered include competence of teachers, teacher care & development, academic rigour, co-curricular
activities, sports, individual attention to students, teaching learning processes/innovative teaching, value system integration, life skills education, safety and hygiene, social accountability, parental participation, infrastructure and facilities, and value for money.

Compiled by: Shailee Dogra, Eileen Singh, Hillary Victor and Bhartesh Singh Thakur.
Photos by: Gurpreet Singh, Abhishek Sethi, Keshav Singh, Gurminder Singh and Sant Arora.


Disclaimer
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