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HT Top Schools Survey: Best schools in east Mumbai

education Updated: Sep 10, 2014 17:54 IST
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Here are the 10 schools that ranked highest on our survey from Mumbai’s east zone — this includes areas between Wadala and Mulund.

1) Shishuvan School, Matunga

426, Shraddhanand Road, King’s Circle | Website: www.shishuvan.com

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History: Shishuvan School was set up as a response to the locality’s need for an English-medium school with modern facilities. It was established in June 2001.

Unique features: The school teaches life skills and democracy to students, through forums such as circle time, personal development classes, students’ council and school parliament. One of its unique features is field visits for students (school on wheels). The school, along with parents, helps regulate traffic in the vicinity.

“We believe every individual at Shishuvan counts, and should be nurtured. Our teaching and non-teaching staff ensures quality in our teaching and learning programme. Our school’s leadership team ensures no one is left behind.”— Neha Chheda, director

Highest ratings for: Value for money, teachers, selection process

Board: Class 10 — ICSE

Students: 1,380 boys and girls

Annual fee: Rs. 53,000 approx

Student-teacher ratio: Not available

2) Udayachal High School

Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (East) | Website: www.udayachal.com

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History: Udayachal Schools were established in 1955 in the Godrej Welfare Centre, with the primary aim of providing quality education to the children of Godrej employees.

Unique features: The school provides vocational training to students across a wide range of subjects. It has achieved 100% results in SSC exams for the last nine years. It focuses on inclusive education, and also caters to students with special needs. The school is an ISO-14001 certified institution.

“We strive to nurture young minds to pursue excellence and to develop the school into a top educational edifice that exemplifies value-based learning.” — Rekha Pandey, principal, secondary section, and Binaifer Chhoga, principal, pre-primary, primary sections

Highest ratings for: Teachers, value for money, academic rigour

Board: Class 10 — SSC

Annual fee: Not disclosed

Students: 2,698 boys and girls

Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

3) St Gregorios High School

VN Purav Marg, Chembur | Website: www.stgregorios.net

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History: The St Gregorios Education and Medical Trust was formed in 1992. The Gregorian nursery and kindergarten section was opened in 1993 and the main school the following year.

Unique features: The school has applied for the ISA award. It is equipped with a special-needs cell, which caters to students of other schools as well. The school has tie-ups with Shankar Mahadevan’s music academy and Raell Padamsee’s acting classes for the primary section. It has smart classrooms, but retains traditional teaching methods too.

“The school strongly believes in inclusive education and all-round development. Be it academics, creative or cultural activities, our students excel in everything. We nurture young minds and sensitise them to make them responsible citizens.”— Aditi Banerjee, joint principal

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, teachers, value for money

Board: Class 10 — ICSE, Class 12 — ISC

Annual fee: From Rs. 36,000 to Rs. 42,000

Students: 2,200 boys and girls

Student-teacher ratio: 40:1

4) Don Bosco High School

King’s Circle, Matunga | Website: www.donboscomatunga.com

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History: The school was set up at Tardeo in 1928 by four Salesians, and was named the Educational Institution of Immaculate Conception. It was moved to Matunga in 1941.

Unique features: The school lays emphasis on sports, and has won many medals at the Bombay City District Amateur Athletic Association Meet and the overall championship trophy for Best School in the boys’ section. Classrooms are IT-enabled and there is a physiotherapist on campus. Part of the school was solar-panelled last year and generates around 10 kilo watts of energy.

“We believe school years are not just about the classroom, library or laboratory. The school insists on students learning 21st century skills and this is achieved by collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking.”— Fr Bosco D’mello, principal

Highest ratings for: Selection process, teachers, value for money

Board: Class 10 — SSC

Annual fee: From Rs. 7,600 to Rs. 23,000 (approx)

Students: 2,700 boys

Student-teacher ratio: Not available

5) Hiranandani Foundation School

Hiranandani Gardens, Powai | Website: www.hiranandanischools.edu.in

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History: The Hiranandani Foundation School was founded in 1990 by Hiranandani Foundation, a registered charitable trust. The idea was to serve residents of Hiranandani Gardens in Powai.

Unique features: The school has a number of clubs and groups. The school has applied for the ISA award by the British Council that checks the global pedagogy of the school. It has its own language lab that offers German, French and Spanish. The school also plans to start animation and coding programmes as part of the primary section.

“The school’s ethos and morals are strongly valued, and we consider every child an asset. The academic excellence has been consistent and our students become global citizens in the true sense once they step out of school.”— Kalyani Patnaik, principal

Highest ratings for: Teachers, selection process, academic rigour

Boards: Class 8 and 9 — CIE, Class 10 — ICSE, Class 12 — ISC, IB

Annual fee: Rs. 60,000 approx

Students: 2,500 boys and girls

Students-teacher ratio: 25:1

6) Bombay Scottish School

Raheja Vihar, Off Chandivli Farm Road, Powai | Website: http://bombayscottish.in/powai

History: In 1847, a group of Scottish missionaries started the Bombay Scottish Orphanage School to educate orphans. In 1976, the name was changed to Bombay Scottish School. To mark its 150th anniversary, a school was established at Powai in 1997.

Unique features: The school has state-of-the-art science laboratories and also conducts several quizzes, competitions and a science Olympiad. There are a variety of clubs that students can join, including the nature club, readers’ club, etc. The school has a well-stocked library and routinely takes students on educational project trips.

Despite repeated attempts, the principal, Alice Barretto, was unavailable for comment

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, value for money, teachers

Board: Class 10 — ICSE

Annual fee: Not disclosed

Students: 1,700 boys and girls

Student-teacher ratio: Not available

7) Pawar Public School

LBS Road, Bhandup (West) | Website: www.pawarpublicschool.com

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History: The school’s foundation stone was laid in April 2005 and classes began a year later. The first batch of Class 10 students passed out with 100% results.

Unique features: The school focuses largely on technological and practical education, and has done away with text books till Class 5. Activity-based curriculum XSEED has been implemented for the lower classes. The school video-streams lectures in subjects such as physics. The school organised a cyclathon this year to encourage people to save water, and undertakes social causes regularly.

“Our practical-oriented approach to education helps students gain insight into subjects. This year, our focus is to improve the English language proficiency of students. Our social service programmes help students become better, responsible citizens.” — Suma Das, vice-principal

Highest ratings for: Teachers, value for money, selection process

Board: Class 10 — ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 41,000 approx

Students: 2,600 boys and girls

Student-teachers ratio: 20:1 for the primary section, 40:1 for the secondary section

8) Loreto Convent School

RCF Township, Chembur | Website: www.loretoconventschool.org

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History: The school began at the RCF Township on June 16, 1968. The Loreto sisters took over the school from the Good Shepherd nuns. The school shifted to its present building in 1969.

Unique features: The school conducted seminars this year on parenting, students’ safety, child abuse, among others. Special efforts have been taken to identify students with a learning disability and extra classes are conducted for them. The school has its own band and a dance studio.

“The school believes every child is special and needs to be nurtured in a safe environment, which is what we provide. As educators, we help groom students into effective individuals, who become healthy nation builders.”— Sister Bernadette, principal

Highest ratings for: Teachers, selection process, value for money

Board: Class 10 — SSC

Annual fee: Primary section Rs. 11,400, Secondary: free (government-aided)

Students: 1,500 — boys and girls in the primary section, and only girls in the secondary

Student-teacher ratio: 45:1

9) Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour High School

St Anthony’s Road, Chembur | No official website

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History: The school was established by the Catholic Church in 1957, and is run by the Archdiocese of Bombay. The school is managed by the Redemptorist Fathers.

Unique features: The school focuses equally on academic and co-curricular activities. Music and theatre are also encouraged. It focuses on practical learning and outdoor activities for science classes. Students of the school have made a mark in sports such as squash, badminton and football at the national level.

“Our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have been instrumental in the success of our students. We believe in a traditional approach towards education, interspersed with practical knowledge. We encourage children to develop an interest in all aspects of life.”— Father Paul, member, management

Highest ratings for: Value for money, teachers, selection process

Board: Class 10 — SSC

Annual fee: Rs. 13,200

Students: 2,000 boys

Student-teacher ratio: 60:1

10) Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School

Eastern Express Highway, Chunabhatti | Website not yet operational

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History: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mumbai established the school in 1939. It began as a primary school and was upgraded to status of a high school in 1958.

Unique features: The school is involved in various extra-curricular activities and has a number of clubs and groups that focus on saving the environment. The classrooms are equipped with smartboards. The school was judged the Best Organiser of Science Exhibitions this year, from among 97 schools.

“We believe in an all-round approach to education, and strive to make students aware of their societal responsibilities. The alumni network of the school is strong and relationships last for life. We sensitise children to the needs of the less-fortunate.”— Nirmala Victor, senior teacher

Highest ratings for: Teacher-student relationship, selection process, value for money

Board: Class 10 — SSC

Annual fee: Rs. 15,500

Student strength: 3,800 boys and girls

Student-teacher ratio: 60:1

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