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Best schools from city's north
Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 11, 2012
First Published: 00:43 IST(11/9/2012)
Last Updated: 16:37 IST(13/9/2012)
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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.

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. Methodology

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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.

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.  North zone top schools 2011

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. See graphic

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.

BILLABONG HIGH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, THANE
Wagle estate, Thane

Website: www.billabongthane.com

History: The school was started in 2006 with more than 400 students. It has grown systematically and set a strong foundation. The first batch of ICSE students cleared Class 10 in 2011 with 100% results.

Unique features: All students are required to participate in the annual concert and sports day. The school believes in activity-based education and encourages students to reinforce the concepts they have learnt through classroom activities. The school gives a hands-on experience to students.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Teacher-student relationship, Selection process

Board: Class 5. ICSE, Class 6 to Class 10. ICSE, IGCSE

Annual fee: Rs. 55,000. Rs. 70,000

Student strength: 1,117

Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

SACRED HEART SCHOOL, KALYAN
Murbad road, kalyan, Thane district

Website: www.sacredheartschool.in

History: The school was established by CC Anthony in 2001. It is a pioneering eco-school. The school aims to mould ‘Green Warriors’ of the coming generations, men and women who are driven with passion to bloom wherever planted.

Unique features: The 11-acre campus includes a cricket and a football ground, basketball and badminton courts, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. The school also has three auditoriums, six laboratories and ITenabled classrooms. There are two dance rooms and a department for documentary-making.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Sports, Selection process

Board: Class 10. SSC

Annual fee: Rs. 30,400

Student strength: 2,470

Student-teacher ratio: 20:1

NL DALMIA HIGH SCHOOL
Mira road, Thane district

Website: www.nldalmia.co.in

History: The school was started in 1991 by philanthropist Niranjan Lalji Dalmia. He chose Mira Road because the suburb did not have good English medium schools. In 2008-09, the school shifted from the state board to ICSE.

Unique features: The school conducts regular workshops and hobby classes. It gives accident and medical insurance to all students, staff and faculty.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 31,800

Student strength: 2,043

Student-teacher ratio: 24:1

CHILDREN’S ACADEMY, MALAD
Bl muraka marg, Malad (EAST)

Website: www.children-academy.org

History: Vasudev Bhat, a former civic education inspector, established the school in Malad in 1970. The school got its building in 1986 and has since added three branches.

Unique features: Technology is this school’s forte. It has TVs, computers and projectors in each classroom. It has many clubs such as nature, science and literature.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, SSC

Annual fee: Rs. 29,500

Student strength: 1,734

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
National Highway No. 8, Dahisar (east)

Website: www.sisindia.net

History: The school was established in 2005 with a vision to be a global school.

Unique features: The school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as a multi-resource library, dance studios, a multi-sports complex including an athletic track and a 6,000 sq ft. auditorium.

Highest ratings for: Safety, health and hygiene, Infrastructure and facilities, Selection process

Board: Class 1 to Class 6. Singapore curriculum, Class 7 to Class 10. IGCSE, Class 12. IB

Annual fee: Rs. 6.5 lakh (for residential students)

Student strength: 460

Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

GUNDECHA EDUCATION ACADEMY
Thakur village, Kandivli (east)

Website: www.gundechaedu.org

History: The school was established by Paras and Mamta Gundecha in 2004. The school aims to provide quality education at an affordable price.

Unique features: It was the first ICSE school in the state to get an accreditation from the Quality Council of India. The school has daily surprise tests for students. In December students take the ASSET test, which helps in gauging their overall performance.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, Class 12. ISC

Annual fee: Rs. 62,760

Student strength: 2,445

Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

RYAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, KANDIVLI
90 Feet road, asha nagar, Kandivli

Website: To be functional in a month

History: Ryan International Group of Schools started its first CBSE school in the northern region of Mumbai in 2006. In its first year, the school offered admission up to Class 7 and has added classes every year.

Unique features: The school provides facilities such as ‘smart’ classrooms, media education, health awareness workshops and online communication platforms to help students hone their skills.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10, Class 12. CBSE

Annual fee: Rs. 29,895

Student strength: 2,900

Student-teacher ratio: 34:1

SMT SULOCHANADEVI SINGHANIA SCHOOL
JK Gram, Thane (west)

Website: www.singhaniaschool.org

History: Gopal Singhania established the school in 1968 in memory of his wife, Sulochanadevi. The school began in 1969.

Unique features: Till Class 4, the school follows a thematic teaching pattern and students don’t have to carry any notebooks. From Class 4 to Class 7, they carry one textbook. The Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad has made a case study on their teaching methods.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, Class 12. ISC

Annual fee: Rs. 39,400

Student strength: 6,350

Student-teacher ratio: 27:1

HIRANANDANI FOUNDATION SCHOOL, THANE
Hiranandani Estate, Thane

Website: www.hiranandanischools.edu.in

History: Hiranandani, a group of property developers, have set up various schools for residents of its townships. This school was established in 1999.

Unique features: The school provides excellent infrastructure to tap students’ potential in academics, sports, art, music and drama. Classrooms are equipped with ‘smart boards’ to assist teachers.

Highest ratings for: Attitude towards learning, Cultural activities, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, Class 12. ISC

Annual fee: Rs. 48,800

Student strength: 2,618

Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

THAKUR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
CTS No 1299, Shivaji road, Kandivli (west)

Website: www.tismumbai.in

History: The school was founded in 2007 and provides a complete and contemporary educational experience to students. It endeavors to nurture young minds through a sound educational program. (Source: school website)

Unique features: Students enjoy co-curricular activities such as badminton, pipe band, cricket, dance, chess and swimming. The school strives to create a community of globallyminded citizens in an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding and trust. (Source: school website).

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, IGCSE

Annual fee: Not available

Student strength: Not available

Student-teacher ratio: Not available


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