Amity, step by step top Noida
Twin champions two schools come first in the HT- C fore list of 10 best schools in the cityindia Updated: Nov 18, 2009 17:17 IST
This year, Amity International School, Noida, sent 10 of its children to Sri Ram College of Commerce -- India's best commerce college, where the last student to get in had scored 94 percent.
Excelling in academics is part of the culture for the 15-year-old school that began with 450 students. The number has reached 6,000 today.
Both teachers and students agree that Amity puts them through the grind. And it is not just academics that students are expected to excel in, they also pursue national-level sports and cultural activities with equal severity.
"We have a good balance of academics and co-curricular activities.Our sports teams have been playing national-level basketball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, karate and hockey for four to five years now," says principal Mohina Dar.
"We have coaches for each sport and students practise early morning or after school," Dar said.
The school also boasts of Math Olympiad and junior chess champions.
It also offers a host of co-curricular activities like painting, dance and sculpture.
However, there is immense pressure on young minds who are expected to excel in academics, sports and co-curricular activities.
Shramik Rawal, a Class 5 student of Amity, is a national-level junior player and has also got a ranking (partial) of 1700 from the World Chess Federation.
He attends school, does his homework and practises chess for four to five hours daily.
"I don't get any time to play.Sometimes I get irritated," the 12-yearold says.
For parents who want their children to be all-rounders, the school provides all kinds of opportunity, both in academics and sports.
At the junior level, students have innovative reading classes and smart boards, which help them understand difficult concepts through pictures and graphics. At the senior level, Math Labs make learning and understanding of Maths interesting and easy. While academics is at the centre of the school ideology, students are also encouraged to follow their interests.
There is also good news for parents who have children with learning difficulties. The school has a learning enhancement section for children who suffer from dyslexia, dyscalculia, and language problems.
But the ones who expect personal care of their children could be disappointed.With such large numbers, there are as many as 10 sections in each class, with strength ranging from 35 to 40 students.
3.Delhi Public School
4,000 students, 250 teachers
In 2008-09, 112 out of 323 students in Class 10 scored above 90%. Sixty-four out of 265 students in Class 12 scored above 90%
Rs 2,450 (average monthly fee)
Neighbourhood (within 8 km of school), siblings and alumni are preferred. Interaction with parents and children is held
4. Apeejay School
Numbers: 3,500 students, 137 teachers
Academic rigour: In 2008-09, 15 out of 206 students scored over 95 per cent in Class 10. In Class 12, the highest score was 96.2% (Commerce)
Money matters: Rs 3,325 per month + development fees of Rs 35,000 (approx) at time of admission
Nursery admission: Candidates from nearby areas preferred and also whose parents' thinking is aligned with the school value. Candidate is judged on motor skills, clarity of speech, sociability, etc
5. Sommerville School
Numbers: 3,500 students
Board: CBSE Money matters: Rs 1,400 per month + annual charges of Rs 3400 Nurseryadmission: Residence should be within eight km of school.Interaction with students and parents
6. Kothari International School
Numbers: 1,400 students, 100 teachers
Board: IGCSE (an internationally recognised qualification)
Academic rigour: The average Class 10 result (first batch last year) was A+
Money matters: Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per month Nursery admission: First come first serve basis in nursery only
7. Lotus Valley International School
Numbers: 1,900 students
Academic rigour: This academic year the first batch of Class 12 will appear for their boards. In Class 10, the highest score was 95%
Money matters: Rs 6,000 per month
Nursery admission: School meets parents and children, selection happens on the spot
8. Mayoor School
Numbers: 1,700 students, 102 teachers
Academic rigour: The first batch of Class 12 will appear for the board exam this year. In Class 10, the highest score was 96.3%
Money matters: Rs 3,500 per month
Nursery admission: Informal interaction with parents to ensure parents can afford the fees.
9. The Millennium School
Numbers: 300 students, 37
teachers Board: School runs classes only till the seventh standard
Money matters: Rs 2,500 tuition fees per month + 1,600 activity fees per month
Nursery admission: Interaction with parents
10. Vishwa Bharati Public School
Numbers: 3,500 students
Academic rigour: In 2008-09, the highest Class 10 score was 97.4% and in Class 12 the highest was 94%
Money matters: Tuition fees: Rs 1,300 per month; at the time of admission: Rs 10,000 + development fee of Rs 5,000 + caution money Rs 3,000
Nursery admission: Students and parents are called for interaction.School did not reveal any specific criteria
Admission Formality in Amity and step by step
Amity: The school does not have a clear-cut criteria for nursery admissions. Both children and parents have to go through an 'interaction'. The tuition fee for nursery is Rs 2,200 per month.
"We prefer to take a mix of children from all strata of society. We also take in first generation learners and children from economically weaker sections as and when they comes," said Amity's principal Mohina Dar.
Step By Step: The school does not have any particular admission requirement. Admission begins at pre-school level for toddlers who are two-years-andthree-months old. There are no criteria except distance and admission is on a first-come basis.