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Best schools from city's east

india Updated: Sep 18, 2012 16:14 IST

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

See ' Methodology ' for further details.

East zone top schools 2012


BOMBAY SCOTTISH SCHOOL, POWAI

Raheja Vihar, Powai Website: www.bombayscottish.in/powai/

HISTORY: In 1847, a group of Scottish missionaries began Bombay Scottish Orphanage School. In 1976, the name was changed to Bombay Scottish School. In commemoration of its 150 years, the Powai school was established in 1997.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school conducts several inter-house competitions as well as math and science Olympiads. No formal homework is assigned to students in primary school. The school only awards grades.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, diversity and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 40,000
Student strength: 1,600

DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL

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

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

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school focuses on making students aware of the needs of the less-privileged through programmes such as Christmas Panorama and Care-n-Share. For nine consecutive years, it has won the Jesal Niranjan Trophy for the Best Boys’ School in sports in Mumbai.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, selection process and sports

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC
Annual fee: Rs. 23,000
Student strength: 2,905

HIRANANDANI FOUNDATION

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

HISTORY: The school was founded in 1990 to cater to residents of Hiranandani Gardens in Powai.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school has launched a leadership training programme for girls of Class 9 in memory of one of its students. Each class is associated with a different social initiative. The school has rooms designated for dance and music and an audio-visual room.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, infrastructure & facilities and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE,
Class 12 – ISC, IB
Annual fee: Rs. 60,000

LORETO CONVENT SCHOOL

RCF Township, Chembur Website: www.loretoconventschool.org

HISTORY: The school began on June 6, 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 has a Girl Guides programme. The traffic police department also trains students on traffic rules. The school has its own band and the 8 Counts Dance Studio. Students also learn Hindustani classical music and taekwondo.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, cultural activities and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC
Annual fee: Rs. 11,200 (primary)
Secondary section is free
Student strength: 1,593

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR HIGH SCHOOL

St Anthony’s Road, Chembur

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 emphasises sports and co-curricular activities. Students have consistently excelled in football, basketball, badminton and cricket. Its alumni include actor Anil Kapoor and singer Shankar Mahadevan.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Academic rigour, teachers and sports

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC
Annual fee: Not available
Student strength: 3,000

UDAYACHAL HIGH SCHOOL

Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (West) Website: www.udayachal.com

HISTORY: The school was set up primarily to teach children of Godrej employees. On August 15, 1955, a welfare centre, Pragati Kendra, was established. The Kendra workers, assisted by colony residents, then started a ‘Balmandir’ and Udayachal School took root.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school is ISO-14001 certified and has won the International School Award. Students have participated in the Seeds of Peace programme in the US for two years now.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, safety, health and hygiene and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC
Annual fee: Not available
Student strength: 1,176

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

Near Railway Station, Sion (EAST)

HISTORY: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mumbai established the school in 1939. It began as a primary school and became a high school in 1958.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school has an excellent academic record. Located on a hill, students have to climb 50 stairs each day to reach the main square. Students are part of social organisations such as the Red Cross and Rotaract Club.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Attitude towards learning, teachers and life skills education

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC
Annual fee: Rs. 15,500
Student strength: 3,423

ST GREGORIOS HIGH SCHOOL

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

HISTORY: The St Gregorios Education & Medical Trust was formed in 1992. The Gregorian Nursery opened in 1993 and the main school a year later.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school is a member of the Junior Global Partnership programme initiated by the New York Mayor's office. It is also a part of EUMIND, an organisation promoting cultural relations between Europe and India. Students participate in an annual international peace camp in USA.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, selection process and life skills education

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE, Class 12 – ISC
Annual fee: Rs. 52,000

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

LBS Road, Bhandup Website: www.pawarpublicschool.com

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 with 100% results.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school has implemented Xseed i-discover and i-curriculum, activity-based syllabi for students till Class 5. Teachers make an extra effort to bring innovation to the method through which they teach various subjects.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, selection process and parent participation

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 34,900
Student strength: 2,523

SHISHUVAN SCHOOL

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

HISTORY: Shishuvan School was set up in 2001 in response to the community's need for an English medium school with modern facilities.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Concepts such as ‘methods of farming’ are taught to Class 5 students by taking them to Dahanu for paddy farming. A School Self-Review and Evaluation (SSRE) is undertaken to evaluate the school in light of its own philosophy, mission and vision.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Academic rigour, teachers and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 - ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 50,000
Student strength: 1,250
Student-teacher ratio: 18: 1