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Best schools from city's west

india Updated: Sep 18, 2012 17:02 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.

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. 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.

See Methodology for further details.

ARYA VIDYA MANDIR, JUHU

Plot No 287, Jvpd Scheme, Juhu

HISTORY: Arya Vidya Mandir Society runs the group of Arya Vidya Mandir Schools in Mumbai. The first Arya Vidya Mandir was started in Santacruz, which was followed by another in Bandra. The Juhu branch came into existence in 1989.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school has a diverse and specialised curriculum, which helps a child develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Two environmental study weeks are conducted in a year where special focus is given to a particular environmental issue. 'Dharam Shiksha' is imparted to students to inculcate a strong value system.

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

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Not available
Student strength: Not available
Student-teacher ratio: Not available

BOMBAY CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL

Chakala, Andheri (East)
Website: www.bombaycambridgeschooleast.org

HISTORY: The school was established in 1993. It emphasises independence, integrity and excellence for every student.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Students regularly go on field trips. They are also coached for several external exams. The school library has around 15,000 books and several periodicals and magazines. It has been awarded the ‘Best International School Award’ by the British Council Library.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Cultural Activities, life skill education and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC, IGCSE
Annual fee: Rs. 48,000 (IGCSE), Rs. 25,000 (SSC)
Student strength: 2,845

BOMBAY SCOTTISH SCHOOL

Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim
Website: www.bombayscottish.in

HISTORY: In 1847, a group of Scottish missionaries began Bombay Scottish Orphanage School. In 1976, the name was changed to Bombay Scottish School. The school structure is a heritage building.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school is strong at several sports including shooting. Every student travels to school by bus. Its distinguished alumni include Ranjit Hoskote and Rahul Sharma.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Educational philosophy, sports and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE, Class 12 – ISC
Annual fee: Rs. 40,000

CHATRABBHUJ NARSEE MEMORIAL SCHOOL

Dadabhai Road, Vile Parle (West)
Website: www.cnmschool.org

HISTORY: The Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal started the school in 1996. Mukesh Patel, the driving force, wanted a good, affordable English-medium ICSE school in the area.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school aims to make education stress-free and has compulsory yoga every morning. To avoid unhealthy competition, it follows a grading system till Class 8. It is an inclusive school.

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

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 40,000
Student strength: 3,380

JAMNABAI NARSEE SCHOOL

JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (West)
Website: www.jns.ac.in

HISTORY: Brothers Chatrabhuj Pratap and Dharamshee Narsee formed the Shri Narsee Public Charitable Trust in 1959. They established the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust in 1970. This school is named after their mother.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school’s resource centre has 11 educators for children with special needs. The school also has a career guidance centre for its IB students. It also hosts a sports week for children with special needs.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Cultural activities, value for money and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE, IGCSE and NIOS; Class 12 – ISC, IB
Annual fee: Rs. 40,000
Student strength: 4,800

DHIRUBHAI AMBANI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Bandra-Kurla complex, Bandra (East)
Website: www.da-is.org

HISTORY: The school opened in Januray 2003 and is housed in a seven-storeyed building with state-of-the-art labs. Nita M Ambani, wife of industrialist Mukesh Ambani is the chairperson of the school.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Its students have won scholarships from Stanford, Princeton and Yale, among other international universities. It has hosted the
pan-Asian Inaugural International Sports and Cultural Fest.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Teachers, academic rigour and the social engagement

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE, IGCSE, Class 12 – IB
Annual fee: Rs. 1,09,500
Student strength: 1,050

MANECKJI COOPER SCHOOL

Juhu Tara road, Santacruz (West)
www.maneckjicooperschool.com

HISTORY: The Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School was inaugurated on September 15, 1959 with 30 children in the nursery class. The school was named after Maneckji Cooper, a pioneer of secondary education, by a private non-missionary enterprise in western India.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school recently received the Best School Award by the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations for Welfare and Culture for having maximum Zoroastrians in the ICSE merit list.

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

BOARD:
Class 10 – ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 36,400
Student strength: 1,902

OBEROI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon (East)
Website: www.oberoi-is.org

HISTORY: Oberoi International School began in August 2008. The school is a contemporary urban school and a part of Oberoi Realty’s integrated township — Oberoi Garden City.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Knowledge, respect, social responsibility, creativity and celebration of accomplishments are the core values of the school. Students from almost 16 different nationalities contribute to the cultural diversity of the school.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Selection process, cultural activities and sports

BOARD:
Class 10 – IGCSE, Class 12 – IB
Annual fee: R2,94,000

PODAR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Saraswati Road, Santacruz
Website: www.podarinternationalschool.com

HISTORY: In 1927, Anandilal Podar, a businessman who ran cotton mills, founded the Podar Group of Schools. Mahatma Gandhi was the first president of the Anandilal Podar Trust. A trust manages the school, which was founded in 2004.

UNIQUE FEATURES: The school has 60 laptops that students can borrow for class. Its classrooms have interactive boards and 24-inch television screens. This is part of the school’s drive to go paperless. It wants to eventually have laptops for all children.

HIGHEST RATINGS FOR:
Academic rigour, teacher-student relationship and the selection process

BOARD:
Class 10-IGCSE,
Class 12-IB, A level
Annual fee: Rs. 1,38,000

UTPAL SHANGHVI SCHOOL

JVPD Scheme, Juhu
Website: www.utpalshanghvischool.org

HISTORY: The school was started by members of 14 housing societies in Juhu after they found it difficult to get their children into good, co-educational English medium schools within walking distance of their homes.

UNIQUE FEATURES: Students play a variety of sports including martial arts such as belt-wrestling and jujitsu. The school offers parent-enrichment workshops has a state-of-the-art audio-visual room.

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

BOARD:
Class 10 – SSC; IGCSE,
Class 12 – A level
Annual fee: Rs. 28,000 (SSC), Rs. 63,000 (IGCSE), Rs. 3,10,000 (A level)
Student strength: 3,087

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