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HT _ CFORE"S SURVEY and this series aims to help you being making one of the most significant decisions about your child's future.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2010 22:57 IST
HT Correspondent

For many Indian parents, selecting what they believe is the appropriate school for their child is among the more significant decisions they will make on behalf of their offspring.

Which schools does one pick to apply to? Then, having passed through the eye of the school admissions needle, which one does one actually enroll in?

These questions bedevil not only newcomers but increasingly also parents who have lived in the city for years.

This is because, city schools are undergoing a rapid transformation. As Mumbai globalises, international boards have made an entry in a big way, often charging fees unheard of before but also bringing in innovative and wider approaches to teaching.

This has inevitably spurred schools of indigenous boards to experiment and change. Also, many among today's generation of highly conscious parents want to be closely involved with their child's lives at school: they want a lot of information about what goes on at school before they send their children there and afterwards.

This series is based on an understanding of these key shifts in schooling and parenting in the city.

Over the next three weeks, it will provide you a window in to the city's school sector, picking out the most significant trends. (See Schedule, on the left, for the line-up).

Needless to say, all surveys, and particularly a perception-based one like this one, can provide only an indication of the city's collective impression about schools. (See Methodology, on the right) Yet one needs to start somewhere, and within the limitations, the survey can still offer you a broad outline of the Mumbai schooling landscape, one that you can use as a basis for a more detailed investigation.

Week 1: Rankings
This week we bring you results of our survey in the form of tables of rankings based on eight weighted parameters.
Monday, 9 November, 2009
(including Navi Mumbai):
The top 50 schools
Tuesday, 10 November, 2009
South: The top 50 schools south of Dadar
Wednesday, 11November, 2009
West: The top 50 schools between of Dadar (W) and Malad
Thursday, 12 November, 2009
East: The top 50 schools between Dadar(E) and Ghatkopar
Friday, 13 November, 2009
North:The top 50 schools north of Malad in the west & Ghatkopar in the east
Saturday, 14 November, 2009
The top 50 schools of Navi mumbai

Week 2 : Profiles
This week, we bring you a detailed profile of the top school in each region including an interview with the principle, best practices and basic statistics. We also offer shoeter profiles of the second and third-ranked school of each region.
Monday, 16 November, 2009
South Mumbai
Tuesday, 17 November, 2009
West Mumbai
Wednesday, 18 November, 2009
East Mumbai
Thursday, 19 November, 2009
North Mumbai
Friday, 20 November, 2009
Navi MUmbai

Week 3 : Trends

This week, we tell you about broad developments in school education in the city.
Monday, 16 November, 2009
The rise of international schools
Tuesday, 17 November, 2009
New trends in teaching
Wednesday, 18 November, 2009
Parent involvement in schools
Thursday, 19 November, 2009
Alternative education - what's available
Friday, 20 November, 2009
Navi Mumbai, an emerging hub of schools