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The best schools in the east

india Updated: Sep 27, 2010 10:19 IST

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1. Auxilium Convent
Karthak Road, Wadala (W)
Website: To launch soon

Highest Ratings For
. Teachers
. Selection process
. Diversity
. Value for money

Board: 10th — SSC; does not have 11th and 12th
Monthly fee: Rs 800 for the primary section; the secondary school is free
Student strength: 2,222 girls
Student-teacher ratio: 40:1

History: The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, commonly known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, founded Auxilium Convent High School.

Unique features: The school has top notch state-level teams for basketball, hockey and football. The school offers lessons in guitar, keyboard and violin. The school introduced a Girl Guides programme two years ago and several students are now part of the guiding movement. Students participate in English and Grammar Olympiads

“The school aims to produce students who are spiritually sound human beings and good citizens who will contribute to society.” – Sister Susan Moraes, principal

2. Convent Girls’ High School
K.Gadgil Marg, Prabhadevi
Website: http://fhic-cghs.com

Highest Ratings For
. Educational philosophy
. Academic rigour
. Social engagement
. Diversity

Board: 10th — SSC; does not have 11th and 12th
Monthly fee: Rs 500 for the primary section, the secondary section is free
Student strength: 2,000 girls
Student-teacher ratio: 40:1

History: The Congregation of the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception set up the school in 1912 at Prabhadevi. The school was originally attached to the Salvation Church and later moved to its current premises. From a co-educational school, it became an allgirls’ school within a few years of its establishment.

Unique features: The school offers a host of extra-curricular activities including yoga, dancing, volleyball, and music. The school puts up musicals every few years for which students are trained by instructors. Students have been involved in various ecoinitiatives and the school has a ‘care for conservation’ theme this year. Students were also involved in campaigning for an environment-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi.

“Our mission is to teach students to live. We want them to think freely and critically.” – Sister Stella Marthi, principal

3. Don Bosco High School
King’s Circle, Matunga,
Website: www.donboscomatunga.com

Highest Ratings For
. Sports
. Social engagement
. Diversity
. Academic rigour

Board: 10th — SSC; does not have 11th and 12th
Monthly fee: Rs. 500
Student strength: 2,885 boys
Student-teacher ratio: 55:1

History: It was established by four Salesians in 1928 and named the Educational Institution of the Immaculate Conception in Tardeo. Father Aurelius Maschio was called from Cherapunjee to take charge of the school. However, eviction notices by the landlord forced him to move to Matunga in 1941. The present boarding house in the school was built in 1965.

Unique features: The school skilfully blends academics and sports. It focuses on making students aware of the needs of the less privileged through programmes such as Christmas Panorama and Care-N-Share. Teachers teach through the discovery method. For nine consecutive years, it has won the Jesal Niranjan Trophy for the Best Boys’ School in sports in Mumbai.

4. Hiranandani Foundation School
Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Website: www.hiranandanischools.edu.in

Highest Ratings For
. Academic rigour
. Teacher-student relationship
. Infrastructure and facilities
. Safety, health and hygiene

Boards: 10th — ICSE. 12th — ISC, IB
Monthly fee: Rs 3,300 for ICSE students
Student strength: 2,000 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 35: 1 in the ICSE/ISC section, 15:1 in the IB division

History: The school was founded 20 years ago.

Unique features: It recently 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 or a non-governmental organisation. The school has rooms for dance and music and an audio-visual room.

“The school nurtures students with the aim of producing outstanding citizens who are not just academically but also culturally, physically and socially wellrounded human beings.”
– Kalyani Patnaik, principal

5. Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School
Website: www.olgchighschool.com

Highest Ratings For
. Selection process
. Social engagement
. Diversity
. Academic rigour

Boards: 10th — SSC; does not have 11th and 12th
Monthly fee: Rs 500
Student strength: 3,550 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 45:1

History: Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School was established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mumbai, which began with a primary section in 1939. It is run by the Society of Friars Minor, a religious order for men that is part of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a municipal school from class 1 to 4.

Unique features: The school emphasises discipline and has an excellent academic record. Located on a hill, the school is a
famous landmark. Students have to climb 50 steps each day to reach the main square. It is known for is national-level basketball team. Its students are part of social organisations such as the Red Cross and Rotaract Club.

6. Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour
St Anthony’s Road, Chembur
Website: Doesn’t have one

Highest Ratings For
. Quality of teachers
. Sports
. Life Skills
. Breadth of Vision

Boards: 10th – SSC, does not have 11th and 12th

7. South Indian Education Society High School
K.A. Subramaniam Road, Matunga
Website: www.sieshsm.net

Highest Ratings For
. Academic rigour
. Safety, health and hygiene
. Value for money
. Sports

Board: 10th — SSC, does not have 11th and 12th
Monthly fee: No tuition fee, charges only for educational material

History: The South Indian Education Society established the SIES High School in 1932.

Unique features: The pre-primary section follows the ‘shishu pahel’ (student-first) methodology that is based on child-initiated learning. Children are encouraged to plan and construct their own lessons. The school celebrates festivals, conducts competitions, takes students on field trips, holds thematic exhibitions and organises other activities to teach children about Indian culture.

“The school nurtures not just intellectual development but also cultural, social and spiritual development. As a school, we are committed to student-centred education.”
– P. Mangala, headmistress

8. ST Anthony's School

Highest Ratings For
.
Social engagement
. Cultural activities
. Diversity

Boards: 10th – SSC, does not have 11th and 12th

9. ST Gregorios High School
V.N. Purav Marg, Chembur
Website: www.stgregorious.net

Highest Ratings For
. Teachers
. Selection process
. Value for money
. Teacher-student relationship

Board: 10th – ICSE, 12th — ISC
Monthly fee: Rs 2,000
Student strength: 1,750 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

History: St. Gregorios nursery was started by the St. Gregorios Medical and Education Trust in 1993. The high school was started a year later in its current location with 21 children in class 1. Today, it is housed in a fivestoreyed
building and has basketball and throwball courts, a long jump pit and stadium.

Unique features: Over the past 10 years, the school has published eight books, all of them written in school by students as part of their project work. The school has represented India at several international cultural festivals at Sweden, Malaysia, Switzerland, Korea, and Taiwan. The school also started the first multilingual language laboratory in the city offering French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese books and reading
material.

“For us, each child is a person, and not a roll number. I know almost all my students by name.”
—Ranjini Krishnaswamy, principal

10. Swami Vivekanand High School
Sindhi Society, Chembur
Website: Does not have one

Highest Ratings For
. Academic rigour
. Safety, health and hygiene
. Selection process
. Educational philosophy

Board: 10th — SSC, 12th - HSC
Monthly fee: Rs 600 for the primary section, Rs 20 to Rs 50 for the secondary section
Student strength: 7,000 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 50:1

History: The school was established by Hashu Advani, the state’s former finance minister and social worker, in 1962. At that
time, there were 252 students. Despite being started for Sindhis, the school admits students from all communities.

Unique features: The school admits all students who apply. Its foundation is valuebased education. Recently, the school started the ‘Educom Smart Class’, which involves learning through computers. Yoga classes are held for every standard once a
week.

“Our school has a student-centred approach. A student’s pace and learning needs are evaluated and then taught
through a flexible curriculum.”
—P. Vaswani, principal

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