The 2011 Hindustan Times-C fore Top School Survey for the National Capital Region graded various schools in Noida according to 14 parameters including ‘extra-curriculur activities’, ‘individual attention to students’ and ‘teacher care and development’. Here is a list of schools that made it to the top ten in alphabetical order.
Amity International School
Located on a 15-acre complex, the philosophy of Amity International School is vidya dadati vinayam (knowledge engenders humility). Besides a busy academic life, students' calendars are packed with sports and co-curricular activities. The school topped the ‘academic rigour’ and ‘life-skills education’ scores in the HT- C Fore survey.
Nursery Fee: R46,000 per annum
Started in 1981, it was one of the first schools of the region. Built on 16 acres of land, Apeejay has a 1,200-seater auditorium and a well-stocked library with more than 20,000 books. The school has several clubs such as the robotics and literary club that make the campus an interesting place.
It has topped the survey in ‘sports’ and ‘value for money’ parameters.
Nursery Fee: R60,000 per annum
Delhi Public School, Noida
Delhi Public School boasts of a campus characterised by open spaces and landscaped gardens. The school aims to impart value-based education to students, making them ‘citizens of the world’. The school had the second-highest scores in the ‘sports’, ‘infrastructure and facilities’, ‘teacher care and development’ and ‘academic rigour’ categories in the survey.
Nursery Fee: R42,250 p.a (in 2010)
Khaitan Public School
The school conducts regular parent-teacher meetings, orientation programmes and career counseling sessions. It has introduced an innovative approach to learning, involving a mix of classroom teaching with audio-visual aids, regular teacher training and co-curricular activities for students. It does well on parameters such as ‘safety and hygiene’ and ‘value for money’.
Nursery FEE: R47,815 per annum
Lotus Valley International
The 12.5-acre campus has state-of-the art infrastructure — a new senior wing is just being completed. The school believes in treating every student as an individual with unique abilities. It lays stress on extra-curricular activities and sports. The school boasts of the best ‘infrastructure and facilities’ and 'safety and hygiene' scores among all top Noida schools.
Nursery FEE: R84,600 per annum
Mayoor School was set up in 2003 in collaboration with the General Council of Mayo College, Ajmer. The school is located on the Noida expressway, making access easy for Delhi and Noida residents. It scores well in the ‘individual attention to students’ as well as the ‘value system’ categories. The school has tied up with FIITJEE to help the students crack the competitive exams.
Nursery fee: R77,000 per annum
Ryan International School
The school was established in 1992 with only 28 students. With a current strength of over 2000, it actively stresses on a child’s uniqueness and takes steps to hone each and every child’s craft. It is known for providing excellent facilities for various activities like music and art. It scores well on parameters such as ‘value system’ and ‘safety and hygiene’ in the survey.
Nursery fee: R40,000 excl admission charges
The school lays a great deal of stress on academic excellence, which can be seen from their results. It tops the survey in ‘academic rigour’ and ‘value for money’. The school has well-equipped computer and art laboratories. Book weeks, an annual musical show and environment awareness programmes are regularly held and students take part in community service.
Nursery cost: N/A
Step by Step
Despite being one of Noida's newest schools, Step by Step has quickly established itself as the school to beat. It tops the survey in the ‘teacher care and development’, ‘extra-curricular activities,’ ‘competence of teachers’, ‘innovative teaching’ parameters among others. Interactive sessions for students with special needs are also held by qualified teachers.
Nursery cost: R1,26,900 per annum
Vishwa Bharti Public school
The school has an aesthetically laid out campus with imposing buildings supporting hi-tech infrastructure including 'smart' classes. To focus on the all-round development of children, great emphasis is laid on value-based education and teaching core Indian values to students. Not surprisingly, it tops the survey in the 'value system' category and does well in the ‘academic rigour’ and ‘safety and hygiene’ categories.
Nursery cost: R28,080 per annum