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india Updated: Dec 27, 2010 11:23 IST
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The second school to be established under the Springdales Education Society, Springdales Dhaula Kuan came up in 1980. Ably guided by Principal Dr (Mrs) Jyoti Bose since 1988, a Springdalian herself, the school has gone from strength to strength. The school was one of the first to have a no-examination up to class VIII, using grades for assessment instead of marks.

Springdales has made promising efforts in the fields of community service and helped eradicate illiteracy. Its unique inclusive education program ensures that children with special needs, as also those from economically backward homes get every opportunity to join the mainstream.

Echoing the Springdales ethos, Abhishek an alumnus from the batch of 2000, says, "School was the best time of my life. Participating in annual days, sports days, community service programs, bunking classes, etc.

The list goes on and on! In fact, I hardly missed an opportunity to have fun."

The inclusive education centre established in the school in July 2006 has been a great success, with giving the children with special needs, the freedom and flexibility to progress at their own pace.

The Old Springdalians Association regularly holds large-scale health camps, literacy programmes and community service projects where a large number of old students and parents participate.

Among the initiatives of the school is Kaamyab, which will impart basic skills and personality development to young children from slum colonies. Saath-Saath Learning Center, another initiative of the school is for inclusive education and began in July 2006 in order to further enhance the inclusive educational programme of the school.

3 Springdales School
Board: CBSE
Phone: 011-24116657
Nursery fees: R34,140
Average number of students in a section: KG to Class 5 — 43; Classes 6 to 10 — 46 and Classes 11 and 12 — 42
Total number of students: 2474
Total number of fulltime teachers: 92