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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

The best  schools in Navi Mumbai
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 28, 2010
First Published: 16:18 IST(28/9/2010)
Last Updated: 16:30 IST(28/9/2010)

1. Apeejay School
    Sector-15, Nerul
    Website: www.apeejay.edu

Highest Ratings For
.  Academic rigour
.  Educational philosophy
.  Value for money
.  Life skills education

Board: 12th - CBSE
Monthly fee: Between Rs. 1,400 to Rs. 1,800
Student strength: 2,500 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 27: 1

History: The school was promoted under the aegis of Apeejay Education Society, Delhi in 1986. The executive committee was nominated on June 16, 1986, which
acquired the school plot from CIDCO in Nerul. It was the first school in Navi Mumbai to offer the CBSE curriculum.

Unique features: The school has a threefloored building with a library and a unique science park with gadgets to help kids understand machines better. The school participates in all inter-school activities at the national and international level. It is known for its girls’ volleyball team. They also regularly train their faculty to upgrade them with latest teaching techniques and methodology.
“Our strength is our children. This year in the Class 10 board results, 106 of our 187 students scored above 90 per cent. Yet, we do not over-emphasise on academics.” – Rajesh Joshi, principal

2.  Avalon Heights International
     Sector 19-B, Vashi
    Website: www.avalonheights.org

Highest Ratings For
.
  Parent participation
.  Infrastructure and facilities
.  Educational philosophy
.  Innovative teaching

Board: 10th- ICSE and IGCSE
Monthly fee: Rs 4,170 for ICSE and Rs. 8,333 for IGCSE
Student strength: 1,100 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: ICSE: 10:1,
IGCSE: 30:1

History: The school began as a playschool in 1998 in a small 550 sq ft space in Koparkhairne. It was started by Simi Sharma and was appreciated for its childcentric culture. It moved to its present premises in Vashi in 2005 and has classes from the pre-primary to class 10.

Unique features: The inclusive school is known for its child-centric learning environment. In an attempt to teach the way ‘children like to learn’ the school follows practices such as a student–led Open Day, flexible Fridays and various other hands-on experiences through special days, field visits and visitors. There are number of activities such as gymnastics, music, skating, speech and drama and karate.
“Education goes much beyond textbooks and academics. We therefore make it child-centered at Avalon Heights.”
– Simi Sharma, director

3.  Bal Bharati Public School
     Sector -4, Kharghar
     Website: www.bbpskharghar.com

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

Board: 12th - CBSE
Monthly fee: Rs. 1,950
Student strength: junior section: 30:1,
Senior section: 45:1
Student-teacher ratio: 27: 1

History: The school was set up by Child Education Society on September 1, 2000, with the aim of imparting quality education. It was initially started at CBD Belapur and later shifted to Kharghar in 2002.

Unique features: The school is a perfect blend of academics and extracurricular activities. Every classroom is a Smart Classroom where learning is through computer- aided instructional teaching. It is one of the 15 schools in India to offer mass media as a subject in senior classes.
“My students are my babies. I feel good seeing them grow into responsible citizens. The school is the extended family for students.” – Sudhi Mattoo, principal

4.   Dayanand Anglo Vedic Public School (DAV)
      Sector 10, Airoli
      Website: www.davairoli.org

Highest Ratings For
.  Educational philosophy
.  Governance
.  Attitude towards learning
.  Selection process

Board: 12th-CBSE
Monthly fee: Till Class 10: Rs. 1,200-1400,
Class 12: Rs 2,500
Student strength: 4,087 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 25:1

History: The school was established in 1998 to cater to the needs of students from Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mumbai.

Unique features: The school has unique ways of teaching with activities like role play, news reading, mock press, conferences and organising special weeks to celebrate science and technology, mathematics, social science and performing arts. Students are trained in yoga and first aid.
They excel at sports such as badminton, football, acrobats, chess and gymnastics. CIDCO awarded it the Best School in Navi Mumbai in 2008.

5.  Delhi Public School
     Sector 54, Nerul
     Website: www.dpsnavimumbai.org

Highest Ratings For
.  Innovative teaching
.  Infrastructure and facilities
.  Teachers
.  Cultural activities

Board: 12th - CBSE
Monthly fee: Rs 1,650
Student strength: 3,400 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 20: 1

History: The Navi Mumbai branch of the Delhi Public School, one of the largest school education institutes in India, began in 1998. Delhi Public Society is a not-for - profit organisation, whose schools are affiliated to the CBSE board.

Unique features: It has a 7.25-acre campus and is surrounded by two lakes. The school library boasts of 20,000 books, journals and magazines. The school also has a well-equipped clinic and a trained nurse. Among all schools of the society, this school has stood first in the class 12 board exam for the second consecutive year.
“Academically, we have some of the best results in the city and we also encourage extra-curricular activities and have facilities for most games, from horse-riding to hockey.” – Sravani Rao, vice principal.

6.   Father Agnel Multipurpose School
      Sector 10-A, Vashi
      Website: www.agnelhamara.net

Highest Ratings For
.  Educational philosophy
.  Breath of vision
.  Sports
.  Diversity

Board: 10th — SSC, 12th — HSC
Monthly fee: Rs 800 for English medium, Rs. 700 for Marathi medium
Student strength: 4,881 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 30:1

History: The Fathers of Agnel Ashram established the school in 1982. This was the second school they established, the first one is in Bandra. At that time there were no schools in the area and the philosophy of the institution was to accept all those who wanted to study. They also wanted to focus on technical education to make children self-sufficient.

Unique features: Several of their alumni are national and international level sportsmen. It has a swimming pool and shooting range. It is known for sports. The school has two trips every year.
“Besides teaching the syllabus, we inculcate values in our students. We are an inclusive school where everyone who applies gets in.” – Father Almeida, director

7.   Podar International School
      Sector 44-A, Nerul
      Website: www.podar.org

Highest Ratings For
.  Attitude towards learning
.  Innovative teaching
.  Teacher-student relationship
.  Infrastructure and facilities

Board: 10th — ICSE and IGCSE
Monthly fee: Rs 2,400
Student strength: 2,000 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: ICSE- 50:1, IGCSE- 45:1

History: The Podar Group of Schools founded the school in June 2007. It is spread over two acres and currently is till class 9. It will have its first batch of class 10 students next year.

Unique features: The school has interactive boards for students. It organises special hobby classes such as music, art, craft and drama to encourage extracurricular activities amongst students.
“The school authorities are very accessible to both students and parents. Also, we are open to discussions with parents when it comes to improving the school.”
– P. Ganesh, principal

8.  Ryan International School
     Sector 11, Kharghar
     Website: www.ryankharghar.com

Highest Ratings For
.  Educational philosophy
.  Attitude towards learning
.  Infrastructure and facilities
.  Parent participation

Board: 10th- ICSE and IGCSE, 12th- ISC
Monthly fee: Rs 1,450
Student strength: 3,502 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 27:1

History: Ryan International Schools are established across the country. The school in Kharghar began functioning formally on June 13, 1999 with 89 children and eight teachers. Today, the school has been extended till class12 and the first batch passed out in 2006.

Unique features: The school uses the play way method at the primary level. At the secondary level too, teachers use unique ways such as case studies, seminars, research and dramatisation to increase interactivity. The school has five floors and 75 classrooms, audio-visual rooms, a toy and music room. It has sports facilities such as swimming, football, basketball, tennis and a cycling arena. It also provides special training in shooting for those interested.


9.   Sacred Heart High School
      Sector-4, Vashi
      Website: Does not have one

Highest Ratings For
.  Social engagement
.  Diversity
.  Value for money
.  Selection process

Board: 10th — SSC
Monthly fee: Rs. 700
Student strength: 2,200 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 50:1

History: The school began 29 years ago under the patronage of the Catholic administration with an aim to impart quality education.

Unique features: The school has audiovisual teaching in each class. It has sports such as football and volleyball. The school also has an active science, economics and environment club. The students have created a recycling pit.
“My students are not taught to excel only in exams but also to carry forward the motto of the school- Service with love.”
– Sister Joseph, principal

10   Sboa Pulic School
       Sector-5, Nerul
      Website: Does not have one

Highest Ratings For
.  Educational philosophy
.  Innovative teaching
.  Selection procedure
.  Academic rigour

Board: 10th — SSC
Monthly fee: Rs 700
Student strength: 1,059 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 30:1

History: The State Bank Officers’ Association founded the school in 2003. It began with 300 students and 14 teachers in Nerul. This is the association’s second school in Maharashtra. The first batch passed out in the year 2005 and the school has always had 100 per cent results.

Unique features: This year around 16 students scored more than 90 per cent in the SSC exam. It has talented football and hockey teams. On Saturdays, the school offers training in karate, skating, semi-classical dance and vocals. Students have to choose any two. The school was also the first school in Navi Mumbai to give teachers insurance.
“We do not charge any extra money from the students when it comes to expenses on activities and field trips. We also make sure to interact with parents and are accessible.”
– Beena Dhananjayan, principal.


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