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The best schools in the west
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 22, 2010
First Published: 15:51 IST(22/9/2010)
Last Updated: 16:08 IST(22/9/2010)

1.  Arya Vidya Mandir
     Near St. Andrew’s College,Bandra (W)
     Website: Does not have one

Highest rating for
Academic rigour
Teacher-student relationship
Value for money
Social engagement

2.  Arya Vidya Mandir
     VPD Scheme, Juhu
     Website: Does not have one

Highest Ratings For
Teachers
Academic rigour
Value for money
Life skills education

3.  Bombay Scottish School
     Veer Sarvarkar Marg, Mahim (W)
     www.bombayscottish.in

Highest rating for
Quality of teachers
Diversity
Governance
Cultural activities

Board: 10th - ICSE; does not have 11th and 12th
Annual fee: Rs. 30,000
Student strength: 3,113 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 27:1

History: In 1855, a group of Scottish missionaries began Bombay Scottish Orphanage School to educate orphans. In 1976, the name was changed to Bombay Scottish School. The school stands on a building is a colonial-style structure, which has been declared a heritage site.

Unique features: The school is strong on sports, which includes shooting. Every student travels to school by bus. The school has facilities for art, craft, music, and gymnastics along with regular club activities, outdoor games and holiday workshops. It has many distinguished alumni, such as Ranjit Hoskote and Rahul Sharma.

4.  Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School

     Dadabhai Road, Vile Parle (W)
     www.cnmschool.org

Highest rating for
Educational philosophy
Safety, health and hygiene
Attitude towards learning
Cultural activities

Board: 10th ICSE; does not have 11th and 12th
Student strength: 3,700 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 40:1
Annual fee: Rs. 35,000

History: The Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal started the school in 1996. Mukesh Patel, the driving force, wanted a good, affordable English-medium ICSE school in the area. It has quickly built a reputation for itself because of its educational philosophy.

Unique features: The school’s main aim is to make education stress-free. It follows a grading system until class 8 and avoids unhealthy competition. Students learn a musical instrument from class 6 to class 8.
The school also has compulsory yoga every morning for students from class 1 onwards. It believes in inclusive education and accepts students with disabilities.

5.  Dhirubhai Ambani International School

    Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (E)
    www.da-is.org
Boards: 10th – ICSE and ICGSE; 12th — IB
Annual fee: Not available
Student strength: 1,000 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: Not available

History: The school began in January 2003 and is housed in a seven-storeyed building with state-of-the-art laboratories.

Unique features: Its students have won scholarships from Stanford, Princeton, and Yale, among other universities. It has hosted the pan-Asian Inaugural International Sports and Cultural Fest.

6.   Jamnabai Narsee School JVPD Scheme, Vile

     
JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (W)
      www.jns.ac.in

Highest rating for
Cultural activities
Selection process
Governance
Academic rigour

Boards: 10th ICSE, IGCSE and NIOS; 12th ISC and IB
Annual fee: Rs 30,000 for ICSE/ISC; Rs. 3 lakh a year for IGCSE/IB
Student strength: 4,690 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 45:1 for ICSE/ISC, 20:1 for IGCSE/IB

History: In the late 1950s, three brothers, Chatrabhuj, Pratap and Dharamshi Narsee, who owned the Golden Tobacco and Golden Chemicals companies, decided to perpetuate the memory of their parents. tTey formed the Shri Narsee Monjee and Jamnabai Narsee Public Charitable Trust in 1959. Their father, Narsee Monjee, had stressed the importance of education, so the brothers established the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust in 1970. Jamnabai Narsee School, named for their mother, was the first institution they set up under the trust.

Unique features: The school has a resources centre staffed by 11 educators for children with special needs. The school also has a career guidance centre for its IB students that opened this year. It has excellent facilities for cultural activities, including separate rooms for music and dance. The school has two bands. It hosts an annual inter-school festival, ‘Cascades.’ It has also hosted several inter-school tournaments in the recent past. It has teams for football, basketball, rugby, swimming, among others. It also hosts a sports week for children with special needs in December. Jamnabai has one of the oldest and most active parent-teacher associations.

7.  Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School

    
Juhu Tara Road, Vile Parle (W)
    www.maneckjicooperschool.com

Highest rating for
Attitude towards learning
Innovative teaching
Value for money
Academic rigour

Board: 10th – ICSE; does not have 11th and 12th
Annual fee: Rs. 24,000
Student strength: 2,000 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

History: The late Jehangir Maneckji Cooper founded the school in memory of his father,a renowned educationist. The nursery school was inaugurated on September 15, 1959, and was later extended into a high school.

Unique features: The school imparts a broad education and attempts to create an intimate atmosphere. The school has been delivering cent percent results in the ICSE exams for the past 20 years. But the school also encourages a range of extra-curricular activities, such as sports, art and elocution.

8.  Podar International School
   
Saraswati Road, Santacruz (W)
     www.podarinternational.com

Highest rating for
Infrastructure and facilities
Innovative teaching
Teacher-student relationship
Selection process

Boards: 10th – IGCSE; 12th - A-levels, IB
Student strength: About 1,800 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
Annual fee: About Rs. 1 lakh a year

History: In 1927, Sheth Anandilal Podar, a Mumbai-based businessman who ran cotton mills, founded the Podar group of schools. Mahatma Gandhi was the first
president of the Anandilal Podar Trust. Founded in 2004, the school belongs to the Podar Educational Complex, which is managed by the Anandilal and Ganesh Podar Society.

Unique features: The school has 60 laptops in its library that students are free to borrow for class. Its classrooms are equipped with interactive boards and 24-inch television screens. This is part of the school’s drive to go paperless, it wants to eventually have laptops for all students.

9.  ST Stanislaus High School
   
Hill Road, Bandra (W)
    www.stanislausbandra.in

Highest rating for
Sports
Attitude towards learning
Social engagement
Value for money

Board: 10th – SSC; does not have 11th and 12th
Annual fee: Free until class 4 (it is a municipal school until this stage), and for classes 5 and above – Rs, 5, 6, 7 and so on Highest ratings for
Student strength: 2,400 boys
Student-teacher ratio: 1: 55

History: The school began as an orphanage in 1863, housing 140 orphans under the stewardship of a German missionary, Father Joseph Weber.
At various times until 1885 the school added new plots and buildings to the original grounds. In 1904, the school set up the back wing to provide classrooms and a dormitory for boarders. In 1913, the school bought the Demello House facing Waroda Road and the Bombil Wadi plot so as to extend the playground eastwards. After World War I, the German fathers’ jurisdiction ceased and a new era of Spanish fathers began. The school, which started as a primary institution, got its status of a high school by 1926 and seven candidates appeared for the matriculation exam that year. With inflation on the rise, the management in the early 1970s shut the boarding section and the dormitories were converted into classrooms for day scholars.

Unique features: The school is well-known for its sports, especially hockey and football, and has produced several famous athletes including Olympians Viren Rasquinha and Leo Pinto. Students from classes 1 to 4 come to school without bags or only with their lunch in their school bags, as part of the “bagless school” initiative.

10.  Utpal Shanghvi School
     
East-West Road, Vile Parle (W)
      www.utpalshanghvischool.org

Highest rating for
Attitude towards learning
Parent participation
Diversity
Academic rigour

Board: 10th SSC, IGCSE; 12th: HSC and Alevels
Annual fee: Rs 24,000 for the SSC division, Rs. 54,000 for the IGCSE division
Number of student: 3,400 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 40:1 in the SSC division, 30:1 in the IGCSE division

History: named the school after his son, Dhanvant Shanghvi, who had died in a car accident in 1972.

Unique features: The school offers training in a wide range of sports, including martial arts such as belt-wrestling and jujitsu.


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