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Here’s a list, in alphabetical order, of the schools that came out on top based on a host of parameters, in south Mumbai — between Colaba and Mahim. Methodology | South zone top schools 2011

education Updated: Sep 13, 2012 15:47 IST
Hindustan Times
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We are very pleased to present to readers the fourth HT Top Schools Survey. As we did last year, we have refined the methodology to reflect our own deepening understanding of the issues and by incorporating sensible suggestions from readers.

We hope that the survey will help parents with one of the most significant decisions they will take on behalf of their children: selecting a school. Along with the rankings, we have profiles of the top schools in each zone followed by a series of articles that capture key education trends in the city.

We think that the entire series will help not only newcomers to Mumbai but also parents who have lived here all their lives. This is because city schools are rapidly transforming.

First, over the past year, Indian policy makers have ushered in radical changes in curricula across boards to make it more student-centric and less marks oriented.

Second, international boards are rapidly making inroads in to city schools, raising the cost of education but also ushering in innovative and wider approaches to learning and teaching.

Finally, many of today’s generation of highly conscious parents want to be closely involved with their children’s lives at school: they want a lot of information about what goes on at school not only before sending their children there but also afterwards. They would like a school that suits these aspirations.

This series takes into account these key shifts in schooling and parenting.

See Methodology for further details. See graphic

Gilbert building, Babulnath


History: In 1962, a group of parents came together and founded the school based on the idea of education as an unstructured process.

Unique features: Students have access to a variety of indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Students can be part of various clubs including dance, current affairs, books, film appreciation and photography.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Diversity, Parent participation

Board: Class 10. IGCSE, ICSE Class 12. IB

Annual fee: Not available

Student strength: 400

Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

Junior school (Class 1 & 2): 4TH Pasta lane, Colaba


History: The school was commissioned on November 14, 1989. It is run by the Navy Education Society and administered under the Western Naval Command.

Unique features: The school provides facilities for sports such as basketball, football, cricket, handball and table tennis. It also has facilities for carpentry, pottery and a science park and ‘tara mandal’. The school organises seven annual days to ensure every student is seen on stage.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Selection process, Value for money

Board: Class 10, Class 12. CBSE

Annual fee: Rs. 15,000

Student strength: 4,845

Student-teacher ratio: 29:1

St Mary’s School (ICSE), Mazagaon


History: St Mary’s began as a missionary school in 1864. Initially, the school only preached Catholicism, but soon began focusing on all-round education.

Unique features: The school has one of the largest campuses in Mumbai with a sports ground, auditorium and two gymnasiums. The school encourages social service and has an exchange programme with a tribal school.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Academic rigour, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 43,000

Student strength: 1,460

Student-teacher ratio: 28:1

Cooperage road, Fort


History: Campion School was founded in 1943, by the Jesuits.

Unique features: The school has 140 computers connected to an internal network of projectors in every classroom. Most teachers have laptops. The school launched the Jesuit Certificate Programme for Classes 7 to 10 last year, an optional programme for credits through extra-curriculars.

Highest Ratings for: Academic rigour, Sports, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 63,000

Student strength: 768

Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

15, New marine lines


History: In the mid-1950s, Father Sologran, a Jesuit priest, convinced the local police to relocate a proposed police station at Marine Lines. In 1957, a school and college were established there.

Unique features: Education is modelled on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, which is rooted in selfreflection as the basis of schooling. The school has a four-day exchange programme with a tribal school in Nashik for Class 9 students.

Highest ratings for: Education philosophy, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. SSC

Annual fee: Rs. 30,800

Student strength: 917

Student-teacher ratio: 20:1

625, Cuffe parade


History: The school was established in 1975 by industrialists BD Somani and GD Somani with 250 students.

Unique features: The school has IT teaching systems and 3-D projectors in every classroom. Teachers use animation modules. A combination of play way method, projects and assignments is used.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Selection process, Parent participation

Board: Class 10 . ICSE

Annual fee: Rs.70,000

Student strength: 1,615

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

VP road, grant road (east)


History: The school, started in 1875 by Harriet Butt, was called the Bombay Indian Female Normal School. The school premises shifted from Byculla to Mazgaon and finally to Girgaum. Its name was changed to Queen Mary School in 1912.

Unique features: The school secured the second place at EUMIND (Europe Meets India), an international programme. An ex-student represented India in the 2011 Commonwealth Games in synchronised swimming.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Selection process, Value for money

Board: Class 10. ICSE

Annual fee: Rs.42,950. R47,750

Student strength: 1,083

Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

6, Purshottamdas marg, Fort


History: The Angelo Scottish Education Society founded in 1860, later became the Cathedral and John Connon School. It became a coeducational in 1965.

Unique features: Cathedral was the first school in the country to hold a Model United Nations, which is in its 16th year and entirely organised by students. The school’s 80-member strong choir is one of the oldest in the city. Students are selected on the basis of highly competitive trials.

Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process

Board: Class 10. ICSE, Class 12 . ISC

Annual fee: Rs. 90,000

Student strength: Around 2,000

Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

5, Maharshi dadhichi marg, Fort


History: Established in 1860 by an English woman, JB Petit School was originally known as Miss Prescott’s Fort Christian School. In 1946, the school was renamed after the man who gave it a new lease of life.

Unique features: The school won the International School Award from the British Council for fostering international dimensions in its curriculum. Students participate in a conflict resolution camp, ‘Seeds of Peace’ held in the US every year.

Highest ratings for: Selection process, Academic rigour, Teachers

Board: Class 10. ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 60,000

Student strength: 873

Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

Cumbala hill


History: The school was founded at its present location at Peddar Road in 1932 by the Mumbai Franiscan Missionaries of Mary Society.

Unique features: The school has a language laboratory where students are taught correct pronunciation and diction. The school conducts extra-curricular activities for its students such as field trips, social service work and leadership sessions.

Highest ratings for: Teachers, Diversity, Value for money

Board: Class 10 . ICSE

Annual fee: Rs. 35,000. Rs. 45,000

Student strength: 1,287

Student-teacher ratio: 29:1

First Published: Sep 12, 2012 00:40 IST