HT Top Schools survey: The 10 best schools in Mumbai
Hello readers, we are very pleased to present the seventh HT Top Schools survey.
Parents give a lot of thought and time to selecting a school for their child. Curriculum, teaching standards, school infrastructure, fees, location, safety — all are crucial while making that choice.
Earlier, there were few options in curriculum and a small list of old and established institutions to choose from. Now, new-age campuses and legislation, such as the Right to Education Act, are revolutionising school education. With an explosion in the number of schools and a wider choice of Indian and international curricula, the task of finding the best school is tougher than ever.
We hope our list of the top schools in Mumbai will help you arrive at that important decision.
The methodology used to select Mumbai's top schools involves a formula that has proved its efficacy since 2009, when HT first gave you a list of Mumbai’s best schools. Over the years, some of your suggestions have been incorporated in the selection process.
We will list the best schools in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Apart from the rankings, we will have profiles of the top institutions in each zone, followed by a series of reports next week that will track the trends and developments in school education.
The 2015 Hindustan Times-C fore Top Schools survey gave scores to each school across 18 parameters, from academic rigour to sports. Here is the list of schools that topped our rankings:
1) Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School
JK Gram, Thane (West) | Website: www.singhaniaschool.org
History: Gopalkrishna Singhania established the school in 1968 in the memory of his wife Sulochanadevi. The school started functioning in 1969. It has a 12.8-acre campus.
Unique Features: The school focuses on child-centered and innovative pedagogy. Till Class 4, it follows the thematic teaching pattern. From Class 4 to 7, the school follows a one textbook policy.
"We strive to instil a culture of excellence in our students, with a global curriculum and a unique pedagogy developed in-house."~ Revathi Srinivasan, principal
Highest ratings for: Value for money, Teachers, Academic rigour
Boards: Class 10: ICSE, Class 12: ISC | Annual fee: Around Rs 30,000
Students: 6,650 boys and girls
Student-teacher ratio: 40:1
2) Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East) | Website: www.da-is.org
History: The school was established in 2003 and has state-of-the-art infrastructure. Nita Ambani, wife of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, is the chairperson of the school.
Unique Features: Its IB diploma graduates were accepted by 140 leading universities worldwide, with many students winning scholarships. The school has programmes such as TEDxYouth@DAIS, DAIS Leadership Series and MUNs.
"We are happy that our school’s commitment to offer the highest standards of education, with focus on children’s all-round development and globally benchmarked best practices, has received yet another recognition. It is our constant quest to build a future-ready, happy school and instil in every child a lifetime love for learning." ~ Nita M Ambani, founder and chairperson
Highest ratings for: Teachers, Academic rigour, Attitude towards learning
Boards: Class 10: ICSE, IGCSE, Class 12: IB | Annual fee: LKG to Class 7: Rs 1,70,000 Class 8 to 10 (ICSE): Rs 1,85,000 Classes 8 to 10 (IGCSE): Rs 4,48,000 Classes 11 ,12 (IBDP): Rs 7,95,000
Students: 1,064 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: 7:1
3) The Cathedral & John Connon School
6, Purshottamdas Thakurdas Marg | Website: www.cathedral-school.com
History: The Anglo-Scottish Education Society founded in 1860 later became The Cathedral & John Connon School. It became a co-educational school in 1965.
Unique Features: With a beautiful heritage façade, the school has new technologies ranging from IT-enabled classrooms to state-of-the-art music and art studios and libraries with 35,000 books. It was the first school in India to hold a MUN, which is in its 19th year. The school’s 80-member choir is one of the city’s oldest.
"Our students are confident people empowered with knowledge and skill to make their way successfully through life."~ Meera Isaacs, principal
Highest ratings for: Cultural activities, Attitude towards learning, Teachers, Academic rigour
Boards: Class 10 — ICSE, Class 12 — ISC | Annual fee: Rs 1,20,000 (pre-primary to Class 12)
Students: Around 2,000 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: Between 10:1 and 38:1 (depending on the class)
4) Campion School
Cooperage Road, Fort | Website: www.campionschool.in
History: Campion School was founded in 1943 by the Jesuits. The school started with 23 students, before shifting to Wellesely House and Arthur House in 1948.
Unique Features: It has added a new subject – skill-development – in the curriculum this year for up to Class 8. It received the Best Boys School in Sports Education award for 2014-15 by the Mumbai School Sports Association. Every classroom has a computer and a projector.
"We believe in creating citizens who will make a difference to society through competence, conscience and compassion."~ Paul Machado, principal
Highest ratings for: Attitude towards learning, Sports, Governance
Boards: Class 10: ICSE | Annual fee: Rs 70,000
Students: 770 boys | Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
5) Jamnabai Narsee School
Narsee Monjee Bhavan, JVPD scheme, Vile Parle | Website: www.jns.ac.in
History: Three brothers, Chatrabhuj, Pratap and Dharamshee Narsee formed the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust in 1970. The school is named after their mother.
Unique Features: An international school and many more facilities have been added to the campus. The school conducts a sports meet for differently-abled children every year. Sports and music are included in the curriculum. All their classrooms are equipped with the latest technology.
"We focus on implementation of values along with academic excellence. We believe in student-centric learning." ~ Jasmine Madhani, head of school
Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Cultural activities
Boards: Class 10: ICSE, IGCSE, NIOS, Class 12: ISC, IB | Annual fee: Not disclosed
Students: 4,500 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: 1:16
6) Bombay Scottish School, Mahim
Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim | Website:www.bombayscottish.in
History: The process of the school’s formation began in 1847, when Scottish Christian missionaries established the Scottish Female Orphanage at Byculla. In 1976, the name was changed to Bombay Scottish School.
Unique Features: The school offers numerous sports facilities such as shooting and gymnastics. It conducts holiday workshops for students. The school focuses on harbouring creativity and holds several seminars and competitions.
"We strive to provide an environment where students and teachers can develop their potential to become productive members of society." ~Molly Paul, principal
Highest ratings for: Sports, Cultural activities, Value for money
Boards: Class 10 — ICSE, Class 12 — ISC | Annual fee: Not disclosed
Students: 3,500 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: Not disclosed
7) JB Petit High School for Girls
5, Maharshi Dadhichi Marg, Fort | Website: www.jbpetithighschool.com
History: Established in 1860 by an Englishwoman Ms Prescott, the school was renamed The JB Petit High School for Girls in 1946, after a board of trustees took over the stewardship of the school.
Unique Features: The school participates in the Seeds of Peace Conflict Resolution Camp held in Maine, USA. It was the recipient of the International School Award from the British Council. The PTA and the alumnae association support the programmes of the school.
"Our students learn in joyful and free environment, where they are allowed to question, voice their opinions and fearlessly justify them." ~Benaifer Kutar, principal
Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Breadth of vision, Teachers
Boards: Class 10 — ICSE | Annual fee: Not disclosed
Students: 900 girls | Student-teacher ratio: Not disclosed
8) RN Podar School
Jain Derasar Road, Santacruz (West) | Website: rnpodarschool.com
History: While the Podar Group has been in the field since 1927, the RN Podar CBSE School was set up in 1998. It is also a centre of excellence, as selected by the CBSE board.
Unique Features: It is the first school in the country to have formally implemented the flipped classroom learning model. The school has recently been selected as one of the first Ashoka Changemaker Schools by Ashoka Innovators for the Public foundation.
"A strong foundation of empathy with cutting-edge technology makes the school unique for both students and teachers." ~ Avnita Bir, principal
Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Innovative teaching, Governance
Boards: Class 6-12: CBSE, Class 1-5: CBSE-I | Annual fee: Rs 65,000 to Rs 1,70,050
Students: 3,000 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: 40:1
9) Shishuvan School
426, Shraddhanand Road, King’s Circle |Website: www.shishuvan.com
History: Shishuvan School was set up as a response to the locality’s need for an English-medium school with modern facilities. It was established in June 2001.
Unique Features: The school hosted the ICSE ISC volleyball tournament with more than 30 teams from across the country. It organises a unique literature festival for the primary section. The school undertakes various field visits and has a ‘language mall’ on campus that offers foreign languages separately.
"We believe every child comes with its own curriculum and every teacher is a learner. Our focus is on students’ holistic development." ~ Shubhadra Shenoy, principal
Highest ratings for: Value for money, Teachers, Academic rigour
Boards: Class 10: ICSE | Annual fee: Rs 53,000
Students: Around 1,400 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: Not disclosed
10) Delhi Public School
Sector 52, Nerul (West) | Website: www.dpsnavimumbai.edu.in
History: The school was established in 1999 by the Delhi Public School Society, New Delhi, in the heart of Navi Mumbai. It is located near the NRI Complex, CIDCO’s model township. The school campus is spread over eight acres.
Unique Features: The school ranks 1st among CBSE schools in India. It has been the topper among all DPS schools in India and abroad for the past three years. It offers a student-exchange programme with Germany and other countries.
"We nurture students to contribute for nation-building and ensure their holistic development." ~J Mohanty, principal
Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, Teachers, Selection process
Boards: Class 12: CBSE | Annual fee: Rs 60,000
Students: 3,500 boys and girls | Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
1. Despite employing such a comprehensive process, we at HT believe that such rankings cannot be completely objective because people will have different opinions of what they believe constitutes good education. Some parents might be looking for a school that allows them to be closely involved, while others may want the opposite. Some parents might want schools that focus on sports, while others may want one where academics dominates.
2. We believe that beyond a particular threshold, it is difficult to rank schools in an objective manner. Indeed, as we have already said, our survey includes some subjective, perceptual inputs. We have, however, ranked the top ten schools overall in the city and will, from this year, rank the top schools in six zones because many readers have asked us for this kind of demarcation.
3. In any case, we advise parents to look carefully at how schools have scored against the various parameters instead of going just by the overall rank. These scores will indicate to parents which school might better suit their specific aspirations. Indeed, a school that is ranked lower in the Hindustan Times list might actually be better suited to a parent and his or her child/children than the top-ranked one.