Scoring high on all counts
Intense teacher training, tech-savvy campuses and holistic education define Gurgaon’s best schoolsindia Updated: Sep 27, 2010 09:54 IST
4. Delhi Public School
Nursery cost: R50,630 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 40
Nurturing the parent-school bond
A museum, zoo, herbal garden and a rock-climbing area…all this and more makes studying in Salwan Public School attractive for its students.
Besides keeping parents in the loop about their children, the school has come up with a unique way to nurture the parent-school bond.
“Every year during December we ask the parents to run the school for a day, so that they are sensitised with the way the school functions and also give us inputs to improve on,” said principal Indu Khetrapal.
The school organises teacher-training workshops regularly.
The school is an active member of the green school programme, an initiative taken by the Centre of Science and Environment, New Delhi, under which schools audit their water usage, waste generation, and efforts in rainwater harvesting, recycling, conservation of energy and usage of public transport.
5. salwan public school
Nursery cost: R41,553 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 30-35
Keeping children’s curiosity alive
Spread across 18.25 acres, The Heritage School nurtures the child’s freedom in learning and doing.
“We have an experimental, integrated method of teaching, with the curriculum designed keeping in mind the curious, inquisitive nature of children,” said principal Mahesh Prasad. “We don’t believe in putting undue pressure on our children.”
Heritage students excel in sports, winning state- and national-level awards in badminton and swimming. The school invests a lot in teacher-training programmes.
The school has a 15-member in-house teacher empowerment team that guides its teachers in teaching and planning lessons. “Our teacher-empowerment programme is very intense, with each teacher putting in 300 to 400 hours every year for these programmes,” said Prasad.
6. The heritage school
Nursery cost: R70,680 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 30
Constant revamps to stay ahead
Amity International School, Gurgaon, the fifth in the chain of schools established by the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, New Delhi, is known for its good academic record and the competent teachers.
The school has a well-stocked library with a collection of more than 35,000 books. Sports and physical education are important, which is evident from Amity’s four spacious playgrounds.
Its students have won various state- and national-level awards in skating, chess, taekwondo and archery.
The school has various clubs and societies that cater to students with diverse interests and talents. The school constantly revamps, reinvents and evaluates its classroom and teaching strategies to make learning exciting. Students with learning difficulties, and behavioural development and adjustment problems are assisted and guided by competent counsellors.
7. Amity international
Nursery cost: R60,070 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 36
Giving students the technological edge
Suncity School, in just four years of its inception, has become an institute to watch out for. Spread over five-and-a-half acres, the school offers a choice of CBSE, Cambridge International Examination and IB diploma to its students.
The average class strength of 24 students allows teachers to give ample attention to each student.
Suncity is a tech-savvy institute with a fully-automated library and innovating e-learning methods that include online assignments and submissions. The personalised web page of each child contains up-to-date information on the timetable, class assignments, news, events, fees, etc.
8. suncity school
Board: CBSE, International (optional)
Nursery cost: R78,300 per annum
Average number of students in a section: Nursery to KG — 20; Class 1 to 12 — 26
Teaching teachers to raise the bar
The school that began in 1981 with a strength of just nine students now has around 2,500 students.
Blue Bells has consistently maintained a good academic record, with its students doing well in Class 10 and 12 Board examinations.
This year, the school was conferred the “All India Excellence Award for the Best School in the NCR Region” by Indian Achievers Podium.
“Ever since CCE (comprehensive and continuous evaluation) has been enforced, our teachers have designed the entire syllabus in a clear and transparent manner, to avoid any sort of confusion,” said Blue Bells principal N. Bhatti.
The school has a good sports and extra-curricular track record as well. “For us, CCE also means child-centred education, with all the focus on the child.”
9. Blue bells
Nursery cost: R34,300 per annum
Average number of students in a section: 35-40
All-round education is the norm here
One of the older schools in Gurgaon, Summer Fields was established in 1987.
It aims to give its students an all-round education that includes physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.
Summer Fields has three playgrounds and two auditoriums, including an open-air stage where various cultural events are held. Its students have bagged national-level awards in photography and painting.
Regular workshops for its 115-strong teaching staff are conducted, with as many as 45 conducted this year alone.
Keeping parents in the loop about their children’s progress is an important part of the school’s philosophy.
Students are often taken to educational trips to all parts of the country to enhance their awareness and knowledge of the Indian culture and heritage.
10. Summer fields
Location: DLF Qutab Enclave
Nursery cost: R30,950 per annum
Average number of students in a section: KG to Class 5 — 32; Class 6 to 10 — 34; Class 11 to 12 — 23.