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3 Bangalore schools among India's best

BANGALORE: Some of the best schools in the country may be the ones which involve parents, look after the special and diverse needs of children and constantly work on the professional development of teachers. Going by these parameters besides others, The Shri Ram School (Delhi and Gurgaon) has been declared as the best day school in the country in a recent survey conducted by C-Fore. The second place has gone to Mumbai's Cathedral & John Cannon while the third place is shared between Bangalore's Mallya Aditi International School and Chennai's Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan.

Two other day schools from Bangalore have made it to the top 10: Vidya Niketan (7th) and The Valley School (10th). No boarding school from the city ranks in the top 10 while two international schools have made the cut. Indus International School is ranked a joint second while The International School is placed at 5th place.

Six schools from Delhi are among the top 10 day schools in the country. Others on the list are schools from Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and also Noida (see graphic). The annual survey, commissioned by 'Education World' magazine, was conducted across 16 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Lucknow. The Shri Ram School was rated the best day school on the basis of the competence of its faculty, teacher welfare and development programmes, student-teacher ratio and involvement of parents. The Vasant Vihar branch has classes till Vth while the senior school is in Gurgaon.

"Ours is a total inclusion school with 24 special educators. Our results are also the best. For the past 24 years, we have been giving a lot of importance to involvement of parents. We have proper elections for the parent-teachers association, each class has a parent representative and they are also a part of the school management committee," said Manju Bharat Ram, chairperson of the school.


The survey began in May this year with 100 field researchers who interviewed over 2,000 principals, teachers and parents to understand what it takes to make a good school. The respondents were asked to rate 404 schools on 14 parameters of academic excellence. These included teacher welfare and development, faculty competence, academic reputation, co-curricular activities, sports education, teacher-student ratio, discipline and life skills education, infrastructure, value for money, leadership and management quality, parental involvement, quality of alumni and students, disabled friendliness and community service.

The survey found that Rishi Valley School at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh is the best boarding school in the country. The Doon School in Dehradun had ranked first in this category for the past four years but slipped to the second position this year, sharing the perch with Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer. LURING THE ELITE

With high-end infrastructure, foreign curriculum and latest classroom technologies, international schools continue to attract the elite. Woodstock ranks first in the survey followed by Kodaikanal International School and Indus International School in Bangalore.

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