International schools were originally started in India to impart education as per the international standards to the children of expatriates working in India. But today there are a large number of International Schools in India and the market is constantly growing at an alarming pace. Considering the advancement in technologies, world is becoming a global village.
The International schools go beyond the traditional chalk and board teaching methodology. The primary focus of International Schools is to develop independent learning ability. They use variety of methods and techniques to inculcate creativity and reflective thinking skills. They provide good intercultural exposure instilling respect for diversity. The international schools provide the foundation to make global citizens
Let us look at the 10 Best International Schools in India
INDUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, BANGALORE was established in July 2003. It is located at Sarjapur in Bangalore. English is the medium of instruction. Their philosophy is to nurture children into future leaders. Each class has 25 students with student teacher ratio of 1:12. The school offers IB Primary Year Program (PYP) from Pre-school to Grade 5, Middle Year Program (MYP) from Grade 6 to 8, International Certificate of Education (ICE) for Grade 10 and IB Diploma for Grades 11 & 12. Additional foreign language is also available from Grade 1 with Hindi & Spanish till Grade 3 and French from Grade 4 upwards. In keeping with the emerging technologies in 21st century, the school also provides innovative subjects like biotechnology, graphics, entrepreneurship etc. Emphasis is laid on student centric learning, project based assignments to develop multiple intelligences. The campus is spread over 40acres of land and houses world-class facilities for academics, sports and co-curricular activities. Facilities include high tech classrooms, Wi-Fi connectivity, indoor & outdoor stadium and separate hostels for boys and girls. Students are provided laptops from Grade 6 onwards. Every year the admission process starts in October. For Prep I & II, admission is given on the basis of interaction of faculty with prospective student and parents; for Grades 1 to 5, admission is based on the performance reports of previous 2 years and for Grades 6 onwards a written test with focus on English, Math and Science is conducted. The annual fee is close to INR 3, 50,000 and has to be deposited two months prior to the commencement of session.
DHIRUBHAI AMBANI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, MUMBAI was established in 2003. It provides an environment that helps students realize the joy of learning. English is the instruction medium. It has total student strength of 1000 with student teacher ratio of 5:1. The school is affiliated to Cambridge University. It has classes from Kindergarten to 12. From LKG to VII, the school follows an integrated curriculum of ISCE and international examination boards. From Class VIII to X the students can opt for either ICSE or IGSCE and IB Diploma is offered in Class XI & XII. The school has a Student Care Services Centre which provides learning support and counseling services for proper guidance and aid development. The school provides number of opportunities to students to facilitate learning outside the classrooms and textbooks such as fairs & exhibitions, participation in hobby and educational clubs, field trips etc. The school has a modern campus with high tech facilities such as Wi-Fi enabled classrooms with public address system, science & art labs, well-stocked library, audio-visual resources and a spacious air-conditioned multipurpose auditorium. The admission depends on the vacancy. Admission to primary school is given on the basis of interaction between student, parents and faculty. Applicant has to undergo a test for admission to Grade V onwards. For Class VIII, test is based on English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and General Awareness. For admission to Class XI, there are two test levels, one based on Objective type Test comprising Reasoning, Mathematical, and English Language Skills and the other based on English, Mathematics, and an Elective Paper (Social Studies or Science). The annual fee ranges from INR 4.0L to 4.5L
WOODSTOCK SCHOOL, MUSSOORIE was established in 1854. It is a co-educational residential school located in a small hill station near Mussoorie. It provides a calm serene learning environment in the midst of nature. The school follows August-June annual cycle. It has classes from Kindergarten to Class 12. The average class size is 10-20 students per class with a total strength of 520 students. It has accreditation from Middle States Association for over 50 years.
IGSCE and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered as academic programs. It has two wings – Junior School consisting of Kindergarten to Grade 6 and Senior School consisting of Grade 7-12. In Junior School emphasis is given on literacy and numeracy while in Senior School credits are provided in range of disciplines from English, Health, Mathematics, and Modern Languages to Visual & Performing Arts and Religious Education. Apart from academics, students are encouraged to participate in sports, community services and in-house clubs. Computer and music lessons begin as early as Grade 4.
Admission process is very subjective. Though it welcomes students of across backgrounds, nationalities etc. But more weight age is given to those who have demonstrated academic excellence, cultural sensitivity, and strong English language skills, have parents either with career in community/social service/education or involved in any kind of roles in church. The total fees depends on the Grade os students and varies from INR 9.2L to 12L for residents of Non SAARC nations and INR 5.5L to 8L for residents of SAARC countries. This is inclusive of security deposit, establishment deposit, registration fees and tuition fees.
PATHWAYS WORLD SCHOOL, ARAVALI is situated in the calm surroundings of Aravali Hills far from the hustle bustle of the city. It has total student strength of approximately 1100 coming from 40 countries. The school offers International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program from Pre-nursery to Grade 5 and IGCSE for Grades 9 & 10 and IB diploma for Grades 11 & 12. The curriculum is guided to instill self discipline and cross cultural awareness in young minds. This school has created a benchmark in the use of technology for educational purposes for example, interactive whiteboards, projection screens are used to aid classroom teaching. It has high end science & art laboratories, library, amphitheatre and atriums. The schools also consist of high quality sports facilities for swimming, table tennis, billiards, cricket, hockey, football etc. The students also participate in cultural exchange programs. The admission to primary school is based on oral interaction with faculty, for Grade 6 to 9 there is an oral interview and entrance test (which focus on English, Maths and Science); for Grade 10 admission is only given if the student is being transferred from a similar school and demonstrate good academic record, for Grade 11 it is again oral interview and written test. Only transferring IB Diploma students are considered for Grade 12. For Indian and SAARC residents the annual fees is close to INR 1.5L for Grade 1-8, INR 2.0L for Grade 9 & 10 and INR 3.0L for Grade 11 & 12.
MERCEDES BENZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PUNE – It is co-educational school with diverse international student profile. It is based on the philosophy of providing a learning environment in which students learn to take up challenges and strive for excellence. It has Grades from pre-school to 12. The school offers IB curriculum for primary, middle and senior year programs. Primary year program lays emphasis on 5 key learning components including concepts, skills, attitudes, knowledge and action. A wide range of classroom activities ensure active learning process. The school also has a Learning Skill Centre which caters to the special educational needs. This includes brain gym, instructional enrichment (IE) program, life skills and professional development. Students are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. There is a student council which runs the school tuck shop, spread awareness about social and community issues as well as raise funds for the same. Piano tuition is also given to those interested. Students are taken on Field trips to enhance learning beyond classrooms. The school also offers boarding facilities for students above 11 years of age. Variety of cuisines is provided for the school lunch. The school also offers transport facilities as well as medical room with a resident doctor and nurse. The admission is given round the year if there is a vacancy in the class. Admission is given on the first come first basis. The state-of-the-art infrastructure includes high-tech study rooms, library, Wi-Fi connectivity, indoor & outdoor sports facilities. There are various clubs like football, yoga, drama, horse riding etc. to provide holistic development.
OBEROI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, MUMBAI was established in 2008. The school is located in the 80-acre Oberoi Garden City in Goregaon (East). It offers programs from Kindergarten to Grade XII. It is affiliated to Cambridge University. From Kindergarten to Grade 5, it offers Primary Year Program, from Grade 6 to 8, it offers CLSP (Cambridge Lower Secondary Program) which focus on three subject areas of Science, English and Mathematics, in Grade 9 & 10 the students follow IGCSE which covers wide range of subjects like Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages, Art, Technology and Social Sciences. The Wi-Fi enabled campus is spread over an area of 40 acres and possesses world-class learning facilities such as scientifically designed classrooms, libraries, art, music & science labs and innovative science gardens. There is a multipurpose auditorium, play area and courts for various sports like cricket, badminton, tennis, squash and swimming pool. The admission is based on a written aptitude test and personal interview. Following is the fee structure for both Indian and Foreign Nationals.
Pre-school: INR 2.0L for Indian students and INR 3.75L for NRIs/Foreign Nationals
Primary Year Program: INR 5.0L for Indian students and INR 7.0L for NRIs/Foreign Nationals
Middle Year Program: INR 5.5L for Indian students and INR 8.5L for NRIs/Foreign Nationals
Diploma Program: INR 9.0L for Indian students and INR 11.0L for NRIs/Foreign Nationals
GOOD SHEPHERD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, OOTY was established in 1997. It is offers IB, IGSCE and ICSE & ISC programs. It has classes III to XII. Career guidance is provided for Indian medical and engineering exams as well as International exams like SAT, TOEFL and IELTS. It has a modern well-developed infrastructure for various sports and to host extracurricular activities. To get admission students have to appear for an aptitude test in English and Mathematics (and Science for Grade VIII and IX) and also second language. This is followed by the personal interview with the class coordinators. The fees structure depends on the curriculum board and grade of the student. For ICSE & ISC board the fee is INR 4.0L to INR 5.20L, for IGCE US$ 10,000 to 12,000 and for IB diploma it is close US$17,000 + US$50,000 as caution deposit. The fees include registration, caution, term and admission fees
SCOTTISH HIGH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, GURGAON was established in 2005. It has Grades Pre-Nursery to Grade 12. It offers multiple curriculum options to the students including IB, IGSCE and ICSE. The school is associated with British Library and American Library. The school has made high investments in building a truly world-class campus. There are good facilities for both academic and sports. Trainers and experts are provided to those interested in learning horse riding, skating, athletics, martial arts, adventure sports, outdoor and indoor sports, swimming etc. Yoga and Taekwondo classes are also offered to enhance the concentration. This is the first school in India that has been certified ISO9001-2000 for Quality Systems, ISO 14001:2004 for environment systems and OHSAS 18001 for health and safety. The admission is given on the basis of first come first serve basis.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HYDERABAD was founded in 1972. It offers programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12. From Kindergarten to Grade 8 it has developed its own curriculum by integrating the best practices from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. From Grade 9 to 10 it follows IGCSE and from Grade 11-12 it follows the IB program. It has accreditation from 2 foreign agencies, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). It also has a Student Support Services Centre which provide outside regular classroom teaching assistance to those with any special or exceptional needs. The school hosts after-school-activities from Grade 1 to 12, under which it offers number of extracurricular activities like music lessons, sports, language sessions, community service etc. The school provides a safe and secure environment. It also has a fire station and medical room with a full-time physician and nurse. The admission is offered on ongoing basis at any time of the year as per vacancy. The school has a tuition fee of INR 1.0L for toddler program, INR 2.35L for reception program, INR 3.10 & 3.25L for Kindergarten I & II respectively, INR 3.70L for Grade 1 to 5, INR 4.20L for Grade 6 to 8, INR 4.65L for Grade 9 to 10 and INR 5.80L for Grade 11 & 12. Apart from this there is a registration fee of INR 10,000 and a non-refundable capital deposit of INR 1,95,000
ECOLE MONDIALE WORLD SCHOOL, MUMBAI was started in 2004. The school is affiliated to IB, Geneva and University of Cambridge. It offers IB’s Primary Year Program, Middle Year Program and Diploma Program as well as IGCSE. English is the medium of instruction. The emphasis is laid on integrated and interactive teaching methodology. The sprawling campus has state-of-art facilities which aid learning. This include an auditorium, two multipurpose halls for sports, a swimming pool, a well equipped gymnasium, modern science laboratories, well-stocked libraries, an audio-visual room, music rooms, computer centres, drama & dance studios, a medical room, canteens and a children’s play areas as well as 2 large sports grounds and a 25 meter long, 8 lane swimming pool. From Grade 2 onwards the admission is sought on the basis of performance in an entrance test. The fee structure includes one-time payment of INR 5.0L (Indian residents) and US$1100 which includes application & admission fee and caution deposit. Annual fee for Indian residents is INR 6.9L for playschool to KG-II, INR 7.9L for Grades 1-10 and INR 8.9L for Grades 11-12. Annual fee for NRIs/expats is US$ 16,000 for playschool to KG-II, US$18,500 for Grades 1-10 and US$21,000 for Grades 11-12.