There are numerous Boarding schools in various big cities. Uttarakhand is famous for having whole lot of boarding schools. The most famous is “Doon School” in Dehradoon. The Doon School is the boys-only independent school. The school was founded in 1935 by Mr. Satish Ranjan Das, who was lawyer from. The school was based on the model of British public school, but in keeping with Indian ambitions and desires. The school’s first headmaster was an Englishman, Arthur E. Foot, who was a Science master at Eton College for nine years, before coming to Doon. He returned back to England after India got its Independence in the year 1947. The school comes under India’s Best Boarding schools and has an International Reputation. Apart from providing good education the school also focuses on the co-curricular activities, games that include squash, soccer, table tennis, basket ball, badminton, etc.
Process of Admission:
The admission in Doon School for boys opens in January and April every year. In January, it admits into the 8th standard (C form), and in April it admits into the 7th standard (D form). For a boy to be admitted in the 7th standard, he must be above 11 years and under 12 years of age when he sits for the entrance test. To take admission in the 8th standard, he must be over 12 years and under 13 years of age in the year when he appears for the admission test.
There are two steps for Admissions in ‘The Doon School’:
1. In the first step, boys have to take an entrance test which is conducted in various metropolitan cities in India like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Dehradun.
2. In the second step of the admissions process, those boys who qualify in the written test are called for the round of personal interview. The interviews are usually held in December, at the School.
The Doon School does not admit boys after the 8th standard. In order to sit for the entrance examination again, the candidate must meet the pre requisites mentioned above. The number of boys that are admitted every year depends on the vacancies that become available after the candidates for the ISC and ICSE have left the School. The entrance exam is held in November every year, on the first Sunday.
Curriculum in the Doon School:
The Doon School is affiliated to the (CISCE) Council for Indian School Certificate Examination. The medium of instruction and imparting education is English which is strictly followed. When a student leaves the school, his English speaking skills are refined and polished. The Council administers two public examinations – The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) at the end of year X and, subsequently, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) at the end of year XII. Both examinations are held annually in March.
From April 2007, the School has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma along with the ISC. After the +2 exam, many of the students go overseas for further studies, and get the benefit from the choice between an IB Diploma and the ISC. The academic year at Doon school comprises of mainly two terms – a Spring Term from February 1 to May 31, and an Autumn Term from August 1 to December 15.
Fee Structure of Doon School:
The school fee is around 6, 00.000 Rupees per Annum which is generally not affordable by lower middle class parents. The admission fee is 3, 80,000 which is to be deposited immediately during the process of getting admission. The security deposit is of the same amount which is refundable. The advance payment for each term is 50,000. The fee is to be paid in two equal installments in the month of June and December.