HI Janshon, maggie and sanjiv,
Thanks a lot for u r advice.
Janshon as you said for few schools its not mandatory to attend preschools like eurokids and stuff.. but few schools demand that they have been there and know a few alphabets and even numbers. And now almost all schools start with a kindergarden.. So if I want to put my daughter to LKG directly as maggie said its going to a tough fight to get an admission. And I have heard they have oral or some kind of test to clear.. they should know numbers 1 -10 and alphabets and ..... god knows what. Well I am not able to decide whether i need to come down and put her to school or stay back one more year.. Didnt know making decision about my 2.5 yr would be so difficult.
I also planned for st Pauls for nursery admission for 2011. My son got selected but i thought i shall try next year for lkg as still he is not speaking sentences. But the school administrator informed me that they will have oral and written test and last year they didnt have any vacancy for lkg admission. this year they have few vacancies. so she insisted that better to put in nursery itself . even for nursery itself they asked lot of questions.
so i am also in a fix....i am trying for few more cbse schools . But the demand for nursery is like that for professional seat. Probably only we can try for 1 admission or else there are few schools which start from lkg like bishop . baldwins , st joseph , jss school etc...
I totally agree with you. You can be lucky enough to get a professional seat but not a school seat. And yeah.. have to mention its getting equally expensive!!
Even i heard there will be WRITTEN and oral test. Isnt it ridiculous? I have no other option other than St.Pauls as I live very close to the school. Its walkable and my spouse is totally against sending kids to school in school buses as he thinks its a torture.. well I do agree to some extent. Bangalore traffic and pollution is getting worse day by day... So i have to rule out the option of putting her in any other school .
Lets everbody keep posted where are all the kids ending up finally!!!
Thank you for the information. Today I went and collected the application form. They are still open
Any other schools that you suggest that I should try? Any feedback on Innisfree JP nagar and Cambridge HSR Layout?
Please provide information
I am glad you found my info useful. I have heard Innisfree is good from my uncle who is a head of another school. So i guess it should be good when he is saying. But I really dont have any other info.
Today we were scheduled for an interview with St.Pauls. As we are out of the country, my Sister in law attended the interview. She was told that they have to see the child and interview her and only then they can admit. When we get back inmay... if the seats are still open then in may they ll interview her and give her admission.
So people who have attended the inteview please let me know what is the interview like??? What all do they ask?? I was told they want the kid to sing rhymes??? Is that true??My daugther as i have mentioned earlier in my post is not really making sentences and her speech is not that clear when she is trying to make new sentences. Please let me know the interiew process.
Thanks and Regards!!!
Hi ... am confused and need help to take a decision ... my daughter got selected in PSBB ... and when I went to the school I found it good except for the distance and the remote area in which the echool is located. Regarding the feedback on the school I talked with some parents whose kids are there in PSBB and they are happy with the school ... on the other hand read some bad review on the net ... want to put my child in CBSE and really unable to decide as most schools around J.P Nagar (where I stay) is ICSE. PSBB is 12 kms from home and that also scares me knowing the Bangalore traffic ...
Have applied in St.Paul's, Clarence and Oxford as they are near home ... again the first two are not CBSE ... not sure when or if I will get a call for interview ... wanted to put my daughter in a school where I can continue from nursery till 10th or 12th ... don't want to again get into the mode of searching for a school again in 1st standard ... heard that's when again admissions are possible ...
My dilemma ... should I ignore distance and put her in PSBB ... or do I take the chance and wait for other schools ... my PSBB deadline to submit fees in 1st Dec. Any feedback will be really appreciated.
Re.PSBB - if you read bad reviews on the net, pls check the date of the reviews. When PSBB started, it had a lot of teething issues and there were a lot of complaints about the prinicipal.
Now the principal has been replaced, the school has its own premises etc. The new principal is very dynamic, she's been around for around 2 years (or maybe more). She is doing an excellent job.
Hi apar_sai thanks for the reply and helping understand the root of the negative reviews ... I really liked the school and also the staff and the principal with whom we interacted ... but maybe I will have second thots as it's so far from my residence ... am sure being a good school kids must be traveling greater distance than mine ... but am not very confident that I and my kid can manage the travel everyday and so keeping my fingers crossed ...
School is definitely a personal choice !! But distance does matter. We are always scared whether our kids will get accoustomed to long distance travelling in this bad traffic ,bad roads and also pollution. I have my friends kids who love going by school bus,but i am not sure whether all kids like it. I am not sure whether my daughter will like it or not. So its definitely a tough choice.
My spouse used to travel to Electronic city everyday by office bus and he feels its horrible.Even reaching silk board in the peek hours takes a long time. So if we choose nearer schools kids get a lot of time playing around and they are less tired. So we have decided to put her to a near by school. But its a definitely a personal choice and how the kid copes up.
Thanks 7575 ... I agree as I too have been facing the bangalore traffic everyday while commuting to office and know the frustration ... and as u mentioned kids would get more time @ home if they travel less ...
As you have already attended the interview in St.Pauls.. could you please tell me in detail what all questions do they ask the children? As i have mentioned in my earlier post the principal has given 50 % chance of admission when we get back in may. So she needs to see and interview the child and only then then can confirm. So please let me know.
I would personally prefer to reduce my kids' commute time too, esp. when they are younger. They face dust, noise, exhaust fumes, hot-sun, rain etc. And they get back home so tired that they sleep for a long time at home!
I chose to move my home to a place nearer their school. But I guess that is not a easy choice fo rmany! So all the best, all of you!!
This discussion chain was quite useful and I am going to join my kid in one of the below schools (in 2012 provided he gets admission)
Schools are liseted based on my preference.All are in JP Nagar .
Want to know more abt Clarence and Innisfree now!!!
Please share info
I have heard good reviews about St. Pauls. My Sister in laws kids too go to the same school. She says the basics is really good and she is very happy with the teachers aswell. Now they have a lot of extra curricular activities too. So that is a very good thing. And they also have dance classes from grade 1 or 2. I know the dance teacher personally and she is a great teacher! Dont really know much about Clarence..
My uncle is a head of a school and he said Innisfree was good aswell. dont know anything more.
Hope this helps.. and you have another year to decide. So you have ample time!
Hope you are fine. St PAULS is good overall , except for the small campus. clarence is also god academic wise as they dont have much pressure in terms of homework, less burden . innisfree is more into academic oriented as they give more focus to studies than comes others. this is the individual feedback i received from parents of these respective schools.
Thanks 7575 and Options!
Also I am looking at one more school Sudarshan Vidya Mandir.... have u guys tried there or have any feedback on the same?
PSBB is good but not the distance. I said no to PSBB due to distance.
Toddlers commuting 2 hours daily in all kinds of weather and traffic does not make sense.
If you are looking for CBSE, oxford is good. Other one is Presidency which is run by same management as st. pauls. My colleague's kids goto Presidency and he is satisfied.
Your observation on home work in Clarence is not 100% correct. They seem to have about 9 written papers at UKG stage. I guess a school should be easy at KG levels.
I recently saw this thread. I was going around for my son's LKG admission for 2011-2012 academic year till last month, and I've finally put him in St. Paul's English School. I've paid the initial fees of 42K (30K adm fees + 12K annual fees).
After reviewing a lot of schools, in and around J.P Nagar, we had shortlisted (a) St. Paul's, (b) Jyothi Kendriya Vidyalaya, and (c) Innisfree. We got good feedback from everybody on these three schools. For other schools (Oxford, Presidency, Clarence, Sudarshan Vidya Mandir, etc) we got mixed responses - some good and bad.
The fees at St. Paul's is also reasonable (~30K+ for a year, apart from annual fees, for LKG), which is mostly inline with other ICSE / CBSE schools around.
I have created a facebook group for parents of St. Paul's school's kids. The link is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=177670272247191. You can join this group and we can share our experiences on this school.
I see that by your post that your child has got admitted to LKG in st. pauls! Was it a tough fight to get into the school for LKG? and how was the interview process? If you could let me know the interview process in detail it will be of great help. I am abroad right now and i have to come down to bangalore only for my daughters admission to st. pauls for kindergarden for 2011 as many people said it is touch getting a seat into LKG directly. What was u r experience?
I too thought initially that it would be tough getting into St. Paul's because they had asked my son to learn tow write A-Z and 1-10 for the entrance test to LKG, while my son has just started writing. They said all their nursery students already know how to write A-z and 1-10. However, on the day of the interview, she asked him to write a few letters and numbers randomly, and also some phonetics. He wrote about 90% of whatever was asked (he learnt writing at home for 1 week), but the interviewer was very patient and kind in explaining exactly what was needed additionally for my son to be able to write in a straight line, etc and said she would have an orientation class for him before the joining date in order to give some tips. She asked a few basic questions e.g your name, father's name, mother's name, etc just to understand how he conversed. The principal also asked the same few basic questions, and explained about the fees, school, timings, etc. I saw that most of the parents who got their children interviewed on that day also went through a similar routine, and the questions were nothing to be scared of, or that cannot be taught to the child. I felt the administration does not have any objective in mind of rejecting any student who comes for admission (unlike NPS, who are only waiting to reject a child from the interview - atleast that's what I've heard of) and are very understanding. I'm impressed with the staff based on my interactions.
Wish you good luck.
I have created a facebook group for parents of St. Paul's school's kids.
The link is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=177670272247191.
You can join this group and we can share our experiences on this school.
Congrats on u r son getting admitted to the school!!! Thanks a ton for your detailed description!! I am wondering the standard of education right now. A nursery child who is harldy 4 years needs to know all the alphabets in writing and also numbers. and also writing in a straight line. wow!!! So in LKG they will be teaching 2 letter alphabets already ... We parents have a lot of work to do!!!!
All the best!!!
We went for my son pre-kg admission. they asked us pay the initial 42K. But they're insisting on only cash payment. Now I'm in a fix, not sure whether to go ahead with admission or not, could any of the parents who paid the fee please comment?
Yes, I paid 42K in cash too. I insisted that they take a post-dated cheque or a DD, but they insisted on cash only. Couldn't help but paid the cash, but they gave a proper receipt for that.
Hey guys thanks so much for so many feedback on st. pauls.
I am also planning to try for admission in st. pauls. But would like to know if in case the admission is still going on?? As i had planned to try for admission for next year but now in two minds to give it a try this year only.
Pls advice me on this.
I think adm in st pauls may still be on. Just call them up to find out.
Admissions in pre-KG are easier.
Great yaar, thanx for the response. I had been to st pauls and have sumitted the application and hope to get the interview call some time next week.
Can you or anybody whose kid is already in st pauls pls share experience if you guys have regarding the interview process? It will be of great help for me. Also i would like to know about the extra curricular activities in st pauls.
Thanks in advance,
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