I very frequently kept asking questions about various schools for our little one and finally when we chose the school I wanted to update the experience here so that it would help other parents like how other parents feedback helped me.
So we moved from London to Bangalore in July 2017. As soon as we came we began house hunting and once we settled for a house in BG Road we started narrowing down schools. We called a lot of schools like Bethany in Koramangala, Innisfree in JP Nagar, NPS in Koramangala, Prakriya, DPS South, BGS NPS etc but they all said that there were no seats available (it was expected). But we got a positive response from Vibgyor in BTM Layout, Greenwood High Nursery in Jayanagar and Ekya in BTM Layout. After visiting all 3 schools this is what we found..
Vibgyor BTM Layout :-
Application fees - Rs 1500/-
Admission fee - Rs 40,000/-
Annual and tuition Fees for Sr KG- Rs 110,200/- (including school essentials, special days, library fees,day field trips and snacks..excluding uniform and shoes)
Transportation - Depends on distance
Timings- 9am to 12pm after which they had day care facilities available
As soon as we neared the school we were sure we wouldn't want to send our little one there. There was no playground at all. They did have a swimming pool and skating rink though. Also this branch was only till 4th std after which we could opt for BG Road branch or Haralur branch. Their curriculum was nice as well.. But there was no campus and was always apprehensive about sending our child to
Vibgyor because of it being in the news for all wrong reasons. Anyways we were clear that this school was not going to be chosen.
Greenwood High Pre-Nursery School, Jayanagar-
Application fees - Rs 500/-
Admission Fees - Rs 80,000/-
Annual fees and school fees - Rs 116000/- ( Miscellaneous fees are extra)
Food Fees - Rs 22,400/- (This is compulsory)
Transportation - depending on distance starting from Rs 42,300/-
Timings - 8am to 3pm
We and our child loved the school. The school was a small setup and had enough space to play and was clean and hygienic. The principal was very friendly and approachable. The only thing that was nagging us was that from 1st std the kids would be moved to BG Road branch which would be about 10kms from where we are currently living. Since the admission fees were also so high we wouldn't be able to change schools if it wouldn't be convenient as well. But would definitely recommend the school if travel is not an issue and you are going to decide to stay with Greenwood for long term.
Ekya, BTM Layout :-
Application form - Rs 500/-
Admission fees - Rs 5000/-
Annual tuition fees - Rs 128500/-
Transportation fees - depends on distance, starting from Rs 24,000/-
Books and uniform extra
The BTM campus is nice and there is space for kids to play outdoors. We heard really good reviews about the school. The office staff was really approachable. They did a small interview with our little one and the following day sent a mail that the place in the school is confirmed. We opted this school because it was really close to our house, so it would be convenient for us. Also the admission fees was reasonable, hence if we were really not happy then we can change the school. Our child has started going and seems to be happy, so we are happy as well.