Prekg/LKG - School Decision taken - Might Help Velachery parents

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 Former member 2013-11-27 17:32:00

 

Hey All - 
My Daughter born on 16/2/2011 and would complete 3 years 4 months by June 1 2014.I have been always very keen to provide her the best in everything.For the last 1 year I have been on the look out of schools for her and had gathered many info.I was very strict not to send her to any playschool until she completes 2.5 years in August 2013.Right now,she is going to Pre kg in MARG Vidhyala(Play School) at Baby Nagar temporarily until April 2014 and would be ready to go to her proper school from June 2014.
I am staying in my own house near TCS velachery and most likely will stay in the same place until my daughter finishes her school education(very less chances of moving out of city/location).we are also from a typical middle class background who is ready to shell out 60 -70k every year to school if it's actually worth it.With this said,here are my top criteria for finding the suitable school for her
1) Distance from Home - Didn't want her to spend 1hr + every day commuting in Busy city traffic 2) School going should be a pleasant experience and she should enjoy it3) School should mold her as a intelligent student and help her excel in her interests4) School which respects and treats parents in a fair manner and be transparent in their process 5) School should have basic extra curricular/co curricular activities and have proper facility 6) School should have shown good results and has track record for quite some years 7) School fees should fall in our budget and not be too money minded 8) School should develop right attitude/discipline/humbleness to student and not make them Showoff's
I personally visited all the schools with in 5 km radius and also spoke with approx 20 people which includes parents/old students to collect many details about each of them.
CBSE Schools - Rejected
DAV Adambakkam - 1/2/4 not met

DAV velachery  - 2/4/8 not met

SAN Academy - 1/6/7 not met

St Brittos - 1/7/8 not met

Sunshine - 1/4/6/7 not met

Pon vidyasharam - 1/3/5/7 not met

Navadisha - 1/4 not met

Dav Baba - 1/3/5/6 not met
ICSE Schools - Rejected
Sharanalaya - 1/5/6 not met

Ashram - 1/6 not met
Matriculation Schools - Rejected
Bethel - all criteria met but school has so much variety background of students 

AGM - 2/5 and and school has so much variety background of students 

Gurunanak - 1/3 not met and school has so much variety background of students 

St Savios - 3/5/6 not met and and school has so much variety background  students 

Viswabarathi/sivasakthi/David - these schools exists but below my need of standards
Shortlisted Schools
Vanavani matric Inside IIT campus.All criteria met but school admission is too much politics and very difficult for general public like me.
Arsha Vidya mandir 
1) not met and probably the Best CBSE school around velachery
IIT KV Inside IIT campus.All criteria met but school admission is too much politics and very difficult for general public like me.Also no prekg or LKG and has classes only from 1 std.
Final Decision:I have Decided Akshaya Matriculation School near Vijayanagar Bus stand as the final one.My Daughter has cleared interview(-;)) and have got admission.All my criteria met but the only downside is this is a Samacheer kalvi(state board) syllabus School. However after my discussion with principal,feeling confident the additional subjects they have from 1st makes the syllabus equivalent to CBSE standard.
Thanks for reading this long post..the only reason i wrote all this is to share my experiences.Every parent/kid has their own needs and my analysis might not be directly helpful to all.Please share your views/questions/feedback on this school analysis project and my decision

Regards - keerthi

rubi 2013-11-27 18:04:58

 

thnks for the information.
 

Tamill 2013-11-27 18:15:56

 

Really helpful Keerthi2003. Will surely influence folks out here to look out for some Matric school which provides additional syllabus would be equal to CBSE as you have mentioned.

Thanks for sharing.
 

 Former member 2013-11-27 18:36:27

 

I wasnt able to control the format in the original post ..so reposting here again


Hey All - 
My Daughter born on 16/2/2011 and would complete 3 years 4 months by June 1 2014.I have been always very keen to provide her the best in everything.For the last 1 year I have been on the look out of schools for her and had gathered many info.I was very strict not to send her to any playschool until she completes 2.5 years in August 2013.Right now,she is going to Pre kg in MARG Vidhyala(Play School) at Baby Nagar temporarily until April 2014 and would be ready to go to her proper school from June 2014.
I am staying in my own house near TCS velachery and most likely will stay in the same place until my daughter finishes her school education(very less chances of moving out of city/location).we are also from a typical middle class background who is ready to shell out 60 -70k every year to school if it's actually worth it.With this said,here are my top criteria for finding the suitable school for her
1) Distance from Home - Didn't want her to spend 1hr + every day commuting in Busy city traffic
2) School going should be a pleasant experience and she should enjoy it3) School should mold her as a intelligent student and help her excel in her interests4) School which respects and treats parents in a fair manner and be transparent in their process
5) School should have basic extra curricular/co curricular activities and have proper facility
6) School should have shown good results and has track record for quite some years
7) School fees should fall in our budget and not be too money minded 8) School should develop right attitude/discipline/humbleness to student and not make them Showoff's
I personally visited all the schools with in 5 km radius and also spoke with approx 20 people which includes parents/old students to collect many details about each of them.
CBSE Schools - Rejected
DAV Adambakkam - 1/2/4 not met
DAV velachery  - 2/4/8 not met
SAN Academy - 1/6/7 not met
St Brittos - 1/7/8 not met
Sunshine - 1/4/6/7 not met
Pon vidyasharam - 1/3/5/7 not met
Navadisha - 1/4 not met
Dav Baba - 1/3/5/6 not met
ICSE Schools - Rejected
Sharanalaya - 1/5/6 not met
Ashram - 1/6 not met
Matriculation Schools - Rejected
Bethel - all criteria met but school has so much variety background of students 
AGM - 2/5 and and school has so much variety background of students 
Gurunanak - 1/3 not met and school has so much variety background of students 
St Savios - 3/5/6 not met and and school has so much variety background  students 
Viswabarathi/sivasakthi/David - these schools exists but below my need of standards
Shortlisted Schools
Vanavani matric Inside IIT campus.All criteria met but school admission is too much politics and very difficult for general public like me.
Arsha Vidya mandir 1) not met and probably the Best CBSE school around velachery
IIT KV Inside IIT campus.All criteria met but school admission is too much politics and very difficult for general public like me.Also no prekg or LKG and has classes only from 1 std.
Final Decision:I have Decided Akshaya Matriculation School near Vijayanagar Bus stand as the final one.My Daughter has cleared interview(-;)) and have got admission.All my criteria met but the only downside is this is a Samacheer kalvi(state board) syllabus School. However after my discussion with principal,feeling confident the additional subjects they have from 1st makes the syllabus equivalent to CBSE standard.
Thanks for reading this long post..the only reason i wrote all this is to share my experiences.Every parent/kid has their own needs and my analysis might not be directly helpful to all.Please share your views/questions/feedback on this school analysis project and my decision

Regards - keerthi
 


arun68660 2013-11-27 18:36:57

 

Great observation and analyze you did... 
 

Prabhakare 2013-11-27 19:00:22

 

Keerthi2013 - excellent review about the schools in and around Velachery !!!
I stay in East Tambaram and was looking for schools near tambaram and velachery (as i stay in rented house and ready to relocate).
These are just the basic needs that we parents expect... but in this business world basic quality is missing !!!
This is case not only in Velachery almost every where in Chennai. 
 

nilarajasekar 2013-11-27 20:16:40

 

Hi Keerthi,

I'm staying puzhuthivakkam. My kid completed 2 years in this November. I'm also searching best school with the above needs.
I'm very happy to see this post. You have collected excellent information.
Can you please let me know what is the admission procedure and fee structure in Akshaya Matriculation School?
Any idea about fee structure in Navadisha? My home is less than 1 km from this school. So if the fee is considerable, then we can consider this school

Thanks
 

 Former member 2013-11-27 21:23:34

 

nilarajasekar - I believe both Akshaya and Navadisha are not having much differences in fee amount..there are a quite a few threads exclusively on Navadisha in parentree which you can refer.Please go with navadisha if you can get admission..I havent heard anything
bad about it..they follow the lot system due to huge volume of applicants..getting the admission form might be equally tough as well

For Akshaya,here is the fees structure

35000 - Capitation fee(one time)
20000 - Term Fee(yearly)
10000 - Additional fee(Smart class etc)
5000   - Books/3 set of uniforms

Total 70000 for the first year and approx 35000 - 40000 from next year onwards.

Good luck..
 


rjayasri 2013-11-27 21:26:33

 

Thanks for the information Keerthi! 
 

rjayasri 2013-11-27 21:28:07

 

Just one question Keerthi, Are you putting your daughter in Pre KG or LKG in Akshaya?
 

 Former member 2013-11-27 21:33:10

 

rjaysri - My daughter would be 3 years 4 months when the school starts in June 2014..The cut off for LKG is 3 years only..Plus she is also doing well in her current class in Pre kg in Marg school..so I am having her admitted in LKG directly..

Prekg was started in Akshaya last year only and they currently have only 30 kids..For LKG we will have 80 seats..considering the 30 that 
will come from pre kg we will have 50 open seats..The last i heard from Akshaya office is 10 seats have been filled up..

Seat will be confirmed once 35000 capitation(non refundable) is paid after interview with principal/admission form submission.
 

nilarajasekar 2013-11-27 23:01:29

 

Thanks for your reply keerthi. I sent mail to navadisha. Waiting for their reply.

 

rjayasri 2013-11-28 03:29:45

 

Thanks Keerthi,My daughter would turn 4 by July 2014. So I was wondering if she would be admitted to LKG directly. Any thoughts on this?
 

rjayasri 2013-11-28 03:30:14

 

I mean, she would turn 3 by July 2014, Typing error.
 

 Former member 2013-11-28 13:13:01

 

rjayasri - I would recommend admitting your kid in pre Kg if she is not going to any play school or pre kg now..also how is she responding to basic questions..is she catching up quickly and has started singing rhymes etc.if u admit her in LKG she would have to compete with kids up to 4 yrs old and she might be the youngest in her class..chances are there for her to struggle a little bit..you are the best judge here to take the final call however..
 

Madhumidha 2013-11-28 13:34:25

 

Keerthi2013 - One correction alone. Navadisha follows ICSE sylabus, not CBSE.
 

Madhumidha 2013-11-28 13:35:22

 

Very useful information!!!
 

 Former member 2013-11-28 13:45:59

 

Thanks Madhumidha..my Mistake..
 

Krishna26 2013-11-28 13:53:45

 

Good analysis and great job!!!!
 

 Former member 2013-11-28 18:45:22

 

Thanks everyone..Expecting more discussion from parents interested in these schools or already have kids studying in these schools..

DAV Velachery
DAV Adambakkam
Sunshine
St Brittos
SAN Academy 
 


rjayasri 2013-11-28 21:17:10

 

Thanks Keerthi.
 

bbmson 2013-11-28 22:28:37

 

Hi All,

Can somebody tell us when thre pre-kg application form will be available for DAV Velachery school?
 

Ramyah 2013-11-29 09:02:34

 

Good One Keerthi, I have also gone for my Son's LKG Admission to Akshaya. But I felt like their fee structure is very high. So didnt apply for that. Looking for some other option in and around Adambakkam
 

Sita 2013-11-29 10:03:15

 

DAV velachery  - 2/4/8 not met

Keerthi - I disagree

8)School should develop right attitude/discipline/humbleness to student and not make them Showoff's
There is nothing the school has done so far to make the kids show off or be indisciplined. If you have noticed kids that way, which i believe EVERY school will have, its because of their own background and not because of the school!

2) School going should be a pleasant experience and she should enjoy it.
My son enjoys going to school. except for the first few days of joining preKG (now he is in 2nd), he has always been happy to go to school.

4)School which respects and treats parents in a fair manner and be transparent in their process.
I have personally not had any bad experience with the school so far.

I dont mean to say Akshaya is not good, it is a good school, but if you think all these critieria will be perfectly matched, think again. I am sure later you will have a different answer for akshaya.

There is nothing like a perfect school, its upto us to choose one which suits us best,

Cheers!
 

 Former member 2013-11-29 16:42:17

 

Ramyah - the fees is not high when compared with other schools - approx 21000 term fees per year and 10000 additional fees.Agreed that the capitation fees of 35000 is a bit high for matriculation schools around..
 

 Former member 2013-11-29 16:44:54

 

Sita - Thanks for your time..my personal interview with 2-3 parents of 3/4/8 std and with one primary teacher of DAV was totally opposite on those 3 points
 

 Former member 2013-11-29 16:46:44

 

Thanks everyone for reading/commenting this thread..I paid the fees at Akshayah to join my daughter in LKG..my School Hunt is over..
 

bbmson 2013-11-29 21:25:28

 

Thanks Keerthi for your detailed information/explanation. Any idea when the pre kg application forms available.
 

bbmson 2013-11-29 21:26:25

 

Thanks Keerthi for your detailed information/explanation. Any idea when the pre kg application forms available.
I mean to say for DAV Velachery Branch.
 

caldera 2013-12-02 20:53:46

 

matriculation school syllabus i.e samacheer kalvi is no way less than cbse(in fact it is better than cbse). Only thing  is one langauage ie tamil is compulsory. If you going to be in Tamilnadu throughout school studies it is ok. 
 

 Former member 2013-12-02 23:19:42

 

Akshayah review---
feel good about:
1.Extra-curricular activities
2.xseed syllabus
3.allowing the kids to think on their own
4.mild homework

bad----
1.The School has interest in teaching Hindi,moral values,computer additionally.There is 1 period allocated for every week.But the teachers are not teaching it.
2. No science exhibition
3. no competitions.
4. they dont even sing our national anthem,tamil thai valthu
5. Techers are discontinuing their jobs in mid of the term....
 

 

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