Good that you brought out this question.
I did a bit of research for my children two years back, There seems to be quite a bit of confusion in parents mind about the term international and what it implies. So many schools have mushroomed, they just add the word international and charge heavily but still offer only Indian type education.
I found when I looked around that international education allows a child to easily enter into universities in Europe and US for UG courses without separate entrance exams. There are three types of curriculum I found - American, British (UK Cambridge) and IB that is considered contemporary - International Baccalaureate which has now become very preferred for top universities.
Children who do IB during school level, do not need to take exams like TOEFL (OR) IELTS when they apply to study abroad. Additionally I found that many universities & colleges abroad prefer children with IB.
I shortlisted three international schools offering international curriculum and syllabus
The International Village School - Sholinganallur, new school with expat and Indian teachers, good infra & building, trained teachers. They have started last year.
American International School, Chennai - Very expensive but old and established school, too far from Sholinganallur. Frankly I felt that the culture may not fit me.
Aksharbol - Indian school on ECR about 4-5 Km's from Sholinganallur, the construction was still going on when I went but classes were also happening. I did not feel they had proper IB standards. Only Indian teachers am not sure of the international training.
Of the three if I wanted to shift my children from CBSE, I will choose International Village school. If it is only CBSE that you are looking for there are a lot more options than what you have listed and I will recommend a more traditional and established CBSE school.
Thank you for your valuable input. I will visit the International Village school immediately.
In addition, can you recommend me established CBSE school also.
Also what is your opinion on
1) The School
2) Abacus Montessori School
3) Good Earth School
Hi Again Jayesh,
The School - You should read a lot about Jittu Krishnamurthis educational philosophies before you opt for this school, I have a done quite a bit of reading and feel that their system is very far removed from mainstream today. For me in many ways it did not sound practical but thats my opinion and you must research thoroughly before opting.
Abacus Montesorri - good up to 1st / 2nd but after that there seems to be a disconnect with expected academic standards for that class., i.e., child will not be able to write as much as children in other mainstream schools.........I have heard children from this school struggle after 8th standard when they switch to ICSE pattern suddenly.
Good Earth School - I have only heard about them and have not so far visited the school....frankly it is too far away from OMR for me to research and did not want to spend the time.
There are several good schools in CBSE but I found Babaji Vidhyashram and PSBB are good. Both my children study in Babaji, I preferred them because of transparency, cleanliness and overall quality of teachers.
All the best.
I appreciate your prompt response and thank you so much for the input. I will do further research on this and finalize.
Thank you once again.
I am planning to admit my daughter in LKG in Trileaves school.
Plz give me some reviews and suggestions about this school. its urgent.
Thank you for your detailed reviews of the schools. Do you happen to know the fee structure of The International Village School?
If you call them they will tell you the fees details over the phone itself.
The trileaves school infrastructure is good. They have 2 boards. 1) CBSE 2) IGCSE. The fees will be different for the boards. The education is good. CBSE school doesn't have AC class rooms whereas IGCSE school has AC class rooms for students.
I have admitted my princess in Babaji Vidhyashram for LKG.
Thank you for your timely suggestion.
I have zeroed-in Babaji vidhyashram for my daughter. Hope you too have done a lot of research for your princess.
Can you please clarify my below doubts?
1. Have your daughter completed pre-kg anywhere?
2. Does Pre-kg mandatory in babaji?
3. Fees structure in babaji for kg?
4. School timings..
Thanks in advance. If possible, can you please provide your number so that I can contact you directly.
Please call me at 044 - 66553073 between 10 am - 4 pm weekdays
Thanks and Regards
Do you have any idea about the academics for higher grades in the international village school .
Till what grade is there in the international village school? Can you give me some inputs.