Curriculum to chose for NRI kids returning to India

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Helmsley 2018-04-28 00:14:39


Hello Yogesh, could you please share your personal email address, I am in the same situation and in dilemma as to CBSC or IGCSE, please advice and share your experience

Backhome 2018-07-16 21:19:50


Hello Ram Mopuri,

which school did you opt for in Bangalore. We plan to relocate next year and my daughter will be starting 3rd grade in 2019 in Bangalore. I have pretty much zeroed in on the school. But still dilli dallying on ICSE vs CBSE. 
Which syllabus did you opt for your kids. How is it different from public schools here in US? 



vamseekolluri 2018-08-22 01:18:08


Hi Yogesh
I would like to get in touch with you to understand how your kids education is going after returning to India in the 8th grade. I have similar plans for future to R2I when my daughter completes 8 th grade in the next 3 years. Also at that since we are all going to have citizen ship of US (right now we are all GC holders), I would like to know other details about taxation etc. my email is


dush1610 2018-10-25 08:25:16


Hi Subraji,

i am am in the same situation and moving to India by next year , and join my kids in8 th and 3rd grade  my confusion is which board I have to select cbse or international . He doesn€™t know tamil to read or write but I started him to teach .. my concern is is it ok to select tamil as a second language in 8 th grade or it will be tough for him to pickup....some colleagues suggest to take tamil and saying we can coach him... let me know ur concerns.... Which will be better Tamil or French as second language 

dush1610 2018-10-25 08:27:25


Hi Helmsley,

Did u get any information about schools.... when u were planning to move and which area?

dush1610 2018-10-25 08:28:19


Hi Subraji,

Which place u r residing in Chennai and which school?

3000 2019-01-14 18:53:43


Hello, We are also moving to India in March 2019.My son 10 years old born in USA is in the 5th grade.  We are moving to Chandigarh and there are no IB schools. Ÿ˜. In USA Public schools writing is the least concern. Though in India CBSE /ICSE stress lot on writing and memorizing. How did you or school help your kids to have easy transition. Also since we are moving in the middle of the school, Which class he will be admitted in India.  Do kids have to take the entrance exam? He only speaks and understand English. Did you have hard time finding good school and getting admission. Please advice. Lots of questions keeping me awake at nights. Thanks. 

Abid1312 2019-01-14 19:34:01


Hib3000, As you have posted in hyderabad group 1) oakridge school 2) cheric school Will be suitable as per your post

appik 2019-01-14 20:49:33


Hello 3000
     Do not kid was also 10 when we came to India last year and he has adjusted beautifully.
Please try to live in a cosmopolitan area so people are sensitive to outsiders. Also find societies with lots of kids.Point out good things about India  
I would totally suggest Vibgyor school 
1) There is option to take French from grade 5 and you can skip Hindi 
2) teachers are wonderful and treat students very well like they do in US  ( no scolding/yelling/berating etc)
3) school has both CBSE and ICSE


3000 2019-01-15 00:20:25


Hello Abid1312, 

Happy New Year!!

I was browsing on google about NRI kids schools and accidentally landed on this site. The minute I saw the discussion about NRI kids schooling I right away joined the group and posted my query.

Thank you for pointing me though. ˜

3000 2019-01-15 00:25:37


Hello Appik,

Happy New Year!!

Thank you for your reply. We will be moving in Chandigarh. There are no IB schools. There is one The British school we are leaning on, they says they have 30% NRI kids. But their curriculum is CBSE. I also like DPS since some family members went to Delhi Public school. I am worried about the admission and how the transition will be for him. 

Please keep suggesting  me if you have more to share.  


Sukhoi 2019-01-16 19:10:52


Choice of curriculum or board depends on long term academic goals.

So in case if you will/your kid will like to pursue under graduate studies abroad then IGCSE and IB curriculum is more apt whereas if under graduate studies will be pursued in India (especially engineering & medicine)  then CBSE/ICSE curriculum makes more sense. It has nothing to do with boards its just the fact that Indian university entrance exams are more tuned to Indian Board curriculum (especially CBSE). 


3000 2019-01-17 11:23:47


Thank you Sukhoi for you valuable input. In Chandigarh or near by place has no IB or IGCSE schools. My son will be doing his under graduate in USA. I guess CBSE is the only choice we have left with. 

Poojanadkarni 2019-01-17 12:48:32


Put him in CBSE . my son did his 8th in USA n v returned. He doesn't know Hindi Marathi so opted for French as in CBSE from 9th they have option to drop Hindi. But in ICSE I guess they have to take one Desi language. ICSE is very vast n they give more stress on languages rather then core math science. So v decided to go with CBSE n it was a good decision. V know the principal personally. V r from Thane Mumbai n the school he goes is Orchids International school. They have branches in Bangalore, Hyderabad too I guess

appik 2019-01-17 15:57:53


As far as DPS is concerned their Hindi is very tough.Also if you want to skip taking hindi,  the CBSE board requires one Indian language upto grade 10. You cannot opt for just french.
So either international boards or ICSE is your best choice.
Also from my experience with my 10 year old, so far Hindi is very very HARD for him even after 6 months and are thinking of changing the board to icse so he can take french and skip hindi
Also please be very kind with your kids since for them its a BIG change and languages will hold them back.


Poojanadkarni 2019-01-17 17:23:45


Hi Appik My son is in CBSE in Thane Mumbai n they don't have Hindi compulsory from 9th jus English n French. Whereas in ICSE they have Hindi.

appik 2019-01-18 14:26:23


Its the other way around here.
In my sons school for CBSE hini is compulsory while ICSE allows you to drop regional langauge.
So best is to ask the individual schools

Subraji 2019-01-18 23:39:18


Hi dush1610,

My daughter never had Tamil and but had some Sanskrit background while in the US so we opted that as the language.
Also Tamil is very tough if someone had not studied from the beginning and requires a lot of effort which we was a concern that we had prior to moving in.  

Having said that, Sanskrit is also not that easy given a direct jump on the 9th grade in CBSE. We somehow managed with a great coaching and support structure as i had written in my earlier post.

We live in Kodambakkam and the school is JV Sr.Sec school.  Please let me know if you need any help!


Subraji 2019-01-18 23:49:01


Hi dush1610,

I checked with my daughter, in her school, they also have French, so looks like one can opt French instead of Indian languages (Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit) in CBSE. But i am not sure for 8th grade though as we came here for the 9th grade of my elder daughter.

As far my younger one we put her in second grade (though she could have gone to third grade) as per the age restriction we had to follow in the US as she was born after Sep. We make her take Tamil and she picked up in 6 months and doing very well in Tamil (CBSE). After 

Hope this helps!

Spathare 2019-02-02 00:33:56


I am also in similar situation. My elder one is in 8th grade and younger one in 2nd grade. We want to check the possibility of going back to India in May 2019. My questions are - 

1. My elder will be in 9th grade. Do I have luxury to repeat his 8th grade in India if I want to? (he is anyway younger in his class)
2. anyone can share their experience of going back to India after completing 10th grade in US. Can we get admission in 11th grade in India. what will be the eligibility criteria for admissions and also the overlapping period of US & India since admission in India will start early and they are centralized.

Would appreciate if someone could share some inputs on this. This is very critical for us to know before we make any decision.

Nitin242 2019-02-03 06:35:14


What is the Orchid fee structure and school timings? We are planning to return to India and my daughter will be in 6th Grade. She knows the Marathi reading/ writing.

Also, do u have any other suggestion for different school?

76anil 2019-02-06 17:48:42


i m planning to join my kids(11 years, 4years) in Indian schools in hyderabad for 2019-2020 school year. Questions I have 
1. Can my elder one join CBSE directly in 6th grade ?
2. Is it compulsory to complete the school year in US or can we move to India in April-2019?
3. Since both are US citizens, will they be allowed to write entrance exams? And what are the things to take care here in US to continue with their citizenship 
4. Which schools are best in hyderabad (around Bbandlaguda, Nacharam, Nizampet areas) ?


venkat0428 2019-02-17 23:55:04


Hi 76Anil,

Did you get any responses and what have you decided, i have a similar situation elder one will be going to 6th and younger will be in 4th 


Backtohome 2019-02-18 00:46:44


Hi parents,

we are planning to go back to India in June 2019. My daughter going to be in 10th grade and son going to be in 9th grade.
I need help with following questions-
1. What to choose, ICSE, CBSE or IB?
2. Which place is better for the kids education prospect especially in higher grades- Bangalore, Pune or Chandigarh, as we have the opportunity to choose any of these places.? Any school preference?
3. How much difficult it was for your kids to get adjusted in the new education system?
4. What about admission process?

 Your input will greatly help us in our decision.


76anil 2019-02-18 03:07:27


I have not received any response, I decided to go for Oak ridge hyderabad school with IGCSE curriculum as it is international n has Spanish as 2nd language.
hope this helps!


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