Curriculum to chose for NRI kids returning to India

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Kidxpress 2019-03-05 13:15:38



My recommendation will be Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education), as your kids are currently in 9th and 10th grades. Most schools offer IGCSE along with CBSE. Just a note, if you find the school fee is very high, as it has become a normal practice of most private schools in India, you may opt for homeschooling options in your cities and privately appear for the IGCSE examinations. IGCSE certificate is globally accepted.


Animani04 2019-03-14 09:01:59


We are planning to move to india by next month. My son is completing 8th grade here. I have one query. I want to put him in CBSE but schools here as you know finish in May and session there start in May. How is the overlap managed? Will he be expected to come in April itself or can he complete his class here before he comes back? Also we plan on taking french as second language. IS it manageable?

appik 2019-03-14 10:37:32


  We were in a similar position last year when moving to india.
I would suggest getting atleast a tentative admission to the school of your choice.We left school in may (left it before the last day in June) and came to India. Schools in India will conduct a small test and give you admission.
I would strongly recommend against taking up Hindi/ regional languages at 8th grade level because it will be very very hard to even understand. Unless your kids are very well versed reading/writing.
Look into Cambridge board (UK board)/IB board or ICSE with French tutions over holidays and over the full year they will get a hand in a year or so.
good luck to the kiddos !!
P.S - please be easy on the kids..their whole world is about to change ...

Backtohome 2019-03-19 11:32:24


Thanks Kidxpress.

Backtohome 2019-03-19 11:33:49


Thanks appik for your input, where did you move in India?

appik 2019-03-19 14:33:31



Subraji 2019-03-19 17:28:34



CBSE is what we went with but to be honest, it was quite tough to catch-up for the 9th grade here and i still see there are some basic concepts that are covered during 6th to 8th grade in CBSE is assumed to be known and no one would brush them up for kids coming from outside.

Folks coming from Middle-east (having CBSE board there) have set the expectation here that it is covered outside India too. Unfortunately the story in the US is different when it comes to Math and Science.

In fact my daughter still finds them challenging when it comes to those basics though she had adjusted quite well.

Generally getting admissions for 10th grade is a challenge here in Chennai in good schools (those had stood the test of time) and are getting ranks in the board exams.

As far international curriculum, i would not see that challenge though we never bothered to look in that direction.



Backtohome 2019-03-20 03:24:18


Subraji, you are right, getting admission in grade 10 is quite difficult especially CBSE, i called many schools but got no as an answer.

Appik, any idea about Orchid International school, Pune and it's fee structure.

124567 2019-03-20 09:07:54


Try Edify Intl School in Pune...

appik 2019-03-20 15:16:04


I would highly recommend Vibgyor in Pune either NIBM or Baner. We have had wonderful experience.
They have french option if you chose ICSE and they also have the cambridge board at NIBM
Not sure about Orchid

1007rani 2019-06-14 23:20:22


we are planning to return to Mumbai from US.  8th and 4th grade. Was thinking of IB board as I doubt if my 8th grader can cope up with studies over there. Any suggestions ? Any schools in Mulund area ?

1007rani 2019-06-14 23:37:18


Where did you move in India ?

1007rani 2019-06-24 05:00:40


Which board did you pick for your 10th grader ?

Poojanadkarni 2019-06-24 07:52:29


Hi Rani,

V moved to Mumbai in 2017 when my son did his 8th grade in USA. V chose CBSE board here and he did pretty well. Scored 92% in boards. He had option of French instead of hindi from 9th. You coming to which area in Mumbai? My son went to Orchids the international school ( CBSE) They have many more branches in Mumbai and outside Mumbai too.

madhavis 2019-07-05 07:46:42


Hi All,

Really good to see people helping each other.
Our story is little different, planning to move back from Singapore to Hyderabad.
and the academic in Singapore only finishes in November , which is mid year in India.
I understand that , it will be very tough to get a admission in mid year in India, but is there anyone sailing in same boat or had a similar transition.
I have ruled out IGCSE syllabus, as , we don't have any plans to send kids abroad for under graduation.

More inclined towards ICSE as Singapore syllabus is more concept oriented, similar to prior.

Any inputs and suggestions are appreciated.

2angels 2019-07-13 04:39:14


We are planning to move to airoli,mumbai in a month from usa . We are from hyd but due to my husbands Project We Are Relocating To Mumbai Directly From Usa. We do not have any clue abiut mumbai . Hence it Would Be Of Great Help If U Can Suggest Some Good ICSE/CBSE International Schools With Reasonable fees for My Girls Going Into 6Th And 4Th.

Thank you,


Vangala123 2019-12-19 14:39:58


Hello All,

Thanks for helping out each other on queries.

I am from US and planning to move to Hyderabad next year probably in June 2020 and my son is in 9th grade now (Indian Citizen) and we are on Green Card status so far and soon we all are going to get US Citizenship.

Please let me know, which schools are good for my son for 10th grade next year 2020 in Hyderabad? (CBSE/ ICSE or IGCSE).
What would be the admission procedure and fee structure? Is there any challenges in choosing Spanish as a second language since he is taking Spanish here in school as second language.


sam1921 2019-12-19 20:34:23


@Vangala123: Moving from US then IGCSE is good, It will be helpful if moving back to US again or ur kid wants to go to US for higher studies. Spanish wont be an issue bcz kids here with IGCSE or IB have it as second language Oakridge, Indus and many other schools offer IGCSE syllabus. fees is different in different schools, it will be above 4 lakhs for sure

Vangala123 2019-12-20 00:21:06


Thanks Sam for providing the details.

I heard that in the communication chat, few US returned kids are joined international schools in CBSE program. Can you suggest whether I can join my kid into CBSE/ICSE in Hyderabad school ? Because I heard that IGCSE or IB are not for IIT/NIT entrance tests.


sam1921 2019-12-20 09:06:39


Vangala123: If you want your son to appear for IIT entrance then CBSE is the way to move ahead, it will b easier than ICSE and your son can focus on IIT entrance preparation from 10th till 12th grade

Renu10 2020-02-26 22:48:53


Hi,  we r moving 2020 march ending. what u choosed for u r 6th grade kid? Here my kid is not going to complete his 5th grade. can he get 6th grade admission without completion of 5th grade, in hyderabad? Can u suggest which school is good now  for like this situation.
Thank you.

Vangala123 2020-03-11 12:03:08


Hi Backtohome (Meenakshi)

I am in the same situation and my son is in 9th grade now in US and we are planning to Hyderabad in June 2020.

We are looking for 10th grade admission in best school for my son in Hyderabad.

Could you tell me which school you got admission for your kid for 10th grade?

Please inbox me with your contact details.



SmartDNA 2020-03-21 06:46:49


Hi, we are planning to return by May end as well. However I am worried how things are currently globally with the COVID situation. Will an international move even be feasible? What does people with R2I plans in the next couple of months think?
We have 2 kids and we have enrolled in Chirec Cambirdge syllabus.

rashminm 2020-03-21 09:05:49


Hello fella parents, 

We are returning to India this march 2020. I have my daughter who is going to grade 5, She also has no knowledge of writing Hindi lang. Please suggest a good CBSC/ICSE schools in Hyderabad near Gachibowli and Kokapet. How your kids had handle the pressure at their 1st year.



Vangala123 2020-03-22 03:20:56


Hi Smart DNA 

how was your experience on getting admission for your kids at Chirec€™s school? And what grade€™s your kids are into.

Because I am also planning and looking for 10 grade admission for my son as well.

i heard the covid in hyd is also in peak at this moment and will be little there through May.


SmartDNA 2020-03-30 07:40:10


Hi Vangala123,
Chirec admission process was smooth, they were very helpful and good to coordinate with. Kids will join 7th and 2nd grade. We have chosen Spanish for the older child and Hindi for the younger one.
Our worry is now how and when we will be able to move to India given the situation. 


Madhungi 2020-07-23 23:51:57


Hi Subraji and Poojanadkarni, First of all, I really appreciate you both still helping parents like me looking for suggestions. Hats off! and God bless! I am thinking of moving back to Chennai and so requesting Subraji to give me their suggestions. If you dont mind, can you give me your email id, as it will be very helpful for my future questions :) I have 2 kids, older is a rising 7th grader (academic year 2020-2021). So, while moving to Chennai next year, he should be admitted for 8th grade in India. Younger is a rising 1st grader, which I hope is not a major concern. For my son, I have the following questions/concerns. 1. 2nd language - as you both had mentioned. My preferred area to live as soon as I move will be Velachery or Mylapore. Considering the 2nd language, Cn you pls suggest best school for him. To add, although he has taken Tamil classes for many years here, the syllabus in india may still be tough. So a school that has optuon for Tamil and French is my prefernce, although, he did not have any knowledge in Fremch, will it be okay for him to start from basics in 8th grade? 2. Admission process - when should i apply? Is it difficult to get admission? Can we apply from US? OR do yo recommend for us to visit chennai and the schools, before finalising? What did you do? 3. One of my friend moved to Pune and suggested to consider IGCSE, as it is generally recommended for the kids who studied in US. Which one do you recommend, as I read on google that IGCSE may not be good for competitive exams for college admissions. I see in yout earlier posts that your kids are in CBSE. I may have more questions which I can ask you via email as I do not want this post to be longer! Thank you very much in advance. Looking forward to hearing from you!


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