Is it really worth sending our children to elite, branded schools?

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Mum2Mum 2014-08-26 15:41:24

 

For the past few months I'm going bonkers reading reviews and gathering information on CBSE schools in Hyderabad (particularly in the Neredmet-ECIL area) for my children's admissions (obviously) into the next academic year 2015-2016.

The school's (that interested me) websites and their (over)active PRs on various forums give sugar and candy picture of the school. And in most parenting forums everyone is for these big branded schools, because as parents we are only looking into the awe aspects (read big campus, library or labs and activities) that we missed as kids.

A few weeks ago I felt like having the clearer picture from the child's perspective. So I religiously followed the so called 'Confessions' pages of various elite-branded schools on the FaceBook. I was disgusted by their (children, sorry they aint children... 'students' of Secondary/ Sr. Secondary classes) loose talks and karnal knowledge.

As a parent we are ready to bear that extra burden of ever-rising fees only to see our children in a better position than what we are today and to see them as better adults.

I ask you people, is it really worth sending our children to these elite, branded big schools which concentrate largely upon minting money? Should schools not look into moral education along with the new world funda of 'overall holistic development'?

Thanks for reading and I would really appreciate if you share your opinions as it would help me decide onto the right school (or the best way to impart moral values into my children, if I still get carried away by the 'sugar and candy' attractions of a grand school)

divinepower 2014-08-26 16:23:02

 

I think academics s mist important n also d class f students cmng to school... as we need our child to get gud  education n also to remain grounded,.if the school satisfies bth ..go fr it...
 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-26 18:58:11

 

Hi DivinePower,

Yes, I too agree that academics are slightly more important than the activities that only these branded schools can give (say swimming, skating, sports, etc). I wouldn't have thought of shifting my children to a larger setup (read school) if these too were not important for overall personality development. But ironically, such schools are just focussed on fancy add ons that pull crowds and generate revenue. Focus should also be laid upon instilling moral values (especially when the younger generation believe that its 'cool' to be bad), sensitising students and teaching them to respect all fellow beings.

Wish I could find a school that imparts good education, morals along with the 'fancy add ons' (Yes, all those 'personality development' activities that are the USPs of branded schools -else I might die of guilt that my old school thoughts deprived my children of the 'modern day education')

Thank you for your opinion ("school that lets children remain grounded" is a good thought)

 

divinepower 2014-08-26 19:25:41

 

Luks like u hav had vry bad experience..if possible pls share d name f the school..so it wil hlp parents ... m planning to send to so calld gud school....only bcoz f academics..as i m fed up f experiments on my child ..with no importance to this..it wud grt if u culd let me knw ..as ur thoughts made me rethink ...
 


Mum2Mum 2014-08-27 00:19:31

 

Hahaha.. Its just that women like me come in exaggeration and anxiety package! Luckily my children didn't have to experience anything adverse thus far. This entire drill of finding a good school, then securing seats and facilitating a smooth transition for my children is driving me crazy. And then there always lies the D-question of are we doing the right thing? As you have correctly put, I too am fed up with experimenting with my children :(

I was just a roll number in DAV Safilguda (and in those days the strength was much lesser than what it is now). Most of the teachers were rude, judgemental and partial (racists -differentiated children based on their skin colour, caste, etc). Some were real good, caring, understanding and kind though. The greatest snob (is the present vice-principal) wouldn't even answer my queries/ doubts in a hurry. I had to struggle real hard, all by myself to pass the board exams. The same set of monsters still prowl in that school, so I made a conscious decision not to put my children in DAV. After all why would I pay someone for hitting, insulting and reducing my children's self esteem and confidence?

Now this small local school that my children go to presently is good so far. Teachers with a human face and attitude, good study contents, remedial classes and very good activities (for a school of its kind), approachable management, an administrator who is always available over phone and helpful staff. But I'm doubtful whether they can cater to Middle school requirements (read getting them ready for the 'rat race' -we hate to admit it, but at the end of their schooling that is what we do, expect our little mice to win the race!)

I have been frantically looking out for 'good' CBSE schools here in our area, from economical schools like Bhavan's Sainikpuri to elite schools like DPS Nacharam to International schools like Foster's Billabong High Saket. But so far didn't find any that suits our requirements. And an added worry to my already over-burdened mind and the purpose of starting this thread remains strong (I might be over reacting, but yes I'm an average middle-class woman who doesn't permit pre-mature exposures to any malices of the society before children are in a position to differentiate good from bad). Seems like I'd have to settle for the short-sighted amongst the blind :(

Btw DivinePower, what schools have you been considering so far and in which areas?
 

mizzs 2014-08-27 07:18:17

 

Mum2mum, May I tell you how much I liked your post and your ability to introspect? It is bed time but I couldn't-had to respond:)

I believe the best thing for the child is a place with good teachers-gentle, knowledgeable, creative and introspective. They do need a good command of their subject content and a good command of the language is an advantage. I add the last because I see some amazing subject teachers whose expressive language in English isn't what it should be...but they make up for it with their enthusiasm, attention to detail, flexibility in how they handle thier students and of course, a solid grounding in their subject area. Invariably thier students are very focused in their classes. Even with the different boards I have a difficulty saying one is supposedly better than the other. What is the point of having an advanced curriculum if the teacher doesn't know how to teach/facilitate learning?

Now as for academics versus all the other activities...I am surprised at how bright kids who have good exposure to langauge and learning materials still answer inferential questions with "I don't know, my teacher didn't teach me that." This means that he /she hasn't had the opportunity to think and reflect on a query...instead the focus is only on repeating information-maybe in a fancy way but it is still the same. For this reason, I would say academics isn't important. Sounds crazy, hah? I do believe that it is more important to teach kids how to learn! Personally I think schools touting academics only produce kids who regurgitate information, they don't focus on creative thinking.

I visited an alternative school last year. The school had brought up the point about parent anxiety on joining the rat race..because the school, not being affiliated to any of our boards, didn't prepare the students the same way. Parents who were very enthusiastic about the program in the younger years did feel some angst as their kids hit the 10th/12th classes.

Later that evening I was talking about it to my family friends...they had two children entering 10th. Both sets of parents were very clear...it "sounds great but we don't know if we can take that risk with our kids." I don't have answers either...I think If I move to India I will put my kids in the nearest corporation school and work with the teachers there:) But who knows what reality will bring?

As for the other part...there I can share some definite insight. This is not just a phenomenon of kids in elite schools. Kids have always engaged in this and they will always do so. I've lived in small towns and in large cities in india as a kid. Now when I look back I recognize the signs that many of the kids were sexually active or at least experimenting. The best thing we can do is be the person they will go to when they have doubts. Otherwise kids will get misled by other children (who are equally vulnerable themselves).

Have to sleep...maybe more later.
 

divinepower 2014-08-27 10:31:17

 

@mum2mum

I hav same thoughts .., school selection s driving me crazy..guess all moms r like tht....i dnt want experiments..meanwhile want my child to be gud at academics ,extra circular n also stay grounded wid gud moral values as u mentioned..
 I m new to hydbad.,just shifting..,m planning to try fr DPS gachibowli nxt year fr std1..
Presently i m thinkng f arbor ,kondapur..as v  just shifted nw...

 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-27 10:38:36

 

Mizzs, thank you for writing. You have given a fresh perspective to my thoughts.

While I had always believed in the importance of having a good teacher (with good subject knowledge, good conversational English not mandatory), I realise that a good teacher should also facilitate learning/ creative thinking.

And talking about alternative schools, I find myself in the same shoes as your family friends. I went against the general norms and had my children join a school that follows an integrated curriculum (meaning, not affiliated to any of our boards). So far their schooling had been a joyous affair for them and me (no regrets at all). But now (when they would be moving into Middle school) I fear risking their future because we live in a world that is blinded by boards and certificates (though the students of 10th class in their current school get SSC certificates).

Completely agree with you (after days & weeks of debating the same with my much younger cousins) that 'premature adulthood' is not just limited to elite schools. But (I still tend to believe that) the scope of such exposures are greater there, as the students are under greater peer pressure to show-off/ fake to remain popular or to fit into the bill (somebody please prove me wrong... I have been reading voraciously on 'child psycho-sexual development/ behaviour' oflate).

Can't agree more with you Mizzs that a parent should be the person that a child can seek to clear any doubts. If there are any parents of adoloscents reading this, please share your thoughts on how to impart strong moral values (and by saying 'moral values', I don't mean 'chastity, abstinence, or celibacy'. Just concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behaviour and character based on those principles).

Thanks for reading.
 


Mum2Mum 2014-08-27 11:06:17

 

Seems very true, DivinePower, all mums are alike :P

Even I'm looking for a school, that has-
1. Good (humane) & knowledgable teachers.
2. Good activities that facilitate creative thinking & cognitive learning.
3. Good discipline & focus on moral values that help them stay rooted.

Reminds me of the old 'three roses' tea advertisement, lol...
 

Srixlnc 2014-08-27 12:08:49

 

Hi,
Your views are absolutely correct. Even iam looking for good quality schools around secunderabad / nacharam. Iam terribly confused.
Schools which charge more need not always be correct. In such schools one may expect cleanliness, better order. Education standards are nevertheless deteriorating. as parents we expect schools to impart wholistic education which include academics, sports, extra curricular activities, social awareness etc. but this is kind of a mixed bag. My son is 3 years old and going to Nursery now. I have to take admission for next academic year. 
Please keep me informed as to which school you have finalised.
 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-27 14:03:48

 

Hi Srixlnc,
I guess we spoke to each other on some other thread a few weeks ago. Good to hear from you again.

I agree with you that the schools fees cannot determine its standards -and 'standards' is so subjective, it varies from one parent to another depending upon their priorities. So, I have first set my criteria for selecting the school (based upon what 'we' (children & we) expect from the school) and then made a list of schools. Now I realise that no school actually meets all our criteria. So now I would sort the criterions upon their priority, maybe then I can knock a few schools off the list.

As on today, 'we' are considering-
1. Atomic Energy Central School, ECIL
2. Johnson's Grammar School, Nacharam
3. Foster's Billabong High, Saket
4. Mount Litera Zee, Kapra
5. Bhavans, Sainikpuri
6. CAL, Saket
7. DPS, Nacharam
8. DAV, Safilguda

Will certainly keep you updated :)

 

Srixlnc 2014-08-27 15:12:17

 

Hi,
Thanks. I had been to DPS Nacharam and Diamond Point. I was little disappointed with the Infrastructure at Diamond Point.
Had been to Johnson Grammar also. 
I would really like to hear from you with respect to this subject. In which school are your kid/s studying.
Regards,
Sridhar


 

adcd 2014-08-28 12:14:10

 

I too believe tht academics are very important but activities are also important for children.Apart from studies kids feels good and relaxed.
My daughter is of3.5 years old and seriously school selection is driving me crazy..can anyone suggest me a good school near banjara hills,masab tank...awaiting for the response.
 

Srixlnc 2014-08-28 12:19:51

 

All must have read recent news on Scindia School. For people who are not aware of the news, Scindia School is located in Gwalior and has the patronage of the Scindia Family. It is one of the most prestigious schools in the country. And what do hear off late:
a) A kid attempted suicide as he was subjected to undue ragging
b) a kid was forced to watch porn as part of harrassing him
This is utterly sad. 
This is the state of the so called elite / branded schools


 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-28 14:16:45

 

Hi Sridhar,

Good you know that you have already started visiting schools personally, I better pull up my socks :D So, how did you like DPS Nacharam and JGS (people & ambience wise)? Btw I got to speak to an ex-student of JGS (who now is studing BIE's intermediate II) who gave a positive review of the school.

My children go to a lesser known local school in our area. The school strength might not be more than 350, and there are less than 20 students in my child's class -which I feel is great because the teacher knows him real well and at the parent-teacher meetings she gives me an insight into his overall development apart from his academic performances. I would love to let him continue here but at the end of the day (schooling) board & certificates do matter.
 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-28 14:24:10

 

Hi AdCd,

Thanks for writing, its nice to know that even you believe activities are as important as academics.

I'm unaware of schools in the area you have mentioned. However I suggest you to get in touch with 'Mickey' (a member on Parentree), I guess she'd be able you guide you better as she is more knowledgable than most of us here.
 

sreehyd 2014-08-28 14:51:08

 

If parents remember their schooling, many problems can be resolved. Brand of schools are a status symbol for many parents and they feel big schools are like Apple and Samsung and the lesser ones are similar to micromax or karbon
School should create interest in kid and I see many big schools are busy in sending few kids for various events and contests and I don't know how the remaining students should get benefited from it. For ex. if a big international school student wins a quiz or chess tournament or cricket, how it helps other students of same school.

Send kids to schools where teachers are like teachers and not marketing people of the school brand.

 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-28 15:52:05

 

Hey Sridhar, sorry I missed your latest comment. Yes, that Scindia School news is really very disburbing. That boy is a politician's son and maybe the news would have been rigged if he were a lesser mortal's child!

But I feel, and as Mizzs has pointed out, these bad state of affairs are not just limited to the elite schools. There are (as there always were) bad eggs in regular schools as well. For instance during my graduation (well, most of us were mature enough by then, still cannot help comparing), a couple of black sheep couldn't 'aspire' the rest of us into believing that its 'cool' to booze/return karnal favours for 'quick' money. Since most of us there belonged to middle class families, where anything deviant is considered taboo, the bad eggs were not glorified amongst the peers. Infact they were shunned. And a very few students would have been inspired to follow their foot-steps. Eventually they atleast stopped bragging about their 'coolness', and thankfully stopped asking others to 'try' it.

But unfortunately, children today are under greater pressures to 'prove' themselves or to 'fit into the bill' of the 'cool' guys (than we were). And as parents, instead of curbing this in the initial days itself, we turn them into 'sheep' by giving them anything that 'that cool guy' of their class has. Even a class 8 child wants gadgets, wears make-up to school, gets groomed at parlours, and wears clothes like a high-street model; not because she needs all that but because she has to fit into the bill lest get chided or belittled at school. Btw the child in question is our autowalah's daughter. The ignorant parents think that they are providing well by giving her the 'best' beyond their capabilities, while the child is least sensitised to the hardships her parents are going through to bring home money.

Parents are robbing the children of their innocence.

(P.S.- Before anyone points it out, I'd like to admit that I'm indeed ashamed of discussing someone else's child(ren) on a public platform like this. Sorry about that, but my intentions are not to judge them or to categorise their behaviour into good or bad.)
 

Mum2Mum 2014-08-28 16:18:02

 

Hi Sreehyd,

Thanks for sharing your view, love the way you compared schools to mobile brands :D And yes, the school managements are marketing their schools like some old FMCGs ("Take one admission and the sibling would get a fee-concession"). Talking of marketing, I was amused to see a certain school put on its website, that they take students out on trips abroad to enrich their learning! Seriously, thank God I'm contented with taking my children on digital trips to places abroad via Google!

Cannot agree more on how not all students get benefitted at big schools. The first thing we try to locate after entering into any school campus is how big the pool or the court is. But fail to see that in a school of 1000+ students when would our child's turn come to use the court or the pool. Hardly two times in a month he can get into the pool and may take months to actually 'learn' to swim. (Btw how many times do you reckon they clean the pool, given the water crisis in Hyderabad?)

And we go back to the same question, where do we find 'teachers and not marketing heads in teacher's disguise'?
 

Srixlnc 2014-08-28 16:44:43

 

All points mentioned here are valid. But where are such good schools. I have been trying to list out schools in various areas. Let us try to analyse the schools and find the best fit so that atleast our kids are safe. and later we can highlight to public also.
we are participating in this discussion as we are damn serious about our kids education / safety (Vibyor school - Bangalore).
let us all try to contribute in some way and list out and discuss schools. atleast we can feel we tried our best.
 


Reachlekha 2014-09-23 18:19:00

 

Hi all,
As I am also looking for best CBSE schools in and around ECIL for my 3 years kid (for LKG). can you please post all your reviews on the following schools :

1. Atomic Energy Central School, ECIL2. Johnson's Grammar School, Nacharam3. Foster's Billabong High, Saket4. Mount Litera Zee, Kapra5. CAL, Saket6. DPS, Nacharam7. DAV, Safilguda

Thanks,
Lekha



 

Aahiri19 2014-10-31 14:12:30

 

If you really want good education and not all the show off and going after Brands then you could think of this school:
http://www.pebblecreeklifeschool.in/
Branch in AS Rao Nagar also.

 

Mum2Mum 2014-10-31 15:50:27

 

Dear Aahiri19,

Thank you for writing.

I came across many positive reviews about PebbleCreek and I would encourage my children to go through a stress-free schooling. However I have some questions, which I hope you can answer (assuming that you personally know children or parents of children going to PebbleCreek).

1. PebbleCreek is not a CBSE school (nor is it listed in the list of AP recognised schools), then what board is it affiliated to? I know it follows Montessori curriculum, but in class 10 which board's exams do they appear for?

2. Is the Montessori curriculum uniform throughout the country? (like CBSE or ICSE?)

Thank you.
 

Aahiri19 2014-10-31 16:38:11

 

Hi,
 I live near ECIL Kapra area and I really liked this discussion thread. Felt that parents with similar wavelength have participated in the discussion. I would like to share my experiences about school hunting.
I started searching for a "good" school for my children from 2007-2008 when they was not even born. My daughter was born in 2011 and son in 2013. The reason why I was so paranoid about finding the "perfect" school for my child was my own experience as a student in an elite school. I studied in a "branded school" (It was a Birla school in one of the Metropolitan cities in India) which had excellent infrastructure (very similar to the international schools in Hyderabad now) two huge play grounds, basketball court, a huge football ground and many other extracurricular activities (no swimming though). The teachers were good, the results of the school was excellent both in ICSE and ISE (12th). Most of the students of our school got through IITs and other prestigious engineering and medical institutions. Those who didn't prefer these also got very well placed in life. The school did not burden students with too much homework or projects etc. till class 7. It was a new school then and I was only the 4 ICSE batch.

Even though the school I studied in has a very good reputation and is indeed a very good school by normal standards I had harrowing experiences and memories of adolescence. Just like some of you have mentioned though we had all facilities (AC labs, AC library, AC computer lab, big play ground etc) how much time could we actually spend freely in experiencing the beauty of sports or even reading good books?Most of our time was spent in the classroom sitting on the benches listening to teachers and taking notes. Sports period was twice a week for 30 mins each. Is 30 mins enough to play for a child who is a kinesthetic  learner?We used to be punished if we were found "loitering around" in the school. The feeling was always of "fear" of punishment because of breaking "rules". It was a suffocating environment for me. Though I participated in debates, elocution, drama, school annual function, sports yet I was never very happy with my school. The teachers were also extremely partial and biased.
 I used to wonder can't we have schools were children are given freedom and trusted by adults? Can't we have schools were teachers don't always TELL, Instruct or force students to do what THEY feel is right for them? Can't children just be allowed to explore, learn and grow in an environment of love and natural enthusiasm and motivation which comes from within rather than artificial force from outside?
As a research scholar working in Education I was determined to find a school where my child's mind would not be restricted but allowed to bloom naturally, where students could play in the play ground or paint or do music classes if they really wanted to or do Math or Science or languages according to THEIR interest, where teachers would respect their students and not be objects of fear, where joy of learning would be the primary goal!
So I started my research from 2007 even before my children were born. I thought of Vidyaranya school, Chinmaya, Mission, NASR school, DPS Nacharam, St. Anns Convent Secunderabad, Bhavans, Kendriya Vidyalayas, The Waldorf schools etc. I ruled out the international schools because many of my friends worked as teachers in good international schools and I knew how these schools mint money from the parents and focus on increasing their business. They want to sell education to make profit. What values can I expect from the products of such schools. As an adult who cares if you has swimming or horse riding in school or not? What matters is whether you can respect people for what they are and form Vidyaranya suited my requirements to a great extent but they do not encourage any kind of competition at all. This was a little unacceptable for me. Then I had my daughter in 2011. I still was not sure about which school would be good for her. She also turned out to be a receptive and sensitive child like I was in school. She started speaking at 7 months (her very first words being Leela, Thatha, flower etc.) She could tell her name on her first birthday when someone asked her "what is your name?" and started speaking in complete sentences at 1 and half. She could narate her own stories by 2 years! I was all the more convinced that "normal" education would stifle her creativity and natural inquisitiveness to learn. 
So i started visiting schools personally, spoke to parents and teachers of the school and tried to figure out how the school would be. I ruled out St Anns because of the strict discipline, pressure on students and inflexibility. I ruled out Bhavans because I did not want the teachers to speak in Telugu, I ruled out Kendriya Vidyalayas again because they were very structured and did not offer much space for creativity and freedom, NASR was ruled out because it was a girls school and I wanted co-ed. Shloka waldorf was too far from my house and was out of the question.

DPS Nacharam looked exactly like the school I had studied in. From outside it looked perfect: big campus, good infrastructure, presence of extra-curricular activities good results etc. But from experience I knew that these schools are like a book with a nice cover, maybe even the preface and first few chapters are interesting but when you actually read the book till the end you would be totally disappointed and feel its a complete waste of money!

I was left with Vidyaranya, Abhaya Waldorf and Diksha waldorf. Again Abhaya Waldorf was too far from my house (as I said I live near ECIL) So I was thinking of putting my daughter in Vidyaranya or Diksha Waldorf. Then I read a post from Mikey on this site about Pebble Creek Montessori for parents who live near sainikpuri, Neredmet, Tirumalgiri, ECIL area. She said that the children from this school were out performing children from other schools even though the school followed a Montessori method of teaching and was very different from the normal schools. So I attended the Annual seminar called "Parvarish" conducted by the school every year on Dr. Maria Montessori's Birthday to spread awareness among parents, teachers and caregivers about the beauty of the Montessori environment for a child. In this seminar I was convinced that this was the school for my children. It was started by a lady who was unhappy with the education system prevalent in Hyderabad and believed that a good school must "Follow the child" instead of forcing the child to follow the school (as is the case in most schools). She started the school with a few students in her house. She was convinced that what she believed was practically possible to achieve with the Montessori method. The school has now grown into a full fledged CBSC school till class 10 (though the first batch has not passed out yet) and has some excellent students and parents patronizing it to do better and grow bigger. They have two campuses now one at Dr. A.S. Rao Nagar (Montessori till grade 3) and high school at Thumkunta (8 km from sainikpuri, half hour drive). 
I can vouch for this school as it is the most beautiful experience of learning that any child can ever get. The infrastructure is good but not like international schools. It has a 2 acre campus. 1 Acre for the school building and play ground and 1 Acre for a sports complex (which will come up in another 2 years time). 
So this was my experience of searching for a "GOOD" school for my children. In my opinion those parents who are sensitive to their child's needs and want their children to be happy and yet learn well and do well in CBSC exams and then do well in life alternate schools like Waldorf, Diksha (Thumkunta), Prerna(Gacchibowli), Shloka (Jubilli Hills) and Abhaya(Kompally, Sec'bad), Vidyaranya, Chaitanya Vidyalaya, Chinmaya (for a little more focus on competitive exams) and good Montessori schools are very good options.

Thanks for reading! I hope you find the "perfect school" for your child too! 






 

Aahiri19 2014-10-31 17:19:29

 

Hi Mum,
Pebble Creek has now got the CBSC affiliation for class 10th. Their first class 10th will pass out in another 3 years. They have pure Montessori curriculum till class 1 then they do the CBSC curriculum along with Montessori till class 6. From class 7 they do the CBSC curriculum though even class 7 students have the Montessori activity based learning classes. Its a beautiful system. Why don't you visit the school in A.S. Rao Nagar. It is Just behind the A.S. Rao reservation counter behind MAX.

 

Aahiri19 2014-10-31 17:25:45

 

I must correct myself here. They have got the affiliation to CBSC but are waiting for the formal certificate of affiliation. Since they have 3 years time (their first batch of 10th students with pass out in another 3 years) so they may get the certificate anytime now. If your child is in class 5 or 6 then you can still consider this school but if your child is in 7th then I don't think its a good idea.
 

arnav12 2014-10-31 20:15:33

 

Happy Aahiri, I am been off late reading your updates it is beautiful the way u look at education and schooling for children.... I have a similar requirement for my child as well... I have applied for chaitanya vidyalaya at lower tankbund and v are hopefull that we might we able to secure a admission there.. And if we can't get it in that school I am planning for lumbini montessori house of children which have a montessori curriculum and then later shift him to pebble Creek..... I wanted your feedback bout chaitanya vidyalaya... Is it the same kind of school which will not pressurise a child and they will be able to learn while the play... Which of the two options would be good.. Please suggest...
 

AshishBansal 2014-11-01 14:28:56

 

Hi All,

Really nice inputs from all of you in this forum. I totally agree with mum2mum & Aahiri19 views as well. I would highly appreciate if someone can assist me in recommending a good school for my kid as I am new to Hyderabad. As of now, my baby boy is 2.5yrs old & going to a play school at WonderKids, Malaysian Township (Kukatpally). But starting March, I want him to study in a proper school where he gets overall exposure on academics & extra-curricular activities front.  My office is at Banjara Hills & at present I am staying at Malaysian Township (Kukatpally). 

I am even ready to shift near Banjara Hills, in case I get a much better option for my kid at Banjara Hills vicinity.  

Please assist, as I think in most of the schools the admission might have already started/or finished. Also, please let me know what is the age criteria & about the admission process. 


Regards,
Ashish
 

Aahiri19 2014-11-01 18:28:51

 

Hi, Arnav12,
As far as I know Chaitanya Vidyalaya is a very good school just like we all want for our children. There are many discussion threads you can read http://www.parentree.in/India/Hyderabad/Schools/2937-chaitanya-vidyalaya
As far as I know It encourages creativity and has a very good teacher student relationship. Its very similar to Vidyaranya. 

Lumbini Montessori is also a very good choice for your child. Such schools will ensure a happy learning experience for your child. This school is an authentic Montessori school so you can be sure that it will offer the best for your child. The crucial thing is for you to visit the school, talk to the teachers and get a "feel" of their philosophy. Then you should follow your "gut" feeling or "sixth sense". That's what I did! Lumbini and then Pebble Creek is a very good option. If you secure admission in Chaitanya then you can go ahead with it I feel.
Best!



 

Aahiri19 2014-11-01 18:48:07

 

Hi Ashish,
Its a pleasure to know parents who think out-of-the-box and dare to opt for alternate schools instead of following the "herd mentality"

I think there is a good school called Pragnya Montessori in Kukatpally. It is a very good school but the principal I have heard is very strict and rude. You can check for yourself http://pragnyamontessorischool.com/

You can think of Shloka waldof school in Jubili hills (primary section). But the high school is a little far off. Check their website http://slokawaldorf.org/ You can go and visit the school.

Prerna Waldorf at Gacchi bowli is also good. You can also search for some good Montessori schools near Kukatpally. Blue Blocks Montessori is a good school in Gacchibowli http://www.blueblocks.in/index.asp Also Gacchibowli is not very far from Kukatpally and Blueblocks as well as Shloka have excellent transport facility. Just that Blue Blocks is an expensive pre-school but my friends say its worth it because of all the materials and good infrastructure.
All the best to you!


 




 

Aahiri19 2014-11-01 18:53:19

 

In  Montessori schools they accept children from 2.5 years. Shloka I think takes from 3 years (not sure). The admission process will just begin for 2015-2016 so your timing is perfect. You need to visit the schools and take forms and then go according to the admission procedure.
 

 

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