Kids from USA - Need advice on which curriculum and schools to select.

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shalu12 2021-01-07 08:31:09



I am currently residing in US and planning to come back to India this summer. I started looking for admissions for 6th grade(2nd - 5th grade academics in US) and PP1. We have already submitted applications for both kids in JPHS and DPS. As it is lottery based admissions, I also want to reach out to other schools. Some in our list are Shri Ram Universal and Key stone(older kid initially studied in Gaudium till 1st grade but it has now become very expensive). 
1. Are there are any other schools with reasonable fee closer to Manikonda?
2. Which school is better among Shri Ram and Keystone? I know I am comparing two different curricula here but want to explore all the options while we are waiting to here from JPHS and DPS. I did check the fee structures for other international schools and they are almost inline with Gaudium.
3. We are not planning to return to USA again. So, is it better to consider CBSE keeping in mind the competitive exams after 12th?

Please advice. 

dbsreddy9 2021-01-07 08:42:39


Shriram Universal School is bst option. JHPS One of the Top 3 schools in Hyd.

shalu12 2021-01-07 08:44:42


Thank you! Do you mind sharing the fee structure at Shriram Univ School?

Sandeepsimhadri 2021-01-07 10:15:19


Fee in Shri ram school is for Grade 1 tution fee is 1.86 without food and transportation. If you opt transportation again 50k 

savitabucha 2021-01-07 10:28:39


Hi can you please share if you have any other information about the two school you have mentioned. We are also in US and relocating in a month or two.

shalu12 2021-01-07 19:11:15


Thank you!

shalu12 2021-01-07 19:12:34


We are mostly inclining towards JHPS. Waiting to hear from them but also submitted the applications at Shriram.

skbreddy 2021-01-08 00:39:03


Hello Shalu12,

We are in same boat planning to move this summer and we are looking out for schools in and around Gachibowli, kondapur, Tellapur etc. My older son would be in 4th grade and younger one would be in 2nd grade. Read a lot in google and spoke to lot of schools in understanding the curriculum. Well the Cambridge curriculum is more like how kids learn here in USA like project based learning, practical learning. we were looking for schools who offer both Cambridge and CBSE and of course 5 days a week.

Here are few schools which we listed and talking to them.

Chirec International School - we are in touch with admission counselor yet to receive the academic and fee structure details(Based on the internet it look like about 5 lacs per year)
Keystone International School - Spoke to admission counselor
They have only Cambridge IGCSE
5 days a week 8 am - 2:40 pm
20 students per class
Music - Vocal
Sports - Soccer, Basket ball, Volley Ball, Badminton and other Athletics
Fees Details:
Registration fess: 1500/-
Caution Deposit: 25,000/-(Refundable)
1 time Admission fess - 75,000/- (They offer sibling discount)
Grade 2 - 2,91,639/- (Includes books, stationary)  - 1st year total fees - 3,93,139/-  Uniform and Transportation extra
Grade 4 - 3,31,602/- (Includes books, stationary) - 1st year total fees - 4,33,102/-  Uniform and Transportation extra
They offer sibling discount on annual fees and  I think they have a fee rise every.

Samashti International School - we are in touch with admission counselor yet to receive the academic and fee structure details
CBSE affiliation - STEM approach education
Below fee structure is posted on their website
Registration fess: 500/-
Caution Deposit: 10,000/-
Grade 2 - 1,09,000/- 
Transportation - 0-10kms - 25,000/-
Food - 20,000/-
Grade 4 - 1,22,000/- 
Transportation - 0-10kms - 25,000/-
Food - 21,500/-
 Admission fee details not mentioned on their website.

MANTHAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - we are in touch with admission counselor yet to receive the academic and fee structure details
Below fee structure is posted on their website
Grade 1-5 - 191,000/- 
Transportation - 0-15kms - 44,000/-
Food - 30,000/-
Admission fee details not mentioned on their website. Food and Transportation is optional and fees will rise by 8 - 10% every year.

Meru International School - Spoke to admission counselor
They have IGCSE and CBSE
IGCSE till 5th grade and kids can choose if they want CBSE or IGCSE from 6th grade.
5 days a week till 4th grade and from Grade 5 the 1st and 3rd Saturdays are working half day
25 students per class 1:10 ratio so they have 3 teachers per class until 3rd grade and 2 teachers per class from 4th grade.
Music - Vocal
Sports - Cricket,, Foot ball,  Badminton and other Athletics
Fees Details:
Registration fess- 1000/-
Caution/Security Deposit - 5,000/-
Books and uniform - ,10,000 - 12,000/-
Learning kits grade 1-2 - 1,900/-
Learning kits grade 3-5 - 2,500/-
Annual fees - 2,04,930/-
Transportation - 0-10kms - 40,000/-
Food - 37,400/-

savitabucha 2021-01-08 05:05:38


Hi, I am also in the same state. Keystone(cambridge), Sri Ram school (CBSE) is in my list. If you have any input on these two please let me know..

dbsreddy9 2021-01-08 10:32:35


Hi shalu12., Find the fee structure of Shriram Universal School Academic Year 20-21.

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nituk 2021-01-23 06:56:47


How is sri ram school, it has only CBSE. How is their teaching methodology?

meg132 2021-02-14 08:48:42


Hi skbreddy, We are also moving to Hyderabad this summer and I was exploring the same schools you mentioned in your list. Did you finalise on any school ?

skbreddy 2021-02-15 23:19:24


Hi meg132,

We like keystone but they only have IB Cambridge we wanted to choose a school which has IB and CBSE. After various conversations with friends and checking over on different forums we have finalized DPS Khajaguda and Meridian madhapur, kphb cross rds schools. We have received a good reviews about these schools in terms of academics, extra curricular activities and fees.
we are in the process of taking admission and we would go with one of these schools.

shalu12 2021-02-16 00:53:13


DPS has already finished its lottery for LKG. My younger one€™s application didn€™t get picked. We are in dilemma again. 

srid27 2021-02-16 09:36:39


@skbreddy, IB and CAIE( Cambridge) are 2 different curriculums. Keystone is all Cambridge ( they do not have IB). DPS Khajaguda is a purely CBSE school. Many schools provide integrated curriculum ( until 5th or 8th and then kids can choose either CBSE or IB ). For any new parents, I would suggest to verify the school accreditation on Cambridge website or IB website .Very few schools offer IB throughout ( MYP, High and IBDP) .

skbreddy 2021-03-22 18:33:21


Hi Srid27,

We have finally decided to go with IB curriculum and thinking between Meridian and Sreenidhi international school. Since meridian has IB curriculum till 5th grade only we are inclining towards Sreenidhi. I really appreciate if you could share your insights on Sreenidhi and also which are the other best IB schools which I should check. We are moving from US by end of May I really appreciate your inputs.

srid27 2021-03-22 23:28:26


I do not have any experience with Sreenidhi or IB curriculum in India. Oakridge, Indus, Aga Khan, - all follow IB. ISH follows IB and a mix of curriculum till a certain grade. Gaudium has PYP and candidate school for MYP ( yet to get the accreditation). My kids attend Cambridge so that's all the Info I have. Also IB is expensive compared to Cambridge ( very few schools have in throughout).


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