Today my kid went through the written test for Meridian for PP2.
I am looking for some feedback on this school, please let me know .
I visited the Banjara Hills campus and found it was okay. They had kids playing cricket, basket ball, foot ball all in one place. That was funny. They had separate volley ball court and Table tennis place which I liked.
Academic wise the feedback is good. The kids all seemed to be happy and chirpy. I saw lot of activities within the school like singing, recitations, etc.
The one feedback on Meridian is they are money hungry. 1-2 years back there was a lot of rackus on the fee hike with parents protesting. Not sure if the school management reverted the fee hike or could justify the hike. With the new Govt regulations on admission and fees, I am not sure how this fits in.
Thanks Ravi for the feeback, on the money front I also felt the same. The fee hike from pp2 and 1st class is itself 6k. One other advantage is home pickup and drop facility.
Regarding the place, I also had similar observation during my both visits. For volley ball and skating they were playing seperately and had a coach for skating but other wise the cetral play area is hosted for all other games.
We moved from US last Jun. We were also looking for the same kind of features in a school as you are looking for. We also felt if we were asking for too
much. But as a parent we want to give the best to our kids.
We also surveyed the international schools around Jubilee Hills and kondapur area. We visited most of the prominent schools like Oakridge, Chirec, Sancta
Maria. We also visited Manthan International school in Madhapur area. We found it to be comparatively very good after we took the school tour for all the
schools in that area and also speaking to our friends whose kids go to Chirec and Oakridge. We found Oakridge only money oriented. In the visit we made to
get a tour of the school and how well the school is good for my kids, all they were interested in sharing was the timeline to deposite what sum of money in
the form of dollars and what sum of money needs to be deposited in the form of Indian Rupees etc. It was very disappointing to see that the staff was just
interested in discussing money before even speaking about the USP of school and why they think we should consider Oakridge for our kids. One of my friends
told that their child is studying in Oakridge and it has been very stressful for the child as the school has constantly been pressurising the parent and the
child with respect to cursive skills and also catching up with the subjects. We did not want our kids to go thru a stressful transition so we eliminated
oakridge from our list instantly. We visited Chirec. The tour as such went well. We requested to meet the principal and we were made to wait for more than an
hour and after almost 1.5 hr we got to meet the principal. We had several queries to be clarified. In the time we were waiting we found a big group of male
labourers hanging around the play area. Being a parent of a girl child and a natural kind of thought came as to the safety measures the school has adapted
towards the girls students. The principal got very touchy and got irritated at the question and shot back saying she did not like the question and that they
knew better what they are doing. After this kind of an experience we got to meet with a parent(a friend of ours) whose kid went to Chirec School. She told
that once they had food poisoning episode during one of the breakfasts being served at their school and several students fell sick after the breakfast and
were treated for food poisoning. During a parent meeting following this episode, the principal shot back that the crowd of parents saying she brought the
school from scratch and its her baby and she does not owe anyone any explanation for anything and she will run it the way she decides to. That was it. We
were at a kind of dead end when we came across, Manthan International school in Madhapur. The moment we stepped in we felt reassured that, this is the kind
of people we would like to teach our kids. They believed in stress free transition for the child. They believed in motivating a child to learn rather than
put the child thru a rat race to just meet targets. The Directors were very approachable and patient to each and every single question of ours. Today, I can
tell we made the right decision. One of my kid is in 4th grade and my younger one is in Kindergarden. Both are extremely happy and my younger one has learned
so much in such a short time that I am amazed at the teacher's skill. One parent got so impressed by my younger one in a mall play area that she got her
child admitted in Manthan school the very same week. My older one who was apprehensive about schools in India is very happy about the school.
More established schools with good infrastructure may not be everything we must consider at the time of admission. The managements approachability is a major
criteria, especially in India where legalities are not as much guiding the schools functioning, unlike in US. Parents and students are taken for granted in
India and more so by the more establised schools.
Hope this will help you make a decision. Ideally before Jun anytime these schools do accept admissions subject to availability of seats. The fee at Manthan
is 50K approx. Much less than every other school in the area. Worth stopping by to get a feel of the school.
Schools like Phoenix Greens and Manthan are new ones. They started last year. Hence the management will be approachable :-). Basically this logic stems from established vs establishing attitudes. The schools who are established and who are in demand show "attitude" I guess.
Completely agree with you Ravi. I have good experience with http://www.timekidspreschools.com/ (Banajara Hills) and would recommend for play school and nursery. The teachers are very caring and reachable. Again one of the major factor would be that they are a new group of schools
We are planning to move back to Hyderabad from US. My kids would be coming to 5th & firts grade. From various feedback on this site i am considering Manthan International for my kids. I talked to them on phone, they seem very cooperative.
Can any one suggest whether its a good idea to reserve the seats( have to pay X amount right now to the school) or to hold till we come & see the place in May/June?
Aum: For Manthan, you dont need to pay now to hold the seat. Even if you go there in May, they shoudl have seats since it is new school. I heard very good feed back too
thank you for all the feedback.
Dont go to Merdian . We got admitted and were asked to pay Rs 60,000 in cash and you odnt get a recipt for it . Never ended up doing it . We went to okaridge and found teh same thing - hungry for Money. Orchid seemed good and upcoming . Belive Managment is keen and therefore will listen to parnets at least for teh next few years.
I think it is all about attracting new clients- in India or elsewhere, moreso in India. What happens is that once the new clients are in - they are not bothered. I am sorry to generalize but this trend has started with the NRIs rushing to India and trying to get the same standard of living be it with housing or schooling... Not blaming them , definitely they are entitled to the same. What has happened is that greedy builders and school management tried to cash in on this- there is artificial inflation of real estate prices in hyderabad and there is artifical inflation of school fees. Tell me honestly- every school is as good as the teachers, yeah ambience, envrionment helps a lot.. no doubt about that. We are all placing the innocence of our kids in the hands of these commercial schools because we do not have an option. The need of the hour is a change in the education system, I know am being a bit idealistic but till then - it can be manthan, canthan , oakrodge, poakridge, any damn school they will only succeed in fleecing us in the name of international syllabus, facilities blah blah blah.. Oh btw MY Kid is in PP1 in Meridian and yes I also paid a lot of fees, and yes I cant help it because he has to be part of the rat race.. for which we all are readying our kids from now itself.
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