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People flock to the city of Delhi carrying their own weighty bundle of inspirations, ambitions, and other big dreams. No matter where you come from, Delhi welcomes you with open arms full of opportunities and better standards of life, great atmosphere, and exposure. It’s a city that lets you showcase your talents as you climb up the ladder and hone your skills. When it comes to primary and secondary education, Delhi can offer schools that provide the best foundation along with a colorful mixture of experiences. Delhi is home to many prestigious schools, each with their own special features and array of facilities. Here’s a list of the top 10 schools in Delhi, if you’re set on sending your child to the best schools for a great learning experience.
1. Modern School (1920)
Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum, this is a day school with boarding facilities that consistently ranks at the top of the list. The vision of its founders perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the school, which combines ‘best of ancient Indian tradition with the needs of the time.’
The school has computer labs, canteens, medical facilities, science laboratories, a special education room, Lala Pratap Singh library along with a junior library, computer resource room, mathematics, a language laboratory, as well as dance and music rooms. The school also provides cricket, basketball, table tennis, and squash courts, an Olympic sized swimming pool, gymnasium, horse-riding arena, and facilities to learn golf.
Fun fact: Modern School was the first private school in India and was established before independence.
Notable alumni: Indira Gandhi, Gautam Gambhir, Barkha Dutt.
2. The British School New Delhi (1963)
The British school is a co-educational, not-for-profit school that follows the National Curriculum of England (adapted to an international context) to the end of Year 9, IGCSE in Years 10 and 11, and the IB Diploma in Years 12 and 13. With students of 66 nationalities, the school aims to provide well-rounded development, student friendly multi-cultural environment and exposure. The school also maintains a smaller teacher to student ratio of 1:8 to ensure all students get individual attention in a safe protected environment.
The school provides organic food, ensures clean air with an air purification system, and interactive ICT-enabled air-conditioned classrooms. The school is equipped with outdoor play areas, a reception hall, a multimedia computer lab, art studio, green house library, and various labs for different disciplines such as geography, language, math, and history.
Fun fact: The British School was awarded the Top British International School Award by BISA (British International School Awards) in London in January 2018.
Notable alumni: Malini Aggarwal, Prof John Windsor
3. Springdales School (1955)
Springdales is a co-educational day school, affiliated to the CBSE board. It offers classes from pre-primary to grade 12. It also offers a foreign languages department and a cultural exchange program.
The infrastructure of the school includes various educational and art and science clubs, library, science and computer labs, biotechnology lab, teachers’ research center, and a holiday home in Mussoorie. The sports facilities include athletics, basketball, cricket, football, gymnasium, and skating facilities, among others.
Fun fact: Springdales school has a work experience farm at Chhatarpur to teach children about the dignity of labor, working with nature, and community living.
Notable alumni: Vikas Jain, Sahil Sangha
4. The Mother’s International School (1956)
The Mother’s International School is a co-educational school affiliated to the CBSE board. It is managed by the Sri Aurobindo Education Society. The school provides a clean, eco-friendly environment for students. It has three wings, Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary.
The school teaches four languages – English, Hindi, Sanskrit, and French. It offers a lavish infrastructure with all modern amenities and technology. The school has a great library as well as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Labs. It also has clubs/societies that organize various activities to develop the students’ skills and extract the best out of every child in fields such as art and craft, dance, debate, publication, nature, and music.
Fun facts: The campus also hosts a bakery, iron-work unit, wood-work unit, candle-making and handmade paper unit, vocational training center, and book store.
5. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (1958)
Popularly known as SPV Lodhi Estate, this is a co-educational school affiliated to the CBSE board, managed by Gujarat Education Society. The school provides a lush green campus, library, medical and transport bus facilities.
There are two computer labs, an Audio/Visual Room that meets the audio and video requirements for presentations, training workshops, etc. The school has football, basketball, volleyball, and cricket teams, and has produced many top-class cricketers and athletes who have played for the nation or in Ranji teams, including Ajay Jadeja, Rahul Sanghvi, Gagan Khoda, Deep Dasgupta, Vivek Razdan, and National Record holder high jumper Tejaswin Shankar. SPV has produced several Rhodes Scholars.
Fun fact: It is the only private school in India that employs Hindi as a medium of instruction in the primary school.
Notable alumni: Swara Bhaskar, Nandita Das.
6. The Shri Ram School (1988)
The Shri Ram School is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The school is a co-educational day school. The school also offers the IB Diploma Program, administered by the International Baccalaureate (IB), and the National Indian Open Schooling (NIOS) Certificate. Facilities include a science laboratory, computer and ICT labs, music and dance rooms, lunchroom, assembly hall, sports facilities, a yoga room, and an all-weather performance area – Shri Manch.
The campus infrastructure includes the library, the computer and science laboratories, AV room, workshop room, the liberal arts studio, the auditorium, the gymnasium, the medical room, the SEN/NIOS rooms, the kitchens, the lunch area, and staff rooms. Extra-curricular activities such as sport, dance, music, art, clay, drama, and hobby classes are run along with the academic curriculum for further enrichment of students.
7. Vasant Valley School, Delhi (1990)
Vasant Valley School, is a co-educational, private day school, affiliated to the CBSE board, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) curriculum, with classes from Nursery to grade 12, located in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. The school is divided into two wings, with an open amphitheater connecting them. The school has well-equipped science laboratories, two libraries, a state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy facility, an auditorium and gymnasium, extensive sports facilities, and a specialized center for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Fun fact: In 2012, Vasant Valley found a mention in Forbes India’s list of ‘5 Tough Schools to Get Your Kid Into’.
Notable alumni: Jayati Modi
8. Delhi Public School, RK Puram (1972)
Delhi Public School (DPS), RK Puram, is affiliated to the CBSE board and is a co-educational day and boarding private school in South Delhi. In addition, two separate campuses in Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash comprise the Junior or Elementary School Branch, for students from Nursery through grade 5.
The school offers a world class education in a highly competitive, tech-savvy environment with updated teaching methods. It includes 20 labs with latest facilities, libraries, music center, sports complex, assembly area and well-equipped presentation venues. The school also has one of the first robotics labs at school level. There is a fitness center, basketball court, billiards, swimming pools, yoga center, squash, chess, football, and other sport facilities.
Fun fact: In May 2017, a team of two students from the school was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest.
Notable alumni: Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal, Raghuram Rajan
9. Sanskriti School, Delhi (1998)
Sanskriti school is affiliated to the CBSE board and offers education from Nursery to grade 12. The school is run by Civil Services Society, an NGO formed by senior civil servants and their wives, with the spouse of the serving Cabinet Secretary of India as its chairperson.
The amphitheater built at the very center of the school hosts all assemblies, special ceremonies. The school has a swimming pool that is built to international standards, and a centrally air-conditioned circular building over three floors houses the junior, middle, and senior school libraries. The school also has its own museum and canteen. The lush campus houses various science labs and a playground, and there are many art clubs that provide opportunities for extracurricular activities.
Fun fact: Sanskriti School annuals hosts the Sanskriti Model United Nations conference witnessing a footfall of 100-500 delegates from across India and its neighboring countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka.
10. Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan (1953)
Army Public School is affiliated to the CBSE board and offers classes up to grade 12. There are no formal tests at the primary level. The school follows the CBSE system of Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) and a grading system is used instead of marks. Students are evaluated in scholastic as well as co-scholastic areas. The school provides a world-class education with a progressive, tech-savvy attitude, ICT curriculum integrated into educational practices, while also giving considerable emphasis to sports and arts.
The 31.5-acre school campus hosts four wings – primary wing, secondary wing, senior secondary wing, and activity wing. The activity wing houses a computer lab, activity rooms for music and dance, bank, MI room, and book and uniform shops. There are separate libraries for senior and junior students, an auditorium, three cafeterias, a science park, a boys’ hostel, a mini golf course, six basketball courts, two tennis courts and one football field. Students are encouraged to engage in debate, drama, music, art, dance and clay modeling, besides educational programs such as seminars and workshops. There is a greater emphasis on sports and students participate in state and national level tournaments. The school promotes sports such as swimming, basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, golf, hockey, squash, horse-riding, and shooting.
Notable alumni: Ritu Beri, Chetan Bhagat.
Disclaimer: The list is in no particular order and includes only co-ed schools of Delhi. The article solely reflects the personal opinion of the author.
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