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5 Tough schools to get your kids into

5 Tough schools to get your kids into
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1. Vasant Valley School, Delhi
Inclusive education is one of the main reasons the school is popular. It has a trained educator for each class to bring a special child up to the level of the grade. Every year, it receives 3,500 applications for 68 LKG seats. It is the No. 1 day school in the Education World-C Fore survey of best schools in India.

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2. Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai
It is one of the toughest schools to get your child into, especially since there is a requirement to register your child at age one for a pre-school education; For admission in 2014, parents need to register their child in 2012. Reports indicate the school takes in only 40 students at this level; it is following the new RTE regulations that disallow interviewing children.

3. Valley School, Bangalore
The school takes only 32 children per batch, so there’s greater scrutiny during the selection process. The school has taken measures to implement RTE and this brings down the number of seats available to 24. Former students and teachers’ children get preference in the admission process, which leaves precious little for the 200 applications the school receives every year.

4. The School - KFI, Chennai
This Krishnamurti Foundation School is the first from Chennai to feature in the top day schools in the Education World-C Fore survey of best schools.

It has a student-teacher ratio of 1:10 and takes in only 16-20 students per batch at the first grade level to ensure academic quality. The rush for admission is high purely because the intake is so low.
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5. La Martiniere for boys, Kolkata
It has had its fair share of controversies in the recent past, but is still considered one of the top schools in Kolkata.

It has parents lining up for admissions year after year. The school, unlike other convents, has not stayed in the past. Its alumni and management have adopted contemporary teaching methods perhaps well in advance to other convents.

Correction: This article has been updated with a correction. The School - KFI, Chennai does not accept students at LKG level as stated earlier. It does not have a LKG section.

This article appeared in the Forbes India magazine issue of 11 January, 2013
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Comments (19)
Navita Sharma May 21, 2016
Thanks for sharing these information about Preschool franchise in India.
Saahil Ahmed Dec 3, 2014
nice , site gives a lot of education about schools of india .
Tijimol Mathew Jun 3, 2014
I wonder why schools from Kerala (the state with the highest literacy rate) are left out...There are many premium schools in Kerala like Lourdes Public School and Junior College, Kottayam, which is a very good, but tough school to get our children into...The admission process is very difficult...
Response to Tijimol Mathew:
Manoj Mathew Aug 16, 2014
I totally agree with you...Lourdes Public School is perhaps the best in Kerala, but to get an admission there is very difficult. I have to try my luck for my kids next year.. Why that school is not in the list?
Guleshwar Nov 18, 2013
i want to tell u that jawahar novday vidyalaya stands top in survey and kendriya vidyalaya 2 nd no one beat this school in academics......
Response to Guleshwar:
Pallavi May 28, 2014
i completely agree with you.
Vaibhaw Kumar Aug 2, 2013
Where is DPS RK PURAM i think its the best school in probably the whole India so where's my school's name???
Richa Awasthi May 8, 2013
hey thanks to post such a good aarticle !
You just ssend your child to one of the top school in dehradun which provide quality education to young boys and girls with a view to develop amongst them a spirit of camaraderie, a sense of unity
Krish Kane Apr 5, 2013
Birla Schools are the best in India, My kids are studying their and we are very happy to see their progress and results.
Arup Chatterjee Jan 14, 2013
No school beats DAIS, Bombay in terms of academic results. so, why is DAIS not standing on the podium?
Gita Jan 12, 2013
Over rated I think the ib schools like dirubai
Ambani , aditiya Birla are way superior
And all school like cathedral want to go the
Ib way as well...
Usha Pathania Jan 7, 2013
VVS is a school with a difference. It believes in the "Holistic Development"-Cerebral, Social, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.
Dr Usha Ram Jan 4, 2013
A good school to me is conducive learning environment space to grow at ones pace. To become a good human being. Respecting ones good value. Ignite inquisitiveness. Love for nature and country.
Udai Jan 4, 2013
Where is MUWC? and Mayo? and Dune?
Er. R.s.soni Jan 2, 2013
I don,t agree! I am an alumni of BITS,Pilani.It is a question of demand
Sriram Naganathan Jan 1, 2013
A small correction: There is no LKG in The School KFI, Chennai. (Am a resource person for the school). Shoddy homework?
Response to Sriram Naganathan:
Nilofer D'souza Jan 1, 2013
Dear Mr Naganathan,

Thank you for your comment.

You are right. The School KFI does not take in children from LKG, but first standard.

I will correct this in the copy as well.
Aban Confectioner Dec 31, 2012
Where and how is this data collected ? I am in the field of education in Kolkata and though I am aware that getting admission into LMB is tough how can you be sure it is tougher than any other 'top or premier' school in the city ? Why single it out ? Perhaps because of its unfortunate share of earlier controversies, that make it easily identified by others ?
Pinku Dec 31, 2012
ys, vvs iz vry gd.. ;)
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