India is often referred to as a center of excellence for International Schools. The quality of teaching and education available are outstanding. The Indian economy is booming and the country is rapidly emerging as a crucial world market. It is therefore only fitting that its schools cater to the parents and students who require their services. Here we highlight some of those, which can be considered 'The Best'.
SHARAD PAWAR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PUNE, INDIA
Sharad Pawar International School, Pune is a school of the world for Indian and international students. Boasting a modern day infrastructure and situated in a picturesque valley, it is an ideal setting for students who require high quality education and 'a passport to the future'. The eco-friendly campus of the School also offers students the best of both worlds; easy access to the marvelous city of Pune and, of course, the locality to encourage independence, character and skills in a healthy campus environment.
The School has been built to the highest international standard and is the realization of the vision of one of the great educationalists and philanthropists from the state of Maharashtra, Padmashree Dr D Y Patil; and his son, Mr. Ajeenkya D Patil, Chairman of the School. Indeed, the D Y Patil Group's well-recognized contribution to the welfare, quality and development of Indian life –evidenced in many educational, agricultural and health care initiatives - will ensure the School gains an immediate impact as a school of truly global significance.
LINCOLN SCHOOL, NEPAL
The Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal is an independent, international school with an American curriculum. The school is accredited by the New England ssociation of Schools and Colleges and has been in operation for more than 50 years. The school currently serves over 260 students from more than 35 nations.
Excellent teachers are at the heart of outstanding schools. Lincoln School teachers come from the US, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Austria, and Nepal. They are highly trained and experienced educators who have proven records of adding value to the education of their students in a wide range of public and private schools throughout the world. They are excellent teachers, writers, mentors, artists, athletes, coaches, and friends. They enjoy working with the students of Lincoln School and are desirous of their success.
Lincoln School is situated on a five acre campus with a purpose built facility. The physical plant includes several science labs, a 22,000 volume library, a fully equipped theatre, a full sized gymnasium, art studio, play fields, play grounds, two computer labs, and more than 120 networked work stations on campus. Most of the classrooms are located in new buildings that were completed in 2001.
Nearly all of Lincoln's graduates attend colleges and universities after high school. That being the case, an extensive array of Advanced Placement courses are offered in the high school and most students take advantage of these classes during their high school years. Lincoln School's graduates have attended the finest universities in the world.
GOOD SHEPHERD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, OOTY
Cultivating Indian Values, nourishing International Excellence.
India, a land of ancient civilizations and a home of diverse cultures, is always warm and inviting. Setting out on a voyage to enrich the mind, body & soul, Good Shepherd International School enables the students to imbibe the great Indian values born out of a rich tradition, to achieve international excellence. GSIS, a National institution with International perspectives, aims at the holistic development of the human personality of students coming from diverse cultural milieus, the largest fully residential school in the Country with 1300 students from all over the world, prepares a generation for the 21st Century.
We are proud to be one among the few to offer counselling services to our students. Our guidance programme is comprehensive and developmental in its approach in meeting the academic needs of our students while providing opportunities for appropriate social and emotional growth. We prepare our senior students to take the SAT, TOEFL and IELTS and help them to get admission to various universities in the world. Many of our alumnis have graduated from some of the best institutions in the world including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, University College in London and many others. The excellent facilities offered at GSIS help to expose students to a plethora of physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual activities. There can be no debate about the fact that the students of GSIS will stand apart and be a class of their own, wherever they happen to be. Little wonder, why we have students from over 40 countries across the globe!
We also have a Finishing school of international repute for Girls, named Good Shepherd Finishing School, whose motto is “Give us a Girl and Take back a Lady”. More details on the curriculum are available at www.gsfs.ac.in
MALLYA ADITI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
A Vibrant Learning Environment. Mallya Aditi International School (Aditi), a K-12 school, was founded in 1984 by a pioneering group of committed teachers and parents. The school strives to create a vibrant learning environment that is child-centred, international in perspective, engaging, active and critical.
Aditi believes that developing a sense of community and a social conscience lie at the very heart of education. The school’s community service programme includes seniors providing educational support to students at a school for the children of Sri Lankan refugees. Students of the school have also recently become involved with a school for the blind and the Terry Fox Run, to raise funds for cancer research.
Aditi has a Learning Support Laboratory and an ESL department, both with proven expertise in addressing student differences. The members of the school’s learning support team presented three wellreceived papers at the British Dyslexia Association Conference at Warwick in March 2004.
Another of the school’s enduring commitments is to the creative and performing arts. Aditi believes that art, music and drama are profoundly related to learning. This department has led several initiatives to integrate the creative arts into several other parts of the curriculum. The school has also produced critically acclaimed plays, musicals and concerts. Thanks to excellent faculty, subjects like sociology, history, geography, literature and political science have always enjoyed a high status in Aditi.
The school is equally committed to excellence in the sciences and mathematics. A Robotics Club meets once a fortnight to test the hypothesis that genuine understanding comes from hands-on experience. Biology students have participated in tiger-censuses, turtle walks and researched the complexities of the brain.
Teachers are the school’s most valuable resource. Aditi’s emphasis on the professional development of its faculty is legendary. Ten days in a year are devoted to in-service training, reflection and review of current practice. Dedicated time is made available, every week, to meet, plan and prepare. The school offers teachers opportunities to update their skills in institutions in India and abroad.
Aditi has a vibrant college placement service, and graduates attend some of the best colleges and universities in India and around the world. Aditi strives constantly to be a community of critical and life-long learners.
THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF BOMBAY
The American School of Bombay takes great pride in the quality of its academic program, the cornerstone of which is its belief in nurturing the whole child. The curriculum is American in its approach but includes both international and multicultural elements. The American School of Bombay was the first school in India to be certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, to offer its IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The academic program also includes the American High School Diploma and the Advanced Placement examinations. Our students are routinely accepted for admission to choice universities around the world.
The basis of the American School of Bombay’s program is academic excellence with a difference. The plus that sets us apart is our belief in nurturing each student to strive to achieve his or her full potential – not only in academics, but also in character development, self-motivated learning, service learning and appreciating the richness and diversity of cultures and the interdependence of nations. The academic program is challenging and invigorating.
Students are encouraged to achieve their intellectual potential by striving for and attaining the highest standards of academic excellence.
Education for a World of Difference at Woodstock School.
For 150 years this international Christian residential school has offered a unique education in a spectacular North Indian location. On a forested Himalayan hillside, Woodstock’s academic quality, temperate environment and healthy lifestyle attract 140 staff and 475 students from around the world. Woodstock has a distinguished history, but is also very much a school of today. An international K-12 curriculum, which leads to a US Diploma, is supported by co-curricular activities including music, drama, sport and outdoor education, and is underpinned by excellent IT and communications facilities. Committed residence staff help students experience many opportunities for personal growth. Graduates from this diverse community go on to colleges around the world, including 50% to the USA and 25% to India. The Woodstock alumni network is active worldwide, supporting new graduates and maintaining links with the school over generations. For more information, email
Hebron is a 106 year old Christian co-educational boarding school set high in the magnificent Nilgiri Hills of southern India. Students represent some 22 nationalities and staff are from 8 countries. We are a deliberately small school (369 pupils aged 5 to 19 years) with a close-knit family atmosphere. Academic results are outstanding (in 2004 and 2005 Hebron students were placed first in all of India for A levels and IGCSEs) and we promote sports, outward bounds (inc. the Duke of Edinburgh's Award), music and drama.
Discipline is firm but fair and we emphasise traditional Christian family values. Special features include our Learning Support Department and our small, family-size, dormitories. Associated Board music results are excellent (31 distinctions and merits in 2005) and our Annual Drama Festival is astonishingly popular. Our sports facilities include a sports hall, a swimming pool, squah courts, basketball courts, tennis courts and palying fields. We excel in many team games including hockey, football, basketball, cricket and swimming. Our beaurifully wooded campus, located on a scenic hill makes for a wonderful location for runs, walks, and picnics. We warmly welcome visitors. For more information go to www.hebronooty.org
THE MAHINDRA UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF INDIA
United World Colleges have played a leading role in creating the International Baccalaureate. UWC has a roster of distinguished World Presidents from Lord Mountbattern and HRH Prince Charles to HRH Queen Noor and President Nelson Mandela. In a typical year, students come to Mahindra UWC of India from over 65 countries. Community service is at the heart of a UWC student’s education. University admissions counsellors from countries like UK, US, Canada continuously express their admiration at the spirit and commitment of a MUWCI undergraduate. They say that this makes MUWCI students particularly attractive as applicants to overseas undergraduate programs.