India's most respected Day, Boarding and International Schools of 2011

Sep 15, 2011

EducationWorld in association with C fore conducted survey to rate India's most respected Day, Boarding and International Schools of 2011. The Shri Ram School, Delhi; Rishi Valley School, Chittoor and the Woodstock School, Mussoorie have been voted EducationWorld-C fore Schools
Survey 2011 .

The survey conducted by the Delhi-based opinion polling and market research agency C Fore (Centre for forecasting and research) polled a mix of 2,044 fees-paying parents, principals,  teachers and educationists in 16 cities across the country asking them to rate 404 of India's most well-known schools on 14 parameters including academic reputation, quality of co- curricular and sports education, infrastructure, leadership/
management, quality of alumni and faculty competence, disabled friendliness, teacher welfare and development among other attributes.

The perceptual scores awarded by sample respondents under each parameter were aggregated to arrive at a total score for 321 day schools, 50 legacy/traditional boarding schools and 33 new genre international schools. "This year's league tables of India's most respected day, boarding and international schools indicate a distinct shift in the mood of the informed public in favour of alternate-style education. All schools offering  broad-based education with special focus on environmental education and spiritual development have risen in public esteem. There's a message to all principals and educationists in this trend. The objective of publishing and  proclaiming the EW-C fore league tables annually is to encourage healthy competition and aspiration, so that India's most respected schools improve continuously and serve as benchmark institutions for 1.26 million schools countrywide not included in the survey, to strive for inclusion," says Dilip Thakore, Editor of EducationWorld .

Day Schools. The Shri Ram School, Delhi with an aggregate score of 1,293 (out of a maximum possible 1,500) has dislodged Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai to be ranked first in India and the north zone. It is followed by Cathedral & John Connon School (1,292) and Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore (1,291) and Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School, Chennai jointly ranked third all-India and first in the south zone. Significantly there's a razor-thin margin of one point in the aggregate scores separating the three top- ranked schools.

Other schools included among the Top 10 day schools are Vasant Valley School, Delhi (No. 4); Springdales (Dhaula Kuan) Delhi (5); Sanskriti School, Delhi (6); DPS RK Puram, Delhi (6); The Mother's International School, Delhi (6); Vidya Niketan, Bangalore (7); Smt. Sulochana Devi Singhania School, Thane, Mumbai (8); Gitanjali School, Hyderabad (8); Campion School, Mumbai (9); Bombay Scottish (9) with Step by Step, Noida (10) and The Valley School, Bangalore, both ranked 10. The Shri Ram School was rated the best day school countrywide on the vital parameters of  ompetence of faculty; teacher welfare and development; individual attention to students and parental involvement.

As was the case last year, academics-focused day schools rated high on the parameter of academic reputation, didn't fare well in the overall league table rankings. For instance, Delhi Public School (RK Puram) Delhi, National Public School (Indiranagar) Bangalore, DAV Boys, Chennai, DPS, Bokaro and DPS, Bhilai - all ranked No.1 for academic reputation - are ranked further down in the national day schools league table.

Boarding Schools. Rishi Valley School, Chittoor has ended the four-year reign of the venerated The Doon School, Dehradun as India's most respected traditional/legacy boarding school with an aggregate score of 1,269. With a discernible shift within the SECA (socio economic category A) public in favour of new age education, RVS has been decisively ranked numero uno with The Doon School obliged to share second rank with the consistently ascending Mayo College Girls, Ajmer (No. 2).

The third slot is shared by Welham Girls, Dehradun and Bishop Cotton, Shimla while the Lawrence School, Sanawar has retained its No.4 rank.

Among other schools included in the list of Top 10 boarding schools: Daly College, Indore (5); Mayo College, Ajmer (6); Assam Valley School, Balipara (6); Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun (7); Sherwood College, Nainital (8); Orchid International School, Nashik (9); St. Paul's, Darjeeling and Lawrence School, Lovedale, both ranked 10.

International Schools. Thirty- three new genre international schools (defined as institutions offering the curriculums of offshore examination boards from primary/middle years onwards) of whom there was sufficient awareness within the respondents' base, were rated and ranked across 15 parameters of education provision. This year, the Woodstock School, Mussoorie has vaulted to the top slot in thiscategory, besting its former affiliate Kodaikanal International School (KIS) to be voted the most admired school in this category. But this year KIS has to share its second position with the new genre Indus International School, Bangalore which has seriously challenged the reign of these two vintage international schools.

Others included in the Top 10 are Mahindra United World College, Pune (3); Dhirubhai Ambani International, Mumbai (4); The International School, Bangalore (5); Good Shepherd International, Ooty (6); Ecole Mondiale, Mumbai (7); Pathways World School, Gurgaon (7); Mercedes Benz International, Pune (8); Hebron School, Ooty (9) and Indus International School, Hyderabad (10).

To felicitate India's top - Day, Boarding and International schools which have topped the EW-C fore Survey 2011, EducationWorld is hosting an  Awards Nite on September 17, 2011 at The Lalit, New Delhi.

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