5 Tough schools to get your kids into

By Nilofer D'Souza
Published: Dec 26, 2012
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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.

Image: Prasad Gori for Forbes India

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.
Image: Partha Paul / Indian Express Archive

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 is excerpted from the latest Forbes India 11 January, 2013 issue which is now available at news stands and book stores. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com)

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  • Navita Sharma

    Thanks for sharing these information about Preschool franchise in India.

    on May 21, 2016
  • Saahil Ahmed

    nice , site gives a lot of education about schools of india .

    on Dec 3, 2014
  • Tijimol Mathew

    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...

    on Jun 3, 2014
    • Manoj Mathew

      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?

      on Aug 16, 2014
  • Guleshwar

    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......

    on Nov 18, 2013
    • Pallavi

      i completely agree with you.

      on May 28, 2014
  • Vaibhaw Kumar

    Where is DPS RK PURAM i think its the best school in probably the whole India so where\'s my school\'s name???

    on Aug 2, 2013
  • Richa Awasthi

    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

    on May 8, 2013
  • Krish Kane

    Birla Schools are the best in India, My kids are studying their and we are very happy to see their progress and results.

    on Apr 5, 2013
  • Arup Chatterjee

    No school beats DAIS, Bombay in terms of academic results. so, why is DAIS not standing on the podium?

    on Jan 14, 2013
  • Gita

    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...

    on Jan 12, 2013
  • Usha Pathania

    VVS is a school with a difference. It believes in the "Holistic Development"-Cerebral, Social, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.

    on Jan 7, 2013
  • Dr Usha Ram

    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.

    on Jan 4, 2013
  • Udai

    Where is MUWC? and Mayo? and Dune?

    on Jan 4, 2013
  • Er. R.s.soni

    I don,t agree! I am an alumni of BITS,Pilani.It is a question of demand

    on Jan 2, 2013
  • Sriram Naganathan

    A small correction: There is no LKG in The School KFI, Chennai. (Am a resource person for the school). Shoddy homework?

    on Jan 1, 2013
    • Nilofer D\'souza

      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.

      on Jan 1, 2013
  • Aban Confectioner

    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 ?

    on Dec 31, 2012
  • Pinku

    ys, vvs iz vry gd.. ;)

    on Dec 31, 2012
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