The school search begins…

Its November, that time of the year where schools in Hyderabad give out admission forms for the next school year starting June.

All parents around me have warned me to get started with the school research. Apparently, you should enroll your kid into the school of your choice in nursery. I have been told that its harder to get enrolled in kindergarten or in first grade.

Varun is still a baby and I can’t think about school and him in the same sentence, but for the past week or so, school is what I have on my mind. At ~3 years, kids begin going to a nursery school for 3 1/2 hours.

As we both work, we also need to figure our after school day care and transportation from the school to daycare.

And also, we need to look at which curriculum we want to enroll Varun ( International Board IGCSE or CBSE), commute ( send him by school bus or drop him and pick him up), smaller school or an established larger organization etc. Too many factors to think about.

Following is the list of schools that we have in mind:

1. Oakridge International School

2. Chirec Public School

3. Indus

4. Manthan

5. Delhi Pubic School

6. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Based on early feedback from friends and colleagues, last two are hard to get in and are very academics heavy. If you want your kid to win Olympiads and get into IIT these are the schools to go to. Oakridge and Chirec are both very popular with Indians returning back. Both have variety of  extra curricular activities, strong faculty though parents mentioned Chirec is more focussed on academics than Oakridge. But Oakridge have air-conditioned  classrooms –  a luxury by Indian standards but a necessity while enduring Hyderabad summers.

Indus seems to be perfect bet with the balance of academics and others activities but is too far from Kondapur area (where we live) and is also the most expensive. Manthan is one of the smaller schools not quiet as established as Oakridge and Chirec but loved by the parents who send their kids there.

Anyways, we also have the option of taking a chance and not sending him to these big banner schools and keep him in a smaller school for nursery. The class size will be around 15 – 20 and he will not be lost in sea of faces. And hopefully he will get to have some fun as well.

7. Oi Playschool School

8. Blueblocks

Well, this is just the beginning. Over the next couple of weeks we plan to visit a few of these schools, collect forms, get more information, talk to more parents and possibly be inetreviewed (parent interviews 😦 ) as we begin the next phase of parenting journey.

If you have recommendations, resources and feedback that will help us narrow this down, please leave a comment below.

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on November 2, 2012, in India Relocation and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi R
    As always, interesting topic which is clearly very important for early and critical development of any child. I appreciate your summary of Schools in and around the Hi-tech belt of Hyderabad.
    Before we jump into with our own sponsorship (both money & time) into the Schools, it is critical to understand if the objective of School is to educate and provide knowledge / foundation. If so, how this can be measured by the school and their promise. I would like to remind that no amount of School / eliteness would replace the constant follow through and oversight of the kids by the parents each single day (taking a leaf out of home schooling – here in the US). This is not an easy task to new parents these days – as they are busy serving the rest of the world with constant deadlines and participation in India’s stellar growth.

    Here are blogs – that I came across that could provide feedback like minded parents.

    http://www.parentree.in/info/Hyderabad.html

    http://www.mouthshut.com/category/Hyderabad-Schools_reviews-925087221.html

    Good luck.

    VN

    • Thanks for your comment Venkata. You are absolutely right on both counts – parents expectation from school and degree of parental follow up /oversight are very important while deciding on school. I had hoped to have this converstaion a couple of years down the line. With my son being only 2, it seems way to early to have serious school conversations. Thanks for the links, will take a look!

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