Bangalore has a very well developed education system across its landscape. With parents hailing from different parts of the country, CBSE schools play an important role in maintaining uniformity for all students.
CBSE as a board was established in 1962, with a meticulously detailed NCERT curriculum framework. The textbooks and course guidelines are based on NCERT guidelines.
The state has some of the best CBSE schools in Bangalore offering annual All-India examinations at 10th std and 12th std. and also have a well-balanced routine or children blended with activities and academics.
Given the infrastructure, locality and student cohort, activities and facilities provided by the school differ. From horse riding to swimming, gymnastics to pottery, the activities are majorly a decision taken by the school management.
Facilities like transport and meals are optional in most CBSE schools aligned for the convenience of parents. There is a set uniform for students in most schools but some schools do adhere to the 'no uniform' policy.
Edustoke as a platform partner with parents to make a choice of the school and further helping in giving important details on fees, admissions and timelines.
Different CBSE schools depending on the kind of infrastructure and trained staff they have, host varied extra curricular activities for students. Ranging from horse riding, swimming, tennis, cricket, Football to others that don’t need a very elaborate infrastructural requirement like chess, theatre, art, pottery, music, dance. The more modern and advanced schools also have some new age clubs that help children gaining insights towards some 21st century careers and interests like film making, robotics, horticulture, photography and baking. At Edustoke.com, each school's extra curricular activities are clearly listed to help the parents make the right choice for their child's all round development
While CBSE mandates a Teacher Student ratio of 1:35,In the primary classes till grade 2 most CBSE schools have a class size of about 30-35 students with one main teacher and other assistants. However, with the new age progressive schools the importance of individualised attention is being understood and class sizes are reducing to 20-25 with 2 teachers till grade 1/2. Going further the class size remains the same but subjects matter experts along with the class teachers attend to the class in a scheduled day divided into periods of 35-45 mins. However, quite a few old as well as prominent schools follow a 1:40 ratio. At Edustoke.com, every school's information page clearly depicts the Teacher Student ratio. Parents can use this information to make informed choice on school selection.
Age criteria vary from place to place. While some schools open admissions to children who are 3+ years in nursery others are strict on 3.5 years and above. This results in students of grade 1 to be between the bracket of 5+years to 5.5 years and beyond.
Usually, good CBSE schools fall under a fee bracket of 40,000- 1,00,000 per annum depending on Facilities offered for child's development. However, school selection in a city like Bengaluru if more often a consideration of location rather than the entire city due to travel constraints. Almost all schools grant admissions on the basis of distance from the school so that the school transportation can cater to them. You can find the listing of CBSE schools in prominent localities of Bengaluru.
There are several factors that parents must consider before enrolling their children in a school:
The hours post school need to be constructively utilised in self study, sports or with family. The school should be located at a very comfortable distance from home so that the child is not spending a lot of time in travelling.
The school must have a well defined and organised transport system which ensures that pick up and drop timings are adhered to and there is always a vigilant adult in the vehicle with the children.
While the curriculum defines a framework, the teaching pedagogy that a school adopts reflects its approach. On the basis of what fits well for the child be it a traditional style rote learning methodology or new progressive experiential, every parent must thoroughly understand what is the teaching style of the school.
Teachers have a very crucial role in shaping a child's personality in these years therefore understanding the kind of faculty the school has becomes very important. Trends such as frequent teachers changing due to attrition or untrained and unqualified staff impact the child's academic performance and overall development.
The schools performance in terms of class 10th and 12th exams reflect upon the academic achievements of the school. Similarly students gaining laurels in sports, performing arts, debates and interschool competitions gives a very clear and fair picture about the schools overall presence.
While basic facilities like, transportation, sanitation, stationary, cafeteria, co-curricular are important to look out for, it is interesting to always go for a school tour to gain a better visual experience. Some new age CBSE schools have enriched their learning experience for students by creating, technology integrated classrooms, labs, all weather sports hubs and much more.