With rivers Ganga on the east and Yamuna on the west, Dehradun is your final destination if your preference is for a hill station with breath taking views of rivers and vegetation with the gigantic Himalayas as the backdrop. This Doon Valley is the pride of India which is known for a plenty of pleasant things like the scenic nature of Himalayan and Shivalik range, The Tapkeshwar temple, Buddist temple and tourist friendly resorts and cottages. The references of Dehradun can also be seen in Ramayan and Mahabharath when this place had an important role to play in these religious epics.
Dehradun, which is known for its picturesque views, not just attracts the tourists. It is also known for the several boarding schools. The alumni of these schools include many celebrities who are today's scholars, prominent movie stars and able politicians. Schools like St. Joseph's Academy, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Summer Valley School, Ann Mary School, The Heritage School, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Doon International School, Welham Girls School Welham Boys School, The Doon School, Ecole globale, SelaQui International School, Army Public School, Cambrian Hall, St. Thomas' College, Brightlands School, and Marshall School. In addition to these there are around 12 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools which add more credit to this amazing location of educational excellence.
Not just the grand residential schools. Dehradun also has nestled some of the great research institutes which are so niche that it has successfully encouraged a great bunch of enthusiastic students to settle here to pursue their higher education. The Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Wildlife Institute of India, Instruments Research and Development Establishment and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology are those grand universities which has set benchmarks for quality education. The National Institute for Visually Handicapped (NIVH) is the first of its kind which consists of press for Braille script which provides education and service to the blind children, which is a pioneer in India.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. CBSE has asked all schools affiliated to follow only NCERT curriculum. There are approximately 20,000 schools in India affiliated to the CBSE. All Kendriya Vidyalayas(KVS), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas(JNV), Army Schools, Navy Schools & Air Force Schools follow the CBSE Curriculum. Aside of School Curriculum, CBSE is also Conducts the Class 10th & Class 12th Board Examinations for affiliated schools as well as entrance tests to premier Under Graduate colleges thru IITJEE, AIIMS,AIPMT & NEET. Studying in CBSE affiliated schools ensures a child has standardized level of education while switching schools or cities in India.
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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 Dehradun 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 Dehradun.
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.