While no parent wants to part with their kids, the reason should make for the deciding factor and not emotions. Sending your child to a boarding school is one such decision that has many advantages, which are hard to negate. Boarding schools make the child independent, responsible, and socially versatile at an early stage. Children who study in the boarding schools are less distracted by the happenings of their surroundings and can focus on their studies more. They are found to have to be more competent and problem-solving personality, and an attitude to face and overcome challenges.
If you want to choose a good boarding school for your child, here are 10 best options to help you out.
1. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
One of the few schools in India to offer boarding facilities for girls and boys, the Chinmaya Vidyalaya is part of the Chinmaya trust conceived in the year 1951 and adheres to the CBSE curriculum. The co-ed school uses English as a medium of education and offers education up to Higher Secondary or Class 12. Chinmaya Vidyalaya is arguably one of the best boarding schools in India. The wide range of facilities at the institution include spacious and ventilated dormitories, recreation facilities in the form of libraries, sports facilities including athletics, and horse riding, and many more.
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2. Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Established in the year 1935, The Doon School is one of the well-known boarding schools in India, which is affiliated to the ICSE Board of Education. The school boasts of comprehensive infrastructural facilities that include Auditorium library, Science laboratories, Amphitheater, Wellness Centre, Music school and many others.
3. Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan
The Mayo College is affiliated to the CBSE Board of Education. It offers a better blend of academic and co-curricular activities. Some of the facilities available at the school include the Oman guest house, environment park, equestrian, museum, Multipurpose hall, College café, Science Laboratories, Medical clinic and others. Mayo also offers travel facilities to the students and their parents and has modern classrooms.
4. St John’s International Residential School in Chennai
One of the best boarding schools in southern India the Saint John’s Academy focuses on the development of overall personality of a student and boasts of imparting education for the whole life. The school offers facilities in the form of cafeteria, transport, hair care centres, library and others.
5. The Rishi Valley School in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
Affiliated to the ICSE Board of Education, the Rishi Valley School is owned by the Krishnamurti Foundation. The School has a very flexible curriculum and students suffer from least examination pressure, upto class 8th. The infrastructural facilities at the school include an Institute of bird studies, seminar hall, library, labs, clinic, and others.
6. Welham Girls School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Affiliated to ICSE, the Welham Girls School has girl students from a variety of backgrounds and is very diverse in its strength. The ethos that the school tries to instill in in the students include discipline, fair play, Justice, and a spirit and desire of service of mankind. The infrastructure facilities at the school include infirmary, day boarding, separate hostels for senior and junior girls, world class laboratories and others.
7. Scindia School in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Adhering to the CBSE curriculum, the Scindia School is for boys only and has an aim to improve both overall personality as well as academic skills of the students. The infrastructure at the school include day boarding facilities, residential facilities, an open air theatre, IT infrastructure,the oval field, and others
8. The Saint Paul School in Darjeeling, West Bengal
While the school was initially founded in the city of Calcutta, it was later shifted and relocated to the beautiful Darjeeling Himalayan vicinity. Adhering to the ICSE curriculum, the School has infrastructure facilities including dormitories, day boarding facilities, chapel, cafeteria,rectory, cybernetics, garden, lawns, and other facilities.
9. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (for Boys)
The school is known for its motto, ‘Overcome evil with good’. The school has well-developed infrastructure and broad academic curriculum. The school follows CBSE board and also has a learning centre for non-resident students who are mentally challenged.
10. Lawrence School, Sanawar
Founded by Sir Henry and Lady Honoria Lawrence, Sanawar is believed to be the first co-educational boarding school in the world. On the 15th of April 1847, a group of 14 boys and girls camped at the top of the foothills of the Himalayas. They lived under canvas for some weeks, anxiously waiting for the first buildings to be completed before the arrival of the monsoon. Thus did Sanawar come into existence.