Top ten Boarding Schools in India

The sector of schooling and education is reaching new heights. There are a lot of schools that have many things they claim to be teaching their students. It often becomes very difficult to arrive at a decision with so many choices. When we think of boarding schools there are certain areas of concern like the academic growth of the students, the safety norms followed by the schools, the reputation, the past results, the teaching culture, the atmosphere created for the students. While selecting an educational institute for your children or for yourself, these points need to have clear answers in your mind.

On the basis of the above-mentioned points we have a list of the top ranking Boarding Schools in India for your review:

  1. The Doon School, Uttarakhand


The School that hardly needs an introduction. The Doon school is a boys-only boarding school that holds a position in the top ten schools in India with boarding facility and a strong curriculum.


  1. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


The Bishop Cotton School Shimla is one of the oldest and most reputed schools in the country. It has a heritage 158 years of education. The institution has a Boys only campus in Shimla and a girl’s only campus in Bangalore.


  1. Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.


The Welham School for girls was established in 1957. The school has been listed in the top ranking schools with boarding facility since 2013.


  1. Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan


Mayo College, Ajmer is again a heritage college known as ‘Eton of the East, since its establishment in the year 1857. A boy’s only college with a very good reputation and exclusive in-house facilities and museum for students.


  1. John’s International Residential School, Chennai


St. John’s International School, Chennai is a very well reputed school in South India. They have a tagline of ‘Educating and Educaring’. Has also won an award for Computer Education by  Late. Dr.Abdul Kalaam.


  1. The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

The Scindia School has been educating India since 1897.In those times; the school was open for only royal princes especially from the Maratha dynasty.  However, now the school is open to general public. The Scindia School has a strict student teacher of 1:12.


  1. New Era High School, Panchgani

The New Era High School is one of the first Bahá’ís education projects in India. It was founded in 1945.The school gained popularity after its presence in the movie Taare Zameen Par.

  1. Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore


The Sarala Birla School, Banglore is a well reputed residential school only for boys. The school follows the IGSE and IB Diploma program, one of the most popular and competitive programs today.


  1. Sherwood College, Nainital


The Sherwood College is one of the oldest colleges in India. It dates back to 1869.The school has a very large library and, attention is given to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


  1. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling

The schools opened doors in February 1888. And has since had students coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. St. Joseph’s School has a very keen interest in sports along with academics.

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The European Method of School Success

European School system

Just behind the developed Asian economies of Singapore, South Korea, and the Chinese metropolises of Hong Kong and Shanghai in terms of the OECD’s 2012 PISA assessment scores, the persistent success of Europe’s model of education has been marvelled the world over. With its emphasis on problem solving and catering to the needs of every child, many pedagogues and teachers have visited multiple European schools to seek answers in its highly rated education system. For instance, while teaching in Southern California, Janet English travelled to Finland in 2013 under the US “Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching” programme to discover what made their education both different as well as successful and gives a valuable insight in her book, “The Finnish Way” to Optimize Student Learning.

An Innovative Approach to Problem Solving – Educational Success

Europe’s approach to allowing young students to think about a solution to a problem rather than being provided the answers can be explained with the example of handicraft classes for nine- and ten-year-olds; and this is not your typical, safe, “let-us-play-with-crayons” kind of class but includes drilling, hammering, and sawing, with power tools! If this seems to be too unsafe, then wrap up your child in cotton wool forever since hitting a nail twenty times or so will result in a child being hurt on a rare occasion. However, this will force the child to learn to be cautious and refine his or her motor skills.

From a creative viewpoint, if a child makes something used in daily life, such as a towel rack, shelf, or a pottery-fashioned cup, without showing them specifically how to do construct it, then their problem solving skills will be enhanced. Showing the goal and not telling the students how – because they will ask repeatedly – forces them to think about the problem in their own terms and the result is fascinating: after seeing the shape of what their object is meant to represent ultimately, the variety of ways in which the children solve the problem is ingenious. Of course, a little guidance on certain handicraft techniques and giving some self-confidence is required but too much of it and the mental process required is taken away. Overcoming their fears and mental obstacles is the best environment a teacher can create for students. Most importantly, informing the child on the dangers of tools and techniques creates mental barriers and obstructs their learning; allowing them to make mistakes and learning from them is vital to a child’s development.

An active and engaging form of learning

They emphasise the importance of patiently optimising student learning, incorporating problem solving in every subject (even music!), approaching standardised tests as mostly useless, and dictating the pace of learning by the rate of student learning. Their seeming obsession with problem solving – especially in areas such as music and painting – may appear far-fetched to those unfamiliar but it is remarkable in its results. Initially, the child’s brain must be stimulated. For instance, creating different shades of brown to paint a forest scene from a basic pallet of blue, red, and yellow coerces a child’s mind into thinking and then actually mixing the three original paints to come up with those shades of brown; simply showing how brown is created defeats the purpose.

With the proliferation of technology in all areas of life, Finland – a leader when it comes to European school system – combines doing things by hands with modern tools such as iPads to make students solve problems every day. In science classes, Grade 3 students open useful educational applications, such as How It Works: Machines by Geek Kids, to create any object they desire – whether a rocket, washing machine, hairdryer, or another – using virtual parts to construct the virtual machine. There is freedom of choice to pick an object, thereby engaging the interest of all students. Another application involves using line segments to construct bridges and it is up to the student to stimulate the structure. Essentially, solving problems is based on the familiar, practical objects that children see around them every day, thus allowing them to picture mentally the usefulness of such structures.


With exception of the Matriculation Examination taken at the end of secondary school to qualify for university entry, the lack of tests may seem strange but most assessments in European schools come in the form of writing reports or presenting about their tasks facilitates their reasoning skills. Essentially, they are asked to think about how and what they have done; consider a chair building activity, the children know what a chair actually looks like and they make their own. A short presentation of how their version is different from the one on which they are sitting develops the metacognitive skills.

In short, many nations could learn from Europe’s inclusion of problem solving in every lesson, every day. The emphasis on the outdoors and the natural, physical things seen in everyday life provides stimulus to children and engages their mind in learning – a skill nine out of ten school in India lack at. Finnish emphasis on experiential learning and a lack of standardised testing has led to their school system’s international acclaim.