Thursday, March 10, 2011

International, CBSE/ICSE, Alternative, Home – Options for schools in Bangalore

Good schools in Bangalore can cost you between INR 50K – 9.75 Lakhs a year ($1000 to $21,000). The class size varies from 20 – 55 children in the class. Most schools have a bus and lunch service. The curriculum varies from ICSE/CBSE to IB/ IGCSE (see legend at the end of the post) to "Curriculum prescribed by the Ontario Ministry of Education". Like the cost and curriculum there is a huge variation in teaching style but there are options. That is the part I iterate on the most – now in India there are options.

When we moved here I was rather lost on where to start a school search. I knew what ICSE and CBSE were but little about IB and IGCSE. Considering that my children are rather ( ahem … very…) weak in Hindi (a requirement for ICSE and CBSE schools) we opted for an International school. Even with international schools the choices in Bangalore are plenty. What they offer and their fees can vary a lot.
Reviews from friends of the school and its location were both criteria that made us zone in on TISB.

During our search here we were not completely aware of the alternative schools present in Bangalore. I had heard of the Valley school and love the concept but I also know Ankit well – he does well in a structured competitive environment - so making the decision to keep him in a school similar to one he was in Seattle seemed like the right choice.

Besides these options, twice in the last month, I have met moms that discussed homeschooling with me. This used to be an alien concept in India but seems to be a budding trend. There is a group in Bangalore that caters to such parents and it has over a 100 members.
Below is a breakdown of schools into International, Traditional and Alternative. The fees are just what I found from looking around so please use them to get a rough idea. I came across some good blogs/reviews and have linked them too. Let me know if you see any corrections or have any comments.



LocationCurriculumCost per year in INR
(Approx.)
School yearBlogs/Reviews
International Schools
http://blog.bangaloreschools.net/2008/05/24/moving-to-bangalore-expat-school-options-in-bangalore/

http://www.edu.pushpi.com/international-schools-in-bangalore.htm
TISB – The International School of BangaloreSouth
Sarjapur Road
IGCSE
IB
RF: 250K
YF: 400K to 600K
August - JuneBangaloreSchools.net
IndusSouth
Sarjapur Road
IGCSE
IB
350KAugust - June
StoneHillNorth

Jala Hobli  
IBRF:250K
YF:365K to 975K
August - June
Canadian InternationalYelahankaOME
IB
RF: 25K
YF:310K to 510K
August - June
Ryan InternationalMultiple locationsICSE60K to 90K June- March
GreenWood HighSouth
Sarjapur Road
ICSE & IGCSE100K to 180KJune- March
Inventure AcademySouth
Sarjapur Road
ICSE & IGCSERF:60K
YF: 1,00K to 215K
June-MarchParentree.com
Indian/Traditional School
National Public SchoolMultiple locationsCBSE
YF:66K
June-March
Bishop CottonsSt. Mark's RoadICSERF: Varies
YF: 30K
June-March
St Joseph's Boys High SchoolSt. Mark's RoadICSERF:25K
YF:24K
June-March
Delhi Public SchoolMultiple locationsCBSERF: Varies
YF: 60K
June-March
Alternative Schools
Valley SchoolKanakapuraICSE80Kto 110K (maybe more for NRI)June-March
PrakriyaSarjapur RoadICSERF: 20K
YF: 70K
Fee varies per student
June-Marchsmitha-myviewsonlife

vishwak blog
VidyaShilpYelahankaICSE & IGCSERF: 24K
YF: 66K
June-March



Legend
RF
Registration Fees
YF
Yearly annual Fees
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
Central Board of Secondary Education
OME
Curriculum prescribed by the Ontario Ministry of Education

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