Friday, July 29, 2005

Life in Bangalore: Schools II

This is the second in a three-part series. Parts I and III appear here and here.

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In my previous post, I limited myself to the Montessori curriculum and the pace at which it is taught at N's school. By stressing completion of portions, the school pays no attention to an individual child's learning speed or process, which principle is at the core of the Montessori method.

As for the social aspects, it was his teacher herself that I had to complain against. N heard her referring to his classmates as "stupid" and "slow poke", and witnessed a smacking incident. He came home angry with his teacher. Apparently he told her whatever she did was wrong. The teacher herself told me a couple of months later (as a complaint against N) that N gets angry even if she so much as raises her voice against the other kids. And of course, I thought, "good for you, N!", while nodding my head in sympathy.

Schools tend to be the center of discussion whenever we go out to meet our friends, and they all have one story or the other to tell. A couple of weekends ago, a friend recounted this story in which her daughter's entire second grade class was locked in the classroom because a few of the girls had misbehaved. The teacher padlocked the door and left. The door was finally opened half-an-hour later when another teacher heard cries coming from the room.

In an ideal world, all teachers, not matter what type of school they are in, are supposed to treasure the kids that come to them and do everything to build and nurture their self-esteem. This requirement is not unique to Montessori schools.

Then there is the story of a 4 year-old who did not come home on the school bus. He had gone off with his friend to his house and no one on the bus or among the school staff realised that the boy was not on his bus (although the minder on the bus did take a roll call - go figure). The mother finally came to know where her son was when her son's friend's mother called her up to tell her. She of course raised a big ruckus at school, but realised that nothing had changed a week later to ensure that children went where they were supposed to go at the end of the day. She promptly pulled him out and put him in another school.

I do agree that all parents need to do their homework about the schools and more importantly, make the teachers and the management aware that you know what's going on in the school and that you are concerned. But no matter how much homework you do, the first year will be the transition phase where you are figuring out everything - from the methods to the curriculum to the processes in place.

At the other end of the spectrum from N's school is another Montessori that a friend's son goes to. Complete lack of structure there. If a child wants to water plants all day, fine, he can do that. At the end of the year, my friend realised that her son had not learnt anything to do with reading, writing or math. And the management takes offense to any inquiry from the parents as to what their children are learning. She finally pulled her son out of that school two months into the 2005-2006 school year and put him in a new one. Because, as all parents are, she was concerned about her son having to pass those first-grade entrance tests.

International schools have entrance tests too, but they are sympathetic to the diverse learning environments their students come from. In that sense, their tests may not be as bad as those at some of the established old schools in Bangalore.

As for a plan, here is what I think might just work:

For a pre-first grade child, a neighborhood school will be ideal. The child will not have to travel to and from school by bus (it's such a pitiful sight to see little kids trudge off to the bus at 7 in the morning) and again, most neighborhood schools have a better student/teacher ratio. The only caveat is that the parents need to watch what is being taught and how it is being taught.

In terms of homework, there is no alternative but to have your child do it (I did not want N to think that I did not expect him to finish the work his school had given - so he did everyone of those horrid 8 pages every weekend for 5 months last year). The bright side is that of course, he is learning a lot, and I provide other outlets for his creativity.

When the time comes for first grade, there are alternatives (a friend mentioned the National Academy for Learning (NAFL)) to the international schools that are not very expensive and that discourage learning by inifinite repition and rote. The NAFL, for example, says that it uses an "alternative approach to education, through an integrated curriculum and innovative learning techniques".

There is a wonderful book "Bangalore Mums' Guide" (by Reena Mehta, published by Navneet) that lists all the schools, various kids of classes (music, dance, drama, etc.), and other information for parents in Bangalore which is a great reference to have. It lists the contact info for the schools and the facilities available at each school, and the admission process.

With a little bit of homework when the child is still in kindergarten, it's possible to whittle down the number of schools you want to approach and only target the ones you are comfortable with. Parents with kids already in those schools are excellent sources of information regarding entrance tests, the teachers, and so on.

N will have to move to a new school at the end of this year for first grade, if we decide to stay on longer here. Our plan is to steer clear of the old schools and go to an international school, one to which a couple of our friends are already sending their children. Apart from the diverse international student population, the one other advantage I see is the student/teacher ratio. I hear that it's much better than at the regular schools (1:20/25 vs 1:60).

That admission process will begin in a couple of months for the 2006-07 school year. I will keep you posted on what transpires.

62 comments:

Rajeshwari said...

I am really glad that you wrote on this topic. This is a highly debateable topic.
Both school systems in India as well as in the U.S come with their own set of problems.
I can relate to the incidence you have described. As a child I do
remember being hit on my knuckles for not doing my home-work, being sent to the principle's office, standing on the bench for talking in class etc.
I guess that is the asian(korean,chinese,Indian) culture of teaching kids with corporal punishment, negative encouragement and by putting the kid down. I do agree that this is not the right way(as it can back fire at times too) and I am not a big supporter of corporal punishment either.
But still the majority of us came out fine.

Hopefully expats like you and others who voice their opinion will shed some light on this issue.

The best thing we as parents can do is share experineces, stay involved and learn from one another.

chappan said...

Suj
This reminds me trying to clear JEE or something. All these Machiavellian maneuverings, just to make it into grade I is really mind boggling. Good luck to you.

But there are no real answers for these issues. Each one us has to find ways to provide the best education for our children be it in the US or India. International schools, from what I have heard, are the best bet, albeit a bit expensive.

For us, the order begins in a year or two. The best school district, Bloomfield Hills, MI, is in one of the top school district in the country. The house prices in that area, though will cost us our first born! Or maybe I need to start peddling coke !

Interesting read anyway. Keep it coming.

Sourin

Sujatha said...

Rajeshwari,

"The best thing we as parents can do is share experineces, stay involved and learn from one another."

I completely agree.:)

Sourin,

Thanks and good luck to you as well! I am really hoping we'll be back in the US by the time for first grade rolls around.

Suj.

Anonymous said...

There are so many international schools. Which one is the 'real one'. Thanks

Sujatha said...

Hi Anon: Sorry for the delay, I hadn't noticed your comment as this was an old post.

The one that most expats end up sending their children to is the TISB (The International School of Bangalore - http://www.tisb.org) or the Canadian International School (http://www.canschoolindia.org). The Canadian International School apparently has teachers from Canada, follows an international curriculum and so on. The kids, especially if they've spent a lot of time in American school, feel more comfortable in those schools because the student body is similar to their old schools as are the teaching methods.

But you have to realise that these schools are extremely expensive. About $12,000/year in tuition fees.

The only way for you to tell if you are comfortable with the school is to visit, visit, visit, no matter how much the schools don't like it. There are other international schools that are international in name only, they stick to the Indian curriculum with the Indian method of teaching (but if your child can handle it without too much pressure and the parents supplement all the extracurricular and out-of-the box thinking type things at home, nothing wrong with it), but they charge the exorbitant fees (e.g., Aditi Mallya School).

But no matter what type of school you end up sending your children to, the parents need to watch and be involved and make your voice heard if you don't like something. Schools are known to push parents around just because there is so much demand and supply is short.

Nikhil said...

I am a stdent of NAFL and can confirm that they do not focus on rote learning. Also, NAFL has a very friendly atmosphere, and I have enjoyed my 6 years there. Also of not to those who read this blog would be that it is significantly cheaper than TISB or Indus. However, going to NAFL does tend to give an overlarge ego to the students.

Nikhil
nafl.blogspot.com

PS: Don't take anything from the above blog seriously, it is mostly true, just not serious.

Sujatha said...

Nikhil, thank you for visiting my blog. That was an honest assessment if I ever saw one!

Anonymous said...

I happened to stumble upon what might look like a completely different view of NAFL in a Google search "NAFL Bangalore".

Read: http://www.return2india.com/HyperNews/get/ARCHIVE/education/20/1/1.html

And this one ...
http://return2india.com/HyperNews/get/ARCHIVE/education/20/1/1/1.html

And about a cousin of NAFL which the author indirectly refers to in this post ...
http://www.return2india.com/HyperNews/get/ARCHIVE/education/4.html

Mind-blowing!!

Sujatha said...

Anon,

Thanks for the comment and the links. Very enlightening!

veena said...

Hi

This is the first time I am reading this blog, and its a very interesting topic, close to my heart, and I would like to share my experience on montessori vs. regular schools.

I am a parent too, and a Bangalorean- not an expat. My son (now 5 years) has been in a what is referred to here as a "pure-montessori" for the last 2.5 years. While I was very happy with his progress the for the first 1.5 years, his progress seemed to dwindle the last 6-8 months. I can relate to your friend, who discovered to her shock that the child had not "learnt" anything the last one year. The last few months of the last year, my son was pretty much left alone, and let to play, jump and simply do what he wanted, while his teachers told me "not to worry".

My main problem, at least in India, is that we have at least now, a divide between "regular-mainstream", "parallel" and then other methods such as montessori. Montessori schools do not offer tests or other prep stuff at higher classes. Also, a lack of transparency in managementand parent-teacher communication can lead to several shocks as the child grows older.

Many schools adopt montessori ways, and yet "prepare" children for regular Standard One scenarios. This becomes essential when one wants to stick to regular-education simply because its proven.

My view is that while a good school provides good grounding, nothing can substitute for a healthy home environment.

At the end of 2.5 years, it was pretty clear to me that:
a) I wanted a school that would encourage learning
b) I wanted a school that would allow my son to have a bit of fun, but not so much that it got in the way of his academic progress while he was in school, since those were his most active hours.
c) I was willing to go the extra mile at home for additional activities and work on his interests such as art or sport
d) The school should in no way include corporal or physical punishment
e) There's nothing to stop you from giving a holistic education at home.

After much angst over this, I shifted him now to a regular CBSE school, which also offers montessori. The school uses the montessori activities for active learning, but also introduces reading and writing for the older children. This becomes essential if you want your child to transit reasonably comfortably to a blackboard-based learning sceniaro.
He's now in a new environment but seems to have adjusted well. His social skills have improved tremendously, and so has his confidence. Don't understimate your child.


I studied at a Kendriya Vidyalaya most of my life (V-XII), and I turned out ok. What made a difference in my life was the quality of life and the values that were inculcated by my parents.

Let's not underestimate parental influence on children!

Sorry to ramble on, but somehow I found just the right forum to share my thoughts!

Thanks
Veena

Sujatha said...

Hi Veena,

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. They are cogent and well-considered. I agree with many of the things you say - parental involvement in the right amount is of paramount importance. Not only does it benefit the child but also keeps the school on its toes.

The Montessori system, if followed properly, is great. Unfortunately there are lots of competing concerns, especially in India. There is no Montessori beyond elementary school level, so by necessity graduating UKG kids must be prepared to blend with their non-montessori counterparts.

Also, you're right, stay away from schools that close off entry to parents. It's a sure signal that things are not fine and dandy.

Anupama said...

Hi ,
I am looking for a good schhol for my 10 yesr old. He will be entering in 5th grade.He can speak the native language (Marathi in my case) I don't know how fast he can learn hindi and how high the standard is in Baglore schools.
Can somebody suggest me a good school.
Thanks
-Anupama

Anonymous said...

hey...
I'm another student from NAFL. Id rather not reveal my name, but I do want to give my opinion. NAFL is an excellent school if you're looking for an academic-orientated school with some extra curricular activities. I wouldn't agree with what nikhil said about it giving students an overlarge ego. It's more a love and loyalty to the school. Many of the newer kids dont feel the same way, but NAFL soon becomes our home.

Sujatha Bagal said...

Anon, thanks for your input. I'm sure parents looking at NAFL will find this valuable.

Anonymous said...

hi
I find the comments on the blog a bit exaggerated, i am yet to hear of a montessori school that gives 5 pgs of weekly homework and i am shocked that you have continued to keep ur child there inspite of this!!
The student teacher ratio in normal schools like NPS, kumarans is also limited to about 1:30/1:35 it is not 1:60. u have to chk the facts before making a general statement.
Little scoldings from the teacher managing a class of 30 kids are justfiable. By being obsessed about our child being exposed to only the politest we are just making them over sensitive. We with our share of corporal pumishment have turned out just fine instead it is the kids in the industrialised nations that have been having variuos psychological problems.
i think having too much time we just keep fussing about everything around this is especially so about the expat population.
Why do u guys come back????

enfour said...

I am a parent of a child who has been attending a Montessori school since more than 4 years now - she now goes to a Montessori Elementary School which is for children from ages 6-11. This school is as 'pure' Montessori as it gets - it is run on the same premises as the AMI headquarters of the UK. On these grounds let me proceed to answer the questions raised in the post by Anon (March 12)

1. The term 'Montessori' is not patented - apparently Dr. Montessori did not think it was necessary and now it is involves too many legal compications to do so - too many parties are involved etc. So basically anyone can start a pre-school and call it a Montessori - that basically explains your first point - a 'Montessori school' *can* exhibit non-Montessori behaviour especially if most of the parents demand it.

2. 'Little scoldings..' - another interesting point. No one is advocating perfect polite behaviour with children all the time. What is important however is when/why the adult (teacher in this case) gets upset as well as how that is conveyed to the child. There are perfectly appropriate ways to demonstrate to the child that what he/she did is not acceptable *without* denting his/her self-esteem. I think this is why corporal punishment is totally unacceptable. Nothing can justify it.

Sujatha said...

Enfour, thanks for the input. You should try Head Start Montessori in BTM Layout (?) in South Bangalore. I think they have Montessori for the higher grades as well (though not sure if higher than 4).

Enfour said...

Thanks for the prompt replies Sujatha.

I have a friend here in London who's daughter used to go to Headstart before they moved out of Bangalore. I did call Headstart just to get an idea - I dont think they have Montessori Elementary (ie for ages 6-11) - they shift into ICSE from age 5/6. There are very few Mont. Elementary schools in the UK and none at all in India, apparently there are lots in the US. In any case when we move to Bangalore (still not sure about the timeframe) I will prefer putting my older daughter (who is 7) into a school where she can continue till the end of schooling - would really like to minimise changes esply as God knows how many more moves are to happen in life. Would appreciate your inputs on Montessori Children's Houses in Bangalore for my little one though - she just turned 2.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear all,

I desperately need urgent advice. my son is in Grade 5 and following GCSE curriculum, i am planning to shift him to CBSE curriculum. I feel thsi will prepare him better after X11 for further studies (whether in India or abroad). Can someone please advice which is better GCSE or CBSE

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am shifting to Bangalore from Calcutta. My son was attending La Martiniere for Boys there. It was a conventional school following Montessori methods of teaching. The teachers never punished. They are firm with the kids. If a kid is naughty, some were exteremely hyper.They were told to seat away from their frirnds or near the teacher. All mothers were allowed to help once in a while. This kind of transparency allowed us to interact with the teachers closely and also see with our own eyes what was happening. They taught them to be responsible without scolding!!!Amazing, when I scold normally it falls in deaf ears with my son. I don't think beating a child is actually useful. Even as kids, I don't remember teachers beating us. We were given mass punishments. That's all. All this blogs about "little polite conversation" is really scary. My son is very well behaved but very shy. His previous school never pressurised him to be social. The teachers in fact used to tell me never to do such a thing. I am trying for a school in Bangalore and would like to know, which school maintains a friendly atmosphere and yet has a good academic standard. Also has it's fair amount of extra curricular activity. He will go to 2nd standard.

Sujatha said...

Enfoured, the best I can do is to point you to the comments on the posts on schools for names of montessori schools in bangalore that you can check out.

Anon (May 27), sorry I don't have information about that. If anyone could help Anon out, I'd appreciate it.

Anon (June 15), check out Greenwood High (www.greenwoodshigh.com) and Inventure Academy (www.inventureacademy.com). You might like them for your child.

Anonymous said...

Please, please can anybody tell me, which school in Bangalore does not have corporal punishment ??? Hitting a child for the smallest reason I think is absolutely unacceptable. What about Bishop Cotton, St Joseph's or NPS? Are they as strict? This definitely takes joy out of childhood. My child has grown a phobia for school and refuses to go to school everyday. Please, please help.

Sujatha said...

Anon, I'm sorry you are having a bad experience with the schools. It must be frustrating to have your child not like school.

I would try the newer schools. The older schools tend to be the ones reliant on outdated modes of discipline. Plus the newer schools tend to have fewer students and thus the teachers are less stressed. I don't know what your other requirements are, but I would try Inventure, Greenwood, NAFL, Royal Concorde. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi ,
Please let me know about NAFL. What is their school results. Is it possible to get a college admission in US after finishing in Nafl. Also I liked to know which is better, schools in US or Nafl.

Sujatha said...

Anon (Aug 16): Your query is just too wide for anyone to respond meaningfully. For example, what do you mean by "results"? Secondly, there is no way to meaningfully compare NAFL to all the schools in the US. NAFL, I'm sure, is better than some schools in the US and some other schools in the US are better than NAFL.

It would be useful to spend some time thinking what you are looking for in a school and try to find one that best matches your requirements.

Good luck.

Van said...

Hi Sujatha,

I have a 3 year old and we are looking out for a school to enrol him for the academic year 2008-2009. I would like to have info about the Brigade school. Some people say that the breaking up of the PSBB-Brigade joint venture has left Brigade (as not a good choice). We liked the school and hence wanted to know if you (or any of you accessing this blog ) have more info on the school.

Thanks n regards,

Vani

Sujatha said...

Vani, I'll defer to my more knowledgeable readers about this. I don't know much about Brigade ot its tie up with PSBB. If I find out anything, I'll leave a comment here. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hello Vani,
I am also looking at Brigade School. I have not heard much about it either and would like some more information about it. We can stay in touch and comisserate about our issues!..

...Ujwala

Van said...

Hi Ujwala,

Good to know that you are also looking out for info on Brigade school. Do let me know if you get more info. I will also post in here if I get to know more about the school.

Vani

Anonymous said...

Hi. I was just wondering on the issues that overseas parents face in seeking education facilities for their children in Bangalore. I would appreciate it if as many of you can respond to me on the following questions I have:
- what do you look for in choosing a school for your child in Bangalore
- whose opinion/counsel do you seek and how do you go about developing a shortlist of schools
- what other factors also influence your decision (proximity to residence or place of work, curriculum, etc)
- what are the biggest challenges you face in finding a school

I am particularly interested in the school facilities so that I can be counseled as to what to look for for my kids and the issues I will face. Thanks

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Sujatha said...

Hi Ujwala, thank you so much for offering to provide an insight into Brigade. That was extremely nice of you, but I took the liberty of deleting your comment to protect your personal phone number. Could you please leave an e-mail address here (using AT for @ and DOT for . so you are not inundated with spam) for Vani and other parents who might need that kind of information? Thank you so much.

Van said...

Hi Ujwala,

As Sujatha says, it would be great if you can provide the info on Brigade school. You can mail me at vanithegreat AT gmail DOT com. Looking forward for the mail.

Regards,

Vani

Vikas said...

In oder to help parents know more about schools and to give them a platform to discuss experiences with schools in Bangalore, we have come up with http://www.bangaloreschools.net

Please visit and share your views.

Anonymous said...

hi,
please send me your opinion on brigade school in JPNagar to v_vidya2000 AT yahoo DOT com. I would appreciate it a lot.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I would appreciate info on Brigade School too. Please post information on the blog or mail it to Vas DOT Lakshman AT gmail DOT com. Thank you.

--Vas

Anonymous said...

Hi Sujatha,

Please let me Know about New Horizon Public School, the admission for next Academic year, Fee structure for LKG.

Sujatha said...

Anon, sorry I don't have any information about that school.

Van said...

Hi Sujatha,

I guess Ujwala has not checked the blog for quite sometime... hence I haven't received a reply to my msg dated Oct 31. It would be great if you could mail me her no. or email id if you have it with you, since I am very keen on getting info on Brigade school.

Regards,

Vani

Sujatha said...

Vani, Vas and Vidya, have sent you e-mail.

jai said...

Hi. can some one pl post reveiws / give feedback on DPS North Bangalore? (pl highlight few good things & bad things about the school) I intend to admit my kid there for KG.

Thanks in advance for your time

regards,
Jai

Sujatha said...

All, thank you for reading my posts on Bangalore schools. At this point, I'm unable to answer specific questions about the schools. Things are changing rapidly in Bangalore, new schools are coming up and since I'm not there anymore, it's difficult to keep track. I sincerely hope the posts have helped you thus far and that they will continue to serve as a good starting point for your research. Good luck and best wishes to you.

Sujatha.

Kavi said...

Hi,


I would appreciate info on Brigade School too. Please post information on the blog or mail it to kavimdy AT yahoo DOT com. Someone please provide me this information as it is very urgent. Thank you.

--Kavitha

Gomathy said...

Hi,

Even i would appreciate comments about the Brigade school. Please mail me to gomathyj AT rediffmail DOT com

Thanks in advance
--Gomathy

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I would appreciate info on Brigade School too. Please email it to hema DOT blr AT gmail DOT com.

Thank you.

Hema

deeps said...

Thanks sujatha for your helpful post.
I didnt know that getting admission to class1 is difficult and I think i did a mistake by sending him in Montessory for last three years. Below are the feedback i got while searching schools in koramangala/indiranagaer:

Bethany Koramangala - It seems they dont even give application forms for class1 to class 4. asked me to try for class 5th later. :(

Shishu Graha HAL - As of now no vaccancies for class 1. I was told to check in Feb- March.

National public school Indiranagar/Koramangala - He has to write a test on April last week and it seems for few seats hundreds of applications are there...So if we wait till april and coundnt get admission i dont know what to do.

New Horizon - check the vaccany in February.

So I am in confusion whether to wait for these schools or take admission for my son in relatively new schools in sarjapur road, which will lead more than 2 hourney for him daily.

Please let me know if i missed any good schools in koramangala / indiranagar.

Hamsa said...

Hi Sujatha.

My son is 2. We have started applying to schools for his montessori and ahve got into Shishu Gruha for 2008 Junne. Now my problem is that we live a stone's throw away from FAPS. So i don't know if I should wait an additional year and put him in FAPS or take up his Shishugruha admission.

Any comments from you or the readers will help.

Hamsa

sonu said...

I am looking for some good preschools on Sarjapur ORR for my 2 year son .any feedback on india international pre-activity centre at sarjapur ORR.

Padma said...

Hello Ujwala and other moms,
Please let me know if you were able to register your kids into Brigade School. My BIL's kids go there and they are happy with the school. Unfortunately, they are saying they don't have seat for 6th grade. Any advise, suggestions for this or any school in this area? please email any suggestions adianup@yahoo.com

zeeksha said...

Folks. Do check out http://www.zeeksha.com for information, reviews and discussions of various schools.

You can also share your experiences about various schools, (admission process) etc there.

Thanks
Zeeksha

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me about Vagdevi Vilas school in Marathalli Bangalore

Vaishnavi Vittal said...

hi

I am a Bangalore-based journalist working on a story about nursery school admissions in the city. Could I speak to parents who are ready to share their experiences during nursery admissions of their offspring?

This is my e-mail id: vaishvittal@gmail.com
vaishnavi@oorvani.in

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Natesh said...

Hi Sujatha, Vani, Ujjwala & others,

I'm considering Brigade School for my 3 year old son. Would you be kind enough to share your valuable feedback on it? Please write to me at nateshbn AT hotmail DOT com

Thanks a ton in advance!

Regards,
Natesh

Sujatha said...

Natesh, I don't have any information about that school. If the others could help, that would be great. Please note, though, that these are all just opinions. Visiting the school yourself and getting a sense for the school might be more valuable. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hello all,
Thank you for this blog. It gives some idea about the schools there.

We are looking to return to India (Bangalore) this academic year. Some schools seem to start in June and some in August. My son turned 6 this December. He is in KinderGarten in US and in a very good Montessori school here.
It has been 15+ years since I left Bangalore. So, if some friends here can advise us on Bangalore schools, that would help us a lot.

We called some of the international schools and they seem to have admission, but the fees seem high. We are not sure if that is the
trend in India. Also, if someone can highlight the bus travel etc. that would help too. Both of us are working parents and I would
like to learn about the aftercare options as well.

He can talk Tamil, but cannot read or write yet.

Cheers,
K

Anonymous said...

Hi K.

There are 3 types of schools in bangalore.
1. The traditional types like say Bishop cottons. The fee range is 'reasonable' but the class sizes are big and the methods pretty much like how they were when we were growing up. Time-tested safe options one could say.
2. The truly international schools. Follow the American school year and have NRIs/expats/rich locals. Expensive. TISB for eg - fees=~5lac a year.
3. The middle ones. Example: Inventure, Greenwood High. r2i-friendly, relatively more expensive but easy for kid to transition.

Bus travel is arranged from all parts of the city but it would be best to stay as close to school as possible.

Not too many professional afterschool childcare options - its mostly a combination of grandparents/nannies from i see.

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the response. Can someone suggest some good schools from their personal experience to help us in the transition?

Sujatha said...

Anon, here's a review of our personal experience with Greenwood High: http://blogpourri.blogspot.com/2007/04/greenwood-high-bangalore.html

As the other Anon (thank you for the response!) commented in response to you, Greenwood is middle of the road between traditional Indian and International, but they do make an effort to help children transition from different cultures. Hope this helps. Good luck with the move.

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I completely agree with you! There are many schools in Bangalore. It is important to research on the schools before the parents can admit their children in the school.

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