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Education in India: Top Schools in Kolkata
chillibreeze writer — Suparna Chaudhury
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”- Plato
The role of the school is to make this future secure. Schools play an important role in shaping the life of a child. This is an oft heard phrase and unlike so many other preachy ones, I believe this to be true to a large extent. Every city in India has its share of top ten schools and so does Kolkata. Let’s take a quick look at the ten best English medium schools in the ‘City of Joy’.
1. La Martiniere for Boys
One of the most coveted institutions to get your child admitted, this school with more than 150 years in the business of education has an enviable track record. Affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, it offers Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and (ISC) in the tenth and the twelfth grade respectively. The impressive school buildings are located in the heart of the city, with a big playground and a whole host of activities in the form of Drama Club, Photography Club, and Nature Club to name a few. The school also has a swimming pool and some Basketball courts and its students are regular participants in the inter-school cultural as well as sporting events.
2. St. Xavier’s Collegiate School
The motto of the school, ‘Nihil Ultra’ which is Latin for ‘Nothing Beyond’, sums up the quality of education offered in this school. Strictly a boy’s school, the school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), New Delhi, as well as recognized by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. With a stately school building and a huge playground, the school lives up to its reputation of being one of the best in all spheres of child education.
3. Loreto House
One of the premier educational institutions dedicated to imparting education to girls, this school has always stressed on the all round development of girls. The red and white uniform emphasizes the spirit of the school- ‘pristine yet colorful’- as can be understood from the myriad clubs and societies formed to hone and nurture the talents of its students. The school offers a lot of sporting activities like Basketball, Throw ball, Table tennis, and Badminton to name a few. It instills a sense of social awareness by encouraging its students to be a part of causes like ‘Concern for Calcutta’ etc. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, as well as recognized by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.
Another strictly boys’ school, this school boasts of huge grounds and big classrooms. It is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi and it offers ICSE and ISC in the tenth and the twelfth grade respectively. The school focuses on the all round development of the child and this is evident in the co-curricular activities pursued by the students.
5. Calcutta Boys School
One of the oldest institutions in the city committed to turning out fine men for the society. The school records show impeccable results at the tenth and twelfth grade. The number of awards won by the students of this school speaks of the importance of co- curricular activities in the education of a child. The school was the first of its kind in the city to organize an inter-school fest, which is still going strong. Apart from these, the school has sports grounds and is located in the northern part of the city.
6. Modern High School for Girls
A school established more than 50 years ago in the heart of the city has evolved into an excellent institution for girls. The school curriculum shows a healthy mix of cultural and academic programs. Recently, the school has tied up with a school in the UK and this has led to a positive inter mingling and sharing between two different cultures. Equipped with all the other necessary infrastructure of a school such as a sports ground and gymnasium, the school stresses a lot on the cultural development of the child.
7. La Martiniere for Girls
One of the finest schools in the city, the school is equipped with Basketball and Tennis courts, swimming pool and children’s park. The school pursues a high level of academic excellence as is proved by its impressive record in the public examinations held at the end of the tenth and twelfth grade, ICSE and ISC respectively. Some of the students stay on campus and everyone is encouraged to pursue and participate in co-curricular activities like crafts, elocution, music, dramatics etc.
8. Don Bosco School, Park Circus
One of the best boys school in the country, it has been around for more than half a century. It has consistently been voted as the best school by ‘The Telegraph’ for the past 5 years. The school is reputed for its high standard of academic excellence and its high participation in inter-school cultural events. The school has its own Basketball, Cricket and Football teams to name a few.
9. The Heritage School
A fairly new entrant in the field of education, this school is truly a school with a difference. It is a day boarding school from nursery to twelfth grade. The school premises are huge with a children’s park and Tennis and Badminton courts. It also has a state of the art gymnasium and a swimming pool. The school offers a wide range of co- curricular activities like art and pottery, music and martial arts to name a few. Affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, the school strives for academic excellence.
10. South Point High School
Affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, this school is a center of academic excellence. It is a co-educational school and has an impressive track record in the public examinations held at the end of the tenth and the twelfth grade.
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