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Schools in Pune, India DPS, ST MARY’s, BISHOPS, LEXICON, VIBGYOR…..

Admission time in Pune is harrowing experience for all parents trying to select a school for their kid. I made the blunder of not taking admissions for my kid in Jr kg = nursery.

So when Nov 2007 arrived, I was all geared to get my kid admitted into Delhi Public School, Pune. Its a Co-ed school and CBSE board is followed there. Having done the same board made sense.

The website dpspune.com did not display any information till the first week of November 2007. Then the website mentioned that admissions for all classes except above 1st STD were open.

 The forms were available in the office of DPS School, in NIBM road. When I went there sharp at 10:00 am, there was chaos and crowd. I was handed a token numbered 125. The attendant at the gate added to the confusion by telling us that those who have not got the birth certificate will not be given forms. I was furious as it was not mentioned in their site. SO I made my way upto the lady giving away the admission forms. She clarified the confusion and said that only for parents who were submitting the form right there, had to produce all required documents.

I was thankful and left. After waiting for 3 hours, when my turn came, I was told that this year there were no admissions open for prep class. I felt like pulling her hair off, but faked a smile. When I asked her why they had not bothered to mention that information on their website, she said ‘oh I am not aware!’
 I filled a small strip of paper saying that I was interested in prep class for my kid, but to date no one has called me yet. Their admission fee in Rs 50000/- non refundable. And monthly tuition fee is   Rs 2800/- . The Bus fee is Rs700 which is compulsory.

The next school I went into was Vibgyor High, on NIBM Road again. This school was right next to a residential complex which was still under construction. The other side of the school has Country club coming up. Hence the small premises of the school definitely will remain small due to lack of expansion land. The play area out of school is quite small and non impressive.

The school class rooms were quite impressive, with colorful walls, furnitures and decorations done by teachers and students. I was impressed by the coordinator and the teachers. They were dynamic and had beautiful english accent. The school was well organized and categorized. Kids upto upper kg are given snacks by the school. I loved the teaching methodology too which was very practical. They follow IB international board and then kids have an option to switch to ICSE in 7th STD, but the fee was humungous.

 Non refundable admission fee of Rs15000/-  The tuition fee was Rs 7000/- month for first term made of 3 months. The bus fee was also huge. Rs1000/- month. The timing too did not justify the fee. For Kg classes it was 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. If they could reduce the fee structure or increase the duration of stay , then the fee taken made sense. The fee varies for next terms. And they charge Rs 2166/month rest of quarters. I guess, the money is made in the first quarter by the school to cover up for the losses due to kids leaving school once they get admissions elsewhere. 

The next school I went to was Bishops School, Undhri. Thankfully they had mentioned clearly that there were no admissions for upper kg this year in Kalyani Nagar or Camp branches. Only Undhri branch had admissions open for all classes upto Xth. But again the school teachers were not very impressive. The school was more strict than welcoming. Again the admission form is filled and accepted online only. This avoids all chaos. The form is available in the month of Nov first week onwards. You get a code online again, which has to be produced in while filling registration form. Based on the criteria Bishops school calls kids for interview and within the month of dec all admission process is done. I have no clue of the fee structure. They follow ICSE board. The timing is ok too.

The next school I went to was Lexicon international school at wagholi. The school has lovely green landscaped premises. I was at peace to see the cool n calm serene atmosphere.  And pleasantly surprised to see 3-4 kids sitting under the tree with a teacher, studying or playing. But all my calmness dashed to the ground when I entered the principal’s office. The office was a shabby four walled room with a dirty table and a few chairs. I was very saddened to feel the managements approach towards the principal. The principal too was quite non dynamic and unimpressive. So were the teachers. Their pronunciations were horrible. One of the teacher remarked that their students know more in computers than the teachers! She did the worst damage to her school.

The fee was not exorbitant. The admission fee of Rs 15000/- non refundable and Rs 3100/month was the tuition fee. The bus fee was Rs 700/-. They follow IB and planning to start ICSE too.

The next school I went was Sharad Pawar International School, at Lohegaon. This was a breathtaking experience for eyes and mind and all the senses. The structure is as grand as Rashtrapati Bhavan!  The school is a perfect school in all angles.

 The timing for the kids is a perfect 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch is provided by the school. The school has indoor badminton to all sports you can think of.
There is a dramatic theater handled by the actress of old time, Ranjeeta. Remember the song “sun saiba sun… ” The classes are huge. The playground is never ending. The teachers are international. But it has International board only.
The fee is again breathtaking. The non refundable fee is same as in DPS, i.e. Rs 50000/-, But they take a refundable fee of Rs 90000/- as security deposit. The tuition fee is easy uptill kg. Rs 3800/- Bus fee Rs1500/- They follow IB board only.    
Also they are open for admission all round the year.

The last school I have tried and finally managed to apply for the admissions is St Mary’s school. They are all boys and all girls separately. The Boys start early at 7.00 am and girls at 9.00 am. The School is near camp and is beautifully located like a perfect our time schools. They have huge playground and lots of greenery. The school follows ICSE board. The admission is last  amongst all other city schools.
 In the month of January third week, they have online admission forms. You get a token online and you have to register after a week in the school office. Then they display short listed kids online. These kids and parents have to go thru aptitude test and interview respectively. The school takes Rs 1000/- non refundable admission fee. The tuition fee is Rs 1000/month.

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24 comments to Schools in Pune, India DPS, ST MARY’s, BISHOPS, LEXICON, VIBGYOR…..

  • lakshmisyam

    hi madhurie,

    my daughter is 2-1/2 yrs old and is going to a preschool nearby (Brainworks). Next year i have to admit her to Jr. Kg and my mind has totally blanked out reading all the reviews and going through sites of different schools. Not able to make a right decision. I want my child to follow the ICSE or CBSE curriculum, since i myself did ICSE. Could u pls help me as i have noone in pune who would be able to give a wise decision.

    • Madhurie Singh

      Hi Lakshmi, wat an irony! U send ur kid to Brainworks and urself blanked our! LOL Chill. Read my post on how to select a good school in pune. Then we will talk. take care:)

  • PRERNA

    Hi Madhurie,
    You are right! I have tasted blood! My opinion for my kid’s current, school singhania school is very strong.But somewhere we have to adjust^.The wheather in pune is very good compared to thane.I ALSO LIKED DPS PUNE.
    Now i need help from you related to two schools,BOTH WEBSITES SHOWING EXTRCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PHOTOS!!
    1>poddar international school,PIMPRI
    2>vidy valley school,SUS
    BOTH ARE ICSE SCHOOLS WITH VDYAVALLY FEES 42500/-
    PODDAR FEES 41000/-(INCLUDESHOBBYCLASSOF 5000/-)
    THIS IS EXCEPT TRANSPORT FEES
    But HOW ARE THESE SCHOOLS? EVEN IF WE PAY THAT MUCH OF FEES, ARE THE SCHOOLS GOOD ENOUGH?
    YOUR REPLY WILL BE A GREAT HELP FOR ME.

    • Madhurie Singh

      Vidya Valley is no doubt better choice than Poddar as of now. Poddar is still under construction and new.

  • madikasaxena

    Hi Madhuri,

    Can you share your views on St. Helena’s school as my child just got through the admission procedure.

  • lux

    YAHOO!!! My daughter got through “Vikhe Patil”. Im very haaaappppy. After doing my own little research abt many schools and my definition/ criteria of best school, I had zeroed down to VPMS and had filled the form for admission in that “ONLY” school.

    Though It was a HUGE risk as (I guess)almost 500-600 parents were standing in Q for submitting the form.

    Now, she would be one of the 120 kids addmitted in this all round performance based school.

    IM CHILLAX’ed!!!Gr8

  • PRERNA

    HI madhurie,
    YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB BY GUIDING THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE PUNE AND INDIA.
    I read from your blog that your son is in dps pune.
    is it a same dps delhi or dps managed by takshila….?
    I am going through the websites of all the schools which will help me to choose a best one.I read about st mary,but it is a traditional school!!!
    What do you say?
    My son is in sulochanadevi singhania school managed by Remonds co.in thane.Fees & trasprt=RS 3000/-approx with zero donations!
    it is academically good(topper of icse board 2 years back was from this school) AND also extracurricular activities are good.
    That is why i am more concerned about school selection.
    My son is also reluctant to leave his school!
    I am not able to find a school which i will convince him to.
    He is in icse board now. But if the school is good i can change the board to cbse because afterall the school matters not the board!
    please reply to my queries
    please!!!!!

    also my husband who is in pune was telling me about one bombay cambridge school which he read in times of india.
    any clue…

  • PRERNA

    HI MADHURIE,
    Justnow i visited st mary’s website and am impressed with the extracurricular,confidence building activities etc.
    But you wll better know that are these practised in real or not?
    Also please guide me on which subjects will be in a entrance test for std 4.after that interaction with the student will be there or just written test is criteria?
    I JUST WANTED 3 OR 4 OPTIONS,PLEASE GUIDE ME ON ANY OTHER SCHOOL ALSO IF YOU FEEL SO.
    WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY,

    • Madhurie Singh

      Hi Prerna, St Mary’s Boys is gr8 school. But where did u see the extracurricular activities!
      Good schools automatically give that sense of confidence.
      Yes there will be test for all classes from 1std to xth. Have you tried, ST Arnold’s and Aman Setu?

      • aarti.rawat

        Hey Madhurie- I just not checked St mary’s website for admission form but they have a announcement that the Principal has resigned !! that’s a big news

  • PRERNA

    Hello Madhurie,
    please give me information about vidya valley school sus road.

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  • Ashutosh Singh

    Dear Parents,

    I have a real time experience recently with one of the school in Pune (DPS) and thought of sharing with all of you with a view to making all of you aware and alert. When my kid Aditya got selected for admission in Nursery DPS, my wife and i were very happy and content. Aditya, being our only son, we had the first time experience of getting our kid’s admission to a school. The receptionist/staff asked us to come at 10.30 am on Wednesday (9 December 09) after providing catalogue and other required papers. I know for sure that Wednesday is a very hectic day for me due to office work and client’s interactions. So i requested them for the date change but they told informally that try to make it. Moreover when i browsed through DPS site, it displayed the date range as 8 Dec – 12 Dec 09. Same information was in the catalogue they provided. It was my misfortune that i could not make it on Wednesday. On Thursday/Friday (i.e. 10 DEc, 11 Dec 09) we tried to contact the Principal. But we were not given access to teh school by the staff. We argued that due to some unavoidable circumstances we could not reach on the day and for this reason you should not cancel our son’s admission. But they said that they could not do anything. We tried to at least meet Principal and put our request but all in vain. They told nothing could be done now. Admission is closed. With a heavy heart we returned back and still confused whether the information they provided was wrong or us. A very horrible experience of the treatment by their staffs.

    Resolution – We past three days and three nights in depression and thought that was it a blunder by us of not reaching the office at the time provided by them or DPS Pune has got some other story. Anyway i am now thinking of some other options. Good luck to all.

    Thanks & Regards
    Sanyukta & Ashutosh

    • Madhurie Singh

      Dear Ashutosh n Sanyukta, That’s sad! I would advise you to try and meet the Principal or the COO and see if anything can happen. All schools are strict on days and dates but I think if you had spoken to them, they should consider at least talking to you. There is a drop box outside in the hall outside Principal’s office. You can write your query and drop it there for her to understand your situation. Good Luck to you.

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