Delhi's Vasant Valley School comes out on top of its league

Vasant Valley School is the best day school in the country.

A survey of India's day schools by C-fore and Education World magazine has ranked Vasant Valley School first on parameters such as academic reputation, competence of faculty, individual attention to students, teachers' welfare and development, internationalism, education for children with special needs and leadership/management quality. Vasant Valley School, which is owned and managed by The India Today Group, is followed by The Valley School, Bangalore, at second position.

The Shri Ram School, Delhi/Gurgaon, has been ranked third. DPS, RK Puram, is fifth followed by Step by Step in Noida, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, and Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, at sixth, seventh and tenth positions respectively.

Besides its high academic standards, the Vasant Valley School is sought-after for the facilities it offers students with special needs

Besides its high academic standards, the Vasant Valley School is sought-after for the facilities it offers students with special needs

'We have always done what is required for highquality education. We are constantly looking at best practices around the world. We adapt to them and our teachers are always in the learning mode.

'We have the support of our teachers, students and parents. It's a joint journey we are on,' said Arun Kapur, director, Vasant Valley School.

'Kapur said the school had been doing its best for several years. 'Maybe the perception has changed now.' Besides its high academic standards and teacher-student welfare, the school is much sought-after for the facilities it offers students with special needs.

'We have had proper infrastructure for students with special needs since the inception of the school. We always believed that our school should be a microcosm of the society we live in. Students with special needs are taught in the mainstream and we get to learn so much from them and their parents,' he said. DPS, RK Puram, has also moved a step higher in the rankings.

The school says the credit goes to a dedicated team of teachers.

'We ranked twelfth in 2009 and fifth this year. We are moving ahead gradually and maybe we will be on the top in a few years from now,' said principal D.R. Saini.

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The survey also ranked the top boarding schools and international schools in the country. Rishi Valley School in Chittoor is the numero uno boarding school in the country followed by The Doon School, Dehradun. Mayo College Girls' School, Ajmer, is ranked third and Welhams Girls School, Dehradun, fourth followed by Bishop Cotton, Shimla, and Lawrence School, Sanawar, jointly placed at fifth position in the category of boarding schools.

Indus International School, Bangalore, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, and Woodstock School, Mussoorie, are the top three international schools in the country.

'There's been a growing appreciation of schools which offer new pedagogies such as experiential, collaborative and peer learning. So called alternative schools which profess holistic, new pedagogies have become more popular,' says Premchand Palatey, founder-chief executive of C-fore.

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