Most Popular Boarding Schools In India

The decision to send your child to a boarding school can be a hard one. But the long term benefits of it are sure to make a deep impact on his career and life. Children basically learn to be disciplined and focused by studying in a boarding school. They learn to take responsibility and away from the home environment, they can focus on academics. In a boarding school, stress is laid on the all-round development of the child. He is taught to be a good team player and get ready to take on the challenges of life. Children that pass out from boarding schools are better at adjusting to all kinds of situations.

Let’s take a look at some of the most famous boarding schools in India:

The Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand


A boy’s only boarding school that needs very little introduction. With a student child ratio of 1:10 admission to this prestigious school is a tightrope for even the brightest children in this country

Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan


Again a boy’s only boarding school that offers facilities’ like museums to armory sections to social development skills. You name it they have it

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


It is one of the oldest boarding schools in all of Asia. It is a premier institution in North India. There are programs for rock climbing and mountaineering on offer too.

Rishi Valley School, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh


A co-education school that lays extra stress on learning and academics. Located in a prime location, the school has a long list of celebrities who passed put from here.

St. John’s International Residential School, Chennai


A modern age co-education school that offers air conditioned hostels and top-notch facilities to all its students.

Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand


You have to register your child at birth in order to get a fair chance at admission in this prestigious school. Students who pass out from this all-girls school have been known to have achieved great fame and laurels in life.

The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh


The high end IT facilities of this school are world class. With 12 massive hostels on the campus the school has along standing unmatched reputation

The Daly College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh


This co-ed school has built a solid reputation for itself in the last decade or so. Children who pass out from this school are confident to take on all that might come their way

St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, West Bengal


Darjeeling is world famous for its boarding schools for both boys and girls. An all boy’s school that has set a benchmark in high standards in education.

Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore, Karnataka


One of the top schools in Karnataka, that even houses a 18 bed hospital on its campus. Admissions are made on the basis of an entrance test that is followed by an interview.

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Top international schools around the world

Top International Schools the world over have a reputation; great exam results, excellent extra-curricular facilities, a cosmopolitan student body, and of course, high fees.  This list comprises the ten international schools that offer the best balance of the above, though there are many other excellent schools that only just missed out.

As no official league tables or exam results tables are published on international schools, this list takes into consideration their most recent exam results compared against the relative cost of attendance (of which there is a surprisingly large margin) and to a lesser extent extra-curricular, sporting, musical and theatrical facilities.  That is not to say these aren’t important, just that there is relatively little to separate the following on those counts!

  1. Tanglin Trust School: Singapore

The Tanglin Trust School is a private fee-paying school with an open admissions policy and for 86 years it has provided the UK national curriculum to Expats based in Singapore.  The Tanglin Trust school tops the list not only for it’s excellent new facilities and fantastic academic track record (this year 98% of pupils got into their first choice university).


2. Garden International School: Kuala Lumpur

Garden International School is the largest private, co-educational, international school in Malaysia. Established in 1951, GIS provides a British-style education to the expatriate and local community in Kuala Lumpur.

The school hosts over 2000 students from over fifty countries. Facilities include purpose-built Drama, Music, Art, DT and Languages suites, a 25m, 8-lane Swimming pool, synthetic turf field, tennis courts, basketball courts, indoor sports facilities and specialist teaching rooms that support a high level of IT integration, all with the lowest tuition fees on the list.


3. Dulwich College: Beijing

Dulwich College Beijing is part of the umbrella Dulwich college group, which run schools across the world from London to Seoul to Beijing. Based on the original Dulwich college London the Beijing School has four houses which students are assigned to, to create an atmosphere of friendly competition and a sense of identity. As it is based on a traditional English public school there are similar adherences to uniforms, house systems and head boys/girls. This also means that the school mainly follows the British national curriculum, though the IB is taken at sixth form rather than A-Levels. In terms of academic performance Dulwich college is the highest out of any in the list with a very impressive average IB points of 36, well above the global average of 29. However due to the relative cost, it only ranks third.


4. St Christopher’s: Bahrain

Another British style school, St Christophers in Bahrain achieved a very strong set of exam results despite the heat conditions! Like Dulwich college St Christopher’s has a house system and is largely based on the English public school system. Though the exam results are not quite as impressive as some places below it in the list, the relatively low fee cost nets it fourth place.


5. British School of Paris

Based in the heart of Paris, the British School Of Paris boasts possibly the most enviable location for any international school. The close availability and depth of local history, art and culture mean that students enjoy as rich an education outside the classroom as inside. A-Level results are very impressive and it would place higher if it were not for the fact that the fee system works out as the second most expensive of any on the list. But, the students will always have Paris…


6. Sir James Henderson School: Milan

Like the British School of Paris, Sir James Henderson School is another school strongly based on the British national curriculum set in the heart of a bustling European city.  A very close fifth, but even the relatively affordable fees were not enough to push it above the stronger academic performance of the other schools.


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10 Top Reasons to Go to Boarding School

When presented with the idea of international boarding school, parents are likely to baulk at the prospect of emptying their bank accounts to send their darlings to live a life permeated by blackboards, bunk beds and Bovril. Children, conversely, will either share their parents’ fear of being sent to fend for themselves or feel overjoyed at the prospect of signing up for a- literally- fantastic life at Hogwarts. Such misconceptions neatly miss the point of international boarding education, sidestepping its capacity to lay solid foundations for students’ academic and professional success in today’s increasingly global society.
Parents, understandably, require justification for investing a considerable amount of money in their offspring’s education. Their offspring, on the other hand, should be made aware of the huge number of opportunities provided by boarding school life. A recent ISC Global report predicts growth in student enrolment of 8.4% per annum, meaning that there will be 7.26 million students studying at English-medium international schools by 2024; clearly, boarding establishments must be doing something right.


The time has come for parents and students alike to banish their notions of St. Trinians and Severus Snape and discover the unique, intellectually challenging experiences offered by international boarding schools worldwide.
  1. Achieve academically

Pupils enrolled at international boarding establishments are able to reap the benefits of an educational system with a global perspective, which celebrates diversity and promotes the understanding and assimilation of a broad spectrum of languages. The combination of extensive, modern facilities and, often, stunning surroundings, provides a peerless learning environment.
International boarding schools’ high standards tend to be driven, in part, by their exemplary global reputations, meaning that that their criteria for suitable teaching staff are extremely demanding. Consequently, staff bodies are populated by experienced individuals who are dedicated to their profession and able to provide students with stimulating, informed academic instruction.
  1. Gain confidence- but not arrogance

Yet another popular misconception which shrouds boarding institutions centres on such establishments’ encouragement of superiority and snobbery.  Times have changed.  Gone are the days in which boarding school education was reserved for the children of the landed gentry; today, there are increasing numbers of both national and global outreach programmes, which seek to make boarding school education accessible and appealing to students of all backgrounds and origins.
Far from training students to become supercilious and unpleasant, the rigorous education and countless new experiences available at boarding school enable each individual to become accustomed to facing and overcoming new challenges. Confidence is fundamental to students’ success and progression, not only through boarding school but also through employment and later life; intensive academic tuition, testing extra-curricular activities and, quite simply, the act of living away from home all contribute to its development.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the headmaster of the holistically-minded Aiglon College, Richard MacDonald, stated that he baulked at the idea of his school being deemed elite, or his pupils spoilt or over-privileged, and said that humility and community service form part of the school’s guiding principles.
Confidence and arrogance are categorically different traits. The former is encouraged and developed at boarding school; the latter, in modern educational models, is no longer welcome.
  1. Become independent

Flying the nest, a process dreaded by parents and, often misguidedly, longed for by children, is seldom easy. No matter how desperately parents may wish to keep their ‘babies’ under their protective wings, it cannot be denied that the sooner young people develop independence and self-sufficiency, the better.
Boarding school life not only inspires students to apply themselves academically, but also requires them to take responsibility for their own time management, belongings and personal wellbeing. From being able to get out of bed and make it to lessons on time to managing workload and maintaining emotional stability, boarding allows young adults to hone invaluable skills which are fundamental not only to their day to day existence but also to their employability following graduation.
Elizabeth Cunningham, Head of English at the Chorister School, Durham, the city’s Cathedral boarding school, comments that “students are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves- not only for their studies, but also for their own actions, organisation and health. Staff and elder pupils are always willing to help students who are worried or unsure, meaning that they are free to develop into assured, independent individuals at their own pace.”
  1. Kick-start a prolific career

Few means of paving the way to a successful international career compare to boarding school education. Not only are employers attracted to applicants who have developed independence and self-sufficiency at an early age; the high standards maintained by such establishments are recognised by businesses in virtually every discipline across the world.


English-speaking establishments enable students to immerse themselves completely in the country’s influential language and culture. English remains the ‘language of business’, and has been adopted by corporations around the world as their principle language. Among the leading global companies who have made English their official language are Audi and Lenovo.
  1. Form lasting, global friendships

Living, learning and adapting to life at boarding school in the company of peers allows students to form bonds of friendship stronger than could ever be possible at a day school. Students are brought together virtually 24/7 though lessons, extra-curricular activities and social excursions, which results in the formation of cohesive, familial communities.
Mr. McDonald, from Aiglon College, believes that boarding “allows international pupils to form long-lasting friendships and engenders intercultural understanding within the student community.”
Admittedly, the cost of international boarding can be significant. However, given the promise of academic excellence, globally-orientated education and improved career prospects, there can be little doubt that the results achieved by boarding establishments more than outweigh the cost.