A snapshot overview of schools in India that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.
If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.
Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.
American Embassy School (AES) (-pending)
American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,160 pupils
Specifically started under an agreement between the Indian and US governments to provide an American education for the children of US citizens and third country nationals (non-Indian, non-US) in Delhi temporarily; strict rules apply to Indian applicants and 40 per cent of students US nationals. Large campus in the heart of diplomatic Delhi and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSASC).
Lycée Francais de Delhi (pending)
French National Curriculum/Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 350 pupils
Part of the network of schools under the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). Emphasis is placed on languages and the certificates at primary level are bilingual French-English so consequently there are quite a few non-French pupils, in fact they come from over 40 nationalities. Established in 1962 on a small campus in a secluded residential area of New Delhi and managed by the Parents’ Association since 2002.
The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
Metro Delhi International School (MDIS)
American High School Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 140 students
Strongly Christian school operating an American curriculum and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The proportion of Indians to expats is roughly the same amongst students and teachers. The only anomaly amongst the expats is the large percentage of South Korean students who outnumber Americans.
The British School
Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 pupils
Started over 50 years ago by a group of British parents but now a mix of British and Indian international education courses which has resulted in the school winning a top accolade from British International School Awards (BISA) in 2018. A new building, for the expanded school, on the same site in diplomatic New Delhi opened in 2016. Historically popular with expats and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
The German School, Delhi
German State Curriculum/German International Abitur (DIAP); ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 120 students
Located in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. Amongst the 140 overseas schools authorised to award German school leaving certificates as well as the Abitur. A small school with a high teacher:pupil ratio and an early introduction of English in the classroom, although admission depends on a good command of the German language. Most children have a German-speaking parent or are moving to Germany so that fluency in the German language will be necessary.
Outside of Delhi
Scottish High International School, Gurgaon
PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 2,400 pupils
A new kid on the block, aiming to provide an international education, mainly for the Indian professional classes. Only 14 years old, based on a brand-new purpose-built five acre campus in Guargaon, 30 kilometres south west of New Delhi. In a nod to their name, every pupil belongs to a clan with a dedicated Clan Elder to look after them and the bagpipes are played twice a day.
Pathways World School
PYP/MYP/IB Diploma: ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;
The idea for the Pathways schools was conceived in 1999 by a new Indian educational enterprise, Sarla Holdings. Their first day school opened in 2010 on a 10 acre site. Brand new infrastructure has earned a ‘Green’ award and ranked #1 school in North India in the Education World Rankings for International Day Schools. Lots of affiliations but still only a NEASC candidate and CIS member.
Canadian International School, Bangalore (-pending)
Adapted curriculum/Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 700 pupils
Established 1997 in Yelahanka, a suburb close to Bangalore International Airport. Grown from the original 6 pupils in 1996 to the present 700 from 34 nationalities with 70 boarders from 16 different countries. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) since 2010 and also by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC). Hot on tech it is also the first Apple distinguished school in India and runs 100 per cent on solar power.
The International School of Bangalore (TISB), Bangalore (pending)
National Curriculum for England/Cambridge Primary Programme (CIPP)/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,200 pupils
Founded by Dr. Gopalkrishna, also chairman and founder of the National Public Schools group to which this is a sister school. Now nearly 20 years old with eye-catching IB results (in 2018, 60 per cent of students achieved between 37 and 45 points against a global average of just under 30). University placements are equally impressive with students moving on to top global universities. On a huge campus with two boarding houses for boys and one for girls.
The school below has been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing it.
Bangalore International School (BIS)
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)/IGCSEs/A-Levels/IB Diploma; AGES 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;
First international school in Bangalore (NOT to be confused with The International School Bangalore TISB). Founded by an American woman in 1969 and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).