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Best schools in Delhi India

A snapshot: schools in Delhi considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.

International schools

American Embassy School (AES)   

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,115 students

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) living temporarily in Delhi; strict rules apply to Indian applicants and 40 per cent of students are US nationals. Large campus in the heart of diplomatic Delhi and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA).

Click here to read our full review of the American Embassy School (AES)

British School, New Delhi (The) 

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,220 students

Started over 50 years ago, by a group of British parents but now teaching a mix of British and Indian international education courses. This programme 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, was opened in 2016. Historically, popular with expats and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Click here to read our full review of the British School New Delhi

Lycée Francais de Delhi  

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 350 students

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 students, 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.

Click here to read our full review of the Lycée Francais de Delhi 

Metro Delhi International School (MDIS)  (pending)

American curriculum/ 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

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

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 to 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 as fluency in the German language will be necessary.

Outside Delhi

Pathways School Gurgaon

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma: ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,670 students

The idea for the Pathways schools was conceived in 1999 by a new Indian educational enterprise, Sarla Holdings. This is 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 and accredited by the Council of International School (CIS).

Scottish High International School Gurgaon

PYP/ adapted/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 2,400 students

A relatively new kid on the block, aiming to provide an international education, mainly for the Indian professional classes. 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.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.




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