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Best schools in Delhi India

A snapshot overview of schools in Delhi 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. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

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.

Schools in Delhi reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

American Embassy School (AES)  

American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ SAT/  AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,160 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) based temporarily in Delhi. Strict rules apply to Indian applicants and 40 per cent of students are US nationals (sometimes Indian nationals born in the US and thus with two passports). Large campus in the heart of diplomatic Delhi and regularly producing average IB Diploma scores, well above the global figure. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSASC).

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

Lycée Francais de Delhi  

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) and authorised by the French Ministry of Education. Emphasis is placed on languages and the certificates at primary level are bilingual French-English, 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.

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

The British School, New Delhi  

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

Started over 50 years ago, by a group of British parents but now teaching a mixture of British and Indian international education courses which has resulted in the school winning a top accolade from British International School Awards (BISA) recently. 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).

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

Metro Delhi International School (MDIS)  (pending)

American Elementary & Middle School 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.

The schools below 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 of Delhi

Scottish High International School, Gurgaon

PYP/ School 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. Housed 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; 1,400 students

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 in Gurgaon, south west of New Delhi and this is a relatively rare IB Continuum school in or around Delhi. 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).



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