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List of the Best Boarding Schools in India

There’s a saying that a school is the best place for learning. Usually, students go home after school, but some schools provide full-time boarding facility. In this article, we talk about such schools. Boarding schools in India offer not only A-grade education but also a well-supervised environment which is beneficial for the students in today’s scenario.

What makes boarding schools in India special?

Boarding schools are basically residential schools, which provides education and meals to the students who are away from home. The term “boarding” is defined as ‘room and board’ which means lodging and meals. The students studying in such schools, live and experience all activities here while being entirely away from their homes. Boarding schools are the best option for parents who are unable to give much time to their children or live in a non-child friendly environment. Academics and activities vary significantly in different boarding schools. Still, their primary motto remains the same, i.e., thriving students with discipline and education. Here’s the ranking of the best boarding schools in India.

Admissions are open at a majority of these boarding schools for the academic session 2020-2021.

1. The Doon School Dehradun

The Doon School Dehradun. The best boarding school in India.
The Doon School Dehradun

Where? Mall Rd, Kishan Nagar Chowk, Krishna Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

School Board? IB, ICSE, IGCSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1935

School Fees? 11 lac/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Matthew Raggett

Ranked as the best boarding school in India by BBC, Times of India and The New York Times, The Doon School is a boys-only exclusively residential school in Dehradun. Founded in 1935 by Satish Ranjan Das, it offers IGCSE in tenth grade and gives two options of either IB (formed in 2006) or ISC in twelfth grade. It has various school activities like mountaineering, sports, theatre and clubs. The “Jana Mana Gana” was adopted as Doon’s official song 15 years before it became India’s National Anthem. Jai Shankar, the main character in Ruskin Bond’s novel was from Doon. Rajiv Gandhi is the most memorable alumnus of this institution.

2. Welham Girls’ School Dehradun

Welham Girls' School Dehradun. The best all girl's boarding school in India/
Welham Girls’ School Dehradun

Where? 19, Municipal Rd, Panchpuri Colony, Dalanwala, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

School Board? ICSEISC

Co-Educational? No, All Girls’

Founded in? 1957

School Fees? 6.75 lac/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Padmini Sambasivam

Widely regarded as the best boarding school in India for girls, Welham Girls’ School was established in 1957 by H.S Oliphant. Affiliated to both ICSE and ISC, it is one of the most prestigious schools for girls in India. There are extra-curricular activities for girls like photography, dance, drama etc. which include Nature Club, Quiz Club, English Debating, Hindi Debating, Music. Interested students can also learn Indian Classical (vocal), Sitar, Western Vocals, Western Instrumental, Dance: Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Folkdance, Contemporary, Craft, Photography, Computers, French and Dramatics. They also have student exchange programme associated with two International schools to introduce girls to different cultures and systems. Kareena Kapoor, Meira Kumar and Priyanka Gandhi are a few notable alumni.

3. Rishi Valley School Chittoor

Rishi Valley School Chittoor. The best co-ed boarding school in India.
Rishi Valley School Chittoor

Where? Rishi Valley, Chittoor District, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh 517352

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1926

School Fees? Unknown

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Anantha Jyothi

One of the best boarding schools in India, founded by the very famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in 1926, this boarding school located at Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, focuses on the intellectual vision of Murti. It is affiliated to ISC and ICSE Boards for students of grades IV-XII. It has seven sister schools including – The Valley School, Bengaluru and Rajghat Besant School, Varanasi. Morning assembly, Asthachal and folk dancing are the rituals that the school has been following for the past 50 years. Violin, Piano, Tabla, Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam are some of the cultural activities of this school. Aditi Rao Hydari and Varun Gandhi are notable alumni of this institution.

4. Woodstock School Mussoorie

Woodstock School Mussoorie. The best international co-ed boarding school in India.
Woodstock School Mussoorie

Where? Tehri Rd, Near Landour Community hospital, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179

School Board? IB

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1854

School Fees? 15.9 lac/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Dr Craig Cook

Often considered as one of the best boarding schools in India especially for international students, Woodstock School is a co-ed school, located on the first range of Himalayas, it lists among the oldest boarding schools in Asia, being established in the year 1854. It operates today as a private non-profit institution. It was also declared as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2019 for students from grade V-XII and both Diploma as well as Middle Year Programmes. “Whispering Pine” is the college’s official Yearbook name. Chris Anderson (founder of TED) and Tom Alter are some notable alumni.

5. Mayo College Ajmer

Mayo College Ajmer
Mayo College Ajmer

Where? Shrinagar Rd, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305008

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1875

School Fees? 11.5 lac/ year

Email ID? NA

Founded back in 1875 by Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo and also the Viceroy of India from 1869-72, Mayo College is one of the oldest boys-only boarding schools in India. Students aged 9-18 are admitted to this college every year. It is affiliated to CBSE at both HSC and SSC levels. Often called as the college has one of the best sports activities all across India, which includes Shooting, Tennis, Squash and Cricket. It has various publications associated with it as well- Mayoor, Euphoria, Cyber Quest, among others. Notable alumni of Mayo college also referred to as ‘Mayoites’, are Vivek Oberoi, Tinu Anand and Amit Goyal.

6. Lawrence School Sanawar

Lawrence School Sanawar
Lawrence School Sanawar

Where? Sanawar, Kasauli, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173202

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1847

School Fees? 5.83 lac/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Mr Vinay Pande

Affiliated to CBSE and regarded as one of the most prestigious Co-Ed boarding schools in India, this school was established back in 1847 by Sir Henry. Initially, the school was mainly for the orphan children of British soldiers and other white children. Its construction was endorsed by Lawrence and other British officers and a considerable contribution from Gulab Singh who was also the first Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. It conducts a competitive entrance exam followed by an interview for enrollment in classes VI-XII. Omar Abdullah, Captain Amarinder Singh and Preity Zinta are some notable alumni of this institution.

7. Scindia School Gwalior

Scindia School Gwalior
Scindia School Gwalior

Where? Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474008

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1897

School Fees? 12 lac/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat

Scindia School is one of the most famous and one of the best boarding schools in India for boys. Established in 1897 by the great Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia, earlier named as The Sardaar School, it was renamed to The Scindia School in 1933. Located on the magnificent Gwalior Fort, it catered only to royal children. However, the school later ended that clause, in taking students from classes VI-XII with no class discrimination. In 2014, it ranked as the 3rd best boys school in India, according to Education World Magazine. The school has various societies for the overall development of students. Scindia School alumni include some of India’s most famous personalities which includes Salman Khan, Bharat Vir Wanchoo and Anurag Kashyap among others.

8. The Bishop Cotton School Shimla

The Bishop Cotton School Shimla
The Bishop Cotton School Shimla

Where? The Shimla Bypass, Near Khalini, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171002

School Board? ICSE & ISC 

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1859

School Fees? Up to 5.6 lacs/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Roy Christopher Robinson

One of the oldest boarding schools in India, The Bishop Cotton School was established back in 1859 by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton. The school also has a branch in Nagpur founded by Bishop Cotton. It is considered as one of the best boarding schools for boys, according to TOI and Outlook, among others. It stands with the motto, ‘Overcome Evil With Good’. With the number of students approximately 500 from VIII-XII Grades, Bishop School stands as one of the best boarding school in India. Ruskin Bond, Lalit Modi, H.S. Bedi & Ratan Tata are some notable alumni.

9. Sherwood College Nainital

Sherwood College Nainital
Sherwood College Nainital

Where? Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1869

School Fees? 5.6lacs/ year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Amandeep Sandhu

Established back in 1869 by Dr.Condon, H.S Reid and others under the patronage of the Rt, Rev. Robert Milman, Sherwood College is a co-ed boarding school in the beautiful city of lakes, Nainital. The school’s motto is Mereat Quisque Palmam (Latin), translated as Let Each One Merit His Prize in English. Sherwood College is divided into two parts, the Dixon Wing for students studying in grades VII-XII and the Horsman Wing for students in III-VI grades. According to facts, there were around 300 alumni of Sherwood College who were on Active Service in World Wars I and II. Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi & Dalip Tahil are some other notable alumni of this great institution.SEND ADMISSION ENQUIRY

10. UWC Mahindra College Pune

UWC Mahindra College Pune
UWC Mahindra College Pune

 Where? Paud, Maharashtra 412108

School Board? IB

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1997

School Fees? 19 lac/year

Email ID? [email protected]

Head of the School? Soraya Sayed Hassen

UWC Mahindra College is Maharashtra’s most prestigious boarding school. It is an International Co-Ed school established in 1997 by the Mahindra group. They follow a two-year programme covering all subjects from Languages to Arts. The candidates are shortlisted based on academic merit and potential to teach UWC values at both national and international levels. The student to teacher ratio is 9:1. On The Hill is the official newspaper of UWC Mahindra College. It follows the International Baccalaureate (IB). Regarded as the best Boarding School at International level, it currently represents 57 countries.

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