Moving to Chennai

#1 Jan 9th, 2009, 12:13
Join Date:
Jan 2009
Location:
USA
Posts:
7
  • manju70 is offline
#1
Hello,

My and I are planning to move to Chennai in March / April. I have twins who will be going to 6th grade. I want to know which schools are good for kids from US. We want them to feel as comfortable as possible atleast for the first year. Any suggestions?
Thanks
#2 Jan 9th, 2009, 22:32
Join Date:
Jul 2006
Location:
Minnesota, USA
Posts:
747
Send a message via MSN to ISN
  • ISN is offline
#2
First you have to decide where you want to stay, once you decide that then you can search for schools in that area, it will be a pain for the kids to travel long distance daily for school. Once you decide on the location I can provide you with some suggestions.
#3 Jan 10th, 2009, 01:38
Join Date:
Jan 2009
Location:
USA
Posts:
7
  • manju70 is offline
#3
Hi,

We will most probably be staying in Adyar/Tiruvanmiyur area. Our utmost priority is the kids' school, so we can stay in any other area as long as it is close to the school and a decent locality. We are not sure if they should go to a CBSE or ICSE school. I've heard that CBSE is not as tough as ICSE but the student teacher ratio is about 1: 50 or 60. Is that true?

Thanks
#4 Jan 10th, 2009, 02:29
Join Date:
Jul 2006
Location:
Minnesota, USA
Posts:
747
Send a message via MSN to ISN
  • ISN is offline
#4
I am not sure about CBSE and ICSE, personally this is how I will rate the education system (less tough to toughest) in Chennai

State Board
Anglo-Indian Board
Matriculation Board
CBSE or ICSE

Checkout the list of schools in Chennai http://www.chennaibizz.com/Chennai/V...&CName=Schools

Checkout those schools and if you want feedback on any specific schools post them here, here are the ICSE schools in Adyar area

Abacus, Chennai (Madras)
Perungudi
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
India

Sishya
No. 2, PADMANABHA NAGAR,
ADYAR,
CHENNAI - 600 020.
#5 Jan 10th, 2009, 17:52
Join Date:
May 2008
Location:
-
Posts:
93
  • breeze is offline
#5
To add to what ISN said,

1) SBOA Higher Secondary School
2) Don Bosco Matriculation School
3) DAV Public School
4) Good Shepherd Convent Matriculation School
5) Padma Sheshadree Bala Bhavan School
6) Gill Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School
7) Chettinad Vidhyashram
8) Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School
9) Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School
10) Vanavani
Looking for a roommate? IndiaFlatmate.com
#6 Jan 10th, 2009, 21:12
Join Date:
May 2008
Location:
Chennai
Posts:
142
  • Ambler is offline
#6

Aisc

Have you looked into the American International School Chennai? It's an IB school, so the curriculum is standarized and the school is held to a high standard. In addition to the IB progam they offer AP classes (American curriculum). I don't work at this school but have worked at other IB schools in other countries, and they generally are very very good. I don't know much about its location, but you did indicate that you'd choose your location based on the school. Anyway, here's their website:

http://www.aisch.org/index.html
#7 Jan 11th, 2009, 08:13
Join Date:
Jan 2009
Location:
USA
Posts:
7
  • manju70 is offline
#7
Thank you all for the suggestions. I did consider the American school but the fees is way too much. Does anybody know about Billabong school? I think it is kind of International school but with ICSE board. I have not seen or heard many people talk about it so I don't know how good or bad it is.
#8 Jan 11th, 2009, 08:19
Join Date:
Dec 2007
Location:
In the past, most of the time
Posts:
818
  • indiaprof is offline
#8
Manju,

I would imagine that any private school affiliated with the Church of South India (basically Episcopalian) would be so Westernized, computerized, and all the rest of it that your kids wouldn't have much trouble adjusting. The definition of middle class, in India, means having relatives who live in the States. Most Protestant Christians in Chennai are very solidly middle class. If anything, your kids might come back to the States well ahead of their peers, especially in English language skills.
#9 Jan 12th, 2009, 07:33
Join Date:
Jul 2006
Location:
Minnesota, USA
Posts:
747
Send a message via MSN to ISN
  • ISN is offline
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by manju70 View Post Thank you all for the suggestions. I did consider the American school but the fees is way too much. Does anybody know about Billabong school? I think it is kind of International school but with ICSE board. I have not seen or heard many people talk about it so I don't know how good or bad it is.
Checkout this link http://www.r2iclubforums.com/forums/...51/#post134881 you can get more info about schools from that site.
#10 Jan 12th, 2009, 07:40
Join Date:
Jul 2006
Location:
Minnesota, USA
Posts:
747
Send a message via MSN to ISN
  • ISN is offline
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ambler View Post Have you looked into the American International School Chennai? It's an IB school, so the curriculum is standarized and the school is held to a high standard. In addition to the IB progam they offer AP classes (American curriculum). I don't work at this school but have worked at other IB schools in other countries, and they generally are very very good. I don't know much about its location, but you did indicate that you'd choose your location based on the school. Anyway, here's their website:

http://www.aisch.org/index.html
America School is affordable only if you get paid more than $200,000. Most of the people moving back donít get a expat package. Most of the people who move to India get paid less than $50,000 per year, this is a good salary in Indian standard but you cannot live a luxury life in India.
#11 Jan 12th, 2009, 22:57
Join Date:
Dec 2007
Location:
In the past, most of the time
Posts:
818
  • indiaprof is offline
#11
I think for $50 k a year, I could live, by my standards, a quite extravagant life in India.

What about the Woodstock School up in the Hills? I know it's a boarding school, but it has a very good reputation. Or has it become another expensive bastion of privilege?
#12 Jan 12th, 2009, 23:21
Join Date:
Oct 2004
Location:
Chennai, India
Posts:
70,979
  • Nick-H is offline
#12
My wife knows quite a lot about Chennai schools, with experience working for a headmaster, being a mother, and generally having a lot of contacts in 'the trade'. She tells me that what kind of school, depends on what kind of school --- rather than on who runs it, and that there are posh and poor schools on both sides of the fence.

Quote:
Originally Posted by indiaprof View Post I think for $50 k a year, I could live, by my standards, a quite extravagant life in India.
You'd soon get through it if you had a family in International Schools.

That seems to me to be their speciality: parting ex-pat management from their large salaries!
~
Life gets aadhar every day.
.
#13 Jan 13th, 2009, 23:28
Join Date:
Jan 2009
Location:
USA
Posts:
7
  • manju70 is offline
#13

Thanks

Thank you ISN, that link was very useful. I could even get to another forum which had very specific information about that school
#14 Jan 13th, 2009, 23:46
Join Date:
Dec 2007
Location:
In the past, most of the time
Posts:
818
  • indiaprof is offline
#14
Nick remarked,

You'd soon get through (50 k $ US) it if you had a family in International Schools.

That seems to me to be their speciality: parting ex-pat management from their large salaries![/QUOTE]

My response: Good Lord. I guess if you're an ex-pat with kids you have to support that upper middle-class Indian lifestyle, don't you? Geez.

May be stay kid-less. In America, home-schooling is popular (although as a professional educator I find it very problematic on many levels), but it might offer a solution. Indian bookstores have all sorts of general ed texts you could use, and India is a fantastic learning experience in and of itself. Plus there are private tutors you could hire - unemployed Indian college students, that sort of thing.

Moderator Note:

When answering another post, unless it immediately precedes,
please click on the quote button on that post. Then
you'll get the quote in a nice box (you can edit down if you
are replying to a specific point) and it keeps the thread
readable and the style constant
Last edited by Nick-H; Jan 14th, 2009 at 00:41.. Reason: Moderator's formatting advice
#15 Jan 14th, 2009, 00:13
Join Date:
Sep 2004
Location:
SF Bay Area
Posts:
243
  • webtraveller is offline
#15

Home schooling may not be a good option in India

A very good point by Indiaprof.
But unfortunately, the socio-cultural background of india is not anything like US. So it is safe for the kids to goto school and learn. It is country of people in the open. Your kids need to have a lot of interaction otherwise it may be difficult in the later years. If this arrangement is only temporary (not lasting more than 2 years) and you are planning to come back to US again, then what indiaprof says is the right thing. Home schooling for a couple of years and then back here. Otherwise it is not a good idea.


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success