To get to Pune, it takes under 3 hours from a major city like Mumbai. Pune is almost like a retreat with a lot of greenery and a happy lifestyle. The small city is home to some of the best schools and colleges that India has to offer. And coupled with a quiet and smooth lifestyle, Pune makes one of the most in-demand education destinations across the country. Interestingly, it is known as the ‘Oxford of East’, and thus its reputation precedes it as another city in India.
Below are a few high schools which are unique to both Pune and the entire country. This may give you specific and useful understanding of how education is like in Pune be it an international school or a Pune CBSE school.
- Global Indian International School (GIIS) Pune
Established in 2002, it is a co-ed international school under the CBSE board with fees of around 1 LPA.
With two campuses in Pune, namely, the GIIS Hadapsar and GIIS Balewadi, GIIS aims to cater to as many students as possible. It has also been awarded the Best Schools in Teaching Excellence in the Times School Online Education Survey 2020. GIIS Balewadi provides Smart facilities like Sports Performance Enhancing Data Analytics System (SPEDAS) which is a sports facility with quality that of the FIFA level.
GIIS has campuses across 7 different countries and also boasts of an award winning holistic development framework called the 9GEMS™ which revolves around Academic excellence, Sports excellence, Visual & Performing arts, Personality Development, Innovation & Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Universal values & Ethics, Community & Care and Skill Development.
GIIS is one of the few Pune high schools that imparts CBSE education in using modern methods along with other international programmes like the GMP or the Global Montessori Plus programme which uses modern tools and techniques to improvise on the Montessori style of education.
- UWC Mahindra College Pune
Established in 1997, it is a co-ed school with the IB board. The fee is around 23 LPA. It is boarding school.
Mahindra College is a truly global programme with many students of varied nationalities. It is touted as a movement in itself. This college is a place where learning and education take place beyond the classroom walls. The unique aspect of the UWC Mahindra College is its method of ‘Experiential Learning’. The school pushes students to participate in various activities both outdoor and indoor and experiences that help multiply their overall development in personality. This kind of learning brings forth a new aspect to the rational thinking process which is guided by education. At UWC, education is more of an experience rather than just a course of learning. In fact, board based subjective learning is a small part of the bigger picture.
An aspect worth mentioning is the ‘Community Living’ arrangement within the campus. Here, students and faculty live together and do chores together. The school encourages every individual to expand their tolerance in order to add flavour to the ‘thought-cycle’ that stereotypes many races, cast, and communities. This institute has been quick in embracing the latest in technology. Regarded as one of the best schools in Pune and one of the best boarding schools in India, it boasts some of the best facilities that allow the life within the campus to be safe, dynamic, exciting and comfortable. The on-campus Wi-fi, Biometric systems, and the universal Banking facility enhances the overall living conditions without letting critical issues seep in.
- Indus International School Pune
Established in 2008, it is a co-ed international school with the IB board. The fee is around 7.2 LPA.
If you believe in the concept of ‘Whole education’, the Indus International is the Place to be. Affiliated to the IB curriculum of education, this versatile learning system at the school places emphasis in helping students develop into unique members of society by enhancing their skills and talents. Also, worth mentioning is their ‘Discovery Course’ offered at the campus which is formulated to help an individual to face risks, work in collaboration and also to simulate any environment. This course is the first of its kind in the entire nation and has assisted in discovering some of the best ‘gems’ of our society. Some of the major self-development programs offered here are Leadership Curriculum, Indus Orchestra, House Vision, Community Service Projects, Inter-school tournaments, Inter-house competitions among others.
- Symbiosis International School Pune
Established in 2005, it is a co-ed international school with the IGCSE board. The fee is around 5 LPA.
Present in the ‘Symbiosis Knowledge Village’, the Symbiosis International University is a wholesome institute where education and learning take a fresh turn. The SIU in itself was established in 1956 following which the institute built the Symbiosis legacy to what it is now. Ultimately, the International School of the same franchise came about in the year 2005. Having been granted Grade A by the NAAC, the institute has been able to bring about a major change in the pattern of education and academic opportunities in India.
The Symbiosis International school has some of the best when it comes to facilities that are on-par with the latest tools and methodologies. To evolve a campus environment where young minds are free to learn and explore, the faculty and the facilities are some of the best. In order to bring about significant changes within each child, the school has various activities and opportunities. The Symbiosis environment is all about moulding the methods of imparting knowledge for maximum efficiency and bolstering skill development along with academic achievements.