What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Pune has become a seat of learning, with several universities, colleges and centers of professional education located here.
Most expats prefer to send their children to international (private) schools rather than local public schools. The best private schools are accredited and have waiting lists, so it is recommended that you begin your school search as soon as you arrive in the country. Contact Crown for advice or contact your local consulate. It is also very helpful to start networking with other expatriates through groups and associations.
What are some examples of these schools?
Teaching facilities are available from kindergarten and pre-school up to the 12th-grade standard.
While there are a few more international schools being developed to cater to the increasing demand, there are currently two international schools that teach the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum:
- Mercedes Benz International School, Hinjewadi, Mumbai Pune Highway
August to June
- Symbiosis International School, Viman Nagar, Pune
July to May
- Admission procedure generally conducted in month of February/March.
- Students coming from abroad can be admitted throughout the year, depending on seat availability.
- Teaching facility available for kindergarten/pre-school up to 12th-grade standard.
- Hostel accommodation also available.
- Pickup and drop-off facility available.
There are additional schools, with quality reputations, that teach the ICSE (Indian Certificate of
Secondary Examination) curriculum:
- St. Ann’s School (Camp area)
- St. Felix School (Bund Garden Road)
- The Bishop's School (Kalyani Nagar)
- Hutchison Kindergarten (Camp area)
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Yes. If you decide to enroll your child in a local public school, you should prepare early because there are many students applying and the availability is limited.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
For younger children, there are numerous private play-schools and kindergartens in almost every area, some of which are run according to the Montessori method. These schools vary greatly in their both their fees and quality.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
In areas where school transportation is available, students travel by school bus. In areas where it is not, most parents drive their children or they form carpools with other parents.
When does the typical school year start and end?
International schools tend to run from August to June; most other schools run from July to April. You should check with your child's school for a specific schedule.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Please contact Crown for further information on education support.
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