What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
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 Kolkata 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?
There are a variety of international schools in Kolkata, but the most popular is The Calcutta International School, which is located on a quiet road midway between the main residential areas of Alipore and Ballygunge. The school works in close association with the British Council Division of the British High Commission, which is the overseas authority for conducting British University Examinations in India. The school caters to children from the age of three years up to the level of the University. For more information on schools in Kolkata, contact Crown Kolkata.
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 also prepare early because there are so many students applying and availability is limited.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes, preschools are widely available, but only for local Indian schools. There are no international or private preschools available in Kolkata. However, having your child attend a local preschool would be a great experience for you and your child, especially if you are going to be in India for a long period of time.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most parents opt to drive their children, but car pools are also frequently used.
When does the typical school year start and end?
The typical school year for local schools starts in April and ends in March. The typical school year for International schools starts in June and ends in May.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Please contact Crown Kolkata for further information on education support for all of India.
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