Author: Gauri Kshirsagar
If you are reading this article, that means you have come to the stage where your child is ready to go to school, and you are gearing up for school admissions. I know, it’s quite a competition out there, but relax if you have your sorted out your priorities regarding school selection, then it gets quite easy from there.
The process of School admissions for an academic year usually starts in the month of October of the previous year and closes approximately by March. For example for the academic year 2018-19 forms will be available in different schools from October 2017 till the end of March 2018. Some of the forms available are online and some of them will be available at the school office, for which no doubt you will have to stand in a queue. The most important thing here is keeping a track of the date of availability of forms, last date of submission of forms, keeping in order important documents like birth certificates, parent’s degree certificates, proof of residence etc. Some of the school have made Aadhar card mandatory for admission, so you will have it make sure you child has it beforehand to avoid last minute hassle.
Regarding the school board, my main focus was on selection between CBSE and ICSE. The other two i.e. IB and Cambridge, though better, I found (at least in Pune) to be very costly, deficient in staff and situated on the outskirts of the city. But there may be changes every year, hence I suggest you do check them out.
There are many other factors for a school selection like age of the child, the distance from school, transport, ratings of the school, teaching staff, safety, fees, donations etc. All these will play a role in the school selection of your child and I have discussed these one by one.
I have divided the topic into a series of articles, broadly divided into:
- Types of school boards in India.
- Comprehensive comparison between CBSE and ICSE, including the pros and cons.
- List of Top schools in Pune.
- Points to be noted and how to make a selection chart.
- List of documents needed in filling forms.
- Real time personal experience with school admissions in Pune
- How to prepare for school interviews.
*Please note I will be writing all the articles in the perspective of school admissions in Pune, which can or cannot be applied to other places, so reader’s discretion is advised.
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