It is extremely difficult a task to figure out which one is the best school in a particular city. There are so many different parameters, different thought processes, different focus points that predicting a rank 1, 2 3, and so on becomes almost impossible.
When we got started with finding our list of Top 30 school in Bangalore in January this year, we had to make sure that we focused on one particular line of thought and stuck our guts to that. So, we decided to focus on parameters and questions that enable us to get answers on the fact whether a child was 'enjoying' school. We fixed our domains as Academic, Co-curricular, Extra curricular and Eco-system and asked questions based on these parameters to parents, students and some teachers as well.
To help you understand what these parameters indicate, here are some basic guidelines on which we built our framework.
1) Academics - We not only included to see if students were performing well, but whether they were able to increase their performance over time with their teachers' help and guidance, and special initiatives that were specially designed to help these kids.
2) Co-curriculars - We did not only focus on the number of such activities undertaken at a school but also the quality of these programs and if these were actually impacting kids positively.
3) Extra Curriculars - Similarly, in our survey, we asked about the quality of the extra-curriculars and if people (parents and students) felt these programs had the quality and capability to produce experts and world class champions in the various fields.
4) Eco-system - As a parameter, this was the closest to our heart and is about the atmosphere inside the school premises, the classrooms, the teacher behaviour, the rigour of classwork/homework, and other such points conducive for learning to happen in an intuitive manner in the most stress-free environment.
The slides do also contain the information on how have the schools fared in every parameter.
P.S. - Your feedback on our work is utmost welcome. We have not done this listing in collaboration with any other organization, nor for any monetary benefit. Our whole purpose is to present information to you in the best possible manner and ensure it is of actual benefit for you and your kids.
- Team Gyan Lab