How were the Schools Rated?
The best schools in Velachery were prepared by our team by doing a comprehensive discussion with various stakeholders. This included current students (most important as they will study), parents, teachers, Alma matter (passed-out students / alumni), public, tuition centers etc… We have covered schools in and around Velachery. Around Velachery locational buffers are between SRP Junction, NIOT, Thoraipakkam, Adambakkam and the Old Glaxo stop.
Factors Considered for Rating
Within the various boards the various parameters considered for rating are:
Extra Curricular Activities, School Results, School scares the child, School is considerate, School accommodates kids with learning disabilities, Fees (Parents don’t have to work just to send kids to school!), Parents feedback, Kids confidence (not the exam confidence but the social confidence)
For the purpose of evaluation only schools having from 1st standard to 12th standard considered.
Best CBSE Schools In, Around and Near Velachery
- Arsha vidya mandir (Number 1)
- DAV (Number 2)
- AGM School (Ganesh Matriculation) (Number 3)
- Sunshine Chennai Senior Secondary School) (Number 4)
- PON Vidhyashram
- KV IIT (Conventionally the Best! Recommended)
- Marg’s Vidhyala (Slowly making it to the Top list of Schools in Velachery. Recommended)
- St. Britto’s Academy ( Too much undue Study Load reported. Exercise Judgement)
- San Academy (Poor Teacher Quality,100% Studies off-loaded to parents as homework reported. Exercise Judgement)
Best State Board / Samacheer Kalvi / Matriculation Board Schools in Velachery Area
- Bethel Matriculation (Number 1)
- Gurunanak School (Number 2)
- AGR International (Number 2)
- Akshaya Matriculation (Too Playful and more Extra-Curriculars reported. Exercise Judgement)
- Government School (Chennai Higher Secondary)
- St Savio
- St Francis Xavier
- Advent Christian
Best IGCSE / Montessori Schools In, Around and Near Velachery
- Abacus (Best & Number 1)
- Navadisha Montessori(Best & Number 1)
- Delhi Public School (Best & Number 1)
- Tatva Play School (upto UKG) (Best & Number 1)
- Bodhana montessori school
- Askshya Global (Too COSTLY, More towards ARTS & Humanities at Grade 7+ . Exercise Judgement)
Detailed Review of Schools in Velachery
Bethel School, Velachery
Address: No.15, 2nd Street, Sarathy Nagar, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
Phone: 044 2243 4071
Good: The School is considered as one of the best Matric Schools in Velachery. Upto IX Grade students are given coaching in all syllabuses. Books from Oxford, Cambrigde, CBSE and Samacheer are combined and presented as custom coursework to students. X, XI and XII, students are exclusively trained in Samacheer Matric syllabus only. The rigorous coaching from Pre-KG to IX that students undergo at Bethel, gives them to better crack the State Board Matric Syllabus.
Bad: Teachers are not very kind to parents. The Parents-Teachers Meeting is more often reported as a rude monologue from Teacher to Parents. Parents also reported long waiting hours during Parents Teachers Association. Endless and Periodic PTA’s can be annoying according to some.
Gurunanak School Review
Address: Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
Phone: 044 2245 2253
Good: The School is Well-Ground and light. Students are acquainted to all facets of education, including studies, sports, extra-activities,… The teachers are notably kind of their wards. Teachers were reported to have a good teaching style, caring attitude and encouraging quality. Teachers and School management ensures every child of the school scores well in the Public Matriculation Exams. Personal attention and ample room for educational development is given to every child – Individually.
Bad: Could not gather much Data.
AGM Matriculation Velachery Review
Address: 37F, Velachery Main Road,
Chennai – 600 042.
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 044 – 2243 3322, 2243 5051
Good: The School is considered second best Matriculation school in the neighborhood. The Coaching in terms of studies is rigorous. Students have access to extra study activities like FIT-JEE,… If a student has to ace National Exams from being in a Matric School, AGM Matriculation is the place. Studies and Tests, Spell Bee, Abacus Math, Science Academia are the only thing students are exposed to here.
Bad: Extra-Circular Activities are not much encouraged. School does have some sports and cultural activities. But, they were more for the sake of having it. A Student is tagged purely by the grades or scores he gets. Other aspects or strength of a child is not much acknowledged. Also, The Teacher Quality is could be a little better in AGR and AGM. However, unlike San Academy, the teacher’s Vocabulary does not come in the way of content delivery. Teachers do their best, in the teaching style they know!
AGR Global School Review
37F – 1, Velachery Main Road, Near Grand mall, Vijayanagar, Velachery, Chennai – 600 042.
Web – www.agrglobalschool.com
Email – email@example.com
Ph. No: 044-49528369
Good: AGR is a CBSE Branch of AGM group of Schools. Above reviews do apply for AGR CBSE School as well. However, we find AGR producing a little more studious students. They are strictly on par with National Standards. Integrated FIT JEE and NEET courses for AGR students, does seem to give students a competitive edge.
BAD: Same as above (AGM Review)
DAV School Review
D.A.V. Public School Reviews
Main School – 19, Sitaram Nagar,
Velachery, Chennai – 42.
Phone : 044 2243 1258 / 044 2243 0459
Fax : 044 2243 1258 / 044 2243 0459
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Good: Best and Most-preferred School in Velachery Neighborhood. As always, the students are primed to do just one thing, which is to STUDY. Weekly repeated Paper Tests and Exams takes out the fear of exams from students. If you would want to have your child crack CBSE, NEET, FIT-JEE like a pro, DAV is the place!
Bad: No Extra-curricular activities. Studies, Test and Exams are the only aspects of schooling. Study Study and Study is the only mantra.
Arsha Vidya Mandir
Address: 114, Velachery Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 60003, Phone: 044 2230 1177
Good: Arsha vidya mandir has been consistently rated as the best CBSE school in Velachery. It is very hard to get admissions in the school. However, if the ward is selected, the school gives a holistic education and competitive studiousness to its students. Teachers are very kind to students and subject is delivered for student’s conceptual understanding. Mugging up of facts or studying for the sake of exams is considered to be discouraged in this school. Lesson based projects are given to students. Children have a competitive edge in cracking exams and leadership qualities in their attitude. In our surveys we found that of all the schools in Velachery, Arsha vidya mandir School is the Best!
Bad: Getting Admission is tough. Selection process is opaque. Also one of the parent reported that the School Administration prefers wards of Stay-at-home mom’s. So a child of working mother will most likely not be selected for admission.
Address: Plot No 21,VOC nagar, near Vijaya nagar, Velachery, Chennai-600042.
Phone No: +91 44 22590768
Mobile No: +91 96000 53684
Email Id: email@example.com
Good: The Principal of the school Ms. Padmapriya is kind and Courteous. The School has Multi-locations in Chennai. So Internal Transfers are viable. School fees seem toaffordable and nominal. Especially the donation is the most affordable one – Just 50K. The school App for student-teacher-school communication was notably reported to be utilitarian by parents. However, few parents (from Velachery school) reported that Kamakottai Nagar campus of San Academy was Big and of a little better Quality!
Bad: One of the bad schools in Velachery is San Academy. All the parents, both parents of children who have their kids study in San Academy and those outside in the neighborhood reported only bad issues! First and foremost is that Teachers are below average. Eight hours in school, children are made only to copy from the board and write in their own books. Curriculum content delivery, concept understanding or child’s academic progress is alien to the school’s teaching staff. Teachers are paid the lowest salary as compared to other schools in Velachery. Just 15,000/month or lesser. Many teachers are also not B.Ed. Qualified.
Many parents reported that teachers are ex- IT employees who have returned to work as teachers after mother-hood break (this in itself is not a bad thing. However, not having a background in academic management, Child Psychology and curriculum handing has it own downsides)! Teacher’s Dump the entire Curriculum work on Parents. From Pre-Kg to XII, Students are loaded with home work. Every school reported home work. But, what was different about San Academy was that teachers never taught in Class. Students are expected to be personally coached by parents at home and expected to ace internal assessments or exams.
The volume of homework was also reported high – taking about an average three hours each day. Many mothers complained about the home work load and the school not being considerate to give some breathing space to children even during important festivals like Diwali or Durga Puja. Second, the biggest issue was management itself! However, the monetary & mangements models of both the schools were different.
San Academy is a school targeted for lower middle class. Though the initial donation is low, the recurring fees are not static. Fees, Annual Day Tickets, IMO/SPELL BEE/ ABACUS/ SIT TRAINING, Picnic Day Fees, After School Tuitions (many are softly forced to sign-up for after school programs – specially Hindi Tutions)….almost everything comes at a price in San Academy. Eventually the annual costs for parents will shore up! School Infrastructure is also bad. The rooms are not ventilated. The promise of Air Conditioners remains a promise – no AC’s work! Worst of all, Bathrooms are dirty! Many Parents said that their complaints to the principal never really worked! The toilets are reportedly very dirty and unhygienic for kids to use. The bounce rate in San Academy is also high! People after paying the donation, leave to other schools after realizing the teacher quality and school’s infrastructure.
PON Vidhyasharam Review
Address: Thirugnana Sambandhar Street, opp. Velachery Railway Station, Velachery – Madipakkam Main Road, Velachery, Chennai- 600 091
Good: Though a new school, the management has got it right! Both in terms of studies and Extra-curricular activities. Students are well-prepared and made to be primed up for all CBSE exams patterns and questions. Notably Pon Vidhyasharam is a branch of PSBB (Y.G. Mahenran’s). They have passed on all the PSBB best practices to Pon Vidhyasharam.
Bad: From the survey’s parents did not report any problems with PON Vidhyasharam Velachery School.
Best IGCSE Schools in Velachery
ABACUS School Perungudi
Address: 3 Thirumalai Nagar Annexe III Main Road,Perungudi, Chennai 600 096.
Phone: +91 (44) 24960904, 24963823
Good: One of the best classy schools to study in Velachery. The students are well-rounded! Education is wholly application oriented. All students can crack global competitive exams, specifically SAT with ease! Subject understanding and experiential learning is given preference over Curriculum Completion. Many students who graduate from abacus have leadership qualities that can get them to C-Level Jobs!
Bad: Though a humble school with high morale values, the peer-group is rich! Many children of super-rich kids study here. Hence, undue peer pressure and problems of the elite might influence your kid! Another aspect of Abacus pass outs is that the Kids are very well-rounded and Wise! They have zero tolerance to any hypocrisy or negative competitiveness. Though a trait – this proves to be a biggest challenge if kids move on to get admitted into INDIAN universities or colleges. Professor-Student tiffs and unfortunate episodes has lead to college drop-out scenarios. Not one, not two, Abacus Kids if admitted in Indian colleges drop-out as groups! Abacus is ideal for kids who are planning to do their under graduation abroad.
Akshaya Global IGCSE School
Address: No.8, Tansi Nagar 1st Street, LIC Colony, Velachery, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu 600 042.
Ph: 044 – 2243 2755, 044 – 4232 5207 / 5208 / 5209
Good: The new Cambridge initiative of the school has been highly appreciated by Ex- Akshaya Matric students and neighborhood parents. The school timing is very ideal for overall well-being of the child. The kids are provided with two snacks by the school. Upto Grade 5 the program is conceptual and Application oriented.
Bad: Very Expensive. Yearly Fees Costs about 1.5 Lakhs (Donation Apart). We also found that the 12 “A+ Certification” Exam was mostly given for Art’s Subjects. Though, it was told students choice of subjects was Arts – it’s hard to believe the none of them opted for Math or Science! Cambridge A + Certification Exams needs rigors application training and Akshaya Global seems to give that training only in ARTS! We really doubt the capacity of teachers to solve model exams of Cambridge Math or Science!
Navadisha Montessori School Velachery
Address: 3rd Cross Street, Kalki Nagar, Near AG’s Colony, Velachery, Chennai 600042
Phone No. : +91 988 466 9104 (9:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Monday to Friday)
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Good: One of the Best Montessori Schools in Velachery. Upto 5th grade Montessori and after that ICSE syllabus is followed. Students are given well-rounded education. Navadhisha Montessori is an aspiration of many! Parents had no complaints about Navadhisha. In fact all parents felt very happy and fortunate to have the kids study here.
Bad: Admissions are tough to get. Very Opaque Selection process. Parents had no complaints about Navadhisha.
Delhi Public School Perungudi Review
Address: N.o 1, 1st Main Road, Perungudi, Chennai – 600096, Near Sun Direct Office, Nehru Nagar
Contact: 044-45524307 / 044-45524308
Good: The Delhi Public School (TIPS) is considered one of the foremost IB syllabus schools in Chennai. Parents reported that the curriculum delivery was highly engaging, with students given mini projects and lots of conceptual assignments . The students were not very stressed from studies, may be because of the through application oriented methodology of teaching and assessments. Morning Breakfast is provided.
Bad: Only the super-rich can afford the fees. It costs 1.5 Lakhs Per trimester!
Tatva School Chennai
Address: No. 61, Vijayanagar 8th Main Road Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
Phone: 044 4202 2153
Good: One best upcoming Cambridge school of Chennai. The Velachery and Medavakkam branches provides pre-primary schooling upto U.K.G after which students are expected to continue their primary and higher secondary education in their Polachery campus. One thing that anyone can notice about Tatva Students is that the kids are always Happy. Unlike any other school, children are not repressed, superficially obedient or fearful. Students freely express themselves, like adults!
The school truly nurtures kids holistically. A typical preschool day at Tatva-preschool is four hours, structured as alternate periods of learn & play. Unlike traditional schools which forces kindergartners to read and write, Tatva never pressurizes kid to read and write! Alternatively, the school gives ample activities for children to pick it up! For example, a normal playschool might start with teaching alphabets a-z, writing them… But, from pre-kg to LKG, Tatva emphasized on phonetics – thereby not just learning the alphabets but also the sounds. This enables kids to spell words and read progressively.
Words were not mugged up! Kids will start spelling them by breaking the word up into sounds. In the latter years I’m confident that this foundation of phonetics will help kids to have a spelling precision with even unknown words. So it was with Arithmetic. Counters were used instead of printed numbers. The best thing about TATVA the confidence instilled in every child!
The free play and group activities literally builds a sense of individuality kids. Kids are not scared of the teacher, but instead look up to them as their mentors or second mothers. Teachers also counsel parents of the kid’s personality changes or parenting styles. Many discount Tatva in our neighborhood as being slow or experimental in academics, but what we saw was that kids from Tatva or any other . Most of all see TATVA nurtures the kids to be self-dependent, something that will enable these kids to get to leadership roles.
Bad: Distance of Main School is a serious disadvantage. Given the distance many may opt out of Tatva from Grade 1. However, kids who complete U.K.G from Waldrof Syllabus, find it very hard to cope up with main stream CBSE or Matric Schools.
CBSE / IGCSE (IB) / Matric – Which is the Best?
The debate of which school board is better left to the generations that will pass-out only after 2030 (lets see the India they build, we have split this listing into State Board, CBSE and IGCSE Board schools in Velachery)
Based on informal surveys with parents and kids, directly that IGCSE and IB wards are holistically better equipped for life than their CBSE or Matric counterparts. The IGCSE, IB and Montessori way of school, though popularly considered as slow, we found that the Kids had a full grasp of Understanding of the curriculum. They visibly had a better sense of contextually applying what they have learnt in real-world. There is no room for mugging up of facts. In fact, there were more projects and hands-on learning. We also found an interesting fact, that kids who graduate from IGCSE or IB schools, effortlessly aced Global exams like SAT or GMAT. IGCSE/IB/Montessori syllabus kids were observed to retain subject information better and are able to apply the information learnt in real-life situations. What might help kids crack IIT or IIM is this application oriented approach to learning and not mugging up of facts practiced by the route system of schools. We also noticed that many traditional CBSE or MATRIC school systems misunderstood disciplining and being rudely abusive to students. We think teachers cannot scare the hell out of kids in the name of disciplining.
In terms of Competitive Exams and Cracking Olympiads, CBSE Schools not surprisingly did better. The curriculum which is in par with the National standards equipped children to be on pulse with the syllabus. If you are planning for a child to crack Indian Exams like IIT JEE, IIT GATE, NEET, Engineering,.. in the future, CBSE is the best Choice.
Note & Disclaimer: This entire article is based on our survey observations. Our team request you apply your judgment in the decision making process.
In Conclusion – One Quick Word of Caution while Selecting Schools
Velachery is a fast expanding neighborhood. However, we have noticed some some parents send their kids to as far as Manimagalam or Velammal International from Velachery everyday for schooling (Maybe they want a Iron Man out of their child!, you should realize Iron melts under extreme heat). We have seen how tried out kids are coming back from long school drives. Psychiatrist and Pediatricians advice parents to keep their wards travel time to school between 20 minutes one-way . So please in best interest of you Child do select a school that is closer to your residence!