Of course! Schooling being the primary learning phase of your child’s life carries a lot of significance. It is in school that your child learns and becomes independent. The ambience, environment, discipline, academic and extra-curricular exposure go a long way in making your child what they eventually become.
The basic personality and nature of your child depend to a great extent on the atmosphere he or she is brought up in. Hence, choosing a school for your child is critical and you must do all the groundwork for choosing the best school for your child. It obviously sounds like a Herculean task with so much to look at!
But, don’t worry as SuperBaby is here to address all your concerns! We have got the list of the current best residential schools in India for you.
Best Residential Schools in India
1. The Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (For Boys)
It is an ICSE school based in the city of Dehradun. The school is considered to be the best for boys from 12 years to 18 years of age. It is indeed one of the oldest schools in India which was established in the year 1935. The school has a great infrastructure with excellent amenities.
The school is spread across 70 acres of land with best of amenities like art and media school, auditorium, dining hall, well-equipped library, indoor facility, science department, wellness, centre, clubs and societies, leadership training, etc.
Once you admit your child here, he will grow up to become a disciplined and responsible adult in all spheres of life.
2. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (For Boys)
The school is known for its motto, ‘Overcome evil with good’. The school has well-developed infrastructure and broad academic curriculum. The school follows CBSE board and also has a learning centre for non-resident students who are mentally challenged.
The facilities include the dormitory houses, museum, swimming pool, parks, library, chapel, laboratories, dining hall and medical facility centre.
3. The Scindia School, Gwalior (For Boys)/
The school lays special emphasis on grooming the natural talent of the students. It is a CBSE school with a skill-based grading system. This system applies to the 6th class and prevails till the 8th class.
The school has a mix of co-curricular activities and adventurous sports like Trekking, swimming, horse riding, water rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, etc.
4. Mayo College, Ajmer (For Boys)
The school has one of the best teachers: student ratio of 1:10. It has a great infrastructure to support 20 different sports simultaneously on the campus. More than 500 students can play sports together on this campus.
The school is affiliated to CBSE board. The contact details are available at
5. Welham Boys School, Dehradun (For Boys)
Welham boys school is spread across 30 acres and follows CBSE board. It received the best school award at the MGD Model, United Nations, Jaipur. The school has boarding facilities from junior to senior school.
It lays a lot of emphasis on the all-round development of students.
6. Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun (For Boys)
This government school aims at providing the right training to get into military services. The school follows a strict discipline and is grooms the students to become strong and focussed in their career ahead.
7. Birla Public School, Pilani (For Boys)
The school is known for laying an excellent basic foundation for students. The school has excellent amenities and has produced many athletes of national and international reputation.
It also has horse riding training with 20 horses available and even archery range and equipment is also available.
8. Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore (For Boys)
The school has modern infrastructure and the best of faculties. You will find eminent musicians and sportsmen teaching students here. The school has plenty of activities aimed at the holistic development of the students.
9. St. Joseph’s school, North Point, Darjeeling (For Boys)
It is one of the oldest schools that have been around since 1988. This school was a girls school earlier and started a new wing for boys in 1887. The school has a well-developed infrastructure and has sports activities like badminton, table tennis, swimming, etc.
10. Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital (For Boys)
This is a CBSE affiliated school and is also registered with British Council. There is a special teaching facility for IIT, Medical, CA and NDA entrances. The school has plenty of other activities to hone the natural talent of the students.
Best Boarding Schools for girls
11. Welham Girls School, Dehradun (Girls School)
It is one of the most renowned residential school for girls. The school encourages students from different backgrounds and instils the value unity in diversity. The school has classes from 6th to 12th standard.
The school gives immense opportunities to students to develop their areas of interests. The school has collaborations with international schools and students are sent on exchange programmes to provide them with global exposure.
12. Mayo College, (Girls School)
This school is affiliated to ICSE and ISC with an approximate strength of 800 students. The campus life here is inspiring and is filled with adventures, sports, studies and co-curricular activities.
The residential school operates from class 4th till up to class 12th. It is considered to be one of the best residential schools for girls.
13. St. John’s international residential school, Chennai (Co-ed)
It started off in 1993 as a boys school and 10 years later converted itself into a co-ed school. The school offers excellent facilities like an auditorium, in-house computer training programs, extensive playfields for cricket, football, kho-kho, badminton, hockey, etc. The other facilities include a music room, gymnasium, AV room, labs, etc.
14. The Daly College, Indore (Co-ed)
The school has a well-developed infrastructure that was developed by the ruling maharajas of earlier times. This school offers biotechnology, C++, IP, WebTech, as subjects apart from the regular issues.
The sports activities include volleyball, basketball, squash courts, skating rink, badminton, table tennis, chess, etc.
15. St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling (Boys school)
The school runs special programmes like rock climbing, rifle shooting, map reading, creative craft, compass work, mountain rescue, animal care, etc.
Apart from regular studies, the hobbies are encouraged such as Batik designing, Indian and western music, model making, photography, wood and lathe work, textile design, cybernetics, cooking, philately, etc.
16. Sarala Birla Academy , Bangalore (Boy’s school)
It has a self-contained residential campus with world-class facilities. It runs various clubs to encourage extra-curricular activities. The vast campus with modern facilities enables students to strike a balance between work and other activities.
17. Assam Valley School, Balipara: (Co-ed)
It was stated in the year 1995 and is spread across 95 hectares of land. This school is affiliated to ICSE pattern. It is indeed the only good residential school in North-East.
The extra-curricular activities include the social service initiatives, sports, adventure activities, etc.
18. Sherwood College, Nainital, Uttarakhand (Co-ed)
The school is located in the beautiful place of Nainital. The school fosters all-round development of the students. The activities involved are dance, music, arts, swimming, debate, etc.
19. Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore
The school follows the CBSE and IB curriculum. The students are exposed to Indian culture and spirituality through various activities. The school has an excellent infrastructure to develop the student’s hobbies and indulge them in regular sports activities.
20. Lawrence School, Ooty:
It is one of the oldest schools that is recognised by Ministry of HRD of India. The school has plenty of extra-curricular activities like band, dance, music, art, sculpture, weaving, piano, guitar, etc.
The students are offered many hobbies to develop upon during school life. The options given are robotics, photography, theatre, choir, social service, etc.
21. The Asian School, Dehradun
The school aims at bringing academic excellence, physical fitness, spiritual growth and psychological development. The school aims at letting children learn and grow in a healthy environment.
The school also provides individual coaching for IIT and PMT entrances.
22. N.H Goel World School
Based in Raipur Chhattisgarh, N.H. Goel has marked its name already as the top 10 schools in India. The school is spread across 600 acres of huge campus and has all kinds of modern facilities.
Facilities like horse riding, skating, science parks, arts and crafts, swimming, athletic running ground, basketball court, football court, on campus temple, etc. are in this school. The school is liked for its homely atmosphere for hostelers and is also open for day scholars.
These are the best residential schools in India that have been rated amongst the top 20 by leading national dailies. The reference for ranking is taken from India Today (www.indiatoday.in).