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School / University: DPS Rohini School

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Here come the new contendersAbhijit Patnaik, Hindustan TimesNew Delhi, September 19, 2012 Children special needs education atStep by Step school at Sector 132 on Noida - Greater Noida Expressway. Photo:Mohd Zakir / Hindustan TimesThree years ago, according to theHT- C fore Top Schools Survey, Delhi schools were sitting pretty, with 17 outof the Top 20 schools across Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noidabeing from within the capital city. Schools in the four latter cities weredistant challengers, sitting on the fringe.But in the short span of time sincethat survey, the education landscape has dramatically changed. The number ofschools from Delhis neighbouring towns in the Top 20 this year has doubled, to6. There is a non-Delhi school in the Top 5 for the first time Step by Stepschool(SBS), Noida.Parents are no longer looking onlyfor academic excellence. A look at the Top 20 confirms that. Many of the Topschools lay a stress on over-all development. Crammed classrooms have given wayto lower teacher-student ratios -- individual attention to students is the USPof many schools. And fees? Many schools are firmly in the Rs. 1 lakh plusbracket. Affordability has taken a hit.The Top 20 schools display otherinteresting trends. The average age of these schools is a mere 32.5 years, lessthan half the age of some of Delhis most well known schools such as St.Columbas and Presentation Convent. It is these schools that are the biglosers.The whole funda has changed, saidAbha Adams, education adviser, SBS. The difference between old schools and newones is in the understanding of skills required for the future, she said. Newschools have tailored curricula, a high degree of professional development andstronger engagement with parentsessentially, do better at building a schoolcommunity. Many older schools, however, continue to be textbook driven. Themantra is: evolve or die.A geographical shift has occurredfrom north and central Delhi. The most sought after schoolsShri Ram, MothersInternational, Vasant Valley -- are in south Delhi.Many schools in the NCR are run withcorporate backing, rather than educational institutions such as those which runMothers International or Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. In Gurgaon, there is space.Delhi schools were established years ago, newer schools dont findinfrastructure to be limiting, said Sudha Goyal, principal, The Shri RamSchool, Aravali.Information gathered from Internet from Click Here