The best CBSE affiliated residential schools across India

Working parents often find themselves at crossroads not knowing whether to forego frequent promotion opportunities that take them to different cities, or focus on their children's education. Residential schools come as a boon for such parents. Boarding schools affiliated to the CBSE have mushroomed all over the country. Here is a list of some of the best residential schools in terms of education, infrastructure, facilities and reputation.

Birla Vidya Mandir – Nainital

Founded in 1947, by Govind Ballabh Pant, a prominent activist of the Indian Independence movement, the Birla Vidya Mandir is a realization of his dream of a school that offers world-class education, along with tradition Indian values. The school offers a fine blend of modernity and Indian culture. While English remains the medium of instruction for formal education, Sanskrit slokas are recited before meals.

The residential boys' school is affiliated to the CBSE Board, and conducts classes from 4 to 12. The school has the Quality Management System Certification [ISO 9002:2000 (E)] and the Environmental Management System Certification [ISO:14001:1996]. The school boasts of the finest, state of the art classrooms and laboratories. The school is located in verdant surroundings with abundant space for outdoor activities.

Contact Birla Vidya Mandir – Nainital:

The school is Mallital area, on Birla Road, near Snow View.
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Phone: 05942 238 729

Lawrence School – Sanawar

The Lawrence School Sanawar is located in lush, serene environment of the Solan Hills in Himachal Pradesh. The school is one of the oldest and most renowned co-educational boarding schools in India. It was founded in 1847, by Lady Honoria Lawrence and Sir Henry Lawrence and is steeped in history. The campus that spreads over roughly 130 acres has separate boarding and lodging facilities for boys and girls.

Students at Sanawar study the CBSE curriculum. The school focuses on not just academics, but also on extracurricular activities, particularly sports. Sanawarians have been faring extremely well, consistently, in the CBSE conducted Board Examinations. The school boasts of being the first school whose students have conquered Mt. Everest.

Contact Lawrence School – Sanawar

The school is in Solan.
Phone Number: 01792 261 208
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Rajghat Besant School – Varanasi

Nestled along the banks of the Ganges the Rajghat Besant School is a day-cum-boarding school. It was started in 1934 and is one of the oldest schools to be managed by the Krishnamurti Foundation, India.

The school adheres to the principals of its founder and instils in its students love for nature and Indian traditions, along with social values and ethics. The school comes with a lot of history – the assembly hall was designed by famed architect Surendranath Kar and inaugurated by none other than Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Rajghat Besant is spread over a tranquil and peaceful property of 400 acres along both banks of the Ganges. It is a CBSE affiliated school that offers an all-inclusive approach to education. The Vasanta College for Girls, the Rajghat Besant School, Krishnamurti Study Centre & Retreat and the Sanjivan Hospital are also located within the school campus.

Contact Rajghat Besant School – Varanasi

The school is in Rajghat Fort in Varanasi.
Phone Number: 0542 244 0336
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Mody School, Lakshmangarh – Rajasthan

The Mody School in Sikar district of Rajasthan is an all-girls boarding school. The English medium residential school admits girl students from class III to class XII. The school maintains a high-standard and provides its students scope for all round development, along with the right doses of scholastic exposure.

The school was established by R P Mody, in the year 1988, with an aim of creating an institution that provides an all-encompassing education to girl students so they grow into sound young women, with a broad outlook and an attitude that is truly global. The premier institution is truly diverse, with girls from different regions of the country attending. This helps students to develop better understanding and promotes growth.

Contact Mody School - Lakshmangarh

The school is in Sikar district in Rajasthan.
Phone Number: +91-01573-225001, +919587018629
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Welham Boys' School – Dehradun

The Welham Boys' was started in 1937 with just a few boys. It soon grew in status and became one of the best known schools in the country. Welham Boys' is located on a sprawling property spread over 30 acres of lush green environment, in Dehradun, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Boys' school is member of the Round Square, which is an elite group of schools from around the world and is also affiliated to the Indian Public Schools' Conference (IPSC). The school offers just the right atmosphere for students to hone their talents and express themselves. Students are graded based on CCE (Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation). It can be said that sports is celebrated at Welham's, what with 3 cricket pitches, 2 tennis courts and an international standard swimming pool.

Contact Welham Boys' School - Dehradun

The school is situated in the Dalanwala area.
Phone Number: 0135 265 7120
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Vidya Devi Jindal School - Hisar

The Vidya Devi Jindal School is a residential school for girls that was established in 1984. A fledgling among other well-established schools the Jindal residential school focuses on imparting traditional Indian values and culture while balancing the advanced education structure of the western world. The students gain not just academic knowledge, but also imbibe being responsible and conscientiousness, leading them to grow into responsible citizens.

The Jindal Girls' School is a trendy, modern-day Gurukul with a forward-looking and futuristic approach. The institution has since its inception strived to provide superior and holistic education. Apart from the CBSE affiliation the school is in collaboration with schools in Canada and the UK, and conduct student exchange program, annually.

Contact Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar

The school is on the Delhi Road in Hisar, Haryana.
Phone Number: 0166 228 1000
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Ecole Globale International Girls' School - Dehradun

A fully air conditioned campus spread out on 40 acres of prime land the Ecole Globale International Girls' School is a CBSE affiliated boarding school that runs classes from IV – XII. The school is also affiliated to CIE (University of Cambridge International Exams) to facilitate class IX & XI students. Ecole Globale has set a new benchmark in the academic field and endeavours to shape students into highly-skilled and socially responsible individuals.

The school admits students with special needs as well and guides and encourages them to be part of the mainstream. Apart from the regular curriculum students can opt for foreign languages as trained foreign language teachers are on the register.

Contact details of Ecole Globale International Girls' School – Dehradun

The school is on Chakrata road, close to Sahaspur
Phone Number: 095572 91888
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If you have son(s) and are looking for residential/boarding schools that take in boys you can consider the residential schools mentioned in this article. The schools described in the article are also affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi.

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