10 Best Boarding Schools In India

Best Boarding Schools In India – Dormitories are mainly home to students who study and eat at home. The term “boarding house” is defined as “accommodation” and means room and meals. Students studying in such schools live and experience everything here when away from home. Boarding schools are the best option for parents who cannot afford to spend a lot of time with their children or who live in an environment that is unfavorable to their children. The academies and activities of other boarding schools are quite different. However, their main motto is the same: successful students trained and educated. This is the ranking of the best boarding schools in India.

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

In most boarding schools, admission is open for the 2021-2022 semester.

Best Boarding Schools In India

1. The Doon School Dehradun

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Mall Rd, Kishan Nagar Chowk, Krishna Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

School Board? IB, ICSE, IGCSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1935

School Fees? 11 lac/ year

Email ID? mlk@doonschool.com

Head of the School? Matthew Raggett

Ranked as the best boarding school in India by BBC, Times of India and The New York Times, The Doon School is a boys-only exclusively residential school in Dehradun. Founded in 1935 by Satish Ranjan Das, it offers IGCSE in tenth grade and gives two options of either IB (formed in 2006) or ISC in twelfth grade. It has various school activities like mountaineering, sports, theatre and clubs. The “Jana Mana Gana” was adopted as Doon’s official song 15 years before it became India’s National Anthem. Jai Shankar, the main character in Ruskin Bond’s novel was from Doon. Rajiv Gandhi is the most memorable alumnus of this institution.

2. Welham Girls’ School Dehradun

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? 19, Municipal Rd, Panchpuri Colony, Dalanwala, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? No, All Girls’

Founded in? 1957

School Fees? 6.75 lac/ year

Email ID? mainschool@welhamgirls.com

Head of the School? Padmini Sambasivam

Widely regarded as the best boarding school in India for girls, Welham Girls’ School was established in 1957 by H.S Oliphant. Affiliated to both ICSE and ISC, it is one of the most prestigious schools for girls in India. There are extra-curricular activities for girls like photography, dance, drama etc. which include Nature Club, Quiz Club, English Debating, Hindi Debating, Music. Interested students can also learn Indian Classical (vocal), Sitar, Western Vocals, Western Instrumental, Dance: Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Folkdance, Contemporary, Craft, Photography, Computers, French and Dramatics. They also have student exchange programme associated with two International schools to introduce girls to different cultures and systems. Kareena Kapoor, Meira Kumar and Priyanka Gandhi are a few notable alumni.

3. Rishi Valley School Chittoor

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Rishi Valley, Chittoor District, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh 517352

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1926

School Fees? Unknown

Email ID? office@rishivalley.org

Head of the School? Anantha Jyothi

One of the best boarding schools in India, founded by the very famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in 1926, this boarding school located at Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, focuses on the intellectual vision of Murti. It is affiliated to ISC and ICSE Boards for students of grades IV-XII. It has seven sister schools including – The Valley School, Bengaluru and Rajghat Besant School, Varanasi. Morning assembly, Asthachal and folk dancing are the rituals that the school has been following for the past 50 years. Violin, Piano, Tabla, Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam are some of the cultural activities of this school. Aditi Rao Hydari and Varun Gandhi are notable alumni of this institution.

4. Woodstock School Mussoorie

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Tehri Rd, Near Landour Community hospital, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179

School Board? IB

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1854

School Fees? 15.9 lac/ year

Email ID? admissions@woodstock.ac.in

Head of the School? Dr Craig Cook

Often considered as one of the best boarding schools in India especially for international students, Woodstock School is a co-ed school, located on the first range of Himalayas, it lists among the oldest boarding schools in Asia, being established in the year 1854. It operates today as a private non-profit institution. It was also declared as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2019 for students from grade V-XII and both Diploma as well as Middle Year Programmes. “Whispering Pine” is the college’s official Yearbook name. Chris Anderson (founder of TED) and Tom Alter are some notable alumni.

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5. Mayo College Ajmer

Best Boarding Schools In India
TheBest Boarding Schools In India

Where? Shrinagar Rd, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305008

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1875

School Fees? 11.5 lac/ year

Email ID? NA

Founded back in 1875 by Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo and also the Viceroy of India from 1869-72, Mayo College is one of the oldest boys-only boarding schools in India. Students aged 9-18 are admitted to this college every year. It is affiliated to CBSE at both HSC and SSC levels. Often called as the college has one of the best sports activities all across India, which includes Shooting, Tennis, Squash and Cricket. It has various publications associated with it as well- Mayoor, Euphoria, Cyber Quest, among others. Notable alumni of Mayo college also referred to as ‘Mayoites’, are Vivek Oberoi, Tinu Anand and Amit Goyal.

6. Scindia School Gwalior

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Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474008

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1897

School Fees? 12 lac/ year

Email ID? principal@scindia.edu

Head of the School? Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat

Scindia School is one of the most famous and one of the best boarding schools in India for boys. Established in 1897 by the great Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia, earlier named as The Sardaar School, it was renamed to The Scindia School in 1933. Located on the magnificent Gwalior Fort, it catered only to royal children. However, the school later ended that clause, in taking students from classes VI-XII with no class discrimination. In 2014, it ranked as the 3rd best boys school in India, according to Education World Magazine. The school has various societies for the overall development of students. Scindia School alumni include some of India’s most famous personalities which includes Salman Khan, Bharat Vir Wanchoo and Anurag Kashyap among others.

7. The Bishop Cotton School Shimla

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? The Shimla Bypass, Near Khalini, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171002

School Board? ICSE & ISC 

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1859

School Fees? Up to 5.6 lacs/ year

Email ID? headmaster@bishopcotton.com

Head of the School? Roy Christopher Robinson

One of the oldest boarding schools in India, The Bishop Cotton School was established back in 1859 by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton. The school also has a branch in Nagpur founded by Bishop Cotton. It is considered as one of the best boarding schools for boys, according to TOI and Outlook, among others. It stands with the motto, ‘Overcome Evil With Good’. With the number of students approximately 500 from VIII-XII Grades, Bishop School stands as one of the best boarding school in India. Ruskin Bond, Lalit Modi, H.S. Bedi & Ratan Tata are some notable alumni.

8. Sherwood College Nainital

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Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1869

School Fees? 5.6lacs/ year

Email ID? contact@sherwood.edu.in

Head of the School? Amandeep Sandhu

Established back in 1869 by Dr.Condon, H.S Reid and others under the patronage of the Rt, Rev. Robert Milman, Sherwood College is a co-ed boarding school in the beautiful city of lakes, Nainital. The school’s motto is Mereat Quisque Palmam (Latin), translated as Let Each One Merit His Prize in English. Sherwood College is divided into two parts, the Dixon Wing for students studying in grades VII-XII and the Horsman Wing for students in III-VI grades. According to facts, there were around 300 alumni of Sherwood College who were on Active Service in World Wars I and II. Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi & Dalip Tahil are some other notable alumni of this great institution.

9. Lawrence School Sanawar

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Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? Sanawar, Kasauli, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173202

School Board? CBSE

Co-Educational? Yes

Founded in? 1847

School Fees? 5.83 lac/ year

Email ID? office@sanawar.edu.in

Head of the School? Mr Vinay Pande

Affiliated to CBSE and regarded as one of the most prestigious Co-Ed boarding schools in India, this school was established back in 1847 by Sir Henry. Initially, the school was mainly for the orphan children of British soldiers and other white children. Its construction was endorsed by Lawrence and other British officers and a considerable contribution from Gulab Singh who was also the first Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. It conducts a competitive entrance exam followed by an interview for enrollment in classes VI-XII. Omar Abdullah, Captain Amarinder Singh and Preity Zinta are some notable alumni of this institution.

10. La Martiniere College Lucknow

Best Boarding Schools In India
Best Boarding Schools In India

Where? La Martiniere Road, Martin Purva, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

School Board? ICSE, ISC

Co-Educational? No, All Boys’

Founded in? 1845

School Fees? Up to 3.48 lacs/annum

Email ID? principal@lamartinierelucknow.org

Referred to as the most prestigious school in Lucknow, La Martiniere is all boys’ institution founded in 1845 by Major General Claude Martin. It is the only school to have been awarded the royal battle honours for its role in defence of Lucknow during the mutiny of 1857. Current enrollment in the school is 5000+ approximately from grades primary up to XII and is affiliated to the CISCE. The Economist has described its building infrastructure as “perhaps the best-preserved colonial building in Lucknow”. The school is the memorial of Major William Hodson, who was a major figure during the rebellion of 1857. Ashok Soota, Ranjendra K Pachauri and Ali Fazal are few notable alumni of this Constantia.

The Doon School Dehradun

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