The panorama of schools in Bhubaneswar is huge. Enumerated with many vernacular medium schools since its establishment, the state capital started with 3 English Medium Schools- DM Public School, St. Joseph’s Convent and Central School in the early 1950s and has emerged as the educational hub of Eastern India.
60 years later the mini metropolitan capital is studded with high profile schools, educational institutions, and engineering colleges at just about every other corner of the city. One of the main reasons for the flooding population in the capital city is the desire of parents to educate their children in the best and most popular schools.
But when you have more options than you ever wanted, it’s difficult to make a decision, isn’t it? Especially, when each parent aspires to make their child IIT alumni or a Neurosurgeon, even before they can pronounce “A”, selecting a good school is critical to their child’s career. But, worry not. If you are new to this competitive town, this is exactly the piece of reading that would help you.
Looking at the trends with parents for a decade now and some surveys, we have effectively shortlisted the top 8 English medium schools of Bhubaneswar. Take a look.
DAV Public School, Chandrasekharpur
The moment you ask your colleague, “Where do I enroll my kid?” the spontaneous reply will be “DAV Chandrasekharpur”. Though the Dayanand Anglo Vedic clusters of institutions are popular among the residents of the capital, the most renowned is the Chandrasekharpur branch. Established in 1989, the school endeavored towards success and finally achieved it in 2006 with the state’s best CBSE Results and the “National Topper” with 98.6% continues to maintain its stature with the consistency in performance over the years.
The school follows a CBSE curriculum with Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Pattern (CCE) which consists of weekly, monthly and finally half-yearly and an annual examination. It is a step taken by CBSE to regularize and make the students study throughout the year with details. It is effectively followed and implemented at DAV.
With the strength of 3200 students, about 180 staff members and well-maintained infrastructure facilities like an equipped library, labs, fields, and elaborate classrooms, the school holds classes from Nursery to Higher Secondary (XI & XII). The school has recorded a 100 % board result since the last decade with around 60 percent of the pupils securing above the mark “90”.
All the faculty members are strictly selected based on the B. Ed qualification and experience. The school offers training programs for teachers regularly to improve the levels and methods of classroom teaching.
Moreover, the classes are divided into “6” sections with a strength not exceeding “35” and the allotment is based on the performance of the candidate. This has been effective in improving discipline, individual attention towards each student and managing the methodology depending upon the grasping level of the children.
Consistent as it is, this is the number one choice if you wish to enroll your kid and offer him/her every ounce of education there is to offer.
Hostel Facility: Only for Boys (Inside School Campus)
Location: DAV Public School, Near Damana Square- Sailashree Vihar Road, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar-21
Phone: 91-674-2740551, 2740651
Loyola Convent School
Correspondingly popular to the DAV Chandrasekharpur, the decade-old Loyola Convent is the best choice for parents who wish to affiliate their ward to the ICSE curriculum. Established by the Jesuit society at the request of the Odisha Government, this catholic school is administered by the registered body- Loyola Educational Society.
Being a catholic school, the policies and disciplinary rules are quite strictly followed with emphasis on moral and value education as a part of the curriculum. The school strives towards making students competent at each level of their education.
Based on an elaborate course pattern like ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), the school follows the CCE pattern to make it “Student Friendly”.
With a strength of about 3000 students and 80 faculty members including members of the church to guide the students both as a good professional and a human being, Loyola Convent has excelled with 100% results each year and with state toppers every other year including the current one.
The specialty of Loyola is that while they instill the spirit of competitiveness among the students, they serve as a second home by grooming them into responsible and law-abiding citizens.
Hostel Facility: NA
Location: S.E. Railway Colony, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar – 751023
DAV Public School, Unit-8
Established in 1971, before the Chandrasekhar DAV School, DAV Unit – 8 continues to be a wonderful education institution with classes Nursery till graduation.
The school not only excels in the curriculum common board results but also performs well in fields of music, dance, and art. With at least 15 teachers for each faculty, the school has a teaching staff with qualifications higher than Master Degrees and the eligibility criteria as B. Ed.
The school has recorded a 100% result for more than a decade now with special honors like Innovation and Research Awards bagged by students for exceptional creative performance. DAV Unit -8 is known for its outstanding performance, well-equipped infrastructure, and elaborate classroom teaching methodology.
The institute follows the CBSE curriculum and a CCE test pattern. It is well facilitated with libraries, fully equipped labs, canteen, and hostels.
Hostel Facility: Hostel for boys and girls (provision for Canteen) (In campus Girls Hostel)
Location: DAV Public School, Unit-8, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar
St. Joseph’s High School
Established in 1951, St Joseph School was built when Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the administrative head of the state. Being the capital’s first ICSE School, it continues to be one of the most popular and reputed schools of the city with its students listed under the top 10 performers of the state almost every year.
This Christian School not only works towards the intellectual development of the students but also instills morals and values in the children with their additional moral and value education sessions. St. Joseph’s High School continues to have an organized faculty which dates back to a decade and more with teachers having 15 years or more experience. Moreover, the new recruitments are carried out based on teaching experience and qualification. The faculty members also include people from the church who train the children to become good and law-abiding citizens along with being successful.
Moreover, the school also organizes various co-curricular activities like State ICSE Scholarships, Creative Writing Competitions besides the art and dance classes.
Unlike the other schools which follow a CCE pattern, the Convent School follows the simple and hassle-free ICSE pattern which includes two terminal examinations and two unit tests. It holds classes from Nursery to Std XII, following the ISC curriculum for +2 students
Location: Madhusudan Marg, Kharavela Nagar, Bhubaneswar
Mother’s Public School
Mother’s Public School though was not well known among the aspiring parents of the city a decade back, is now one of the best CBSE schools of the capital city. The school has had a sudden surge of popularity owing to the placement of well-qualified faculty members and consistent performance over the decade.
The school has also extended its realms and ventured into management graduation schooling within the campus which is proving to be quite successful. Mother’s Public School is especially popular among the higher secondary students due to their extensive coaching classes and preparation methodology adapted for success in competitive examinations.
The school follows a CBSE curriculum with the CCE examination pattern. Moreover, the school has also extensive facilities for both commerce and science faculties. One of the specialties of the school is its attention to primary education which is done carefully to strengthen the children’s fundamentals.
Hostel: Available for both boys and girls (Higher Secondary & above)
Location: Unit- I, Bapuji Nagar, Near SBI Main Branch, Bhubaneswar
Venketeshwar English Medium Schools
Established in 1985, this small single block school has a tremendous contribution towards the list of best ICSE board performers. This ICSE School has a capacity of 2000 students with approximately 60 teachers aiding the classes from Nursery to X.
The school has a decent infrastructure and nothing extravagant about it. However, the teaching and non-teaching staffs of the school have maintained a level of constancy in the performance of the students with their efforts and attention to each student.
The school follows an ICSE pattern of the curriculum with a CCE test pattern. Over the years, the school has recorded a 100% result each year along with state toppers and co-curricular achievers right from primary to higher secondary level.
Location: VEMS, Unit IV, Bhubaneswar
SAI International School
Strengthening the roots of innovative education with international standards, SAI International School has emerged as a favorite among the parents owing to its fabulous performance within the short period and a high-end infrastructure that is updated regularly.
The School follows a CBSE Course Curriculum and integrates the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge University Examination and teaching methodologies. Not only this, the School has taken several efforts to engage in International School activities via study tours to the UK and inviting students from abroad for curriculum-based learning experience through global school partnership.
As a part of the special program for secondary and primary classes, the school offers yoga, meditation, social awareness and hygiene sessions besides the subject-oriented smart class sessions. For those who have creative talent, SAI International School offers space for their writings, drawings, and achievements in their yearly magazines.
Moreover, within an extremely short period, SAI is counted as one of the best Schools in India owing to commendable infrastructure facilities and high quality of education imparted by trained and qualified faculties. The School with its high-end facilities is home to many Non- Resident Indian Students returning to the country.
For Girls (Near Infocity, Opposite Infosys)
For Boys (inside School Premises)
Location: Plot No-5A, Chandaka Industrial Estate, Infocity Road, Bhubaneswar
Phone: +91 674 274 2216
Prabhujee English Medium School
Based on the principle age-old “Gurukul Education” custom from ancient India, Prabhujee EM School creates a serene environment for education and healthy competition. Established in the year 1984, the school is a unit of the Kriya Yoga Ashram and strongly believes in the principles and results of meditation and disciplined life.
The School is known for its extraordinary performance at all levels by both primary and secondary school students. Also, the school is facilitated well with a Canteen, Hostel (Similar to Ashram) and a disciplined environment.
While the institute is based on the yester year’s principles, it implements modern teaching methodology like Educom smart classes and the medium of instruction is English. It follows a regular CBSE course with CCE test pattern. For the strength of about 3000 students, the School engages more than 50 teaching staff within a minimal fee structure compared to other schools in the city.
Hostel: Available for both boys and girls (Inside School Campus)
Location: Prabhujee EM School, VSS Nagar, Bhubaneswar
Phone: 0674-2589659/ 2589141
Though we have made every effort to make this read useful, we still expect our readers can make a lot of improvement to this piece by giving their expert opinions and advice with experience to help those parents aspiring for a dream career for their kids.
Schools in Bhubaneswar: FAQs
Which is a good CBSE boarding school in Bhubaneswar?
KIIT international school, SAI international school and DAV (Chandrasekharpur) are some of the good CBSE boarding schools in Bhubaneswar. KIIT is better in science +2 compared to SAI which is better in commerce +2 compared to KIIT.
However, both schools charge huge fees per annum. KIIT charges around 4.2Lakhs per annum in CBSE class 11 including hostel fees and they also provide coaching for nearly 4 different competitive exams such the IITs.
SAI charges almost equivalent to KIIT. If you are brilliant enough, better crack the DAV Chandrasekharpur admission test. It's affordable also but too difficult to crack the admission test; even the KIIT admission test is really a tough one .
Which is the best school to join for 10+2 in Bhubaneswar?
If you are preparing for any entrance exam, don't join any school with big names. It would be better if you join a dummy school and focus more on preparing for the entrance exams.
CBSE board exams are very easy and one can perform very well in them if he’s well-prepared for entrance exams.
The big name schools such as Mother’s Public and DAVs will eat a lot of your time. And they hardly have any good teachers. The teachers who even teach a little well make the subject matter really boring. Plus, these schools are very strict about attendance.
This essentially means you would waste around a day just doing nothing and, at the end of the day, you would be very tired.
They only care about CBSE exams and don't even care about your future(i.e. whether you qualify any entrance or not is not their concern).
We suggest you not waste your time joining these schools and rather join a dummy school like MBS or St. Xaviers.
What is the monthly fees of SAI International School in Bhubaneswar?
As per their 2014 fee structure, the following would apply:
Fee of SAI International School Bhubaneswar:
- for nursery admission fee 6100
- for I, II & III fee 6500
- for IV & V fee 6700
- for VI, VII & VIII fee 7000
- for IX & X fee 7700
- for XI & XII (Arts) fee 7700
- for XI & XII (Science) fee 9200
However, the fee structure may have changed. Please, get in touch with them or fill out their Admission Enquiry form for the updated monthly fees.
Which is the best affordable day school in Bhubaneswar?
Here are some of the best affordable day schools in Bhubaneswar. (Price list- Low-to-High)
- Loyola School, Chandrashekap
- Mother’s Public School
- DAV Group
- SAI International School
- KIIT International School
Mother’s Public School is a good one, strict, disciplined. However, Prabhuhee English has less cost than that. But you should also check the quality of their education.
Likewise, St. Josephs is another nice ICSE School which offers both quality of education at affordable costs.
Both DAV and BJEM have a high cost.
Venkateswar English also offers affordable day school in Bhubaneswar. However, you should check the quality of their teachers at the moment.