7 Best Boarding Schools in India (2019) With Fees, Location & All Details

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Therapeutic Boarding Schools don’t generally post their tuition online because they want to discourage you from falling into the temptation of price shopping. The reality is that the cheapest program is not necessarily going to do the most good for your struggling teen. Paying for a good therapeutic program is certainly a sacrifice, but you need to ask yourself, “If my son or daughter were to die tomorrow, what will I wish I had done?” Unfortunately, over the years we have heard several heartbreaking stories where parents did not act in time to help their teen.

The cost of a therapeutic or residential boarding school is usually dependent on the level of care needed. Residential boarding schools tend to cost less than therapeutic boarding schools because they do not offer therapeutic services from trained professionals, while therapeutic boarding schools tend to cost more (though not always) due to their employment of master’s degree level therapists, higher levels of safety precautions, and more staff equipped and trained to handle emergency situations.

If your teen is struggling with depression, ADD, anger, minor drug use, or is struggling at school, a residential boarding school may be a good fit for your teen. A structured and positive environment built to prevent teens from heading down the wrong path is usually enough to get them back on track.

However, some teens need full supervision or lock-down facilities. If your teen is a runaway risk, has threatened or hinted at suicide, is at risk of harming themselves, has participated in major drug or alcohol abuse to the point of near damage to body or mind, or has been diagnosed with ODD, RAD, OCD, PTSD, an anxiety disorder, anorexia or bulimia, bipolar disorder, or any major behavioral disorder, a therapeutic boarding school may be absolutely necessary for your teen.

The Lawrence School, Sanawar

Founded by Sir Henry Lawrence in the year 1847, The Lawrence School in Sanawar is undoubtedly one of the top boarding schools in India that follows the CBSE pattern. It is a co educational school and has one of the best teaching faculties among the list. The school is located on Sanawar Hills, which are at a one hour distance from Chandigarh, and a six hour drive from New Delhi.

Another Uttrakhand entry on the list of India boarding schools, Woodstock is a non-profit organisation which holds Christian minority status in India. This is a co-educational institution which was established back in 1854 in the small hill station of Landour near Mussoorie. It was initially managed as a girl’s only school but became a coeducational institution in 1928.

Annual Expenditure: One of the most expensive ones on the list of boarding schools in India, you will have to spend anywhere between 14,50,000 and 16,70,000 Rupees annually for your child’s education here. This fee is non inclusive of the one-time establishment fee of 4,00,000 and a refundable security deposit of 2,00,000 Rupees.

Are state boarding schools sponsored by independent schools?

Only a very few schools do have close links with some of the UK’s top independent schools. Wellington Academy is sponsored by the independent school Wellington College, and Holyport College is sponsored by Eton College, with students being able to use some of Eton’s facilities.

Most importantly, state boarding schools cannot and do not charge for education, as this cost is covered by the state. Class sizes may be larger than an independent school and more in line with state day schools, which can have anything from 22-29 students. They may have slightly shorter holidays than independent schools; many schools that offer Saturday morning lessons will have shorter terms than state day schools.

Are state boarding schools regulated and inspected?

The boarding facilities, pastoral care and the quality of teaching is inspected by Ofsted regularly, and there is an Ofsted boarding inspection every three years. These reports are can be viewed online.

In most state boarding schools, the majority of children are day students – but many of them enjoy an extended day alongside the boarders. Some schools, such Gordon’s School charge a compulsory ‘day boarding’ fee of several thousand pounds to all day students, which covers after-school activities. Others, such as Wymondham College, will offer free day places for students who attend only for normal school hours attendance, and charge a day ‘boarding fee’ for students who want to stay for breakfast, dinner, extra-curricular activities, and study support.

Day students can enjoy the benefits of boarding life while still sleeping in their own bed every night and without paying boarding fees. They get access to the specialist teaching, sport and arts facilities found at an independent school, a broad extra-curricular programme, and the opportunity to stay at school for an extended day to complete prep/homework.