Best schools in Kolkata

The City of Joy Kolkata has been ranked one of the best cities in India for school education [1]. This is because of some of the India’s oldest and best schools are in the city and serving the state for several years. Making a list of the a few best schools among thousands of schools in Kolkata is not easy at all but still we have to and here are some of the best schools in the city you must consider before you make any decision about your child’s future.

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  1. How the list is made
  2. St. Xavier's Collegiate School
  3. Loreto House School for Girls
  4. St. James' School
  5. Calcutta Boys School
  6. La Martiniere for Boys
  7. La Martiniere Girls School
  8. Don Bosco School, Park Circus
  9. South Point High School

How the list is made [Toc]

Before you reach to the original article here is an overview of how the list is being made and why only these schools are selected in the list.
A few years ago a school was said to be a good school when the students used to score well in exams, but now a days scoring good marks in exams is not good enough. Today a school can only be a good school when it’s students not just score good in exams but also does well in extra curricular activities, sports, cultural events and so on. Therefore it is necessary for a school to have modern days infrastructure and facilities along with great faculties. While making this list facilities like both indoor and outdoor playground, cultural events, performance of its students in last few years and many more are counted.

  1. St. Xavier's Collegiate School [Toc]

    Established in 1860 by the Jesuits St. Xavier’s Collegiate School is one of the India’s oldest and most prestigious schools. The school is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE for class 10th and ISC for class 12th) and West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (Madhyamik examination for class 10th). Students have the option to choose any one of these boards. This boys only school offers classes from class 1 to class 12. The school has a huge playground inside the school campus. Hostel facility is also available for the students.

    Some important annual events that the school organizes are Sansriti – a Bengali club formed and maintained by the students with teachers in the administration, CLC fest, X-Uberance schools fest, Computer exhibition, Rabindra Jayanti, Republic day, Teacher’s and Children’s day and school foundation day (on respective dates) celebration and Annual school sports [2].

    Contact information
    Address Principal Secondary Section
    30 Mother Teresa Sarani
    Kolkata 700 016
    Vice- Prinicipal Primary Section
    12A Wood Street
    Kolkata 700 016
    Phone +91-33-2255-1171 +91-33-2290-6951
    E-mail principal@sxcs.edu.in
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Rector Fr. G. Ponodath, S.J.
    Principal Fr. B. Thomas, S.J.
    Vice Principal (11-12) Fr. Peter Arockiam, S.J.
    Vice Principal (6-10) Fr. Boris D’ Santos, S.J.
    Vice Principal (Prep-5) Ms. S. Gomes
  2. Loreto House School for Girls [Toc]

    Loreto House school was established in 1842 by the Sisters of Loreto. It is one of the India’s oldest all-girls catholic schools. The school is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations that conducts the ICSE and the ISC exams for class 10 and 12. Day school facility available for students from class KG-2 to class 12.

    This school offers great best sporting and laboratory facilities for it’s students. Playgrounds and equipments are available for basketball, throw ball, badminton, cricket, baseball, table tennis, chess, kho-kho and many field and track events. The school also organizes event like elocution, drama, music and dance, flower decoration, art and craft, debates, quiz competitions etc.

    Loreto House school has five laboratories and one library. Five laboratories are for physics, chemistry, biology, home-science and computer science [3].

    Contact information
    Address 7, Sir William James Sarani,
    Kolkata 700071
    Phone no. +9133-2229-3564, +9133-2229-7054
    Email principal@loretohouse.net.in
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Principal Sr. Molly Francis
  3. St. James' School [Toc]

    One of oldest Indian private schools St. James’ School was established in 1864 by Bishop Cotton. This boys only school is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE, ISC). At beginning of the school, the school faced several problem that includes financial crisis too and the school was closed twice in year 1904 and 1918. At the present time St. James’ School is one of India’s best schools for both education and sports.

    St. James’ School has one of the biggest fields in school compound in Kolkata. The school has a covered basket ball court. Other than basketball there are Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Rugby, Rowing teams where any student can join if he qualifies. Every year on annual sports day many track and field events are organized. St. James’ School has been included in to The Telegraph Hall of Fame after winning The School of the Year award for 6 times [4].

    There are 3 separate laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology and one computer room with 40 computers in the school [5].

    Contact information
    Address 165/166, A. J. C. Bose Rd
    Kolkata – 700014
    Phone +91-33-2244-1545
    School jacobean@cal3.vsnl.net.in
    sjs@stjamesschoolkolkata.com
    Principal irelandterence@stjamesschoolkolkata.com
    Vice-Principal mundulsoumen@stjamesschoolkolkata.com
    Senior Coordinator holtneville@stjamesschoolkolkata.com
    Admission admission@stjamesschoolkolkata.com
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Principal Terence Hamilton Ireland
  4. Calcutta Boys School [Toc]

    Calcutta Boys’ School was started in 1877 by the Rev. James Mills Thoburn. The school is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. In last several years students from this school has shown outstanding performance in class 10th and 12th board exams. In 2012 a student from this school has scored 99% in the ISC 12th board exam and ranked first in West Bengal.

    Calcutta boys school was one of first schools in India to organize an inter school fest. Students from this school has earned many prestigious awards in different quiz competitions and debates. Concord organized by this school is Kolkata’s one of best school fest. Other than that plays like Rhapsody, The Christmas Cantata, Lingua Fiesta and COSMA are held every year. Students from this school have appeared in many district, state, national and international level football, cricket, karate and many more [6].

    Contact information
    Address 72, S.N. Banerjee Road
    Kolkata – 700014
    Phone +9133-2265-1531
    +9133-2265-0385
    Fax +9133-2265-6283
    Email calcutta_boys_school@yahoo.co.in
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Chairman Bishop Phillip S Masih
    Vice Chairman, Pastor, Thoburn Methodist Church Rev. Kamalaksha Sardar
    Principal & Secretary Mr. Raja McGee
  5. La Martiniere for Boys [Toc]

    La Martiniere for Boys is one of the two schools those were established by Major General Claude Martin in 1836. La Martiniere for Boys has always been ranked as one of the India’s best schools. In 1880’s Englishman newspaper declared the as Primus in Indis (best school in India, amongst British founded/ affiliated institutions). In 2009 the school ranked 3rd in the respected Education World survey of India’s best day schools [7].

    This English medium is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and offers Hindi and Bengali as second language. Students have the option to join debates, quiz and sports like football, cricket, swimming, hockey, athletics, basketball and table tennis. La Martiniere for Boys rugby team was very famous in 1970’s.

    The school has several clubs like the computer club, the interact club, the nature club, Hindi Jyotsna club, Bengali Aranya Club, the readers club, safety patrol, library squad, the music club, the heritage club and school beautification squad [8].

    Contact information
    Address 11, Loudon Street
    Kolkata- 700 017
    Phone +9133-2290-2418
    Fax +9133-2290-9529
    Email lamartiniereboys@gmail.com
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Principal Mr. Sunirmal Chakravarthi
    Vice principal Mr. S. Francis
    Head Middle Section Mr. L.J.Gunnion
    Mrs. A.T. Roberts
  6. La Martiniere Girls School [Toc]

    La Martiniere Girls School is the second of the two schools those were established by Major General Claude Martin in 1836. This school too has always been ranked as one of the India’s best and most prestigious schools. Though I can’t find any references but the school website claims that the school has been rated the best girls school in India in a national survey [9]. La Martiniere Girls School in another English medium school which is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.

    Just like La Martiniere for Boys La Martiniere Girls School also has several clubs Abhigyan club, Bible club, computer club, Drishti club, dynamic club, easel club, expressions club, interact club, kaleidoscope club, nature club, quiz club and science club. The school give every student the chance to join any of these sports and activity teams debate, basketball, football, golf, rowing, swimming, table tennis and tennis team. There are very well equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and home science. [10]

    Contact information
    Address 14, Rawdon Street
    Kolkata – 700 017
    Phone principal +9133-2290-3841
    Fax +9133-2281-5060
    Email lmgkolkata@gmail.com
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Principal Mrs. Lorraine Mirza
    Vice principal Mrs. R. Sarkar
  7. Don Bosco School, Park Circus [Toc]

    Don Bosco School is not as old as other schools mentioned above but is reputed enough to mention. Established in 1958 by the Salesians of Don Bosco the school is ranked among top boys schools in India for it’s academic, sports and cultural excellence. The school has been voted as the best school by The Telegraph news paper for 5 times. In 2010-11 average score of its students in board exams for class 10 and 12 was 85.24% and 88.12% which is one of the highest in the country. Don Bosco School is affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

    The school has a good record of delivering great sportsmen. Students from this school have played for state teams. The basketball team is ranked #6 in all India under 19 tournaments. Not just basketball there are teams for cricket, football, table tennis, badminton, debates, quiz, drama and dance. The school has well equipped science laboratories, two computer laboratories and air conditioned library. [11]

    Contact information
    Address 23, Darga Road
    Kolkata – 700017
    Phone +9133-6450-2444
    +9133-2287-9202
    +9133-2287-0414
    +9133-2290-0703
    Email dbkolkata@gmail.com
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Rector & Principal Fr. Siby Joseph Vadakel sdb
    Vice principal Rev. Fr. V.T.Jose
    Assistant principal Rev. Fr. T. Pulickal
    Administrator Rev. Fr. K.A. Raphael
  8. South Point High School [Toc]

    Founded by Shri Satikanta Guha in 1954 South Point High School and South Point (Junior) school is one of the largest schools in the world. It held record for the same in the Guinness Book of World Records from 1984 to 1992. The school is serving over 13,500 students (total of junior and high school). Large number of students doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide quality education. Affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination, West Bengal Board of Higher Secondary Education and Central Board of Secondary Education the school is one of Bengal’s best schools in terms of academic achievements.

    It must be admitted that because of large number of students, sports facilities are not as good as other schools in the list but still the school provides options for basketball, cricket, rock climbing and table tennis. Additionally the school organizes Yoga classes, inter-school chess, singing, play and quiz competitions [12].

    Contact information
    Address 82/7a Ballyg Place, Ballygunge
    Kolkata 700019
    Phone +9133-2440-5115
    +9133-2440-5042
    +9133-2440-4043
    Email principle rsbhattacharjee@southpoint.org.in
    Email general spes@southpoint.org.in
    Website Official site
    Administrative bodies
    Principal Smt. Rupa Sanyal Bhattacharjee
    Vice principal Smt. Dipali Sengupta
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