Monday, September 01, 2008

Admissions for Nursery in Noida is now on

Pihu is now 3+ so we join the game of trying our luck and use our skill in getting her admitted in a good school. We just had the counseling at her pre-school and we were told that we must apply in at least 7-10 schools.

While me and my better half are into this, I thought I would try to capture my experience and any information which I gather so that it might be useful for other people in the boat and may be for future aspirants.

I would try to update this blog post every now and then, so that there is a single post on this subject. If you visit this and have things to add then I encourage you to comment and I would add that info in main post.

Lets go school wise.

1. DPS, Noida
Website -

Click on 'Admissions' and then proceed.

You can apply only online so no alternate methods. Available From 1st Sep - 7 Sep. After that shortlisted candidate would be called for assessment from 10th - 16th Sep.

It seems that they dont accept applications from Indirapuram residents because there is a DPS in Indirapuram as well. Children residing with-in 8 KM radius would be accepted and age should be between 3 and 4 as on 30th Sep'2008.

2. Amity International School

link -

Fill the form online, pay Rs 300 through credit-card and you would get an invitation for 'first interaction'. We have been asked to be there on Sep 8th.

3. Lotus Valley School

Forms are out. Link is -

Unlike Amity and DPS, you can't fill the form online. So take a print and submit it in school. I didn't see any end dates on the website.

4. Greater Valley School.

Its in greater noida but me and my wife were very very impressed by their Principal, Sangita Chima, who was there in the counselling session at Pihu's pre-school. So we would probably try this school. If we shift to Gr Noida, this admission would come handy.

link -

Its run by the same organization which runs the famous 'Vasant Valley School'. I also think that a women principal is a better principal then a man principal :).

5. Somerville School, Noida
Forms were out on Sep 4 and there was this 10 KM line. We skipped that yesterday, today it was like a breeze. They only accept candidates from Noida and form is free. Once I fill the form, I would update on what happens next.

I would add more as I learn more. If you have any queries, then dont hesitate to ask, I would try to find an appropriate answer.


Nandan Jha said...

Even though I initially planned to keep one post but its getting difficult to update so I am now going to have a different post for each of the school, where we are applying. I also think that it might be more easy for other parents to find information, so if you have come to this post then please look around on this blog for specific posts on a particular school.

aarti said...

i have been looking for a blog on noida school admission where i could find some information, but with my experience of interactions at all the schools i have experienced that these schools are not going for working mothers.. i am so much pissed off with this..
i have been to DPS, Amity, Bal Bharti, cambridge and somerville (which did not even call us for interaction) All sing the same song " No no to working mothers "
Aise main hu apne bacho ko kaha padhaye yaar!! can these school give an answer to this..

Nandan Jha said...

Aarti - You are so right. I thinking working mother is fine but they expect the child to be in company of grand-parents and not day-care.

Anyway, hopefully things will get better over time and Schools would get more transparent. thanks for you comment.

Parents said...

Dear Nandan,

We have been running since last year , ever since we had to run from pillar to post for admission for our son.

Your blog is really a good source of information for parents who are looking for information and help on admission for nursery in Noida.

I have been reading it over the past few weeks and wish you all the best for Pihu's admission.

I also welcome you to come and join and share your experience with other parents looking for this information.

Great Blog..Great Person..

Thanks and Regards,
Parents for Parents Community

P.S. - I will keep on following your blog and would love to know which school will be lucky enough to have Pihu on its roll.. Keep on sharing your experiences.

Nandan Jha said...

Thanks Rajan.

You wont believe but my wife is a regular at and its a great platform which you guys have built. Very very helpful. Great job and I really wish the best-est of luck to you and your family.

I think I would have a post on your site here so that if someone comes at this blog, they also find your site.

Again thanks for reading here. I would update on where Pihu makes it :)

ParentOfAChild.Com said...

"I think I would have a post on your site here so that if someone comes at this blog, they also find your site."

Thanks Nandan for the good words about Look forward to your post on the community.

"Again thanks for reading here. I would update on where Pihu makes it :)"

I was searching for update on Pihu's admissions. Where did she make it?

Thanks and Regards,
Parents for Parents Community

Nandan Jha said...

Thanks Rajan. Pihu made it to Apeejay. :)

Spyder said...

Nice post indeed!

I have also been closely working on this topic (Nursery Admissions in Delhi and I am running a blog for the same under name Spyder!

Good job! Keep it up!

Nandan Jha said...

Thanks Spyder. I took a peek at your blog, nice one. Would read more later for sure.

Best Wishes

Amit said...

I must say nice blog !!!
Well is there any procedures in the schools regarding those children who have transfer case. I mean i have just shifted from Lucknow and I m looking for admission for my daughter in nursery standard I went to Cambridge (Noida), Vishwa Bharati and many more but they said no try next year. I m really depressed by their attitude....
Please do suggest :)

Nandan Jha said...

Thanks Amit.

Some of the old school act pricey on first interaction but I know for certain that they take students as late as April. So persist, make more visits.

You can probably try with some of the newer schools like Step By Step, Lotus Valley, Mayoor, Khaitan etc. I would think that they would probably have better infrastructure.

All the best.

Tina said...

Hi Nandan,

Its nice! Thanks for first timers like me who are not very well aware about noida schools and their admission process. I want to ask a question to you. What would you rate Somerville on the scale of 1-10? If you know about the school, please tel what the good and not so good points about it.. Thanks

Nandan Jha said...

Tina - I would rate Somerville among top ten schools of Noida. On a scale of 1-10, it should be 7ish.

I do not have lot of exposure on Somerville's details but one of my friend's wards are studying there and he seemed very satisfied. He was happy to find that its a no frills school.

Personally I found that Somerville has lot of ground to cover in terms of Infrastructure.

tina said...

Thanks Nandan. Coincidently my daughter's nick-name is also pihu. Your daughter is going to Apeejay. Are you satisfied with the school and the way they groom very small children? Can you please again share the good and not so good points about apeejay according to your personal experience?

Nandan Jha said...

What co-incidence :-)

APJ is not too great in terms of Infrastructure and Back-office systems. I have visited the school few times (Parent Teacher meeting, depositing school fee etc) and their back-office staff (account etc) is definitely not geared up for the new world. I was pretty surprised to see Windows 98 being used on the PCs :-) (while its ok to have Win 98 as long it works for you but that too was not working as well). The rides/swings/etc are broken, ill maintained lawns and so on.

I know i have been writing bad things only but probably I am not fully exposed to good things. There is not a great attempt from the teacher to guide/share/give info , for example her diary is still to see any ink, and its been few months.

So I am pretty so-so about APJ.

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