Best Schools in Chennai

Chennai has long been a respected centre of education in the country. While some of the best schools in Chennai have been around for decades, there are a notable few that are relatively recent as well, owing to a growing demand for modern curricula and teaching styles. So if you are planning to relocate or are residing in Chennai and on the lookout for an ideal school for your child, find ZenParent’s compilation of the best schools in Chennai.

1. The School-KFI, Adyar

Profile: The School- KFI is known for sensitive and creative education in Chennai’s competitive academic world. The school has an ambience that has been crafted to facilitate meaningful interactions between adults and students.

The school works with the vision that a graduating student would have developed a sense of integrity, dignity and confidence to face life’s challenges and a sensitivity to relate rightly to the earth and to all life.

Location: Besant Avenue, Adyar

Established: 1973

Board: ICSE


Fee: 50,000

Number of students: 350

2. Sishya School, Adayar, Chennai

Profile: Shishya School has a fast emerging reputation of being one of the top schools in Chennai, which draws students from all parts of the country. The school has a myriad offerings ranging from dance, music, painting, and others.

Sports are an integral part of the curriculum as well. The school aims to provide a high standard of coaching and competition for the best sportsmen while enabling other students to play something they enjoy. Sishya students have been selected at the state, national and international levels in swimming, squash, rowing, tennis, badminton and equestrian sports.

Location: Padmanabhan Nagar, Adyar

Established: 1972

Board: ICSE


Fee: 15,000

Number of students: 1200

3. Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan

Profile: The school provides a perfect ambience to the students to think good and act good. ‘Catch them doing good’ is the spirit of the faculty; the students are openly and loudly praised for their achievements and privately counselled on their lapses. The school provides holistic and progressive education in tune with the latest developments in education.

Location: Nungambakkam

Established: 1958

Board: CBSE


Fee: 50,000

Number of students: 8000

4. Abacus Montessori School

Profile: The Abacus school is an intensely child-focused system of education. A contemporary Montessori school, it uses the Montessori Method to encourage children to learn through practical experience and self-discovery within a carefully prepared child-oriented environment.

Location: Thirumalai Nagar Annexe, Perungudi

Established: 2010

Board: ICSE


Fee: N/A

Number of students: 400

5. Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School

Profile: The school campus hosts a well-stocked library classrooms equipped with interactive smart boards, audio-visual facility and LCD projector, and fully equipped math, science and English language lab. The school also offers a special learning centre to help children with learning difficulties while also offering a range of extracurricular activities such as scouts, yoga, dance, music and karate.

Location: Royapettah High Road, Mylapore

Established: 1956

Board: CBSE


Student-teacher ratio 1:21

Number of students: 2100

6. Chettinad Vidyashram

Profile: It finds its place among the biggest schools in Chennai, with about 800 faculty members and around 10,000 students.

The school aims to strengthen the emotional, psychological and spiritual growth of its wards by weaning them away from the ills that are clouding our society and threatening to weaken the nation. It also strives to help children learn and build self-confidence and imbibe in them the value of service before self.

Location: Rajah Annamalaipuram

Established: 1986

Board: CBSE


Fee: 10,000

Number of students: 10,000

7. St Patrick’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School

Profile: This Centenarian Institution was mainly built so that British settlers in Madras to provide good education to their sons. The school was also attended by a few Indian boys, who wanted Western education. In addition to imparting scientific education to kids, the school excels in literary, moral and religious education for fostering values like honesty, truthfulness, commitment.

Location: Gandhi Nagar, Adayar

Established:  1875

Board: IGCSE


Fee: 50,000/year

8. Sri Vidhya Academy International School

Profile: The gurukul style of learning is the USP of Sri Vidhya Academy International School. However, the school also includes modern tools to support education in the 21st century. The co-educational school offers good academic and extracurricular activities.

The school offers excellent hostel accommodation to students amidst a friendly and green environment.

Location: Pattabiram Road, Sokkanallur

Established: N/A



Fee: 75,000-3,00,000

Student-teacher ratio: 1:20

9. St. John’s International Residential School

Profile: St John’s International Residential School is one of the best residential schools in India. The school started out as a school for boys but has since flourished into a full-fledged co-ed residential school.

The school has Wifi, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and facilities like playgrounds, well-stocked libraries, audio-visual rooms, and separate hostels for boys and girls.

Location: Palanjur Village, Nazarathpet

Established: 1993

Board: CBSE


Fee: 2,00,000

Number of students: 600

10. Chinmaya Vidyalaya

Profile: The school’s curriculum is designed in accordance with the Chinmaya Vision Programme and focuses on holistic education with emphasis on developing an integrated personality, cultural ethos, patriotic fervour and a universal outlook. Besides the academic courses which are externally assessed, the following activities are assessed as a part of the curriculum: electrical gadgets, physical and health education, drawing, painting, music, dance, elocution and dramatics.

Location: Kilpauk

Established: 1968

Board: CBSE


Fee: Call school for Fee information

Number of students: 2137

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