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Oakridge International School (Gachibowli)

Oakridge International School (Gachibowli)
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Oakridge is, currently and for the foreseeable future, a school for the well-heeled.

International Schools have long held an allure for the upwardly mobile Hyderabadi. International prices have long provided a compelling deterrent. Oakridge International has made some strides towards addressing the latter, but hasn't yet gone very far in drawing in the local lads and lasses. Part of the problem may stem from the efficiency of its marketing (or "communications", as the school prefers to call it) machine. Expectations are set high, perhaps higher than reasonable.

The fees have seen market-driven downward-revisions over the last couple of years (as we write this in late 2005), but the school has yet to throw off its current image: a halfway house for returning adolescent NRIs. Asked about his choice, one parent said, "Oakridge seemed like a good balance between academics, cultural activities, and sports/physical education, (and) the kids would not suffer such a shock coming from American public schools."

Probably realizing that not all kids in the twin cities are returning from American Schools, Oakridge seems to be reworking the message. Set in a large, well-laid-out campus in the Cyberabad area, and supported by a remarkably complete website (quick and no cheating: how many schools can you name that list the daily menu on their website, right down to fruit "triffle" and "jalebi"?) and cooperative staff, it's taken several right initial steps.

Inquiring parents are treated well, which is a welcome change in Indian schooling. Procedures for admission are documented comprehensively on the school's website, though transcripts for the previous three years are a little more demanding than the average Hyderabadi is used to.

Oakridge is affiliated to the CBSE, and students take the Board exam at the end of their 10th class. This is an "IB" school, which means your kids can prepare for the International Baccalaureate program, but you'll have to judge the relevance of that for yourself. Budding engineers and doctors can pick the science stream (with the standard Maths-Physics-Chemistry or Biology-Physics-Chemistry combinations) though this is no entrance-exam-boot-camp. Commerce and humanities are an alternative option.

Si, polyglots, hablo espanol. And oui, je parlais Francais. Hindi, of course, is compulsory, courtesy the CBSE.

Tuition fees run to about Rs. 40,000 per year for the Nursery, and range from about Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 80,000 for the Grade School. Busing, textbooks, lunch etc. are charged for separately.

Student grading is not the average garden variety. Kids are given space to grow, and parents are encouraged to discuss evaluations. The real world is a little less accommodating, of course, and the cosseting the kids receive invites Holden Caulfield comparisons. These are probably unjustified. Bringing up a kid is at least as much about parenting as it is about schooling.

Like we said, currently and for the foreseeable future, a school for the well-heeled. If you think your kids deserve or require air-conditioned classrooms and air-conditioned busing, this is one of the places you should look at.
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Rajneesh on 12th Dec 2017, 6:34pm | Permalink
Meru International School is among the top 10 international schools in Hyderabad in close proximity to Madhapur, Gachibowli, Miyapur, Chandanagar & Kukatpally. The academic philosophy of the school is to ensure the holistic development of every child. The institution is one of the best amongst the most reputed Cambridge schools in Hyderabad, with an admission philosophy that reflects diversity and inclusivity by combining old school values with new methodologies to help children achieve greatness they are destined for.

For more information visit:
Abdul Aleem on 13th Dec 2015, 2:24pm | Permalink
Dear Madam, please can you provide your school Prospectus 2015-16.

my elder son is in in 7Th and younger is in 4th class, so looking for next academic admissions.
V Anil on 16th Apr 2015, 8:54pm | Permalink
would like to know the fee structure for Jr KG & 1st standard
somashekar on 1st Jul 2014, 3:13pm | Permalink
hello, mam
is there any vacancy fr art teacher, if any
iam somashekar
Mohammed Irfan Ahmad on 14th May 2014, 12:26am | Permalink
Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to know the procedure including fee structure for new admission for grade 2 and 4 students. I am planning to make my both son's admission in your good and organized school as I know, for the next academic year (2015). kindly provide me the contact person name, number and email address for further enquires.
my email id:

Kind regards,
M. Srinivas Rao on 17th Mar 2014, 1:20pm | Permalink
Respected sir/madam, i m.srinivas rao would like to join as a maths teacher. so please kindly inform to me. email adress :
Rose Lee on 22nd Jan 2014, 4:25pm | Permalink
I am very happy of the school in the they are performing.My son got more practical knowledge as Oakridge makes kids to be part in activities which are conducted by them.Any one looking to join in international school I will suggest them Oakridge.
Annu Mittal on 19th Sep 2013, 12:28pm | Permalink
I am working as a Trainer in NIIT ltd since 5 + yrs .Looking for an opening in your school .Please mail me on
Amrita on 28th Aug 2013, 11:55am | Permalink
i am M.A B.Ed and looking for a job in ur school as primary teacher .. my email id is
Nithin Kothwal on 23rd Aug 2013, 9:17am | Permalink
HI, I'm working in Cognizant Technology Solutions, DLF-Hyd, looking for a position in OAKRIDGE. I'm an MBA, can mail me at

I would like to have your response as soon as possible. Thank you.
Nithin Kothwal on 19th Oct 2013, 8:30am | Permalink
I do not found any response from you yet, Please review, Thanks.
Sumera. on 2nd Aug 2013, 11:07am | Permalink
Oakridge International School is one of the good School.I am really happy with the practical approach towards academics.My child loves going to school.Their is good balance maintained between academics and Sports.
Kids are encouraged to participate in various events conducted by the School.
The facilities offered are world class with good hygiene maintained.

Any parent looking for kids admission can visit them and know the details.
Anonymous on 5th Jan 2014, 12:12am | Permalink
I guess you must be some Oakridge employee who has been asked to write good things. In reality it actually sucks because it's all artificial. High fees but no infrastructure. Classes have projectors which don't function most of the times and speakers is another story. Children of grade 5 don't know To - Be verbs in English. So you can now realise the quality of education offered there and not to mention the ultra poor quality of teachers coz the salary that they pay is not good enough to higher competent teachers and the best teachers leave the school within a year or two making the attrition rate one of the highest. Every year around 80- 100 teachers resign and sometimes children have experienced 14-15 Foreign language teachers in the same year. And you can't negate me because I am an ex employee of this fake school
meetmitras on 27th Nov 2014, 10:49am | Permalink
God that was serious bitching about the school. My kids go to Oakridge and one of them is at Stanford. I owe it up to the school and the teachers. Yes agreed that the teachers do leave but I had shifted my kids from other school where the situation was the same. Teachers like you quitting shouldnt be blamed on the school, I strongly feel. It's your responsibility not to leave the school and be loyal to it. You being a teacher, spreading such negative thoughts is very bad. I still have my younger one in DP1 and the help I have been getting is quite good. Not saying its perfect, but its not FAKE.... Please, being a teacher yourself (which you claim) think before you comment.
P.KAVISAMRAT on 13th Feb 2013, 4:51pm | Permalink
RAJANIKANTH on 3rd Dec 2012, 11:07am | Permalink
i want to join my brother's son , i want admission details & phone numbers of Gachibowli branch
syeda hajira on 27th Nov 2012, 6:13pm | Permalink
myself SYEDA HAJIRA (MA BSC B.ED) i have an experience of abt 4yrs as a cashier cum receptionist. I wd like 2 b a part of ur school as an employee rather as a teacher or in my experience reletated post. my email id is
mrinalini on 7th Nov 2012, 11:54am | Permalink
mam i am mrinalini from alwal lothukunta i am looking for a job for pp1 and nursery.
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