5. Kids, Schools & Education

If you’re a family, one of the things that you need to plan early on before you return to India is kids’ education. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  1. Schools in India are different than schools in the USA. They are a bit more aggressive in syllabus and education (mostly, except certain special syllabuses like world and gurukul schools).
  2. Regional language is a must in most syllabuses, so it might be a good idea to give your kids a heads up and start preparing early on in your capacity.
  3. Admissions in Indian schools are usually based on merit and there may be entrance tests that your kid has to pass in order to get admitted.
  4. Indian schools start in the month of June usually, and admissions start up to six months ahead.
  5. There are many syllabuses available to choose from like CBSE, ICSE, International Curriculum, etc. Each has its own merits and demerits.
  6. Choose a syllabus based on whether your kid plans to return to the US for higher studies.
  7. Many schools do remote admission tests via Zoom and Skype, so check if it’s possible to get admissions while you’re in the US.
  8. Some schools give preferential treatment to returning NRI kids and handhold them with language skills etc in earlier classes. Check with the schools if this is an opportunity.

Let me know if you have anything add here. Thanks!