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I can understand your position. I was in the same last year. everytime a friend called the talk was about schools. Ultimately they stopped calling me for some time..... but lot of people gave lot of opinions. i already had a place to stay but again had an option of going to SBOA also, there was dilemma again with hair racking sessions at home . Since I had a kid who had taken a different language than what was offered. (Normally 9th-10th most of the schools accomodate french.). So this is how i started doing.
First since my daughter was going to 7th. i could not take a chance on the new upcoming schools and if they were accomodative they did not have 7th this academic year. My son was going to 4th he did not have any problem.
So had to zero on schools which have french.if u are thinking on cbse, the options are very low. even matriculation i think it is offered only in 9,10 i suppose. lot of schools told me they can make my daughter learn sanskrit with extra tutions. but we did not want to do anything that would make her lose her comfort zone. we talked to our children about how the enviromental, facilities, other things, (used to travel in ac buses and all) will change once back in chennai. There was a time when my daughter was so adjusting that she was willing to learn sanskrit seeing the struggle we were in. (We just did not want to put her through it after that.)
We started picking up application from january 2007. applied to few of the schools. then talked to lot of people.
we were back in march 2007 end. went in for entrance exams. when we went in for entrance, talked to other parents, found the +ve adn -ve.
One very reputed school said u need not write any entrance madam, there are lot of recommendations from minister level and all, so u come tomorrow afternoon, we will think about a solution in other words i was offered a seat for more than 50k donation.
Another reputed school had a column for capitation fee. starting at 20k...upwards.
Then they got selected into 3 schools. we sat in a relaxed manner. talked to both the kids. asked their opinion. ultimately they are the one who have to feel comfortable staying in school.
Now they have really adjusted and are coping well. Syllabus wise they have no problem.
but the march to june time they used the time to get adjusted by travelling by auto/bus and even walk. go to a coaching center for chess/swimming and all.
we did not want the kids to get any nri treatment.
I feel relax, there are options. you talk to your kids. dont go on to the negatives. yes definitely the cleanliness part is a negative. but most schools are better.
Just in the threads on schools itself u have got a selection of few schools. ask your friend/family in india to give a call to the school. find out if they have french. then pick up the applications. Come down. Get your child admitted.
So all the best.