8) St Mary’s School (ICSE)
Nesbit Road, Mazagaon | Website: www.stmarysicse.com
History: St Mary’s was established by the Jesuits as a Catholic orphanage in 1864, and very soon was opened to students from all castes and creeds.
Unique features: The school is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. It has one of the largest campuses in south Mumbai, with two sports grounds, an auditorium that meets international standards and two gymnasiums. An inter-school cultural programme, Immaculata, is organised by students. Azim Premji, Zubin Mehta and Boman Irani are among its famed alumni.
“School education must draw out what is best in each student, so as to develop him or her to his/her fullest potential. The school atmosphere must be so happy that children want to come to school.”— Father Kenneth Misquitta, principal
Highest ratings for: Academic rigour, value for money, teachers, selection process
Board: Class 10 — ICSE
Annual fee: Rs. 43,000
Student strength: 1,450 boys
Student-teacher ratio: 25:1