Review of CM International School, Balewadi Pune
By Madhurie Singh, November 08, 2016
This school review is a long pending review. I reviewed this school in Jan this year. CM International School, Balewadi is a CBSE school.
All those who are in Balewadi, Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Pradhikaran, Pimpri areas, this school may be a great option for your child.
The reason I loved the school was because of their simplicity. The director Mr Sajid Alvi is one of the most genuine directors you will meet. The same simplicity was seen in the principal and all the teachers.
Now let me explain what do I mean by the simplicity and genuity.
Normally if a school is aware that I am coming to review their school, the entire place looks done up. New chart papers and posters. Crisp sarees and extra smart outfits. But the worse put off is when teachers are coached. Common, it’s a no brainer. So when I talk to these coached teachers in those schools, they have only good things to tell. No complain at all. Not even any suggestion! How is that possible? So when I am talking to a teacher and ask her “Is there anything that can improve this school?” and her reply is ” It’s perfect. Everything is good here!” My ears shut down involuntarily.
But in CM International, no pretence at all! I hope they maintain the same.
All the teachers genuinely shared their experience and suggestions as to what and how their school can improve. I love such teachers. And when teachers are talking fearlessly, it shows that they are not coached. Also it shows how much they love their school that they would want it to improve.
So when you go to meet the teachers which is happily allowed, do not expect any fashion show or marketing. WYSWYG. (What You See What You Get). Though they can always attend teacher training programs.
The second thing which caught my attention was their curriculum and evaluation process. They have used Global Curriculum which in my opinion is one of the best curriculums, though to some parents it did seem burdensome. So children who will bloom slower may find it slightly difficult initially.
The infrastructure is good and spacious. Bathrooms are also great though the height of the sinks can be lowered. I hope it’s done. The classrooms needed more color.
Since the school is a few years old not much can be said about the results.
They are open admissions from class Playgroup to Grade 5.
Play group – 8:30am to 11:30am
Pre-Primary – 8:30am to 01:00pm
Primary – 8:30am to 03:00pm
Morning Snack Time : 9:45am
Lunch Break (For Primary) : 12:30pm
The admission fee is Rs 10000/-
Fee for Playgroup- SrKg is Rs 38000/-
Fee for Grade 1 to 5 is Rs 42000/-
I think with the value they are teaching in this simple school, the admission in this school is a steal.
Playground is one of the biggest in the Balewadi areas.
The school premise is shared by DIMR (Dnyasagar Institute of Management & Research) and a state board school. They also conduct teacher training program at the same premise. That may be a concern to many parents.
The most important issue for any parent should be the safety in the school. They installed CCTV in classrooms and corridors on the suggestion. First Aid and Fire Prevention equipment were all in place.
The school has its own transport with gps tracking now.
There is a canteen too for preschools.
Madhurie Singh’s verdict for CM International School Balewadi: A very reasonable fee for a wonderful school. No fluff to be expected. Parents take admission for your kids without any doubt.
Special thanks to the Brand Ambassadors who reviewed the school.
Watch the Interview with ex-Principal Mrs of CM International School.
New principal Mrs.Rupali Dhamdhere has joined now.