Kerala is India’s most literate state and its capital Trivandrum takes the lead largely due to the presence of highly educated workforce. The literacy rate in Trivandrum is 93.72%. To top it all, Trivandrum city an educational hub of Kerala is endowed with a galaxy of schools. Education is a big investment in Trivandrum and there are many schools operating in Trivandrum from pre-school to high school.
Schools in Thiruvananthapuram district consisting of public and private schools are affiliated to any of the stated organizations -State education board, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate Examination Board (ICSE), International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
The District of Thiruvananthapuram ranks first in Kerala in high school education. Most of the ICSE/ISC schools in Kerala are found in Trivandrum, The public schools are run directly by the state government. They follow the syllabus prescribed by the state government. In addition to this there are four Kendriya Vidyalayas run directly by the central government which follow the CBSE syllabus. Depending on their situation some parents prefer to send their children to private schools that are affiliated to either CBSE or ICSE boards. Private schools are run by Christian groups or Hindu organizations and there is a proliferation of private schools in Trivandrum district.
A few reputed schools in and around the city are highlighted here.
Holy Angels’s Convent
Holy Angels’ Convent, established in 1880 is a name synonymous with excellence in education is located in the heart of city. Founded by the Congregation of the Carmelite Religious in 1868 ,this Religious Order efficiently runs and administers the affairs of the institution. Thousands of students had flocked to this fountainhead of learning, over the decades, enriching themselves, the society they moved in and ultimately the world at large. The school as changed with the times introducing computer technology and modern methods of instruction. Apart from the study facilities students are provided adequate transportation facilities. The boarding environment is homely, spacious and congenial. Admission is highly competitive and plans must be made far in advance.
Holy Angels’ ISC School is sister school of Holy Angel’s convent housed in a two acre campus in Nanthencode, in the heart of the city. Focusing on the overall development of the individual, the school guarantees physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual growth to its students. The school now offers the ISC and ICSE syllabi from Kindergarten to Standard twelve. The school adheres to the syllabus prescribed and textbooks recommended by the ICSE and ISC Boards. The school imparts instruction in Malayalam and English. The students can avail of the boarding facility which is housed within the school campus and managed by the sisters of the Holy Angels’ Convent. It is open to girl students from classes one to twelve. Students can also avail of the school bus facility, if required.
Trivandrum International School (TRINS)
TRINS is Kerala’s first international school. TRINS was the first school in Kerala to offer the IGCSE & A Level qualification of Cambridge International Examinations. It also offers ICSE & ISC. TRINS continues to be the first and only IB School in Kerala. IB Diploma Programme is considered, by many, as the gold goal standard for school education. TRINS ia co-educational school with a lively blend of boarders, weekday boarders and day scholars. The School is set with perfect aesthetic sense in a 17 acre campus on the outskirts of Trivandrum, surrounded by plantations , that provides the perfect ambiance for the teaching/ learning experience . It has student exchange program with various countries including Germany and France. TRINS is a bit from the city but they provide bus service for day students. Besides associated campuses are available in the city in
– An Early Learning Centre : Technopark,Trivandrum
– City Kindergarten : Jawahar Nagar,Kowdiar,Trivandrum.
Loyola School, Trivandrum
Loyola School, is one of the prestigious schools in Trivandrum city giving importance to both academic and non-academic activities. It is a private Jesuit school for boys situated in a large, leafy campus in the suburb of Sreekariyam in Trivandrum. The courses offered are ICSE, SSLC (both secondary level) and ISC (higher secondary or +2 level) and +2 (State syllabus). Loyola School was started in 1961 by the Jesuits, members of the Society of Jesus, (founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540.)Loyala school is considered one of the best of its kind in India. Ensconced on an extensive campus on the outskirts of the capital city the school provides best infrastructure, study facilities and committed faculty .
The school offers the ideal atmosphere for the holistic development of about 1750 students of UKG to higher level. Loyola school competing with fourteen schools from different parts of the country won the first National Aerospace Olympiad.It is a consistent winner of many laurels.
St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School
It is an English medium government aided K-12 boys school affiliated to the Kerala State Board of Education. It is one of the oldest schools in the city, having been founded by the Carmelite Missionaries in 1857. The school was later placed under the patronage of the Latin Catholic Archdiocese of Trivandrum in 1998.
The school has a reputed National Cadet Corps (India)unit.T he school has a Choir and Chapel where students of all religions participate. The school encourages sports, especially Basketball and offers financial assistance to participants with strong support from Parent-Teacher Association.
Govt. Model School, Thycaud
Located in Thycaud, the school is affiliated to the Kerala State Board of Education and is one of the oldest government schools in Kerala. The magnificent main building of the school, an example of European architecture, was built in 1910 during the reign of Maharaja Sree Moolam Thirunal Ramavarma. Many luminaries have passed out of this schools including movie actors, singers, politicians, civil servants etc.
ChristNagar English Medium School
Christ Nagar Higher Secondary school was started in 1976 as a private English Medium School in Kaudiar – a posh locality of Trivandrum. It was started in the year 1994 as an English medium, Co-ed K-12 day school. In 1996, the school was upgraded to offer higher secondary class It is administered by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).
Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School. In 1996 the associated school was upgraded as Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School and was shifted to the beautiful hillock of Thiruvallam facing the Arabian sea near Kovalam and Vizhinjam. The school has maintained high scholastic and co-scholastic records all through the last 14 years.
Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School
Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School for girls located in Vazhuthacaud is a reputed school in the city. It enjoys the distinction of being the top school in Kerala with excellent board results and well-known achievements in the field of athletic and other extra curricular activities. It is run by the Carmelite sisters of St. Teresa and was started in the year 1963 as a lower primary and is now successfully marching towards with the pride of bringing out the best students every year. The school has beautiful infrastructure for class room learning , well equipped lab and various modern facilities. .
Nirmala Bhavan High school
In 2002 it was upgraded to Higher Secondary School. The school is a minority institution recognized as such by the Government of Kerala. It is an un-aided English medium School and prepares students for the ten year Secondary School Leaving Certificate (S.S.L.C) examination of the Kerala State Educational Board and two years Higher Secondary examination course of Higher Secondary Education Directorate. It aims at giving an all-round education to the students in a modern environment. The school has multi-media enabled interactive classrooms and good infrastructure.
Situated in Vazhuthacaud, the school owned by the Govt of Kerala, has a unique position among public sector schools globally. This is one of the largest school, which has the highest number of girl students in Asia. Cotton Hill has the largest Girls school enrollment with more than 5,000 girls coming from all walks of life aiming at 100 percent success in every aspect. The school is an embodiment of women empowerment with 160 teaching staff and 12 non teaching staff among which only a few males in this Smart School.
Known as Cotton Hill School, it was established in 1859 by the Maharaja Sri Uthram Thirunal as a free school for girls and then functioned in current Sanskrit college. Thereafter, it moved to other locations in the city until it found a permanent place in Cotton hill road ,Vazhuthacaud. Cotton Hill School with its green environment covers a total area of 9 acres of land surrounded by trees and shrubs.
St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Pattom
St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Kerala. With a total number of more than 12,000 students, the school stands first in Kerala in terms of student strength. The thatched and tiled buildings of the early days of the school have now been replaced by modern buildings with well-equipped laboratories, IT labs, and libraries.
The school has a mini auditorium with around 1,000 seating capacity.
As many as 11 school buses operate from the school to different parts of the city every day.It is managed by the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. It was founded in 1940 by Archbishop Mar Ivanios, who has been called the “Newman of India.” Started in the year 1987, and within the short span has grown into the stature of a senior secondary school. The School is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. The School has been making creditable achievements in both curricular and co-curricular activities.
St Thomas School, Mukkolla, Trivandrum
St. Thomas Central School was established by The Mar Thoma Church Educational Society in November 1990. It is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This School and its two sister institutions, St. Thomas Residential School and St. Thomas Higher Secondary School are situated in St. Thomas Nagar, a sprawling educational campus in sylvan surroundings on the outskirts of Trivandrum city. The distance of the school from the city center is 13 km. The school has a team of well-qualified, dedicated and experienced teachers. There are separate hostels for junior boys, senior boys and girls, each supervised by efficient wardens who ensure its smooth functioning and discipline.
The beautiful chapel centrally placed in the picturesque St. Thomas grounds has become the pivotal point for all the spiritual activities in the Campus. Evening service is conducted in the chapel on a daily basis and also Holy Communion service according to Mar Thoma rites on Sunday. The Chaplain is in charge of the counseling center which gives guidance to the students to cope with problems related to their growth process, family environment and inter- personal relationships.
Sainik school is situated in Kazhakootam 18 km away from Trivandrum on the National Highway 47. The concept of the Sainik School originated in the visionary mind of late V K Krishna Menon, who was India’s Defence Minister in the early sixties. The scheme to establish Sainik Schools originated in order to serve as an ideal residential educational institution for the deserving intelligent sections of the boys, hailing especially from the rural areas of India. Moreover, the high levels of physical, mental and intellectual attainments needed for induction into the Officer Cadre of the Defence Services could not be nurtured in the common schools, mainly because of the lack of infrastructure and suitable facilities.