Because of the wide range of types of schools in Mumbai, the specifics of daily school life varies from school to school. Most expats choose International schools for their children, so below is an overview of school life at the American School of Bombay (ASB), which is the most sought after international school in the city.
The ASB has a dress code that requires students to be neatly dressed in clothing appropriate for a school environment. The purpose of the dress code is to support a positive learning environment which is comfortable for students, conducive to learning, and respectful of the host culture, while maintaining autonomy.
A sports uniform is available for the elementary school to wear on the days that they have scheduled PE lessons.
Books and Bags
Students are able to choose and carry bags to school that are suitable for their day. Most bring a backpack for ease.
Lunch / Snacks / Breaks
The school has a cafeteria which offers healthy snacks as well as Western and Indian hot lunches. Parents can order lunches for small children to Grade 3 online and older Elementary school children can order directly from the cafeteria. Students are also welcomed to bring their own snack and lunch to school.
The school encourages outdoor play and sporting activities at break times. There is a shaded playground area for small children, small bicycles and ride-ons as well as space for casual social soccer games.
A bus service covers almost the entire suburbs of Mumbai. The admissions office can help with the most current routes. Many parents deliver and collect their children from the school.
ASB employs a highly qualified, professionally trained team of classroom teachers, instructional assistants, support and clerical staff, two librarians, and two nurses. For the academic year 2010-2011, there are 201 full-time employees. There are 84 overseas hired teachers employed by ASB for the 2010-2011 school year.
A pediatrician serves as medical advisor to ASB supported by two nurses. Parents are informed immediately via email of any visit from the student to the school nurse or pediatrician.