THE DOON SCHOOL, DEHRADUN
The Doon School is a residential boys' secondary school in the town of Dehra Dun in Uttar Pradesh. The Doon School of Dehradun was established in 1935 by eminent barrister Satish Ranjan Das to provide Indian youth with an all-round education modeled on the English public school system. The town lies in the Valley of the Doon, between the Siwalik Hills and the foothills of the Himalayas. The British Board of Education selected A.E. Foot, a master at Eton College as The Doon School’s first Headmaster. Campus - The campus covers 28 hectares of woods and greenery located at the beginning of the cantonment. Doon School is also notable for spreading a particular style of education to other schools: a self-consciously egalitarian, secular approach based upon a commitment to public service and a belief in Western-style scientific rationalism. The academic year consists of a spring term and an autumn term with five and a half day weeks. The overall student-teacher ratio is 10:1, and the average strength of a class is around 20 students. Each student is assigned to a tutor who is attached to his Boarding House and to whom he may turn at any time for counselling and guidance. The students were expected to achieve distinction through what they did rather than who they were or who their parents were. A goal of the school is to provide young Indians with a rounded education, and to instill in them a respect for the ideals of secularism, discipline and equality.
Students live in one of five residences, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kashmir, Oberoi and Tata. In the first year most students either live in Foot or Martyn House before moving to the main residences. They sleep in dormitories of between four and twenty students. As they advance in school, they move into rooms of two, three or four students.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school provides a wealth of opportunities for extracurricular pursuits. There is an excellent library. The students take active participation in astronomy, debating in english and hindi, mathematics and a variety of student publications. Creative minded boys contribute to the ‘Doon School Weekly’, ‘Echo’, ‘Arpan’, and the ‘Circle’. French and German are added optional subjects taught 3 times a week. For the aesthetically inclined, training in Indian classical music, pottery, painting, batik work, sculpture, silk screen printing and theater are some of the facilities the Dosco enjoys. Halfway through the Term, the boys take a one-week Midterm - a rugged trip and/or adventure often through the Siwalik Hills or Himalayas - which senior boys take unaccompanied and which they plan entirely on their own. This includes camping out in tents, cooking their own food and trekking for hours every day. Doon has been credited with pioneering mountaineering in India Carpentry, motor mechanics, electronics and computer skills are a few of the other activities that Doon provides its students. Community service also forms an integral part of the curriculum. Students choose from a variety of activities including road maintenance, tree planting, and helping the handicapped. Doon is also a member of the Round Square schools, a consortium of schools which emphasizes community service.
Sports include archery, basketball, volleyball, swimming, boxing, athletics, gymnastics, badminton, taekwondo, diving, soccer, squash, tennis and track and field. Cricket, hockey and football are played in their respective seasons and are compulsory in the early morning. All games are supervised by masters. P.T. or yoga under qualified instructors.
Admission is divided into two steps. Firstly, an entrance test is conducted in November in major metropolitan cities in India or Consulates or Embassies overseas. Next, shortlisted students are called for an interview in December, at the school or in selected cities of India. Admissions are in April, on the basis of an entrance test conducted in November which includes English, Hindi, Maths and General Knowledge. Boys are admitted in Class VII and VIII. The recommended age for Class VII is eleven and for Class VIII is twelve plus.
The Doon School,
The Mall, Dehradun - 248001, India
Tel: +91-135-759194, 759195,
759196, 759197, 759198
Fax:+91-135-275-7275 (Headmaster's Office)
+91-135-275-9198 (Finance & Accounts Dept.)
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