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B.D. Somani was founded in 2006, starting with a two year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. In 2008, an IGCSE Program and Primary School were started. Today, B.D. Somani is a vibrant centre of international progressive education with almost 1000 students from Reception to Grade 12.

We cater mainly to students who live in South Mumbai, but also have students who attend from as far away as Worli and Wadala.

1:6 in both the Early Years and Primary; there are two teachers in every classroom, many specialist teachers, two learning support teachers and two counsellors. In Secondary also, the ratio is about 1:6 with a broad range of subjects taught including the three sciences, all levels of mathematics and English plus Art, Music, Drama and PE.

The curriculum is a blend of international frameworks. International progressive is the best way to describe the Early Years and Primary Years. Middle School (Grades 6 – 8) uses specific Cambridge frameworks but is largely developed within the school. Grades 9 – 10 follow the Cambridge (IGSCE) framework, curriculum, and examinations but uses specific IBDP frameworks to smoothly transition students to their Grade 11 – 12 years in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

A one-time, non-refundable Application Fee of ₹4,000 must be submitted to the school with the printed application form. The application process then begins but is not a guarantee of acceptance.

A one-time, non-refundable Admission Fee of ₹65,000 is payable when a student is granted acceptance to the school.

A one-time refundable Caution Fee of ₹25,000 is payable at the time of acceptance. This fee is refunded after adjustment for any sums owed when the student leaves or is withdrawn from the school.

For students who enroll in Reception in the 2020-21 academic year, the per semester fee is ₹2,90,000.

Primary School academic fees for 2020-2021 are as follows:
Junior Kindergarten: ₹275,000 per semester
Kindergarten: ₹260,000 per semester
Grade 1: ₹345,000 per semester
Grade 2: ₹340,000 per semester
Grade 3: ₹300,000 per semester
Grade 4: ₹280,000 per semester
Grade 5: ₹210,000 per semester

In February of Grade 5, parents are informed of the fees for Grades 6 – 10. During Grade 9, parents are informed of fees for Grades 11 and 12.

Secondary School academic fees for 2020-2021 are as follows:
Grade 6: ₹260,000 per semester
Grade 7: ₹255,000 per semester
Grade 8: ₹260,000 per semester
Grade 9: ₹255,000 per semester
Grade 10: ₹230,000 per semester
Grade 11: ₹550,000 per semester
Grade 12: ₹525,000 per semester

Apart from the above fees, parents are required to meet annual expenses towards:
  1. Stationery fee for notebooks, textbooks and materials
  2. School lunch if chosen – Primary School only
  3. School bus transportation – required for students in Reception to Grade 8 who live outside local pin codes
  4. Some extended day field trips and all overnight trips
  5. MAP testing in Grades 3, 5 and 6, IGCSE and IB examinations
  6. Occasional additional purchases such as a musical instrument

On accepting admission to B. D. Somani International School, the academic fees for Semester 1 are to be paid in advance at the time stipulated in the Admission Offer Letter. Thereafter, academic fees are paid in October for Semester 2 and March for Semester 1 of the following year.

All fees are to be paid in Indian rupees only, by way of a cheque at Mumbai or online using credit or debit cards or net banking.

The school’s academic year is divided into two semesters: August to December is Semester 1; January to June is Semester 2.

Reception & Junior Kindergarten: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Kindergarten – Grade 5: 8:05 am to 3:30 pm
Grades 6 – 7: 8:10 am to­ 3:00 pm
Grades 8 – 12: 9:40 am to 4:40 pm (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday)
                           9:50 pm to 5:00 pm (Wednesday)

The Primary School office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; the Secondary School office is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Both offices are open Monday to Friday except for holidays. During the current Covid situation, our office is open Monday to Wednesday, from 9:30 AM

Children applying to enter Reception must have their third birthday before July 1 of that year. Children applying for older grades are assessed by the school for correct class placement but usually, the same age requirement is followed.

Unfortunately, no. You will need to apply for the next academic year.

In Primary, classrooms are comfortable, clean, air-conditioned, carefully organised and stocked with ample open-ended learning materials. There are specialist rooms for Art, Music and Theatre and IT. The outdoor facilities include a block-building yard, a large field with artificial turf for sports and free play, basketball court and Capoeira room. The Secondary school has specialist rooms for the Arts, IT and Science. There is a large auditorium for special occasions. A spacious, air-conditioned cafeteria is used by Grades 1 to 12. Kindergarten students eat lunch in a more private, quiet space downstairs.

For grades 3 to 5, an Afterschool program is available at additional cost. Each semester, a variety of options are provided which may include basketball, football, table tennis, fitness, cooking, fibre arts, art, math challenges, among others. There are a broad range of afterschool and extra curricular activities offered throughout the school. What is offered varies to match the needs of that particular age group. After school hours are frequently filled with Secondary students participating in sports such as football and cricket,  and coordinated volunteer activities, particularly for grades 9-12.

Kindergarten to Grade 8 students have a school uniform which consists of a yellow shirt paired with blue shorts/skorts or track pants and regulation shoes. There is a PE uniform of track pants and a coloured House t-shirt. There is no uniform for Grades 9 – 12. However, students are asked to dress modestly and in a non-distracting way, to facilitate focus on academic studies.

Students in Grade 1 are assigned to one of the four B.D. Somani Houses. They stay in that House through Grade 12. Houses are used for the organisation of groups in classrooms and teams in PE classes and at Sports Day. House colour shirts are worn to school on PE days in Primary School.

The Houses are:
Blue – Falcon
Green – Hawk
Red – Kite
Orange – Eagle

School Lunch is prepared fresh each day in the school cafeteria. The school lunch is vegetarian and follows a four-week menu, a soft copy of which is sent to parents at the beginning of the year. The meal includes a nutritious Indian or Western main course, a healthy salad and a fruit and, three days a week, a dessert.

Yes, you have the option of sending a nutritious home cooked packed lunch each day. However, lunch must be brought to school by the student; drop off later in the day is not permitted. Packaged or store-bought food is not allowed. The school supplies a list of suggested foods for both morning snack boxes and home lunches.

Students must commit either to school lunch or home lunch for the entire semester. This applies to Primary only

Middle School students (Grades 6-8), students may opt for the school lunch or home lunch, while Upper Secondary students (Grades 9-12) have the additional option of purchasing food from the BD Canteen. 

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