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The School Motto: "Self-Realization cannot be achieved by the weak-willed."

The sprawling 25 acre campus in the heart of the capital, houses one of the premier and foremost public schools of the country, Modern School Barakhamba Road.

Steeped in tradition, the school shares its history with the Nationalist Movement of the country. Therefore, as it has in the past, it continues to produce and nurture builders of a Modern India. The Founding Fathers set up the school as an experiment in education with the belief that growth is inherent in all dynamic ideas. A product of visionary heads, the school is secular in nature and believes in imparting education free from all reservations and prejudices. It follows the close interconnection of the physical, moral and intellectual, as its axiom of a sound system of education.

The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, the foremost examining body of the country. It offers a curriculum from grade 6-12, inclusive of two state/national level exams at the 10th grade and the 12th grade. The strength of the student community is 2500 supported by a committed and qualified teaching faculty and the teacher-student ratio is 1:35. It is part residential, thus extending opportunities to outstation students as well.

The school boasts of state of the art infrastructure with science, math and language laboratories. The three buildings house independent labs and computer resource centres. It also has two libraries, an audio-visual room and a CD library for the students. The teaching is supported by updated technology and teachers use OHP, LCD projectors, smart boards, internet access, computers and digital library having more than 1000 CDs, and teaching software inside the classroom.

The school views the spirit of sportsmanship as a mark of leadership and is renowned for its sports facilities and achievements. An Olympic-sized Swimming Pool, an Equestrian arena, 6 Tennis Courts, 6 Basketball Courts, a Gymnasium with Table Tennis facility, Squash Courts, Athletic Track and large open fields with independent playing facilities for Hockey, Football and Cricket. The school takes pride in producing sportspersons of both national and international level in various sports disciplines.

As a part of the vision, an inter-cultural and multi-cultural ethos exists and the students learn through exchange programmes, international participations and get many opportunities to reflect their talent and creativity. The school offers opportunities to students to showcase their talent through exhibitions, annual celebrations and house functions. Dance, Music (vocal as well as instrumental), Art, Batik, Tie and Dye, Sculpture, Ceramics, Woodwork, Photography, Paper Technology and Sustainable Development are some of the engaging activities offered to the students, during their school years.

Modern School has always been conscious of a sense of community well being and spares no opportunity to inculcate in its students a sensitivity towards the less privileged. Through the activities of the Interact Club the students are sensitized towards various issues regarding Child Abuse, Care of the Elderly, Drugs and HIV-AIDS awareness.

The Spic Macay makes the school culture centric without losing respect for the western classical and fusion music across the continents. International Concerns such as Global Warming, Environmental Issues, Wild Life Conservation etc. are discussed in forums both national and international, through club activities. Personality development programmes are conducted regularly across the board to inculcate leadership among children. Trips and Treks form another dimension through which the intangible learnings are imbibed.

Astrong counseling department with highly experienced and qualified counselors provides guidance and emotional support to the student community. This is further extended through a very successful programme run by Peer Trainers who assist the teachers in dealing with peer issues. The department also offers Career Guidance and Admission Counseling.

Internationalism is another path breaking initiative taken up by the school at all levels and in all its dimensions. Through Exchanges, Twinning Cluster Programmes, International Summits (CDLS- Community Development and Leadership Summit) and Online projects, the school is striving towards building a generation of focused young adults, ready to co-exist and work towards a better tomorrow.

The Management and the Principal of the school believe in leadership and provide the faculty with an enabling and empowering atmosphere so that they can create independently acting and thinking global individuals who have big dreams for their community, country and the world.

Dr Vijay Datta Principal Modern SchoolDr Vijay Datta Principal Modern SchoolhereThe House System

The House system plays a vital role in the conduct of cultural and co-curricular activities in the school. Every student is allotted a particular house as soon as he/she is admitted to the school. The school has 15 houses and each house is further divided into the senior house, the middle house and the junior house under the charge of separate house masters. The success of the house system arises from the students' involvement in the daily activities of the school. Inter-house activities and competitions provide students with ample opportunities to develop their capabilities in various fields.

The Houses are:
1. Akbar 2. Ashoka 3. Azad 4. Gandhi 5. Lajpat
6. Laxmibai 7. Nehru 8. Patel 9. Pratap 10. Ranjit
11.Shastri 12. Shivaji 13. Subhash 14. Tagore 15. Tilak

Dr Vijay Datta Principal Modern SchoolDr Vijay Datta Principal Modern SchoolhereSchool Curriculum

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has implemented the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for all students till class X. The scheme envisages that every learner is to be evaluated for what he/she does throughout the year, according to his or her own abilities and intelligence, rather than in a one-shot three hour external examination at the end of the academic session.

CCE primarily aims at bringing a paradigm shift from examination centered learning to holistic education. It not only intends to make assessment an integral part of the teaching- learning process, but also improves class-room deliberations resulting in meaningful and productive learning.

It is our belief that evaluation should act as a positive input for improving the teaching learning process and not as a deterrent. The report card of evaluation should reflect not only the scholastic aspects of the learner, but also life skills acquisition, personality attributes, behaviour, interests, attitudes, values and proficiency in indoor as well as outdoor co-curricular activities. It should facilitate in unraveling talent and reflect the true picture of the growth and profile of a young learner.

For Class VI to VIII (Prescribed by the Directorate of Education, Delhi)

  • • English
  • • Hindi
  • • Sanskrit/French
  • • Mathematics
  • • General Science
  • • Computer Science& Applications
  • • Social Studies

For Class IX and X (Prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education)

  • • English
  • • Hindi/Sanskrit/French/Spanish/Any other language
  • • Mathematics
  • • Science with Practicals – Physics; Chemistry; Biology
  • • Social Studies – History; Geography; Economics;Civics
  • • Socially Useful Productive Work (any one)
    1. Ceramic Designing and Pottery
    2. Electronics and Robotics
    3. Fashion and Jewellery Designing
    4. Fine Arts and Painting
    5. Home Science and Interiors
    6. Dramatics
    7. Photography
    8. Graphics (Print Making)
    9. Paper Technology and Calligraphy
    10. Sculpture and Wood Craft
    11. School Band
    12. Vocal Music
    13. Classical Dance
    14. Western Music
    15. Instrumental Music: Sitar, Flute etc.
    16. Instrumental Music: Tabla
  • • Physical and Health Education
  • • Computer Science & Applications

For Class XI and XII

As per the CBSE scheme of studies, each student is required to opt for one compulsory language at the core level along with four electives. The school offers these subjects under three streams; Science. Humanities and Commerce. The details are as follows

Compulsory Subjects for all

  • • English
  • • General Science
  • • Work Experience
  • • Physical and Health Education


  • • Economics/Geography/Home Science/Physics/Business Studies
  • • Mathematics/ Physical Edu./Political Science/Multimedia &Web Tech/Fashion Tech
  • • Psychology/ Mathematics/Physical Edu.
  • • History/Mathematics/Economics/Painting


  • • Physics
  • • Chemistry
  • • Biology/Computer Sc./Bio-Tech./Economics/ Multimedia &Web Tech/Fashion Tech
  • • Mathematics/Psychology/ PhysicalEdu.


  • • Business Studies
  • • Economics
  • • Accountancy
  • • Mathematics/ Multimedia & Web Tech/Fashion Tech/ Physical Edu.

Scheme of Examination and Promotion

For Classes VI to X (Examination Specifications)

  • • The academic sessions shall be divided into 2 terms.
  • • Each term will have 2 Formative Assessments (FA) and 1 Summative Assessment(SA).
  • • The total weightage assigned to Four Formative Assessment is 40%
  • • The total weightage assigned to Two Summative Assessment (SA1 & SA2) is 60%
  • • The weightage given to these Assessments in the Annual Report is as follows:
FA1 10% FA2 10% SA1 20%
FA3 10% FA4 10% SA2 40%
Total- 100%

Marks Range 00-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-10
Grade E2 E1 D C1 C2 B2 B1 A2 A1
Grade Point - - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

For Class XI and XII (Examination Specifications)

Each academic session begins in the month of April. Two rounds of Unit Tests are conducted through the year. The first round is completed before the Mid-Year Terminal (Half-Yearly) Examinations, which is in September, and the second round between October and February. The Annual Examinations are conducted at the end of the session in March. The weight age, in the Annual Report, of the tests and examinations conducted during the year, is as follows:

Unit Test 1 – 10% Unit Test 2 – 10%
Half Yearly Examination – 30% Annual Examination – 50%

The final report card shows grades.

The annual grading system is on a 9 point scale as follows -

A1 Top 1/8th of the passed Candidates
A2 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
B1 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
B2 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
C1 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
C2 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
D1 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
D2 Next 1/8th of the passed Candidates
E Failed Candidates

External Examination System:

For class XII, the CBSE conducts a Nationwide examination in the month of March, called the All India Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (AISSCE). The final grades are shown in the same 9 point grading as given above as well as in percentages. The result is declared in May/June.

Promotion policy

The qualifying marks in each subject is 33% for all classes.

  • For XI and XII: A candidate getting less than the stipulated 33% in one of the five subjects shall be placed in compartment. If there are two or more subjects with less than 33% marks, the candidate will be denied promotion.
  • For VIII to X: A candidate getting less than the stipulated 33% in one or two subjects shall be placed in compartment. If there are three or more subjects with less than 33% marks, the candidate will be denied promotion.
  • For VI and VII: There is no detention.
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