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Top CBSE Schools in Chennai

Chennai (Madras) has a healthy mix of CBSE, CISCE, State Board and International schools. 
The DAV schools in Chennai are well known for their academic rigor. Most of the schools in the city focus on Science and Commerce. Relatively few offer humanities subjects in Class 11 and 12. 

CBSE vs ICSE/ISC vs IGCSE/IB: A quick summary of differences between the academic approach of these boards

The CBSE curriculum is considered to be more compact and manageable than that of ICSE till Class 10.
There are five compulsory subjects in CBSE, at the Class 10 level: English, Second Language, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. 
The ICSE curriculum is more comprehensive till Class 10, with significantly higher standards in English. Shakespeare is introduced in Class 9, in many ICSE schools. There is also quite a bit of focus on practical and project work. Apart from that, there is also a sixth subject for which students may opt from a large variety of courses such as Computer Science, Economics, Art, Commercial Applications, Home Science and so on. Students have to appear for separate examinations in History/Geography and Physics/Chemistry/Biology, unlike CBSE where these are clubbed in single papers for Social Studies and Science. 
In Class 11 and 12 the ICSE-ISC syllabus is quite similar to that of CBSE. The Science syllabus in particular, is completely aligned with NCERT. 
IGCSE and IB are international boards and they have less emphasis on rote learning. IB in particular emphasizes a lot on developing the research abilities of students. 
There is a lot of focus on practical and project work. These boards are better suited for candidates aspiring to study abroad after high school. They might not be suitable for those wishing to appear for competitive examinations in India. In the past, IB students have also faced difficulty in the admission process to universities in India. This is one aspect which parents and students might need to look into. 
A large number of students from top ISC and CBSE schools have successfully managed to enter top universities abroad, after high school. Some students appear for "AP" tests to help make their application stand out. 
The comparison between various boards is often an overblown issue, and the main thing which matters is the school and the approach followed by it towards academics, extra-curricular activities and sports. 


Performance of CBSE Schools in Chennai in Class 12 Exams of 2015

School CodeSchool NameNumber of CandidatesAverage Aggregate
SCHOOL CODE: : 07056 D A V SR SEC SCHOOL MOGAPPAIR CHENNAI TN8592.344
SCHOOL CODE: : 07058 D A V GIRLS SR SEC SCHOOL LLOYDS ROAD CHENNAI TN11992.207
SCHOOL CODE: : 06967 D A V BOYS SR SEC SCHOOL LLOYDS ROAD CHENNAI15492.114
SCHOOL CODE: : 06930 HINDU SR SEC SCHOOL INDIRA NAGAR CHENNAI TN9790.635
SCHOOL CODE: : 07023 DAV SR SECONDARY SCHOOL MOGAPPAIR CHENNAI TN15290.472
SCHOOL CODE: : 06914 VIDYA MANDIR SR SEC SCH MYLAPORE CHENNAI TN14589.818
SCHOOL CODE: : 06940 CHINMAYA VIDYALAYA TAYLORS ROAD CHENNAI TN10889.491
SCHOOL CODE: : 06915 P S SENIOR SEC SCHOOL MYLAPORE CHENNAI TN14189.478
SCHOOL CODE: : 07070 BHARATHI VIDYALAYA PERUMBAKKAM CHENNAI TN2289.318
SCHOOL CODE: : 06978 MAHARISHI VIDYA MANDIR CHETPET CHENNAI TN42389.307
SCHOOL CODE: : 06976 S B O A SCHOOL & JR COLLEGE ANNANAGAR(W) CHENNAI32089.262
SCHOOL CODE: : 07062 CHINMAYA VIDYALAYA ANNA NAGAR WEST CHENNAI TN7788.571
SCHOOL CODE: : 06959 MODERN SR SEC SCHOOL NANGANALLUR CHENNAI TN15688.191
SCHOOL CODE: : 06968 NATIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL GOPALAPURAM CHENNAI TN11988.017
SCHOOL CODE: : 06928 SRI SANKARA SR SEC SCHOOL ADYAR CHENNAI TN12087.693
SCHOOL CODE: : 07052 D A V PUBLIC SCHOOL VELACHERRY CHENNAI TN8186.328
SCHOOL CODE: : 06943 P S B B SR SEC SCHOOL NUNGAMBAKKAM CHENNAI TN11986.146
SCHOOL CODE: : 06962 P S B B SR SEC SCHOOL K K NAGAR CHENNAI TN28685.878
SCHOOL CODE: : 06952 SMT SUNDARAVALLI MEM SCHOOL CHROMEPET CHENNAI12185.354
SCHOOL CODE: : 07044 CHETTINAD VIDYASHRAM R A PURAM CHENNAI TN53685.029
SCHOOL CODE: : 06974 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA GILL NAGAR CHENNAI TN1884.889
SCHOOL CODE: : 07026 DEVI ACADEMY ALAPPAKKAM RD VALSARAVAKKAM CHENNAI6484.753
SCHOOL CODE: : 07014 BALA VIDYA MANDIR SR SEC SCHOOL ADYAR CHENNAI TN10484.448
SCHOOL CODE: : 06972 ST JOHN'S ENG SCHOOL BESANT NAGAR CHENNAI TN9884.216
SCHOOL CODE: : 07048 SIR SIVASWAMI KALALAYA S S SCH MYLAPORE CHENNAI7683.85
SCHOOL CODE: : 06918 GURU SHREE SHANTHIVIJAY JAIN VID VEPERY CHENNAI7983.724
SCHOOL CODE: : 06919 BHAVAN'S RAJAJI VIDYASHRAM KILPAUK CHENNAI TN19883.667
SCHOOL CODE: : 06920 S P D H SINDHI MODEL S S SCHOOL KELLYS CHENNAI8183.437
SCHOOL CODE: : 06929 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA C L R I ADYAR CHENNAI TN4683.022
SCHOOL CODE: : 07102 SREEVATSA VIS VIV VID CHITLAPPAKKAM CHENNAI TN7282.108
SCHOOL CODE: : 07103 VANI VIDYALAYA VIRUGAMBAKKAM CHENNAI TAMILNADU3981.738
SCHOOL CODE: : 06950 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA NO 2 AFS TAMBARAM CHENNAI TN13181.597
SCHOOL CODE: : 06916 HINDU SR SEC SCHOOL TRIPLICANE CHENNAI TN7081.303
SCHOOL CODE: : 06937 ST JOHN'S SENIOR SEC SCHOOL MANDAVELI CHENNAI5481.174
SCHOOL CODE: : 07078 VEL'S VIDYASHRAM PALLAVARAM CHENNAI TN11680.983
SCHOOL CODE: : 07080 AMRITA VIDYALAYAM AMMAN NAGAR NESAPAKKAM CHENNAI6180.407
SCHOOL CODE: : 07015 G K SHETTY VIV VIDYALAYA AMBATTUR CHENNAI TN9180.013
SCHOOL CODE: : 06917 ASAN MEMORIAL SR SEC SCHOOL ANDERSON RD CHENNAI5279.462
SCHOOL CODE: : 06941 SREE NARAYANA MISSION S S SCH W.MAMBALAM CHENNAI7579.243
SCHOOL CODE: : 06958 HINDU COLLNY CHELLAMAL VIDY NANGANALLUR CHENNAI9379.073
SCHOOL CODE: : 06957 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA AFS AVADI CHENNAI TAMILNADU8978.885
SCHOOL CODE: : 07016 SRI J T SURANA JAIN VIDYALAYA PARK TOWN CHENNAI9078.787
SCHOOL CODE: : 06977 KOLAPERUMAL CHETTY VAISHNAV S S SCHOOL CHENNAI6378.492
SCHOOL CODE: : 07071 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA GPRA COMPLEX ANNA NGR CHENNAI7878.364
SCHOOL CODE: : 06936 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA MEENAMBAKKAM CHENNAI TN10578.12
SCHOOL CODE: : 06964 N K S VIVEKANANDA VIDYALAYA KORATTUR CHENNAI6577.911
SCHOOL CODE: : 06939 SHERWOOD HALL SR SEC SCHOOL CHETPET CHENNAI4677.813
SCHOOL CODE: : 07019 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA PAZHAVANTHANGAL CHENNAI TN6277.665
SCHOOL CODE: : 06963 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA ASHOK NAGAR CHENNAI TN12677.465
SCHOOL CODE: : 06942 SHRI B S MOOTHA GIRLS S S SCH W.MAMBALAM CHENNAI9077.058
SCHOOL CODE: : 07025 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA O C F AVADI CHENNAI TN2076.94
SCHOOL CODE: : 06947 BESANT ARUNDALE SR SEC SCH THIRUVANMIYUR CHENNAI3076.827
SCHOOL CODE: : 06944 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA I I T CAMPUS CHENNAI TN10376.66
SCHOOL CODE: : 06927 BHARATH SR SEC SCHOOL ADYAR CHENNAI TAMILNADU6676.642
SCHOOL CODE: : 07010 SMT NDJ AGARWAL V VIDYALAYA VYASARPADI CHENNAI9176.314
SCHOOL CODE: : 06961 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA NO 1 AFS TAMBARAM CHENNAI10076
SCHOOL CODE: : 07039 BHAKTAVATSALAM VIDYASHRAM KORATTUR CHENNAI TN6875.371
SCHOOL CODE: : 06970 LA CHATELAINE RES JR COLLEGE ARCOT RD CHENNAI TN7574.365
SCHOOL CODE: : 06926 S R D KHEMKA V VIDYALAYA THIRUVOTTIYUR CHENNAI5974.346
SCHOOL CODE: : 07101 THE SCHRAM ACADEMY MADURAVOYAL CHENNAI TAMILNADU4673.43
SCHOOL CODE: : 06960 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA C R P F AVADI CHENNAI TN5273.127
SCHOOL CODE: : 06913 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA ISLAND GROUND CHENNAI TN7072.866
SCHOOL CODE: : 07051 ST JOHN'S INT RES SCHOOL NAZARETHPET CHENNAI TN7172.242
SCHOOL CODE: : 06956 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA HVF AVADI CHENNAI TAMILNADU7671.482
SCHOOL CODE: : 07011 L M DHADHA SEC SCHOOL CHOOLAIMEDU CHENNAI TN1971.253
SCHOOL CODE: : 06925 SHRINE VAILANKANNI SR SEC SCHOOL T.NAGAR CHENNAI2269.673
SCHOOL CODE: : 07081 JAIN VIDYAASHRAM PUZHAL CHENNAI TAMIL NADU2168.257
SCHOOL CODE: : 07091 ST BRITTO'S ACADEMY VELACHERY CHENNAI TN1166.782

Schools with an average marks exceeding 80% in the board exams are among the very best in the country.

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