These schools are affiliated to the CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations).
Students appear for the ICSE Exam at the end of Class 10 and the ISC Examination at the end of Class 12.
These are the average board exam marks in (English + Best 3 subjects) in the ISC 2015 examination for Class 12.
A General Note about Schooling in Mumbai
The state board is by far the most popular, though the elite schools are affiliated to ISC and CBSE boards.
Relatively few schools offer Class 11 and 12. ISC/CBSE are better at this level, because their syllabus is better aligned with that of national level entrance tests.
There are some old and famous Anglo-Indian schools such as Cathedral and Scottish, though there are also many new and upcoming private and international schools offering the ICSE-ISC curriculum. Many students aspiring to study abroad after Class 12, move into the international section after class 10. Admission to state board junior colleges is extremely competitive after Class 10, with cut-off scores scoring into the nineties, thanks to grade inflation. Notable chains of schools in Mumbai are those like Podar and Ryan International.
Many ICSE schools offer the option to drop Science and study Commerce, right from Class 9.
ICSE-ISC and CBSE have a rather similar curriculum, though ISC and ICSE have a more rigorous curriculum for the compulsory English paper. Shakespeare is introduced early on and students are required to write detailed and descriptive answers. At the Class 10 level, ICSE has an internal assessment of at least 20% in most subjects. This assessment is based on projects and practical work. A wide variety of subjects are available as electives. For example, Commerce, Economics, Computer Applications, Art, Technical Drawing. There were a total of 60 subjects (which includes a large number of Indian and foreign languages) at ICSE 2016. In Class 11, there is a focus on speaking and listening skills as well. Differences between the two boards are more noticeable till Class 10, after which the focus and style converges.
A list of nation-wise toppers and the performance of ISC Schools all over India, may be viewed here:
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