India Schools : Army Public School, Dagshai
The Army Public School Dagshai was founded on 1st June 1986 under the aegis of Headquarters Western Command of Indian Army in order to provide quality education on public school lines to the talented wards of defense personnel and civilians. The school admits boys and girls as boarders and day-scholars from class V to class XII.
A co-educational residential English medium school, affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) New Delhi, APS, Dagshai is a member of the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC).
It is the only institution of its kind set up by the Army with the specific aim to provide quality education to children of the Armed Forces.
Some seats have been reserved for civilians and NRIs as well.
The school campus covers an area of approximately 40 acres. The main academic and administrative buildings of the school form a hollow square with offices on one side. The classrooms are designed to accommodate 32 to 35 students. State of the art computer and science laboratories are housed in spacious and well-designed large rooms.
A well-stocked library-cum-reading serves as a haunt for those who crave for intellectual nourishment and information of all kind. The expansive campus, a large playing field and the beautiful school buildings provide an environment, which is aesthetically pleasing and conducive to both work and play. The residential wing houses boys and girls comfortably in separate buildings. Girls' dormitories, along with common rooms, are located in a healthy and serene environment with proper security arrangements. The refectory with attached kitchen is equipped with modern cooking facilities.
The school has 31 well-qualified trained and experienced teachers. The Army Public School has highly motivated and dedicated teaching staff that looks after the students in academics, games, and co-curricular activities throughout the day.
There are 509 students enrolled in the school from classes V to XII. The students hail from all parts of the country. Some come from the defence background while others are wards of NRIs and civilians.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi and follows the CBSE Syllabus.
School Prospectus with the application form for registration along with one set of sample papers can be obtained by sending Rs 120/- by Cash/PO/DD on PNB, Dagshai payable at Dagshai or any other bank at Chandigarh. Admissions are on the basis of the written entrance test held on 3rd Sunday in February at various centers. No child can be considered for admission test unless he/she has been registered.
The normal entry points for admission are classes V, VI, VII, VIII & IX. Admission to higher classes depends upon the availability of the vacancies.
Regular games and physical training are compulsory for all the students. The school has a large well-maintained playfield, very rare in the hills. Apart from a well equipped Gymnasium and Athletic Track, infrastructure/facilities are available in the school for Squash, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Volleyball, Karate and horse riding.
The school holds two quarterly examinations, one half yearly and the annual examination in the academic year. Progress reports are sent to the parents at regular intervals and feedback is also taken from them during Parent Teacher Meetings. Winter coaching classes are conducted in the months of January- February for the Classes X & XII to give them practice for the board exams.
Extra Curricular Activities
Co-curricular activities form an important part of the school curriculum. The school has an Activity Centre. Various clubs meet regularly every week. Work Experience, Art Education and Physical and Health Education programmes are also carried out regularly. Play lets, Dramas and Indian Music, which play an important part in the lives of the students and assist them in developing rhythm, aesthetic appreciation and self-confidence, are also conducted. The school also arranges for the celebrations of all the major festivals.
Inter house competitions namely Debates, Declamations, Extempore, Poem recitation are organised for Junior, Middle and Senior categories on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The students are also sent to district, state and national level competitions.