Independent Studies & Surveys

IIM, Lucknow

CMS students are significantly better in values like Empathy, Social Responsibility, Problem Solving, Regularity and Punctuality and Obedience. Many things can be inferred from these significant differences. City Montessori School (CMS) is successful in imbibing these soft skills into the students through the various events that are organized during the year. The student are far above average in empathy and social responsibility, the reason for this may be attributed to the philosophy of CMS "School must be a Lighthouse of Society and provide meaningful guidance and direction to students, parents and society." The environment of good discipline in the school is able to teach the students the value of time and so they rank high in regularity and punctuality. Obedience also seems to be an outcome of the values inculcated through various exercises in the school.

The study also recorded that CMS students are high in the following values in comparison to the other students of the other schools : (1) Loyalty, (2) Responsibility, (3) Brotherhood, (4) Dutifulness, (5) Repentance, (6) Courtesy, (7) Truthfulness, (8) Cleanliness, (9) Respect, (10) Obedience, (11) Honesty, (12) Concern for Environment, (13) Dignity of Labour, (14) Justice This study was conducted by Mr Nitin Agarwal (BTech, ITT, Delhi, 2002) and by Mr Tarun Raj (IIT, Kanpur, 1999) who were pursuing a degree in management from the world famous Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow. As a compulsory component of their work towards the degree, they had to present an innovative project. The research and quality of this project went a long way in the grade they would obtain from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Their project was titled ‘Incorporation of Moral Values and Emotional Intelligence in the Present Education System.’

Their study focussed on the deteriorating social and moral atmosphere in society and on finding viable and practical solutions to remedy this worldwide phenomenon. The study covering boys and girls of 12 Indian schools was undertaken in two phases. In the first phase they identified the value system of teenagers with special focus on the values they lacked. As a result of this exercise, in the second phase they suggested certain exercises to build a strong sense of values in school going teenagers. The questionnaire they framed consisted of 196 questions and they contacted 12 schools from northern India. In all, responses of 256 girls and 252 boys were taken up for study and analysis from these 12 well-known schools located in (1) New Delhi, (2) Meerut, (3) Kanpur, (4) Lucknow, (5) Simla and (6) Jaipur, all major cities in northern India. The names of the schools are : (1) Sanskriti School, New Delhi, (2) Carmel Convent, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, (3) Vasant Valley, New Delhi, (4) St. Thomas School, Meerut, (5) St. Mary's Academy, Meerut, (6) Central School, Kanpur (7) Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Kanpur, (8) City Montessori School, Chowk, Lucknow, (9) City Montessori School, LDA, Lucknow, (10) Auckland House, Simla, (11) Mt. St. Mary's, New Delhi and (12) Children's Academy, Jaipur.

Forty values were studied. Students of class IX (146) and class XII (152) were the subject of this study. (Please refer pages 21 to 34). The study classified virtues under the following headings: (1) self-discipline, (2) self-management, (3) humanity, (4) inquisitiveness, (5) self-control, (6) self-satisfaction and liberty. After Factor Classification and Cluster Analysis (pp 37 to 41) their study revealed the above mentioned for the City Montessori School, Lucknow (CMS).

Research findings by

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow
March-June, 2003 on the ‘Incorporation of Moral Values and Emotional Intelligence
a Comparative Study of 12 Indian Schools.’

City Montessori School is right up there among the country's top-rated schools in term of academic reputation (8.16) and quality of teachers (7.95), while being rated 7 plus on all other parameters with an overall average of 7.72. "While it's an honour to be rated so high among India's most respected schools, it's hardly a surprise to our faculty since the quality of education provided in City Montessori is recognized beyond Indian borders.”

Parel Qualitative Survey

Parel Qualitative Survey of 14 and 15 year olds at three schools which emphasizes becoming good more important becoming smart
1. CMS, Lucknow
2. LS, Simla, focused on academic excellence
3. SMHS, Kasuali, a convent school
In an open-ended survey, referred to as the Parel Survey, Matthew J Parel, former Principal and Head of several Army Public Schools in India interviewed 14 and 15 year olds at two well-known schools, one of which was CMS. The choice of schools was a personal decision of Mr Parel. He wanted to know how views of young students varied between a schools focused on values and focused on academic excellence and a convent which has worked on creating, compassionate and caring individuals. He posed three questions, of which the qualitative answers were quantified and enumerated below:

S. No. What do I want to accomplish through my education?
1. Service to the world
2. Want to become spiritual with moral values
3. Want to acquire good habits and become good human being
4. Want to serve the poor
5. Service to the country
6. Want to excel and compete well
7. Want to become rich and famous in order to serve others and the poor.
8. Want simply to become rich and famous.
9. Want to live up to their parents' expectations
10. Want to live up to their teachers' expectations

Why did I choose to study at CMS?

“CMS imparts us spiritual, material and divine knowledge. Thus we can get complete education and become good and smart. That is why I am here at CMS.” — Tanushree Srivastava, IX-C2, CMS Rajendra Nagar

“CMS makes us glow in this morally dark world."
— Renu Verma, X-A, CMS Mahanagar