Newsweek Recognizes Good Shepherd International School as a Noteworthy School of Asia in 2023

Newsweek Recognizes Good Shepherd International School as a Noteworthy School of Asia in 2023: What Makes It Stand Out?

Good Shepherd International School (GSIS) is a fully residential international co-educational school located in the scenic Nilgiris Hills of Ooty, India. The school has been ranked as India’s #1 residential school by Education World for 2022-23¹. Recently, GSIS has also been featured among Newsweek’s Noteworthy Schools of Asia in 2023², a prestigious recognition that showcases some of the leading IB schools in the region. What makes GSIS stand out from other schools and earn such accolades? Let’s find out.

GSIS is an IB Continuum School, offering three of the International Baccalaureate’s high-quality programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The IB curriculum is known for its student-centred, transdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach that fosters critical thinking skills, curiosity and a healthy learning appetite in children. The IB curriculum also focuses on the all-round development of the child, incorporating physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of learning. GSIS has been offering the IBDP since 2001 and has undergone four 5-year IBDP evaluations. In 2023, GSIS became an IB Continuum School with the successful authorization of the school’s PYP and MYP programmes¹.

GSIS provides its students with a multicultural, secular and global learning environment that prepares them to be committed, creative and compassionate citizens of the world. The school has a diverse student body of over 800 students from 40 different countries and a highly qualified faculty of over 100 teachers from 15 different countries¹. The school also offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities, ensuring the complete development of children. With over 40 co-curricular activities, students have plenty of opportunities to explore their interests and talents outside the classroom. In addition, GSIS provides best-in-class facilities of global standards for athletics, and indoor and outdoor sports like swimming, golf, squash, rifle shooting and horse riding, to name just a few¹. GSIS is also an examination center for Trinity College London, SAT and IELTS, further emphasizing the school’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education to its students¹.

GSIS also boasts of a serene, secure and engaging environment that seeks to foster academic excellence while nurturing the emotional and intellectual development of students. The school is set across 150 acres of lush campus, surrounded by nature and wildlife. The school has 24 tastefully appointed boarding houses that provide not only a happy and healthy environment but also opportunities to enhance community living, alongside creativity and learning. The school also has two in-house hospitals with experienced resident doctors and nurses, ensuring 24/7 care and medical attention to students and staff¹.

GSIS has a strong track record of producing outstanding results in both national and international examinations. The school’s average score in the IBDP exams for 2022 was 38 points out of 45, well above the world average of 33 points². The school’s highest score was 44 points, achieved by two students². The school also had a 100% pass rate in both ICSE and ISC exams for 2022². The IB graduates from GSIS have gained admission to some of the world’s most prestigious universities across the globe, such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Yale University, MIT, Columbia University, Cornell University and many more².

GSIS has also been recognized for its excellence in various other domains. The school has won several awards and accolades for its achievements in sports, arts, music, dance, drama and social service.

In the Education World India School rankings for the year 2019–2020, GSIS was awarded the “Second Best” All India School Ranking in the International Residential Schools category. The school also received All India Rankings in other categories such as Infrastructure Development – First, Co-Curricular education – First, Safety & Hygiene – First.

The late Dr. P.C. Thomas, Founder & Principal of Good Shepherd International School, was awarded the Educon 2017 Golden Leaf Award for Excellence in School Education at the Future Kerala Education Conclave 2017.

GSIS has been awarded International Re-Accreditation by the Council of International Schools. This is a big accomplishment of completing the rigorous CIS International Re-Accreditation process and it demonstrates our school’s commitment to continuous improvement.

Good Shepherd International School has been awarded the “Platinum Rating”, the highest in the country by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

If you are interested in enrolling your child at Good Shepherd International School for the academic year 2023-24, we encourage you to apply now by visiting the school’s registration page here.


(1) Good Shepherd International School – Newsweek.

(2) Newsweek features Good Shepherd International School – GSIS.

(3) Good Shepherd International School announces new leadership.

(4) Awards And Accreditations | Top International School India – GSIS.

(5) Greenest Academic Campus – InHabit.

(6) Good Shepherd International School – GSIS.

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