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In creating the Top 10 schools of Pakistan list, The Bisouv Network processed over 150 of Pakistan’s education ministry recognized schools/colleges that meet the following selection criteria:

  • Being accredited, licensed and/or chartered by the education ministry of Pakistan.
  • Offering at least two-year matriculation and/or at least one-year intermediate programs.
  • Delivering courses predominantly in a traditional face-to-face, non-distance education format.

The Bisouv Network’s Top 10 schools of Pakistan aims to provide a non-academic League Table of the top 10 schools in Pakistan on unbiased and valid metrics, studies, and opinions.

 

Top 10 schools of Pakistan (2017-18)

10 – Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi School, Karachi:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

BVS Parsi School, Karachi (Picture: SportsClick)

Founded by the Parsi community in 1859, Bai Virbaijee Soparivala is among the country’s oldest centres for primary and secondary education. Despite its age, the school has progressed technologically to the extent that books have effectively been replaced by computer systems as means of teaching.

It was originally established as Parsi Virbaiji Soparivala, but was renamed to Bai Virbaijee Soparivala in 1875 when Governor of Bombay (now Mumbai) H.E. Sir Robert Temple visited the school. The current block was designed by the renowned Jewish architect Moses Somake and was completed in 1906.

The school has had a rich history of academic achievements since its inception, and also has a strong alumni association. Farooq Sattar, Ardeshir Cowasjee, and Waqar Zaka are graduates of BVS.

2016-17 ranking: 15

Academics: 11/16
Co-curricular: 5/14
Sports: 4/10

Environment: 6/13
Faculty: 10/17

University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 4/10

Overall score: 47/100

 

9 – Military College, Jhelum:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Military College, Jhelum

Designated to nurture cadets for the Pakistan Army, Military College (MCJ) is one of the best military schools in Pakistan. The school provides a military environment, one similar to that of the Pakistan Military Academy.

MCJ was established in 1922 as King George Royal Indian Military School (KGRIMS) and its foundation stone was laid by the Prince of Wales. At that time, MCJ was under the jurisdiction of Jhelum and Jallandhar (now in Indian state of Punjab) cantonments. Regular classes at the college began on September 3, 1925.

The students of MCJ in recent years have succeeded in getting A+ grades in both F.Sc and Matriculation examinations. Many of MCJ’s graduates have gone on to receive Swords of Honor in the Pakistan Military Academy.

2016-17 ranking: 13

Academics: 11/16
Co-curricular: 7/14
Sports: 8/10

Environment: 6/13
Faculty: 11/17

University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 4/10

Overall score: 54/100

 

8 – Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur

Spread over an area of 451 acres, Sadiq Public School (SPS) is the largest school in Asia. It is dedicated towards teaching children from KG through A Levels and SSC. After opening a girls boarding and school section within the campus in 2004, it teaches over 600 female students.

SSC was established with the help of then Ameer of Bahawalpur Sadeq Muhammad Khan V who allocated a sum of one million and nine hundred thousand for the construction of the school. The Ameer also sold the land (some 2,050 acres,) on which the school is situated to the government at a very low price. A total of nine buildings were constructed and the foundation stone was laid by Sadeq Muhammad Khan V. Regular classes at the school began in 1954.

Today, SPS is one of the most competitive schools of Pakistan in terms of both academics and sports. Politicians such as Muhammad Mian Soomro (former President, Prime Minister, and Chairman of Senate of Pakistan) and sportsmen such as Waqar Younis (former captain Pakistan Cricket Team) are among its alumni.

2016-17 ranking: 5

Academics: 11/16
Co-curricular: 7/14
Sports: 10/10

Environment: 6/13
Faculty: 11/17

University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 3/10

Overall score: 55/100

 

7 – Lawrence College, Ghora Gali:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Lawrence College, Ghora Gali

Lawrence College (LC) was established in 1860 in the memory of Sir Henry Lawrence who served in the Bengal Artillery as a Brigadier General and helped the British-Indian government in many other matters of concern such as revenue system, canal system, roads, and orphanages.

LC is one of the few schools in Pakistan that pays a special focus to mental as well as physical development. LC is popular for its sports fixtures with different schools and known to have among the most skilled sports teams.

Academically, the school reported an overall GPA of 5.93 (on a scale of 6), with students scoring 1000+ marks in SSC examinations.

It has educated many of Pakistan’s leading male politicians, including former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

2016-17 ranking: 8

Academics: 12/16
Co-curricular: 7/14
Sports: 10/10

Environment: 9/13
Faculty: 12/17

University admissions: 10/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10

Overall score: 66/100

 

=6 – Lahore Grammar School JT Boys, Lahore

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Lahore Grammar School JT Boys, Lahore

LGS JT may be a relatively new institution, but its lack of historical presence relative to the aforementioned schools has not allowed any compromise on academics. This is exemplified by the recent 2017 May/June session results, wherein the school reported a total number of 431 A*’s and and 647 A’s.

In addition to its excellent academic record, LGS JT’s co-curricular focus can be seen in their extensive gym and pool facilities for serious sports, and billiard and snooker rooms for student recreation.

Among their college acceptances this year were offers from Wharton, UC Berkeley, and the London School of Economics.

2016-17 ranking: 11

Academics: 14/16
Co-curricular: 7/14
Sports: 4/10

Environment: 8/13
Faculty: 13/17

University admissions: 14/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 7/10

Overall score: 67/100

 

=6 – Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore

An all girls school in Lahore, the establishment of Convent dates back to 1876. Their students are known for scoring well in both Board and Cambridge examinations, and it is among the few top schools that offers both GCE O Level and Matriculation curricula.

The school’s special focus on equality in education is exemplified by the opening of the Thevenet Centre – a school for special children.

Many of the country’s leading women, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz and late human rights lawyer/social rights activist Asma Jahangir, were educated here.

2016-17 ranking: 12

Academics: 15/16
Co-curricular: 7/14
Sports: 5/10

Environment: 8/13
Faculty: 13/17

University admissions: 10/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 9/10

Overall score: 67/100

 

5 – Lahore Grammar School 55 Main, Lahore:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Lahore Grammar School 55 Main, Lahore

Established in 1979 by a group of women, LGS 55-main is the first branch of the acclaimed Lahore Grammar School system. Academically, it is one of the best all-girls schools in the country. In the year 2017, it reported 6 distinctions in the Cambridge International Examinations across O and A Level curricula.

The school is known for taking several initiatives in the field of performing arts, particularly with respect to cultural tradition. Their students regularly participate in cultural exhibitions globally, and some of their most recent excursions have been to Turkey and Poland.

They also regularly boast admissions into prestigious universities such as Yale, Stanford, UPenn, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge. Hina Rabbani Khar, former Foreign Minister, is a proud alumni.

2016-17 ranking: 2

Academics: 16/16
Co-curricular: 11/14
Sports: 1/10

Environment: 7/13
Faculty: 11/17

University admissions: 18/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 5/10

Overall score: 69/100

 

4 – Cadet College, Hasan Abdal:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Cadet College, Hasan Abdal

Established in 1954, this military school is one of the finest boarding institutions in all of Pakistan. It’s sole purpose is to educate high school students, many of whom score top positions in the Rawalpindi BISE.

The school is nationally recognized for their sports team and often sends students to play sports fixtures with its sister schools.

As a military school, most of its graduates pass out to join the military. Many of the graduates have risen to high ranks in the Pakistan military, including former Chief of Naval Staff Muhammad Zakaullah and former Chief of Air Staff Abbas Khattak.

2016-17 ranking: 6

Academics: 13/16
Co-curricular: 5/14
Sports: 9/10

Environment: 10/13
Faculty: 15/17

University admissions: 12/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10

Overall score: 70/100

 

3 – Pakistan Air Force College, Sargodha:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Pakistan Air Force College, Sargodha

Established in 1951 and headed by many renowned Educationists since, the Pakistan Air Force college possesses more than a strict military environment.

The school is the most notable in Sargodha district and popular in the fields of academics and sports.

Since 1993, its students have held several positions in the F.Sc and Matric Examinations and the institution’s sports teams are among best in Pakistan – with all A-Class Air Force coaches.

Their notable alumni include Air Chief Marshal farooq Feroze Khan (also former Chief of Air Staff) and former Federal Minister for Education Ahsan Iqbal.

2016-17 ranking: 3

Academics: 14/16
Co-curricular: 5/14
Sports: 9/10

Environment: 10/13
Faculty: 15/17

University admissions: 13/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10

Overall score: 72/100

 

2 – Karachi Grammar School, Karachi:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Karachi Grammar School, Karachi

An extremely selective, co-educational institution established in 1847, KGS is the oldest private school in Pakistan and the second oldest in South Asia.

Since its inception, KGS has spread into three campuses and is now responsible for teaching over 2000 students.The school is critically acclaimed for an exceptional number of O and A Level distinctions every year and a debating team that has conquered championships globally.

Among its notable alumni are the late Benazir Bhutto,  former PM of Pakistan and the country’s first elected female head of state, and Akbar Bugti, former Governor of Balochistan. Their students regularly gain admission to the world’s top undergraduate institutions, and the class of 2018 has acceptances from universities to the likes of Princeton and Yale.

2016-17 ranking: 1

Academics: 16/16
Co-curricular: 14/14
Sports: 3/10

Environment: 13/13
Faculty: 17/17

University admissions: 18/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 7/10

Overall score: 88/100

 

1 – Aitchison College, Lahore:

Top 10 schools of Pakistan

Aitchison College, Lahore

Spread over 200 acres and situated deep in the heart of Lahore, Aitchison is a semi-private boys school for boarding and day students from KG to A’levels.

Established in 1886, it has been a breeding ground for many of Pakistan’s aristocrats- the most prominent being newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. Other notable alumni include Ex-President Farooq Laghari and Ex-Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali.

Aitchison’s tradition of providing an education that combines academics, sports, and co-curricular is evident in the many facilities it boasts – including an equestrian centre, a hospital, numerous sport complexes, and boarding houses.

A testament to its long-standing reputation of student development, the college this year reported several admissions into top-tier schools across the globe, including Ivy League universities, Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.

2016-17 ranking: 4

Academics: 15/16
Co-curricular: 14/14
Sports: 10/10

Environment: 13/13
Faculty: 9/17

University admissions: 19/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 10/10

Overall score: 90/100

 

Top 10 schools of Pakistan (2016-17)

  1. Karachi Grammar School, Karachi
  2. Lahore Grammar School 55 Main, Lahore
  3. Pakistan Air Force College, Sargodha
  4. Aitchison College, Lahore
  5. Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur
  6. Cadet College, Hasanabdal
  7. BeaconHouse SS Gulberg, Lahore
  8. Lawrence College, Ghora Gali
  9. Chand Bagh, Muridke
  10. Cadet College, Kohat

 

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Written for The Bisouv Network by Moeed Irfan, Ayela Chughtai, and Shahzaib Tahir Awan.

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