The beautiful hill station of Nainital not only is the destination on every tourist's travel map but also for many students from all over the country. It has some of the best schools in the nation. Army societies run schools for bringing up great servicemen. The boarding schools of Nainital shape every student's future.

They have top-notch coaching facilities, a pollution free atmosphere, sports activities etc. Most of them have been established decades ago. The code of conduct is remarkable and the students from the schools rise up to be the best.

The alumni of these schools are some of the nation's most renowned personalities. The schools provide scholarship and boarding facilities for all their deserving enrolled candidates. They should definitely be the choice  for anybody seeking quality education. Here is the list of top boarding schools in Nainital.

1) Sherwood College, Nainital


Mereat Quisque Dalmam – Let each one merit one’s own prize

It is a private college established in 1869 by Dr Codon, Mr H. S. Reid and others. It is located in Nainital, Uttarakhand. The legendary school is segregated in two wings Dixon Wing classes 6-12 and Horsman Wing classes 3-5. It is affiliated to ICSE Board. It has standards from third till senior secondary. It is a coeducational institution with a well-facilitated boarding campus.

Mr.Amardeep Sandhu is the current Principal. It has four houses namely Robin Hood (Green), Friar Tuck (Blue), Allen-a-Dale (Red) and Little John (yellow). Various sports activities like soccer, football, tennis, basketball, squash are held on the campus etc.

It has produced notable alumni like Amitabh Bachchan, Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, General Vishwanath Sharma, Lt Gen Sami Khan.

2) Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital


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It is a public sector English medium boarding school established in 1947. Mr. A.K. Sharma is the current principal. It is a boys convent. It is affiliated to CBSE Board. It has the standards from fourth to senior secondary. It is ranked among the top 10 schools in the country. It conducts admission tests across various centres in india such as Delhi, Kolkatta etc.

They have produced the best of brains and have facilities for coaching for IIT, MBBS, CA and NDA. Regular counselling and an experienced faculty helps the students to soar heights of success ahead in life. The social programmes held in school include celebration of festivals and traditional prayers.

The students are trained in sports like cricket, hockey, roller skating soccer, football, tennis, basketball, squash, badminton held in the campus etc.

3) St. Mary’s Convent High school, Nainital


It was established in 1878. It is a girls convent with boarding facility. It was founded by Mother Selesia Reiner. It has standards lower K.G. to Senior Secondary.

It has four houses – St. Anne (green), St. Agnes (red), St. Catherine (yellow) and St. Therese (blue). The school provides a holistic environment. It has various playfields where different activities like badminton, football, soccer etc, are taught.
The sisters teach the girls with at most dedication to helping them rise above the ordinary.

4) St. Joseph’s convent Nainital

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Certa Bonum Certamen – Fight the good fight

It was established in 1888 and is under the care of Congregation of Christian Brothers. It is affiliated to ICSE. It is a day boarding for boys. It has standards from third to senior secondary.Dr. Peter Emmaneul is the current Principal of the school.

The school has four houses St. Patrick (green), St. Tagore (red), St.Francis (yellow) and St. Peters (blue). It has various sports activities in the vast seven playfields for the holistic development of the students.


5) All saint’s College Nainital

All Saints College is a convent for girls in Tallital, Nainital. It was established in 1869. It has standards from first to senior secondary.Mrs. K.E. Jeremiah is the Principal in charge.

It provides quality education and co-curricular activities for an all round development. The vision of the school is women empowerment and education for all girls.

The code of conduct and discipline is remarkably professional. With some of the most eminent faculty members, it is top ranked school of India.

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6) Amtul’s Public School


It was founded by Late Haji Abdul Wajid Saheb in the year 1983. It is a coeducational boarding school. It is affiliated to CBSE. It has standards from first to senior secondary. The admission form is available online.

The school is well equipped with ample classrooms, laboratories, library, computer labs and cultural centres. It also aims at excellence in sports activities and offers a vast variety of them. The faculty trains the students to be the best at everything. 


7) Sainik School Bhowali


It was established in 1966 by Wg. Cdr. Jaimal Singh. The principal in charge is Capt Rohit Dwivedi.It's a boy’s convent run by the Sainik School Society, Ministry Of Defence India. It has standards fifth to senior secondary. It is affiliated to CBSE Delhi.

The admissions are done based on the results of exam conducted by the society. The students are divided into 5 houses – Kesari, Shiwalik, Singh, Garwhal and Kumaon. 

It has produced the best of servicemen for the nation. With the military like discipline, the school provides the best education and development opportunity for a child. Also, there are provisions of freeship or scholarship for less privileged students.


8) Don Bosco Public School, Nainital


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It is all boys convent affiliated to CBSE. It is situated in Dogaon.It is one of the branches of the eminent chain of Don Bosco School. It provides quality education and a holistic development. It has a wi-fi enabled campus. Other activities like yoga and various cultural activities are regularly conducted.

The students are categorised in 4 houses St. Patrick (green), St. Tagore (red), St.Francis (yellow) and St. Peters (blue).


9) Lakes International School, Bhimtal


Vidyta Jyoti Jeevan Jyoti – The light of knowledge is the light of life

It is affiliated to CBSE. The school was established in may 2001. In a decade or so it has gained momentum in providing quality education. It is a coeducational school. It has standards first to senior secondary. Amidst the gorgeous scenic locations the school provides excellent education and socio cultural development. The fee structure is highly economic.

The school has a very developed website


10) Naincy Convent School Nainital


It is affiliated to CBSE and was founded in 1993 by Thakur Shree Ram Singh.Currently, it is managed by the Nancy Convent Educational and Social Welfare Society. It is a girls convent.

The student to teacher ratio is less than 35 hence personal attention is given to each student. The school provides coaching for PMT IIT and other competitive exams.

The school infrastructure is upgraded and has all facilities of libraries classrooms and labs. The mess provides the nutritious meal and hygienic vicinity.


11) Templeton Academy International, Naukuchiyatal


It is a residential school which is known for its extraordinary students. It is affiliated to CBSE. The school almanack is a visionary mission for producing the best of students in India. It is a coeducational school.

The exemplary discipline makes it one of the best schools in India. The students are dexterous, smart and possess leadership qualities. Various sports activities are held in the school.

The admissions are through an online portal.


12) Oakwood School, Nainital

The school came into existence in the year 1989. It is a primary school in Nainital. It has boarding facilities. It provides quality education to children and moulds their minds to become great individuals. It has both boys and girls hostel facilities.

The school has an amiable environment. It is well equipped with classrooms, visual labs,playground, hostels and mess. The mess offers hygienic food. The faculty is experienced and dedicated.


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