Bai Dhunmai Cawasji High School was established in 1934 by the Late Mr. Dinshaw Cawasji in memory of his mother Bai Dhunmai Cawasji.
More popularly known as “D.C. School”, it is an English medium co-educational residential and day school and prepares students for the Secondary School Certificate Examination of S. S. C Board , Pune.
The Junior College, established in 2002 prepares students for the higher School Certificate Examination of H. S. C. Board, Pune.
The School is registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 (BOM XXIX of 1950) Certificate No. E-1651 (BOM) on the 11th of September 1958, as a cosmopolitan charitable institution. The School is managed by the Board of Trustees under the guidance of the Managing Trustee.
Situated in the scenic Sahyadri Ranges, Khandala is 550 meters above sea level. Just 105 kilometers from Mumbai and 66 kilometers from Pune, the new expressway makes it easily accessible from both cities. D.C. School serves as an ideal environment of learning in the midst of great natural beauty.
With the motto of “Virtus et Labor”, i.e. Virtue and Labour, the school has a broad based curriculum which helps students develop in body, mind and spirit. It aims at an all round development of its students who are from all communities and different backgrounds.
The School and Junior College
Pre-Primary (Lower and Higher K.G.)
Primary (Std. I to IV)
Secondary (Std. V to X)
Higher Secondary (Std. XI & XII, Science with IT)
Day Boarding i.e. from morning to evening returning home every night
Weekly boarding i.e. from Monday to Friday, returning home for weekend.
Full boarding i.e. permanent boarding, returning home at the end of each term, for vacations.
Meals and catering satisfies the varies tastes of all students. Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian meals are carefully prepared for a well balanced and healthy diet.
The School aims at all round development of the student; moral, intellectual, social and aesthetic. English is the medium of instruction, Marathi is the second language and Hindi is taught from Standard V onwards. Besides the academic subjects, Computer Education, Sports, Karate, Yoga, Art & Craft, Music & Dance also from an important part of the school curriculum.
A well trained and vastly experienced staff provide students with quality education, stressing on fundamentals in early schooling. Building on it further during the primary years, it ensures a full a complete preparation for the School and Junior College leaving examination and equips students to meet the high standards of future education and career opportunities.
Hostel facilities are available for all levels of students. Large and well laid out dormitories house girls and boys separately. Each dormitory has and In-Charge assisted by a full time attending staff ensuring a healthy, comfortable and well disciplined living environment. With the Principal and hostel staff living on campus, special attention is always paid all boarders, providing them a warm, kind and homely atmosphere.
Co-Curricular/Inter- House Activities
Programmes and competitions both within and outside the school provides students the opportunity for their talents to grow and flourish.
The four houses Bhabha, Tagore, Nehru, and Shivaji are in a constant whirl of inter-house activity. A Student Council has been set up with the aim of training it’s members in leadership. There is a Head Boy, Head Girl, Games Captain and four House Captains. These Prefects shoulder various responsibilities and assist in the smooth running of the School.
Social service by way of rural development work increases sensitivity and gives assistance to those less fortunate than ourselves, inculcating a spirit of good citizenship. Through these activities we strive to achieve Gandhiji’s motto, “Self help is the best help”.
Without forgetting the authenticity of our culture, our approach is to keep the learning process as child-centered as possible through the medium of art and work-experience. Drawing, painting, fabric and clay work, along with needle work brings out the finest aesthetic skills of or students and all these talents go a long way in making the life of students at D. C. School a complete and fulfilling one.
Excursions form an important method of learning in our school. Our students go out for walks and treks to places of educational and historical significance. The follow up to these visits is seen in report and letter writing. Outdoor leaning activities through practical experience allows students to participate and enjoy all activities of student life.
Sports and Physical Education also play a major part in the all round development of students. Sport, such as basket ball and volley ball are available on campus. Indoor Sports such as badminton, table tennis & the gym facilities are available throughout the year. Inter House and Inter School competitions are also encouraged and our students have often excelled themselves at various levels.
A very special attraction is our own swimming pool with a full time coach. Karate has always been very popular with students and classes are conducted by Martial Art experts.
Yoga and modification help students prepare and cope with modern life with all its stress and strain. Mental and physical relaxation is equally important for better living.
Three large and well equipped laboratories help students learn under the able guidance of our teachers. The Physics, Chemistry and Biology labs are well stocked with materials, chemicals, models, charts and other teaching aids for a comprehensive education. Students learn to experiment, verify and invent. The learning process becomes more interesting and theory is further re-enforced with practical knowledge.
A wide ranging library where students can further enhance their knowledge is another feature assisting academic studies. Our librarian is always ready and able to help students access information. Reading as a leisure activity is also an excellent habit to inculcate in students of all ages.
In keeping with the technological age, Computer Education has now become imperative to students and we are proud to provide excellent classes with individual attention and practical computer usage.
Established with the intention of a quality residential education for Parsi girls, D.C. School started with about four girls with a staff of six teachers and five helpers. A modest four room bungalow comprised class rooms and living accommodation one floor above. Our principal, Miss Shirin Manekshana guided the school throughout an outstanding career of more than 40 years form 1942 onwards. It was during this time that the school grew from strength to strength. Day Scholars joined our residential students and later, pre-primary boys joined them, becoming a fully cosmopolitan institution. Student numbers grew and the D.C. School Trust was founded in 1951 to enable this tremendous growth and progress ensuring an exclusive and premium education, a position enjoyed through the decades leading up to our Platinum Jubilee Year, 2008-09.
Our Principal Mr. G. H. Chaudhari, with a sterling career in education of more than 27 year heads a well trained and vastly experienced staff. Comprising of about 29 teachers, D.C. School offers through our staff quality education to each student at all levels. Our 5 pre-primary and primary teachers with a minimum experience of about 14 years get our youngest students off to a good start with care and special attention to each child. About 10 Class and Subject teachers comprise the Middle and High School staff. Our English and Social Science teachers along with the staff in our Mathematics and Science Departments are equally dedicated with teaching experience of several decades. Our Librarian and Computer Education teachers also ensure that each student is provided every opportunity to realize their full potential.