About School
About CMS City Montessori School (CMS) is a co-ed K-12 day school running in 21 campuses across the city of Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh. Founded in 1959 by Drs Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi with the motto Jai Jagat (‘victory to the world’) based on the ancient wisdom of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (the whole earth is my family) and inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and social reformer Sant Vinobha Bhave. Jai Jagat has been the school's greeting from the beginning. The school is affiliated to the Delhi-based Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) which offers the ICSE (class 10) and ISC (class 12) qualifications, and is also affiliated with the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) UK, which offers the iGCSE (class 10) and A-Level (class 12) qualifications. Of the 21 campuses of CMS, four campuses go upto grade 8 and are recognized by the Basic Education Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The school has a strong academic reputation, producing large cohorts of high-scoring students in the school-leaving board exams: four CMS campuses are ranked in the Top 10 schools of India for graduating the largest cohorts of class XII ISC students with an aggregate mark of 90 percent or more. The school places emphasis on children's all-round development through art, music, dance, drama, sport, debating, MUNs, international exchange with students abroad, the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme, etc. CMS offers uniquely progressive 21st century schooling with special emphasis on nurturing human values, character development and peace education. In 2002, CMS was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, the only school worldwide to have been conferred this accolade for “promoting values of education for peace and tolerance”. In 2013, the Guinness Book of Records certified CMS as the world’s largest school in a city. CMS Society is an NGO associated with the United Nations (UNDPI) for promoting the UN ideals.
Additional Details
  • Minimum Entry Age :- 3
  • School Provide Meals ? :- No
  • Air condition Class ? :- No
  • CCTV Surveillance ? :- Yes
  • Day Boarding ? :- Yes
  • Teacher Student Ratio :- N/A
  • Total Seats at Entry Level Grade :- 65
  • Total School Strength :- 2500
  • Average No of students per class :- 30
  • Total No. of Teachers (All Class) :- 60
Building & Infrastructure
Infrastructure is a key element in a student’s learning experience. To put our vision into action we provide the best infrastructure to create a comfortable learning environment. We are upgrading our campuses’ infrastructure and introducing new and modern technologies to provide students, the best of facilities (labs, libraries, lobbies and sports facilities) and to maintain their academic and co-curricular performance.
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  • Fire Safety :- Yes
  • School has Strong Room ? :- Yes
  • School has Wifi Enabled ? :- Yes
  • Total No. of Playground ? :- 2
  • Total No. of Rooms ? :- 60
  • No. of Laboratories. :- 8
  • No. of Lift elevator. :- 1
  • Total No of computers. :- 130
  • No. of Activity room. :- 6
  • School has clinic facilities ? :- N/A
  • School has Gymnasium ? :- No
  • Total Area of School ? (Sq) :- 8134 Sq. mt
  • Total area of playground ? (sq) :- 2165 Sq. mt
  • Total No. of Library ? :- 1
  • No. of Auditorium. :- 1
  • No. of Digital Classroom. :- 26
  • Total No. of Buses Owned. :- 20
  • Transport Facility :- Yes
Admission Details
  • Admission Process :- Online/Offline
  • Start Date :- 2023-03-01
  • Facility to do online admission process :- Yes
  • Admission Open :- Yes
  • End Date :- 2023-04-30
  • Facilty to Pay admission fee online :- Yes
  • Admission Page Link :-
Fee Details
  • Admission Fee :- ₹ 6000
  • Annual Fee :- ₹ 36600
  • Transport Fee :- 15000
  • Others Fee :- 30000
Vision and Leadership
School Vision

The efforts of CMS in building a better future for the children and people of the world have been universally acknowledged with the City Montessori School Society being accorded NGO status by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI). The information was conveyed through a letter addressed to CMS Founder-Manager Dr Jagdish Gandhi by Mr Jeffrey Brez Chief, NGO Relations & Advocacy Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information. An extract of the letter is reproduced here.


Geeta Gandhi Kingdon is the President and Managing Director of City Montessori School Society, while also being Professor at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), where she holds the Chair of ‘Education Economics and International Development’. She has a BSc (Honours) in Economics from the London School of Economics and a D.Phil in Development Economics from the University Oxford. In 2010, she moved back to India after living in England for 31 years. Since then, while continuing part time as UCL Professor, she is the President and Managing Director of CMS. Her focus has been on modernising the 62 year old legacy of the school while maintaining the culture and traditions that have made it great.

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Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
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Vinay Gandhi

Vinay Gandhi


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