Established in 1860 by the St Thomas Cathedral, the CJC is considered one of Mumbai’s most prestigious schools, with a board of governors comprising some of Mumbai’s most prominent citizens. Housed in four buildings, three of which are heritage structures around the Fort area. With 100 teachers for 1,700 students, CJC boasts an impressive teacher-student ratio. An ICSE board school, it focuses on the composite development of its boys and girls. So sports are as de rigueur as extra-curricular activities like debating, elocution, dramatics and social work. CJC does not own any playgrounds but regularly hires them from clubs in the area. Every senior school student participates in a five-km cross-country run every year. And the school claims it has been winning country-level inter-school competitions in debate. Inter-house activities are a big thing and students are extremely competitive in earning points for their houses.
Alongside, academics is serious business too. CJC claims cent per cent results with about 30 per cent of students scoring over 90 per cent and the lowest being around 60 per cent. A good section of the students pursue studies abroad right after high school and foreign universities are regular visitors on its premises, addressing and attracting students. A delegation from the school also visits the Harvard University in Boston each year for a week-long project. Prominent personalities who have studied here? Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Salman Rushdie, among others. And for her fans, Karisma Kapoor.