About Us

Our History

The Good Shepherd International School, India’s best fully residential, international co-educational school,  was founded by the late Dr. P.C. Thomas and Mrs. Elsamma Thomas in the year 1977. Originally known as the Good Shepherd Public School, it became an International School of the highest calibre of learning in the year 1995. Dr. P.C. Thomas and his wife Elsamma Thomas both started their careers as teachers themselves, which fostered their vision and goal to create the best educational institution in which a child can learn and grow.

The motto of the school is “Truth, Trust and Triumph” and students are encouraged to practice secular and ethical values in an atmosphere where every creed and faith co-exists in harmony.  The students are educated in a way that helps them flourish in an environment without inhibition and prejudice in any form.

Vision of the Founders

The aim of the school is to develop the best talents that are latent in children, and to prepare them for the challenges of a constantly changing world through the encouragement of self-discipline, high intellectual achievements and physical fitness.

Dr. P.C. Thomas always believed that education is a continuous process by which a generation is prepared for the future by being provided with as many opportunities as possible to develop every aspect of their personality. With that in mind, the school is continuously evolving and today offers the students a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities that ensures the holistic development of the child without distractions in order to pursue and realize their goals. Every student receives individual and personalized attention and the maximum comforts possible. It is our endeavor to make education a purposeful, meaningful and enjoyable experience.


Nestled in the serene Nilgiris Hills, and spread over 150 acres, the picturesque campus provides the ideal environment in which to learn, play, grow and develop the skills for a lifetime of learning. Located about 7000 feet above sea level, the weather is cool and temperate throughout the year – with each season distinctly experienced, making for an ideal setting for children to play sports and enjoy nature and many outdoor activities.

Welcome Note from the Principal

The school is currently led by Dr. MADHAV DEO SARASWAT, who is a remarkable leader and a seasoned educator, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat brings with him a wealth of expertise, with over three decades of experience in Teaching, Academic administration, Team building, and Community Development Programs.

I feel deeply honored and privileged to have been appointed as the Principal and Director of Good Shepherd International School. We are a school that takes immense pride in being an extraordinary community where people matter, performance counts, and where a passion for excellence drives all endeavors. As the Head of this inspired, pragmatic and progressive institution, I am fully committed to continuing the legacy of success through teamwork, collaboration, and a strong community partnership.


Having spent several years in some of the leading Boarding schools in the country, I am fortunate to have a rich repertoire of learning experiences which can have a transformative impact on students and staff alike. My endeavor would be to bring the finest and best of that to GSIS so that our students flourish as members of a supportive and spiritually aware community which challenges each one of them to aim for academic brilliance, develop resilience, strengthen the sense of service, and promote intellectual risk-taking. I wish to inspire everyone with the Kaizen way of life so that the school grows with everyone, everywhere, every day.


At GSIS, our students are at the heart of whatever we do, and we always go the extra mile to provide them the best possible care. Our motto, “Truth, Trust and Triumph,” is the cornerstone of every student’s life and learning and staying true to our vision, we strive to create a community of progressive, lifelong learners who view learning as an instrument for the all-inclusive development of an individual, and not just as a means to attain academic goals. We take our children beyond the four walls of our classrooms, giving our students and staff a world of infinite possibilities to learn, discover, and grow. Endowed with the amazing geographical setting, we leverage our location for outdoor experiences, encouraging children to challenge themselves both physically and mentally.


There is an old Chinese saying, “Give a seed to a potter and you shall have a bonsai.” I am so happy that the teachers at GSIS are gardeners and not potters. It is immensely gratifying to see how wonderfully the children flower and blossom under their care. Our endeavor was and will continue to be to work towards the social, academic, cultural, intellectual and spiritual development of our children so that they are prepared for life, citizenship, and work. We strive to instill in our students the resilience and moral character to overcome challenges and develop a winner’s attitude.


In addition to our diverse curriculum, we offer a wide array of co- curricular, extra-curricular and community service programmes that enables our students to nurture their skills, ensuring their holistic development and helping them realize their dreams and aspirations. Backed by our state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, an engaging faculty, a world-class curriculum and modern teaching strategies and methodologies, we are completely committed to providing our students a meaningful and enjoyable educational experience. As a residential school, we provide our students ‘a home away from home’ ambience, where they are provided not only with care, warmth and affection, but also with opportunities to enhance creativity and learning. 


At GSIS, we embrace a different school of thought— we know that the happiness and success of your child is the foundation upon which their future is built; that is why we have created an ecosystem where every child is valued, every child is encouraged to give their very best and has the chance to grow in confidence by participating in a wide range of inspirational learning experiences. At the same time, we equip them with the necessary tools to learn to navigate life by themselves and acquire essential independent living skills.


We hope you will find GSIS to be the best choice for your child’s education. Looking forward to an exciting academic year ahead!


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