Scholastica (school)

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School typeCambridge Assessment International Education Private
Founded1977; 46 years ago (1977)
FounderYasmeen Murshed
ChairpersonSyeda Madiha Murshed
ClassesPlay group to A Levels
LanguageEnglish and Bengali
Hours in school day8:00 am to 2:40 pm for students
CampusUttara, Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Banani and Mirpur
Campus typeUrban
Colour(s)  White and   Blue

Scholastica is a private English medium school in Dhaka, Bangladesh, offering pre-school to A level courses. It was founded in 1977 by businesswoman and former advisor to the government, Yasmeen Murshed. The school follows the Cambridge International Curriculum set by the Cambridge Assessment International Education for Grade 9 to 12 and offers the GCE O Level, GCE AS Level and the GCE A Level qualifications. It is prominently recognised as one of the elite schools of Bangladesh, boasting a strong alumni network.[2]


Scholastica was founded in 1977, in an effort to meet the demands for schools having English as the medium of instruction, but emphasising equal proficiency in Bengali.[3] At the time of its founding, the school comprised a single campus for junior-level students (grades PG to Class 2) in Gulshan. Since then, the school has expanded to six campuses: four for junior-level students, and two senior-level campuses, both of which, the Mirpur and Uttara campuses are now considered the school's main campus.


Scholastica offers a complete primary, elementary, secondary and high school program leading to the General Certificate of Education examinations which are conducted by the British Council in Dhaka.

Since the 2008–09 academic session, the school's O and A Level examinations have been administered by Cambridge Assessment International Education, replacing the Edexcel system of schooling.


Laboratory facilities are provided for all the science classes. The senior laboratories are inspected and approved by the representatives of the University of London to meet its standard for the practical requirement of the 'O' and 'A' Level examinations.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Scholastica extra-curricular activities include drama, debating and public speaking. The school also offers a large number of both teacher and student run clubs.[4] School teams participate in inter-school and national competitions.[5] Theatrical presentations are performed in English and Bengali, and it is well known for its annual dramas.[6] Several after-school programs are offered beginning in middle school.

The school is also famous for its renowned Model United Nations conferences, known as "SCHOMUN” in its Uttara Branch which was also the first school affiliated Model UN conference in the country. The conference is managed by the school's Model UN club founded in 2015 with Shadman Shakib serving as the club's president during the 2015-2016 and 2016–2017 academic sessions.

The school's Mirpur Campus also hosts its own conference known as "SMUN”.[7] The school is also known for hosting the Scholastica Business Summit or "SBS."[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Scholastica, Narinda retain title in School Handball". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ Sreenivasan Jain (4 July 2016). "From Elite Schools To ISIS? Mystery of Dhaka Attackers". NDTV. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
    - "Security boosted at Dhaka schools". Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Profile of Some Schools of Dhaka". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Hasina, but not Rehana, wants Tulip in Bangladesh politics". Prothom Alo. BSS. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ Angela, Nusrat Jahin (4 September 2013). "Flying High at Harvard Model United Nations Conference". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
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  9. ^ Salam, Upashana (21 November 2014). "Wasfia's Everest". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  10. ^ Kasturi, Charu Sudan (5 July 2016). "Missing from class photo, youth surfaces in café". The Telegraph. Kolkata.
  11. ^ "Have faith in you". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  12. ^ Sultana, Fauzia (25 September 2011). "Master of Many Trades". Star Campus. The Daily Star.

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