Scholastica (school)

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School type Cambridge International Examinations private
Founded 1977
Founder Yasmeen Murshed
Chairperson Syed Maher Murshed
Language English, Bengali
Hours in school day 8:00 am to 2:40 pm for students
School colour(s) White, navy blue uniform; yellow, fuchsia, green and blue of the logo
Sports Volleyball, football, handball,[1] basketball, cricket, swimming, badminton

Scholastica is a private English immersion school in Dhaka, Bangladesh, offering preschool to A-level courses.

It is prominently recognised as one of the elite schools of Bangladesh, boasting a strong alumni network.[2][3]


Scholastica was set up in 1977 in to meet the demands for schools having English as the medium of instruction but emphasising equal proficiency in Bengali.[4]

In January 2001, the senior classes moved into new premises. It has science and computer laboratories, electronic and print libraries, an audio-visual language teaching centre, sports facilities, and an air-conditioned auditorium.


Scholastica permanent campus

Scholastica's junior, middle and senior divisions are housed in the Dhaka neighbourhoods of Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Uttara, and Mirpur.

The Uttara campus was built in 2000. It accommodates classes 4 to 12 in classrooms across its seven-stored compound. STM Hall is an auditorium which is used as a gymnasium.[5] STM Hall is named after Yasmeen Murshed's husband Syed Tanver Murshed. The cafeteria overlooks Scholastica's 'Red Court' – an outdoor five-a-side futsal pitch and basketball court.

Scholastica has opened a campus in the heart of Mirpur. The campus has a full-scale swimming pool and auditorium.


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.

As of the 2008–09 academic session, the school's O- and A-level examinations were administered by Cambridge International Examinations, replacing the Edexcel system of schooling.



Laboratory facilities are provided for all the science classes. The Senior Labs are inspected and approved by the representatives of the University of London to meet their standard for the practical requirement of the '0' and 'A' Level examinations.


The library, on one of the higher stories, overlooks the Dhaka traffic through sepia-toned glass walls. It offers an extensive collection of books. It is air conditioned. Books available include classics by the likes of Plato, Milan Kundera, Shakespeare, Euripedes, so on so forth.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Scholastica extracurricular activities include drama, debating, and public speaking.[6] School teams participate in inter-school and national competitions.[7] Theatrical presentations are performed in English and Bengali. Several after-school programs are offered from the middle school onwards, and all kinds of leadership programs, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, are part of the school's offerings.

Other activities include a host of field trips, foreign trips, visits to exhibitions and museums, celebration of national and historical events, and cultural programs. Participation in community service programs, fund raising for natural disaster relief, and campaigns to enhance awareness of health and environmental issues are a part of school activities.



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  2. ^ "From Elite Schools To ISIS? Mystery of Dhaka Attackers". Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
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  4. ^ "Profile of Some Schools of Dhaka". The Daily Star. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Hoque, Shishir. "Big guns start strong in 8th Ascent Corporate Cup". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ BSS. "Hasina, but not Rehana, wants Tulip in Bangladesh politics". Matiur Rahman. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Angela, Nusrat Jahin. "Flying High at Harvard Model United Nations Conference". The Daily Star. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Salam, Upashana. "Wasfia's Everest". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Shazia Omar: Not just a writer". Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Staff Correspondent. "Have faith in you". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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