Budhanilkantha School, situated in the breathtaking panorama of the capital, Kathmandu, is the government designated ‘National School’ of Nepal. It is a fully residential English medium co-educational public school that runs from grade 5 to 12, including the Advanced Level of Cambridge University, UK. A joint venture effort between the government of Nepal and the government of the United Kingdom, the school was established in 1972 with the sole aim of imparting quality education for “rich and poor alike” in an environment that fosters unity and equality. In the first two decades of its operation, the school was managed by a succession of British head-masters who did an excellent job of establishing and shaping the school into a centre of excellence.
The school covers about 29 hectors (574 ropanies) of land and has excellent physical facilities of a first grade residential school. The meritorious students come from all corners of Nepal, representing different races, ethnicities, cultures and socio-economic levels. About one third of the total student population receives scholarship under the government’s scholarship. Scholarship is provided to the meritorious and needy students after a very selective entrance exam conducted all over the country every year.
Apart from high academic standards Budhanilkantha School also imparts multi-dimensional skills and leadership qualities through an array of sports and extracurricular activities. Most graduates win scholarships to attend prestigious colleges and universities all over the world.
The school is managed under the Public Educational Trust, the main Trustee being the Ministry of education. The Board of Trustees and the School Management Committee (SMC) are chaired by the Education Secretary. Society of Ex Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS), the alumni association, and Friends of Budhanilkantha School (FOBS) are the two organizations that keenly take interest in the welfare of the school.