Army Public School (APS) - Dhaula Kuan The history of this institute dates back to the year 1953, when in order to meet the ever rising need of providing quality education at reasonable costs to the service officer's children. The residents of the Maulana Azad Officers' Hostel started the institution following the public school pattern. APS strives its utmost to do justice to its objective of shaping the students' personality through physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
It is operated under Indian Army supervision. Army schools are located in Indian communities and in and around Army installations. These institutions are affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. The school was founded in 1953 and currently has about 4500 students.
The Army Public School celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year 2003.
The school was established at Maulana Azad Road Officers Hostel in Delhi in May 1953, called Maulana Azad Road Children’s School (MARCS), with the goal of providing quality education at reasonable cost to the children of the Armed Forces. Originally, the school had 21 students and two teachers. Its founding principal was Mercy Benjamin. By July 1959, the classes extended up to VIII and by July 1961, it was upgraded to class XI with 600 children and 32 faculty members.
The school moved to its present campus in 1970 and was renamed Defence Services Public School. On 15 July 1976 the school got its present name, The Army Public School (TAPS).
The school belongs to a family of more than 117 schools being run by the Army Welfare Education Society. Admission is granted on a priority basis to wards of Army personnel posted to Delhi or to those posted at field areas and other operational areas.
The students and alumni of the school are often referred to as "TAPSITES".
The school has an area of over 32.5 acres (132,000 m2), which includes seven basketball courts, one football ground, one hockey ground, one cricket ground, and two volleyball courts. The Army Public School has four wings and one auditorium:
Main Block (Secondary Wing - class VI to X)
Malhotra Block (Senior Secondary Wing - class XI and XIII)
Primary Wing (Class I to V)
Activity Wing (Activity rooms, computer lab, bank, MI room, book and uniform shop)
The school also has three cafeterias, a children's amusement park, a mini-golf course, and a hostel available for boys.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Senior Secondary Education (CBSE).
APS functions five days a week. It has a Primary Wing (Classes 1 to 5), a Secondary Wing (Classes 6 to 10) and a Senior Secondary Wing (Classes 11 and 12).The timings of all the wings are the same through out the year, from 07.30 hrs to 13.30 hrs.
Examinations The School follows a continuous system of evaluation and the academic performance of the students is adjudged on the basis of a three-tier system of examination. The weightage is as follows :- UNIT TEST I & II 10% HALF YEARLY EXAM 15% ANNUAL EXAM 75% In case a student joins after 31 Dec, the results of only the Annual Examination is considered for promotion. There are no formal examinations for Classes I and II.
French is the Third Language in Class 6 in lieu of Sanskrit and Second Language in Class 9, in lieu of Hindi and Sanskrit.
The various subject combinations offered at the Senior Secondary level are:
Science with Mathematics English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology/ Computer Science / Economics
Science without Mathematics English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Bio Technology,Physical Education / Home Science/ Fine Arts/ Informatics Practices/ Psychology
Commerce with Mathematics English, Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies, Accountancy
Commerce without Mathematics English, Economics, Business Studies, Accountancy, Physical Education / Home Science/ Fine Arts/ Informatics Practices/ Psychology
Humanities English, History, Geography, Hindi/ Economics/ Political Sc, Physical Education / Home Science/ Fine Arts/ Informatics Practices/ Psychology
The School celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year (2003-04).
To facilitate better organization and maximum participation of the students in various Co-curricular Activities and Sports, APS follows a House System . The four Houses are :
The following major events are organized in the School :
TAPS FEST - The TAPS FEST or the Army Public School Festival of Co-curricular activities is a mega event organised every year where students from leading schools of Delhi are provided an opportunity to compete in various events like computer related activities , debates and declamations , dance and drama , music and fine arts.
NATIONAL INTER-ARMY QUIZ AND DEBATE - Each year a National Inter-Army Quiz competition, conducted by eminent quiz masters , is organized wherein the champions from all the Commands participate in a 'battle of brains ' in the Finals.
BAL DIWAS - Bal Diwas is a day for the children commencing with a cultural programme which is followed by the children being treated to a movie in the School Auditorium and fun and games for the tiny tots.
TEACHERS DAY - The day dawns with Class Twelfth students giving the teachers a much needed break. It is a day where the students display their skills at not only various cultural events but also in teaching.
ANNUAL FUNCTION - Bringing the curtains down on the academic year, is the grand finale - the Annual Function . It is also a platform to recognize the academic achievements of the students of the year gone by.
FAREWELL TO THE TWELFTH - A special function which is organized to bid farewell to the Twelfth standard.
Well-known alumni of the school include:
Kunwar Hemant Singh