About Us

CMS- City Montessori School is the world's largest city-school with 18 campuses in the city of Lucknow. The school that began with 5 children in 1959 on a borrowed capital of Rupees 300, today has over 55,000 students from Montessori to Class XII in the current session.

CMS founders, Dr Jagdish Gandhi and Dr Bharti Gandhi were inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Sant Vinoba Bhave. They started CMS with vision to inspire generations of children to become socially motivated and conscious citizens of India and the world.

Their motto "Jai Jagat" has been the school's greeting from the beginning. CMS children are taught the value of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbukum', or the 'Earth is but One country and Mankind its Citizens'.

Career Counselling Cell

CMS Career Counselling Cell is located at CMS Head Office. It aims to inform students about various Career options available to them after 10+2 and also about study abroad opportunities. CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I is a SAT, AP, Admission Testing Services (ATS) test centre and is now also a American College Testing (ACT) Centre. CMS is also a International Award for Young People (IAYP) centre. We also organise Careers Day and meaningful career advisory session/s for students from time to time.

Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi
Founder-Manager & Founder-Director

Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
President & Chief Operating Officer

Roshan Gandhi
Director of Strategy

Ms Susmita Basu
Head, Quality Assurance and Innovations Department & Superior Principal

Advisory Committee

Ms Manjit Batra
Senior Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar

Dr (Mrs) Vineeta Kamran
Senior Principal, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Mrs Jyoti Kashyap
Senior Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I

Dr Kalpana Tripathi
Principal, CMS Mahanagar Campus

Mrs Veera Hajela
Principal, CMS Station Road Campus

Mrs Nisha Pandey
Principal, CMS Rajajipuram Campus I

Mrs Jayashree Krishnan
Senior Principal, CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus I

Mrs Aruna Naidu
Principal, CMS RDSO Campus

Mrs Abha Anant
Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I

Mrs Jyotsana Atul
Principal, CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus II

Mrs Shipra Upadhyay
Principal, CMS Jopling Road Campus

Mrs Roli Tripathi
Principal, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Mrs Ruchi Bhuwan Joshi
Principal, CMS Indira Nagar Campus

Mrs Sangeeta Banerjee
Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II

Mrs Trapti Dwivedi
Principal, CMS Asharfabad Campus

Ms Reena Soti
Principal, CMS Anand Nagar Campus

Mrs Shivani Singh
Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I

Mrs Aditi Sharma
Principal, CMS Chowk Campus

Mrs Samvida Adhikari
Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus II

Mrs Poonam Arora
Principal, CMS Rajajipuram Campus II

Mrs Deepali Gautam
Principal, CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus III


Mr Suresh Kumar
Senior Graphic and Webdesigner

Mr Rakesh Sonkar
Project Leader, Operations

Mr Shashank Srivastava
Coordinator, Carrer Counselling Cell

Mrs Smriti Singh
Study Abroad Coordinator, CMS

Campus Career Counselling Coordinators

S. No. Campus Name Name of the Career Counselling Coordinator
1.Aliganj IMrs Lipika Kala (Vice-principal)
2.Station RoadMs Padma Dheer (Vice-Principal)j
3.Rajajipuram IMs Ishani Mehrotra
4.Kanpur RoadMrs Anshoo Mishra
5.RDSOMr Farhat Ali
6.Gomti Nagar IMrs Smriti Singh
7.MahanagarMs Shirshika Kapoor
8.Rajendra Nagar IMrs Reeta Fleming (Vice-Principal)
9.Indira NagarMr Pushkar Mishra
10.Gomti Nagar IIMs Tulika Chatterjee
11.Chowk CampusMs Diksha Singh

Career Options After 10 + 2

Academic Courses Professional Courses
  • B.Sc.(PCM)
  • B.A
  • B.COM
  • Architecture
  • Biotechnology (PCM/PCB)
  • Chartered Accountancy (any stream)
  • Computer Applications (any stream with Maths)
  • Design (any stream)
  • Engineering (PCM)
  • Fine Arts (any stream)
  • Hotel Management (any stream)
  • Information Technology (PCM)
  • Law (any stream)
  • Management (any stream)
  • Medical (PCB)
  • Mass Communication (any stream)
  • Travel & Tourism (any stream)

Stream-wise Classifcation of various career options (After 10 + 2)

Careers Day

Brief Report on Careers Day Organized by CMS Personality Development & Career Counselling Cell on Sunday, 21 April 2019 WUCC Auditorium, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Careers Day was organised by CMS Career Counselling Cell on 21 April 2019 with a purpose to give children an exposure to variety of conceivable career options at this crucial juncture of their student life.


CMS Career Counselling Cell organised a Careers Day for CMS senior students on Sunday, 21 April, 2019 at its Kanpur Road Campus. More than over fifteen hundred students from class IX to XII from twelve campuses of CMS participated in this event. It was a unique opportunity for CMS children to interact with so many different career specialists of different fields under one roof at one time. The significant aspect of the 'Careers Day' had been the presence of world class experts to guide students, teachers and parents.

Several dignitaries who guided the students include Dr Vikram Singh, Pro Chancellor, Noida International University; Ms Alaknanda Dayal, IAS, Secretary, Finance, UP; Dr. Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Planning & Research, Integral University; Ms Kulsum Talha, Senior Journalist; Dr Meeta Ghosh, Additional Director, Centre for Skill Development, Era University; Dr. S.K. Rath Senior Principal Scientist, CDRI; CA Devesh Agarwal, ICAI, Lucknow; Maj. Gen. Pravesh Puri, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Madhya Uttar Pradesh Sub Area (MUPSA); Comm. Wakil Ahmad, Commanding Officer, 3 UP Naval Unit; Mrs Rupali Bakshi, Jr. Manager, (Deck Cadet Recruitment) Anglo East Ship Management; Mr Gaurav Chicker, Director, Manya Abroad, Lucknow; Mr Nadeem Ahmad Khan, Director, Institute of European Languages, Lucknow; Mr Trueman Laisram, Country Adviser, Queen's University Belfast; Mr Devesh Anand, Country Advisor (India), University of Bristol; Ms Pinky Desai, Student Recruitment & Admissions, Monash University; Ms Nilanjana Shihn, Country Advisor - India, Trinity College Dublin; Mrs Shipra Anand, Founder Director, Academy for Fashion Careers; Mr Samanvya Dhar Dwivedi, Advocate; Ms Heena Jethanandani, Senior Manager, Outreach, Ashoka University; Mr Anish Dhiman, Assistant Director, O.P. Jindal Global University; RJ Vipul Gaur, Radio Jockey, Radio Mirchi, 98.3 FM; Mr Raman Sharma, Director MAAC Lucknow/Kanpur; Mr Rajendra Kalra, Tata Consultancy Service; Dr. Nikhil Kulshrestha, Senior Associate Professor - HR, UPES & Energy Studies; Ar. Annkit Kumar, Senior Project Architect, ARCH-EN DESIGN; Mr Shamim Sheikhmovahhed, Western Music Teacher, CMS; Mrs Mala Mukerjee, Senior Career Counsellor & HR Trainer, Institute for Career Studies; Col. Ajay Ramakrishnan, Sena Medal (Gallantry); Dr Rajeev Lochan, Director & Superintendent in Chief, Balrampur Hospital; Mr Kapil Miital, Regional Admission Counsellor, Ahmedabad University; etc.

There was also the participation from several universities (India & Abroad) which include Dallas Baptist University, Texas, USA; Foothill + De Anza Colleges, California, USA; Full Sail University, Florida, USA; Governors State University, Illinois, USA; Kent State University, Ohio, USA; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA; Ohio Northern University, Ohio, USA; Ohlone College, California, USA; Pittsburg State University, Kansas, USA; Tiffin University, Ohio, USA; Troy University, Troy, Alabama, USA; University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan, USA; University of San Francisco, California, USA; University of South Florida, Florida, USA; Wright State University, Ohio, USA; Wichita State University, USA; Queen's University Belfast, UK; University of Bristol, UK; University of York, UK; University of Derby, UK; Monash University, Australia; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Asia World Education, Ireland; Indian School of Business and Finance; O.P. Jindal Global University; Ashoka University; Noida International University; Bennett University; University of Petroleum and Energy Studies; Ahmedabad University; SRM University; Era University; Young Technology Scholars; Cialfo; EducationUSA; IDP; Manya Abroad etc.

Forthcoming Events

Study Abroad

City Montessori School provides excellent overseas university counselling

CMS students are compelling applicants and successfully matriculate to universities worldwide. Study Abroad Counseling at CMS encompasses complete planning for university throughout the Senior School experience. Students have weekly meetings and receive personal attention in advisor groups and in individual appointments with the Study Abroad Counselor. Workshops, college fairs, and visits from universities are all arranged, preparing students intensively in Grades 11 and 12, with topics ranging from college research, comparison and financial aid, and information about higher-education admissions. CMS is also the centre to conduct AP, SAT, PSAT, ACT and ATS exams which are a very important aspect of Study Abroad. Now the students are not required to travel anywhere to take these exams.

Key Guidance Areas:

  1. Working towards developing clarity of purpose in the student's mind about their academic goals and professional choices.
  2. Facilitating and motivating the student to shortlist good - fit colleges, universities and institutions for higher studies in countries like USA, UK, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland etc.
  3. Providing an update and latest information on changes in International Application process, SAT, AP, PSAT and ACT  exams, application deadlines, all dos and don'ts of college applications are provided.
  4. Guiding students with the nuances of writing effective College Essays, Personal Statements and also coordinates with the teachers and students for the letter of teacher recommendations as per the desired criteria.
  5. School is also a YES Centre to run the Duke of Edinburgh Program which helps the students to build their extracurricular profile.
  6. Organizing Student Development Workshops, University Fairs, University Visits and talks by eminent persons so as to expand the horizon of the student mind.
  7. Reviewing all college applications and personal resume and achieve the strongest possible application

The CMS students have gained admissions to leading colleges, which include:

  1. Cornell University (An Ivy League US University)
  2. University of Pennsylvania (An Ivy League US University)
  3. University of Massachusetts, USA
  4. Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  5. University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  6. University of Cincinnati, USA
  7. Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  8. Seton Hall, USA
  9. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  10. Xavier’s University, Ohio, USA
  11. New School of Drama, New York, USA
  12. New York University, New York Campus, USA
  13. Drexel University, USA
  14. State University of New York, Albany, USA
  15. Ohio Wesleyn University, Ohio, USA
  16. Hofstra University, USA
  17. Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  18. Michigan State University, USA
  19. Pace University, USA
  20. Oxford University, UK
  21. University College London, UK
  22. University of Leeds and Lancaster University, UK
  23. Tudias, University in Dresden, Germany
  24. Bochum University, Germany
  25. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  26. University College Dublin, Ireland
  27. University of British Columbia, Canada
  28. University of Waterloo, Canada
  29. University of Melbourne, Australia
  30. Australia National University, Australia
  31. Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
  32. Ritsumeiken Asia Pacific University, Japan
  33. Yale-NUS College, Singapore
  34. Texas A&M University, USA
  35. Columbia University, USA
  36. University of South Carolina, USA
  37. London School of Economics, Thailand
  38. University of Vancouver, Canada
  39. University of Hartford, USA
  40. Kettering University, USA
  41. Marquette University, USA
  42. University of Edinburgh, UK
  43. New York University, Shanghai, China
  44. Monash University, Australia
  45. Deakin University, Australia
  46. University of Queensland, Australia
  47. University of Delaware, USA
  48. University of Warwick, UK
  49. University of Warwick, UK
  50. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sixty-Seven CMS students got admission offers in top ranking universities in USA, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Finland, Spain, Germany and Canada by 29 March, 2019

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Contact Us

Mr Shashank Srivastava
Coordinator, Career Counselling Cell

Address: 12 Station Road, CMS Head Office
Phones: +91–522–2638925, 2638930, Ext: 163

Head Office Number: +91–522–2638483, 2638606

Email: counselling@cmseducation.org