The Scindia School is an Indian boarding school for boys, established in 1897, and situated in the historic Gwalior Fort, in the city of Gwalior. It was originally started exclusively for nobles and princes of Royal families, particularly the Marathas, though it no longer discriminates on class. As of 2010, the school has enrolled 606 students, with a teacher:student ratio of 1:12. The school is noted for its advanced IT facilities.
The library is open seven days a week, 14 hours a day. The school computer centre has a network of Dell servers and 300 Pentium-based machines which run on a broadband fibre optic backbone. The centre has a wide variety of equipment, including Sony digital motion cameras, projection systems, zip drives and a DVD/CD writers — as well as an extensive suite of media editing software. A large number of educational multimedia CDs are available. A health centre takes care of student medical needs. A resident doctor, a nurse and a ward master take care of all student requirements. For complicated cases or emergencies the school calls upon its panel of specialists in the city and also avails of the facilities provided by nursing homes and unmatched facilities provided by the local Indian Air Force station.
The school is in the erstwhile barracks of British soldiers and the teachers live in the residential quarters once occupied by the British officials. The school is divided into twelve houses, four for juniors and eight for seniors, each named after places and individuals from Maratha history. Junior houses are Jankoji, Dattaji (Sarvapalli), Nimaji and Kanerkhed (Siddharth). Senior houses are Jayaji, Ranoji, Mahadji, Jeevaji, Madhav, Shivaji, Daulat (Vivekanand) and Jayappa (Chaitanya) (Jyotiba house was discontinued in 2003). The four houses for the junior boys are looked after by housemistresses, matrons and other domestic staff. The senior houses have a housemaster and a resident tutor along with the domestic staff. The housemaster's residence and that of another faculty member are attached to each house to ensure the availability of pastoral guidance.
Extracurricular activities are organised by senior students and supervised by faculty. The school has Junior and Senior Debating Society teams and two literary societies one for English and one for Sanskrit and Hindi. The students run societies to cater to interests in history, geography, mathematics, science, and ICT. The School Council, composed of elected students teachers, give students a large degree of self-government. Students take up hobbies like music, photography, painting, glass painting, batik dying, papier-mâché, clay modelling, pottery, stone carving, wood work and metal work. They are encouraged to learn first aid, automobile mechanics and to develop an interest in Information Technology. Students participate in educational camps, nature camps, adventure activities outdoor survival, mountaineering expeditions, white water rafting, skiing and cycling being a few of many examples.
Students participate in sports including track & field athletics, soccer, hockey, cricket, basketball, horse riding, archery, rifle shooting, boxing, equestrian, squash, tennis, badminton, swimming and deep-pool diving and more. A large multi-purpose gym serves the students in their indoor sporitng pursuits.