Kuriakose Elias Schools consists of  two different schools with two different streams of curricula and syllabi and with different sections for each stream. The schools are situated at the eastern side of the hillock of Mannanam, Kottayam, where Blessed Kuriakose Elias started the CMI Congregation and his first Sanskrit school. The schools are named after Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of the CMI Congregation and the great luminary of the 19th century Kerala.
 
The schools come under the purview of the ‘CMI Educational Agency’  that coordinates all the educational activities of the CMI congregation, which runs a deemed University, a Medical College, Engineering Colleges, many affiliated colleges, technical schools and numerous reputed schools in different parts of India.
Here is a brief survey of the history of the school in the making:
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The first school of the group,  Kuriakose Elias English Medium School,  was started on July 16, 1991 as an unaided English Medium School, recognized by the Government of Kerala, with the U P and High School sections.
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In June 1995, Kindergarten section was added to the School. A new Kindergarten building  is being constructed in another location with better facilities.
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A separate school attached to the first school was started with ICSE syllabus in 2000. The ICSE Board approved the new school and so it got affiliated to the ICSE in February 2002. The ICSE school eventually became permanently affiliated to the ICSE Board, Delhi, with the Higher Secondary Section.
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July 2002, the recognized State School was upgraded to a Higher Secondary School with courses in Science, Commerce and Computer.
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The school started a Boys’ Boarding House, K.E. Boarding house, in August 2001, under the supervision of the CMI fathers.
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A Boarding House for girls, Suvidhya Bhavan, was started in June 2002 in a building near the school by the Salvatorian Sisters.
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K.E. Day Care Centre and Play School started in June 2003 made the school complete from Play School to Higher Secondary Schools.
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The schools obtained ISO 9000:2000 Certification in March 2008 by DAS Certification Ltd. UK. The scope of operation under this certification is provision of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary education.
Former Principals of the School
Name Period Photos
Rev. Fr.Philip Pazhayakari CMI
1991 to 1999

Rev. Fr. Mathew Arekalam CMI

1999 to 2008
Rev. Fr. Thomas Vempala CMI
2008 to 2011
 
The schools aim at preparing students to build up a just and peaceful society by enabling them to take their right place in the intellectual and civic life of the nation. Ultimately the schools aim at producing successful leaders with competency and excellence.
The schools provide quality education to the students with the help of knowledgeable, competent and experienced teachers.
Students are given ample facilities and opportunities for developing their intellectual, creative, artistic and athletic potentials.
The school conducts value education programmes, spiritual awareness programmes and moral instruction classes for an integrated mature growth of the students. Students are made to involve in social service activities in order to make them socially committed persons.
Strict observance of the rules and regulations of the school is enforced on the campus in order to cultivate in the mind of the students a sense of discipline and respect for rules in life.
 
The motto of the school, “Light of the world, illumine” is an echo of the age old prayer of the Rishies of ancient India and that of the teachings of Christ ("to lead the world from darkness to light"). The staff and students of the school join in the task of lightening up this gloomy (dark) world through the light of wisdom and knowledge. Students eventually become the light that brightens up the world.

Students shall wear their school uniform on all working days except on the days when permission is granted by the Principal for wearing colour dress. Cloth for the uniform is available at the school store; uniforms are stitched for boys and girls according to the prescribed pattern.