True to its motto Knowledge is power, Golden Palm Army School began its journey in the month of May 2009. The school was inaugurated by Maj. Gen. E J Kochekkan, AVSM, SM, VSM, the then GOC ATNK&K Area on 26th May 2009. 6th July 2009 will be written in golden letters in the school history when it started functioning with the Principal, 15 teachers and about 300 students. Independence Day was celebrated as its first National festival and Annual Sports day on 23rd Jan.2010.
GPAS silently bid adieu to its students and staff and emerged as APS, Chennai to join the elite group of AWES Schools as its 127th member. The new session commenced on 1st April 2010 with addition of class VIII. The first Annual Day was celebrated on 5th August 2010. It showcased the budding talents of students aptly titled “We are one”. The school reached another milestone by publishing its first magazine “Drishti….the beginning”.
The school moved forward to Senior Secondary level with Science, Commerce & Humanities Streams in the year 2013-14. Smart Classes, projects such as Rain water harvesting, Vermi Composting, Solar Power Plant, Water purifiers were executed. NCC was inaugurated by Chairman Maj. Gen. R G Krishnan on 9th July 2014.
The year 2015 was a testing period for the city of Chennai as well as the school. Chennai was terribly affected by the flood caused due to incessant rain in December 2015. But like the phoenix bird, the school resurrected within no time and started its operation within two weeks.
A humble initiative has transformed into a giant leap today. From a small beginning of 300 children, the school has gradually increased to 1020 students.
The Academic session 2012 -13 had the first batch of class X students appear for board exams and brought glory to school with their commendable performance. The Language Lab, Junior Computer Lab, Indoor Games, Maths Lab were set up to benefit the learners.
The family of APS, Chennai has grown larger with student strength of 1175 in the year 2016. In spite of another spell of testing time in the form of "Vardah", the school is continuously striving for an All Round Development. The school now has a good School Band and Jazz Band troupe and Football and Basketball teams at all levels that have started making a mark.
As a school, APS Chennai has stepped into its 10th year, progressing year after year towards its Mission & Vision.
APS Chennai in the year 2018-19 has set a standard in school education, demonstrating immense value of conservation of energy and natural resources, by going 100% solar, recharging ground water through multiple rainwater harvesting system and planting nearly 900 saplings in the school campus.