Rishi Valley School

Chittoor,Andhra Pradesh

4.5
Parent Ratings
4.7
Edustoke Score
₹ 590,000
Annual Fees
ICSE
School Board
Co-Ed School
Gender Classification

About School


Rishi Valley Education Centre is run by Krishnamurti Foundation, India. It is located in a sheltered valley in the interior of rural Andhra Pradesh, about 15km from the nearest town, Madanapalle, and about 140 km north-east of Bangalore.The site of the school, chosen by Krishnamurti for its remarkable atmosphere of peace and serenity, is an undulating landscape of fields, rain-fed streams and scattered villages, surrounded by ancient granite hills with striking rock formations. Located in a drought-prone area, the hill slopes are sparse in vegetation and the valley floor dotted with an occasional banyan or tamarind tree.

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When did the school start ?

In 1926, Jiddu Krishnamurti's colleague C.S. Trilokikar on his request went from hamlet to hamlet by bullock cart, buying land until a 300-acre campus had been assembled. By 1929 most of the land for Rishi Valley had been acquired. Trilokikar named the whole basin Rishi Valley, a name derived from legends about rishis, who were rumoured to live in the hills surrounding the valley, thousands of years ago. However, before the land was completely assembled, Besant abandoned the idea of a world university because there were more pressing matters of national importance for her, such as India's Home Rule Movement.

Where is the school located ?

It is located in a sheltered valley in the interior of rural Andhra Pradesh, about 15km from the nearest town, Madanapalle, and about 140 km north-east of Bangalore.

Which curriculum does the school follow ?

In the senior school the educational programme shifts in its emphasis towards preparation of students in the syllabus for the ICSE (at the end of class 10) examinations.

What facilities does the school have ?

There are traditions and cultures unique to Rishi Valley.Some practices that the school has maintained for over fifty years are the morning assembly, Asthachal and folk dancing. During the morning assembly, three times a week, the entire school gathers for singing. Children learn traditional chants, as well as songs by poets, ranging from Kabir to Rabindranath Tagore, often set in accompaniment to the traditional south Indian drum, the mridangam. The rest of the week, students, teachers, and visitors take turns speaking about various topics that interest them.
F. Gordon Pearce, the principal of Rishi Valley School after the Second World War, came up with the idea of Asthachal (sunset point), a tradition which survives to this day. During Asthachal, children gather together on a cliff and sit quietly while the sun sets. It is a short but peaceful period of time, which gives children an opportunity for quiet reflection, observation of nature, daydreaming or watching their own thoughts.
An American teacher, David Young, introduced Western folk dancing to the school.[24] Later, another teacher, David Horsburgh, introduced European and American folk dancing. Folk dancing, or 'folkie' as students call it, is held once a week. The senior students teach the dances to the junior students. Over the years, the dances have evolved and visiting alumni usually join in.
Religious and cultural festivals and occasions are celebrated in Rishi Valley like Christmas, Ugadi, Shivaratri and Makara Sankranti (Pongal) when villagers come and perform for the children. During Makara Sankranti, there is a bull dance where all students dance along with the villagers and their decorated bulls. On such special occasions, students are treated to a special dinner.
Student cultural activities include: classical Indian dance (Bharatnatyam), Carnatic music, Mridangam, Violin, Tabla and Piano. Many important Indian artists have performed in Rishi Valley including M.L. Vasanthakumari (Carnatic musician), Amjad Ali Khan (Hindustani musician), Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar musician), Palghat Mani Iyer (Mridangam musician), and Bombay Jayashree (Carnatic musician). Renowned Odissi and Bharatanatyam choreographer and danseuse, Oopali Operajita, is a former Rishi Valley student where she studied Bharatanatyam and performed under the banyan tree in Rishi Valley's fabled dance dramas, for J. Krishnamurti. She was recently invited by Rishi Valley to choreograph a dance drama - The Rishi Valley Dance Drama (from Kalidasa's Kumarasambhavam) - for the school, reviving a Rishi Valley tradition which had lain dormant for 35 years.
Sports include football, cricket, athletics, basketball and volleyball, tennis and badminton. The surrounding wilderness area is an ideal terrain for rock climbers and recreational hikers. There is an annual Athletics Meet ("Sports Day") and seasonal football, cricket and basketball extramural matches (colloquially referred to as "Externals") between Rishi Valley and the neighboring teams. The RV Cup is an annual football tournament for the boys and a handball tournament for the girls.
An arts and crafts department teaches and engages students in carpentry, pottery, weaving, batik and fine art .

Fee Details


ICSE Board Fee Structure - Indian Nationals

Other One Time Payment ₹ 24,500 Other One Time Payment
Yearly Fees ₹ 590,000 Yearly Fees

ICSE Board Fee Structure - International Students

Other One Time Payment US$ 334 Other One Time Payment
Yearly Fees US$ 15,000 Yearly Fees

Admission Details


Admission Start Month December Admission Start Month
Online Admission Yes Online Admission
Admission link Admission link
Admission Process "The candidates for selection to the Plus Two course are interviewed after their Board examinations are over." Admission Process

Other Key Information


Establishment Year 1926 Establishment Year
Entry Age 8Years entry age
Seats at entry level class NA entry age
Total Student Strength as on date 360 Total Student Strength as on date
Student Teacher Ratio 7:1 Student Teacher Ratio
Language of Instruction English Language of instruction
AC Campus Yes AC campus
CCTV Surveillance Yes CCTV Surveillance
Grade From Class 4 Grade From
Grade To Class 12 Grade To
Outdoor Sports Badminton Basket ball Throwball Football Tennis Cricket Outdoor Sports
Indoor Sports Carrom Board Table tennis Chess Indoor Sports

Co-curricular Activities

Performing Arts Dance Music Performing Arts
Visual Arts Drawing Paiting Visual Arts
Religious minority school No Religious minority school
Languages taught at primary stage Languages taught at primary stage
Subjects taught in Class 10 Subjects taught in Class 10
Subjects taught in Class 12 Subjects taught in Class 12

School Infrastructure Details


Barrier free / Ramps No Barrier free / Ramps
Strong Room No Strong Room
Gymnasium No Gymnasium
Wi-Fi Enabled No Wi-Fi Enabled
Ramps for Differently Abled No Ramps for Differently Abled
Fire Extinguishers No Fire Extinguishers
Clinic Facility No Clinic Facility
Examination center of CBSE No Examination center of CBSE

Travel Information


Nearest Airport 83 Km.
Tirupati International Airport (TIR) Distance
Nearest Airport
Nearest Railway Station 90 Km.
Chittoor Railway Station Distance
Nearest Railway Station

Contact Information


Email Email
Phone Number +917893644497 , +918571280622 , +918571280582 Email
Website website
Location Rishi Valley, Chittoor District, Madanapalle, Chittoor Location
Parents Rating Summary
4.5

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OP Das
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Bhaskar
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A Bose
9 months ago
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The school's admission process was very efficient. We got timely response to our queries.
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Manesh
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Match lacks a lot of typical things that other schools have.
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