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Schools in India: Rishi Valley School, Chittor


The school started in 1931, when a group of educators moved from Madras to Rishi Valley. Earlier in 1926, Shri J Krishnamurti had identified a site for the school, near a very large and old Banyan tree. The campus is set in a valley and occupies a 300 acre plot of land.

School Overview


School Campus

The school has an eight bed hospital with a Resident Medical Officer and Nurse. The senior boys and girls stay in separate large buildings divided into rooms, and the junior students live in dormitories. Each hostel is under the care of a House Parent. The dining hall seats 200 people at a time and serves the needs of the entire campus. All teaching and non-teaching staff are housed on the campus.

Teaching Staff

The student population comprises about 350 boys and girls from all parts of India and their ages range from 8+ to 18. The number of students in a class is usually around 25.

Affiliation

Sports - Special attention is given to games and athletics, and students go on hikes and hill-climbing. Football, hockey and cricket are played according to the season. There are four tennis courts, a basketball court, an indoor badminton court and ample grounds for volley ball, throw ball, baseball and Indian games. Practice in athletics are conducted by qualified coaches who are invited from the State Sports Council. Yoga, cross-country running and long distance cycling are other important activities of the school.

The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. It prepares students for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Class X) and the Indian School Certificate (Class XII) examinations. The subjects offered at the +2 level include those in the Science, Commerce and Humanities streams.


Fees/Admission


Fees

The annual fee during 2002-2003 was Rs. 70000/- per annum; this figure includes boarding, lodging and tuition but excludes to-and-fro journeys, excursions and textbooks. The annual fee is expected to keep in step with inflation.

Admission

The entry points are Classes IV, VI and VII, at the age of 8+, 10+ and 11+ respectively. A pre-registration questionnaire must be filled up and submitted in August-November of the year preceding year of admission.

Registration must be done by October of the year prior to the academic year for which admission is sought. Class IV is the lowest grade in the school.


School Academics


Scholarship

The various scholarship schemes offered to students are the Government of India merit-cum-means scholarships, the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC) scholarships, the Rishi Valley School Scholarship Scheme and partial fee concession scheme of Rishi Valley School Scholarship fund.

Sports

Special attention is given to games and athletics, and students go on hikes and hill-climbing. Football, hockey and cricket are played according to the season. There are four tennis courts, a basketball court, an indoor badminton court and ample grounds for volley ball, throw ball, baseball and Indian games. Practice in athletics are conducted by qualified coaches who are invited from the State Sports Council. Yoga, cross-country running and long distance cycling are other important activities of the school.

Extra Curricular Activities

Afternoons are devoted to activities such as carpentry, music, photography and arts and crafts. There are many clubs that meet on regular basis, such as Public Speaking Club, Creative Writing Club, Journalism Club, Chess Club, Math Club, Astronomy Club and Dramatics Club. Students are encouraged and trained to participate in public speaking, quiz programmes, poetry recitation and essay writing. Instruction is given in classical and folk music, Bharatanatyam and international folk dance. There are separate teachers for musicology, veena and mridangam.



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