Rishi Valley :
In 1926, when the philosopher J.Krishnamurti decided to set up his first school, he chose a remote valley in the interior of rural Andhra Pradesh, in Chittoor District at the edge of the Karnataka Plateau, about 135 km northeast of Bangalore. Rishi Valley is at an altitude of 800 metres. The climate is dry and temperate, the water drawn from deep borewells is fresh and potable; and, in the absence of any industries, the atmosphere is remarkably clean and clear. Shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats have traversed this area since neolithic times, and still claim their ancient right of access to the hills; and the farmers of the valley have grown rain-fed crops like bajra, ragi and, more recently, peanuts. Their small hamlets — clusters of thatched, round mud huts with pens for animals — are dotted all over the valleys of the region. The largest settlement in the valley, Thettu village, probably dates back several hundred years.
The Campus :
A far more important purpose than this is to create the right climate and environment so that the child may develop fully as a complete human being. This means giving the child the opportunity to flower in goodness so that he or she is rightly related to people, things and ideas, to the whole of life. To live is to be related. There is no right relationship to anything if there is not the right feeling for beauty, a
response to nature, to music and art — a highly developed aesthetic sense. I think it is fairly clear that competitive education and the development of the student in that process.... is very, very destructive.
We must be very clear in ourselves what we want – clear that a human being must be the total human being, not just a technological human being. If we concentrate very much on examinations, on technological information, on making the child clever, proficient in acquiring knowledge while we neglect the other side, then the child will grow up into a one-sided human being. When we talk about a total human being, we mean not only a human being with inward understanding, with a capacity to explore, to examine his or her inward state and the capacity of going beyond it, but also someone who is good in what he does outwardly. The two must go together. That is the issue in education:
to see that when the child leaves the school, he is well-established in goodness, both outwardly and inwardly. (Krishnamurti On Education)
• To educate students so that they are able to explore both the natural world and the world of feeling.
• To inculcate a love for nature and respect for all forms of life.
• To create an atmosphere of affection, order and freedom without either fear or licence.
The twelve years of schooling are divided into the Junior School which includes preparatory classes for campus children and classes 4 and 5, the Middle School which includes classes 6 to 8, and Senior School which includes classes 9 to 12. Classroom spaces and other facilities in each section of the school are suited to the needs of the students and staff at that level. The Senior School facilities include an excellent library (with audio listening stations), well equipped science laboratories, audiovisual rooms with an extensive collection of video tapes, Internet facilities and an actively used computer centre. The Junior and Middle Schools occupy a separate complex with an open assembly
space, an audio-visual room, a science laboratory and dedicated language rooms. There is also a well- stocked library for the Junior and Middle Schools, and computer facilities are available for Middle School students. In nonacademic areas, the facilities include provisions for all major sports; an arts
The Junior and Middle Schools :
At the Junior and Middle School levels, Rishi Valley teachers have a high degree of autonomy in deciding curriculum, teaching methods and evaluation systems. Emphasis is given to developing basic concepts in subject areas, skills of various types, and wider perspectives that incorporate the educational values of the school. A flexible curriculum, periodically reviewed and updated by the staff, has been developed keeping in mind current trends in education and the development level of children at each age group. In the Junior School classes, a rich learning environment is provided.
Painting, craft, music and drama are an integral part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests beyond curricular learning. There is an ongoing programme to create learning materials that enhance the concrete experiences which are the basis of concept formation and skill development in languages and mathematics. The immediate natural and human environment of Rishi Valley provides the starting point for curricular themes of environmental studies. Field trips, discussions and project work help to enhance children’s awareness and understanding of the world. Evaluation is based on ongoing teacher observations and classwork. Minimal home work is
assigned at this stage.
which admissions are open and students of class 10 are screened anew as
candidates. Each student in the ‘Plus-2’ course chooses four subjects in
addition to English, which are then studied intensively for two years.
Academic courses include Maths, Science, Literature in English, Hindi
and Telugu, Commerce, Accounts, Economics, History, Geography, Art, Music
and Computer Science.
Students of class 11 take a programme of courses in General Studies
(outside the ISC syllabus) aimed primarily at broadening the students’ concerns
for the human condition and for the natural environment, and bringing them
into contact with contemporary issues. Visiting villages, stints at the Rural
Education Centre and at the Rural Health Clinic are part of the programme.
For all classes, one period a week is designated as a ‘culture class’ where
any topic of interest may be taken up for extended discussion. The aim of
these classes is to enlarge students’ intellectual and emotional horizons.
Between one and three periods a week are reserved for the class teacher
to discuss and help solve specific problems, and to facilitate interaction
Student Residences :
There are about 20 small hostels, each of which accommodates a number
ranging from 12 to 22 of students.
Members of the teaching staff, who live in staff quarters within a house,
act as house parents. Life in the hostel is meant to instill the values of cooperation,
self-restraint, and sharing. The interaction between teachers and
students outside the classroom is considered a very important part of living
and learning at Rishi Valley. The school does not have a system of house
prefects; no student has authority over another.
THE SCHOOL FACULTY
The school has a highly qualified and dedicated staff from all parts of
India, engaged in giving instruction in both academic and non-academic
subjects. Most have done postgraduate work, many have doctorates and a
few have engineering degrees. The student teacher ratio is about 7:1.
There is a regular teacher exchange programme with the Krishnamurti
Foundation Schools — Brockwood Park in England and Oak Grove School in
the United States.
We welcome as teaching faculty pe