Rishi Valley School

Rishi Valley School

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Rishi Valley School is a boarding school in India, founded by the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. It is located close to the town of Madanapalle, Krishnamurti's birthplace, in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Rishi Valley is three hours drive from Bangalore.

Founder's philosophy

Education was always one of Krishnamurti's chief concerns. He felt that if only the young and the old could be awakened to their conditioning of nationality, religion, prejudices, fears, and desires, which inevitably leads to conflict, they might bring to their lives a totally different quality.

In his own words, A school is a place where one learns about the totality, the wholeness of life. Academic excellence is absolutely necessary, but a school includes much more than that. It is a place where both the teacher and the student explore, not only the outer world, the world of knowledge, but also their own thinking, their own behavior.

His concern found expression in the establishment of schools in India and abroad. In addition to the schools managed by the Krishnamurti Foundation, many other schools like Vikasa vidya vanam in India were inspired by his philosophy.

While his philosophy is an integral part of the school's culture, students are not exposed to it until their senior years. This mainly happens during assemblies or in-class discussions.

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The school accepts students from standards (grades) 4-12 (UK years 5-13) in about 21 boarding houses. It is known for focusing on a...
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