This post is especially written for those who want to seek admissions for their wards in Rishi Valley School. I get innumerable queries about the school and its procedures.
I am in no way related to the school, nor am I promoting it by virtue of this post. I stayed there for a day and I am stating the facts which I saw there or made available to me.
Rishi Valley School – The over 350 acres school, a modern Gurukulam, a self-contained village is founded by Shri Jiddu Krishnamurthy. For detailed information, please refer to my post on this school. Here I’ll only describe the procedures.
How to reach – The school, Rishi Valley School, better known as RVS is near Madnapalle, Andhra Pradesh, 130 Kms from Bangalore. One can hire a private taxi from different points (airport, railway station, state bus depot) in Bangalore or take a state bus. The school has a tie up with private cabs and they can also arrange for you.
The buses for Madanapalle ply every hour. From Madanapalle, Rishi Valley School is another 16 Kms towards Anantpur for which one can take an autorickshaw for RS 150.00 as no cab is available there. For more details on this please refer to this post.
Admission Procedures – The school is from class 4th to 12th. It follows the ICSE Board syllabus. Admission tests and interviews are normally conducted on the Rishi Valley School campus from late February to early April. And generally a full week is reserved for one class’s admissions. You can make an appointment for a suitable date within that week. The schedules are quite flexible.
The junior classes have only interviews (just to see basic proficiency in English and Maths). They are conducted in a very relaxed or play-way manner.
The senior classes have written tests based on their choice of subjects followed by a non-academic interview, all to be completed in a single day.
The school is excellent for branches like arts and music etc. For those students who are preparing themselves for Engg/medical line as career through some coaching institutes in Bangalore, RVS takes them by school bus on such weekend day trips to attend to classes.
I also received feedbacks from ex-students of the school. For example read this “I studied in RV (and loved it). In response to the comment that students wanting to get into Engineering or Medicine might find it difficult to clear the exams…a bunch of my classmates (and kids from other batches before and after me) went on to become engineers and doctors and I don’t know of any that didn’t pass their exams.”.
Stay – You can stay in guest house of the school which has to be booked in advance. It can be done through phone. While in the campus you can also have a look around to have an idea of the school and facilities. You eat food in the school mess along with students and teachers. No special treatment for anyone.
The website of school is http://www.rishivalley.org/