are around 20 small hostels - which we prefer to call houses
- each of which accommodates a number ranging from 12 to 22 students.
Boys and girls belonging to classes 4 and 5 live together with
older girls of classes 6 and 7 in the same house. Older boys
and girls live in separate houses, usually with a mixed-age of
two classes being together.
Members of the teaching staff, who live in staff quarters
within a house, act as house-parents. Life in the houses is
meant to develop the values of co-operation, 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 or class prefects; no student has authority
In this ambience, students generally relate to each other
in a friendly and accepting manner, with younger ones not afraid
of the older ones. We like to think of the school community
in terms of a large, extended family.