The school, while not encouraging competition in the form currently accepted by society, endeavours to create an atmosphere where students can excel. An expectation of courtesy, kindness, and mutual respect helps to create an atmosphere where students can take the initiative required for active learning. Classes are designed to create close interaction and participation. This contrasts with the vast outdoors where the children explore their surroundings amidst trees, mountains and water-bodies; and learn to connect with nature. A well-stocked library ensures adequate opportunity for reading, while well-equipped laboratories, computer facilities and audio-visual equipment and a unique tinker-shed, further enrich learning. The students also become acquainted with traditional arts, craft, music and dance.
During the seven-year program, starting from class 4, the students not only become proficient in subjects in meeting the needs of an ICSE exam at the end of class 10, but also become acquainted with traditional arts, craft, music and dance. A well-stocked library with carefully selected books ensures adequate opportunity for reading. Well-equipped laboratories, computer facilities and audio-visual equipment are resources that further enrich learning. The school, while not encouraging competition in the form currently accepted by society, endeavours to create an atmosphere where students can excel. Classes are intentionally small to provide close contact between teacher and students where student motivation and participation become essential. An expectation of courtesy, kindness, and mutual respect helps to create an atmosphere where students can take the initiative required for active learning. But, most of all, it is the vast natural landscape in which the school is housed that provides a setting that invites external exploration and internal inquiry, inspiring students to go beyond the everydayness that prevents the mind from stagnating, whilst appreciating the value of stillness and wonder.
Less than 2 hours drive from Pune and about 4 hours from Mumbai, Sahyadri School draws learners from far and near. The nearest town to Sahyadri School is Rajgurunagar (Khed) which is about 50 km from Pune. The school itself is located on Tiwai Hill, a plateau 770 m above sea level, overlooking the Chas-Kaman Dam. Surrounded by gently sloping hills and valleys, this slice of the Deccan rain shadow has its origin in pre-historic volcanic activity. The natural vegetation is mainly scrub and the slopes have fairly dense forests of teak and jambul. In summer the hillscape is dry and magnificently golden brown. Later, with the onset of rains the ranges turn a lush green. It is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Plantation activity initiated by the school has rendered the hilltop verdant with fruit trees like guava, chickoo and mango and flowering trees like gulmohar, bauhinia and gliricidia.
How to reach us
MUMBAI to RAJGURUNAGAR
If you are travelling from Mumbai, exit the Express Highway, towards Talegaon. From here drive to Chakan and continue towards Rajgurunagar.
Take a bus directly to Chakan, from where you may board another bus to Rajgurunagar.
Take a train to Pune and then follow the directions given above.
RAJGURUNAGAR to SAHYADRI SCHOOL
On reaching Rajgurunagar bus-stand (on the Pune-Nasik road) turn left; this road will lead you towards Wada. After about 22 kms on this road, you come to Chas-Kaman Dam, where a signpost to Sahyadri School can be seen. 4 kms from here just after Gundalwadi village is another signpost of the School on the left, from where a winding road will take you up to the school.
At Rajgurunagar, take a bus leaving for Wada and get down at Sahyadri signpost just after Gundalwadi village. From the signpost walk up the hillock to reach the school.
At Rajgurunagar, you could also take a private trax (Jeep) to bring you right up to the school. (Arrangements for transport from Pune or Rajgurunagar can be made for visitors on payment with sufficient advance notice).