Sri Sathya Sai Vidhya Vihar (Telugu: శ్రీ సత్య సాయి విద్యా విహార్ హై స్కూల్) is a school in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The school began functioning in 1984. It was opened by the district collector Sri Ajey Kallam. The school began its mission mainly based on the teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The school is located in Sector 8, MVP Colony, Visakhapatnam.
“Education is for life and not for living” is the motto of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar which has completed 28 years of excellence. Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar started functioning from 24th June 1985 with the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He is its life and soul. His teachings are its inspiration and goals.
The school has an area of 1.99 acres (8,100 m2) with a circular structure as its main building and adjoining it is an 'L' shaped block which houses the multipurpose yoga hall, science labs, the Vice Principal's room, kindergarten and other classes. It also has a library that has more than 8000 books, a reading room, an art room and an indoor sports room. The round building houses the computer lab, Principal's room, visitors room, audio visual room and the office room. Also enclosed in the campus is a prayer hall (mandir) for conducting religious and service activities.
Though the school is not directly affiliated with Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, it does receive guidance from these quarters. The school is under the State Trust of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations. The head of the governing body is Sri S.G.Chalam. Other members of the committee include Sri.H,J,Dora I.P.S., Sri V.R.Nageswara Rao, Sri N.S.Rao, Sri P.R.S.N Naidu, Smt B.Sridevi, Sri R.Laxman Rao.
The first principal was Mrs. Prameela Abburi (1984 - 2000). She was succeeded by Mrs. A. Kausalya, who continues to be the Principal till date. Mrs. Ch Varalakshmi serves the school as its present Vice-Principal.
The school runs under the CBSE system of education teaching from L.K.G through standard 10.
There are four houses, all students are members of one of these: Sathya :- meaning Truth - Yellow, Dharma :- meaning Right Conduct - Red, Shanthi:- meaning Peace - Blue, Prema :- meaning Love - Green. The students of these houses compete against each other for house marks. The house with the highest marks wins the 'Best House Award'. The other categories for awards are:-
- Best House in Academics
- Best House in Sports
- Best House in Saturday Special
- Best House in Marching
- Best House in Discipline
The school has courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and throwball, with tennis and chess equipment in the indoor sports room. Matches are held between the houses in all of the sports events.
The 'Saturday Special' is held on the last Saturday of every month in which the students compete against the students of other houses in events like quiz, dumb charades, singing, and playing musical instruments.
To promote and protect the Indian culture, the school has formed a heritage club under the INTACH Visakhapatnam chapter. It was named 'SHREYAS' and promotes awareness among the Vizagities about the local heritage. The school conducted a 5 km long 'Heritage Walk' from the school campus to the Hawa Mahal via the 'Kurupam Monument' fondly known as the 'Taj Mahal' Of Visakhapatnam.
The school has an audio-visual room which houses musical instruments and audio equipment. Devotional and refreshing music is played during recess and during the morning assembly.
The school's morning assembly includes talks by faculty and students, and music sessions. Every Thursday there is a Bhajan session which is in line with the activities of Sri Sathya Sai Organizations. Other days morning assemblies includes singing songs of all the religions, and chanting of hymn.
The school has been awarded the INTACH 'Best School Heritage Award' for the years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. The school won the INTACH Heritage Quiz Award for the year 2006-2007 and were the runners up in the year 2007-2008.
The students of the school won the Ahamakia award for which the students got to meet the former President Of India His Excellency A.P.J.Kalam on his visit as the President to The Fleet Review on 12 February 2006 at the Manasi Auditorium NSTL, Visakahapatnam. On 13 March 2009, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam came to the school.
Other awards include the Bharath Vikas Parishad Award for singing.
The two main factors which make the school distinct from other schools are its discipline and value based education. Here, Educare, which is a combination of both worldly and spiritual knowledge is imparted to the students. The teaching methods aim at imparting value based education integrated with the curriculum. A special subject called E.H.V – Education in Human Values is taught where children learn certain values like truth, love, peace, kindness, forgiveness, forbearance etc., which are very essential for a fulfilled and happy life.
The school gives equal importance to sports and games to encourage healthy competition, character building and physical stamina. The students who excel in academics, sports and games and other co-curricular activities are encouraged and awarded gold medals, trophies and shields. Another special feature of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar is its concept of service. Children are taught the essential value of rendering service from a very young age. They are involved in service activities such as distribution of clothes, food etc., to the poor and needy.