Know Our Principal


Mr. Farhang Azar

My aim and objective are clear: to create and sustain such a stimulating and comprehensive educational environment at RiverDale that will help its students develop all their talents and faculties to the fullest extent of their innate potentialities.


I am a firm believer in the great power of human spirit and endeavour. Human beings are capable of great achievements in every field, provided they receive an education that caters to their all-round faculties and capacities. It is with this conviction that I direct my efforts at RiverDale International Residential School. My aim and objective are clear as head of school for the past eight years: to nurture an educational environment at RiverDale that will help students realise and develop their latent talents and faculties to the fullest extent of their innate potentialities.

Foremost in the hierarchy of my expectations as Principal is helping children imbibe high moral standards and principles which will impart them with the ability of distinguishing right from wrong. The academic proficiency and intellectual development of students follow next. The physical, emotional and social development of our students cannot, and will not be lost sight of. In short, my team and I ensure that all students of RiverDale are equipped with the knowledge, values, attitudes, skills and abilities that they will require for meeting the challenges awaiting them in the future.

The school management has continued to serve as a guiding light, shepherding one and all at RiverDale with care and tenacity along the path of advancement and growth. The staff plays an admirable part in imbibing, with single-minded determination and commitment, the high expectations that are inevitably associated with the responsibility of shaping tender hearts and minds. It has responded with remarkable zeal to the call of duty by contributing, through tireless and caring effort, to the all-round development of the students entrusted to their care.

The parents too have been a constant source of encouragement and support to the school helping effect essential course-corrections from time to time.

The students, the focal centre of all activities at RiverDale and the very reason for its existence, have also played their unique role by aligning themselves with such conduct and application that will ensure their all-round and ongoing development. A vivid expression of a profound sense of responsibility and ownership towards their own learning, an enhanced ability to resist peer pressure and take morally sound decisions, and a predisposition towards cooperation and mutual support in the fields of academics, sports and extra-curricular activities are only a few attributes that characterise our students at RiverDale.

The positive manner in which students have been responding to the caring and tireless efforts of their teachers and other staff fills us with the confidence that we at RiverDale are moving in the right direction. It gives us the motivation to redouble our efforts and rededicate ourselves to serving the best interests of our students. It also fills us with a sense of pride and achievement that RiverDale, in its own small way, continues to enrich society by providing a steady stream of morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically strong citizens. It is with such lofty aims that we look to the future and discharge our duties and responsibilities in the present.


1 RiverDale has been ranked among the top 5 best boarding schools in India for the past few years. It follows an excellent tradition of excellence in academics, supported by an array of approaches that help students in their conceptual and cognitive learning.

2 Students are helped to assume ownership for their own learning at RiverDale.

3 Training in sports and games is serious business at RiverDale! A team of trained coaches train students to become more proficient in their choice of sports and games.

4 A wide variety of extra-curricular activities ensure that students develop key skills that will place them on the cutting edge of success and excellence.

5 Training of students in morals and values receives constant attention at RiverDale, a process that is integrated into all avenues of learning.

6 The low teacher-student ratio ensures that all student receive one-to-one attention. No student is ever lost in the crowd at RiverDale. Students are cared for and supervised round the clock by a body of qualified, experienced and dedicated staff.

7 Assigned mentors provide additional emotional and personal support to students coming to a boarding school for the first time.

8 Every possible facility, be it in the field of academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and others, is put at the disposal of every student at RiverDale.

9 The school’s location, and the fact that it is a pure boarding school (no day-scholars are admitted) offer students a safe, controlled and distraction-free environment conducive to better learning.

10 The school’s Board of Governors and management recognize every child’s need to be heard and thus adopt an open-door policy where every student is free to approach anybody at the school to address their issues.

11 Reasoning with students is a culture at RiverDale where instead of adopting a ‘take it or leave it’ approach, students are helped to understand the reason behind every instruction, rule or norm at the school.

12 Students are constantly trained, helped and supported to develop good habits and pro-social traits.