About Bala Vihar

Bala Vihar 2017-2018 Registration

There is a $500 annual family membership (from September thru August). The membership is tax-deductible as allowed by law. In addition, there is a nominal annual fee of $25 per class per child which is not tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser for any tax implications.

Please note that Bala Vihar is a required pre-requisite for all classes, including language, other special classes such as Geeta Chanting, Swaranjali, Vedic Math, and Vedic Chanting.

      • Registration for 2017-18 Bala Vihar year will open soon.
      • Please read this carefully before registering: Bala Vihar Details

About Bala Vihar

“Children are lamps to be lit, not vessels to be filled”
- Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda
Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar – the Cultural School – operates at three locations: San Jose, San Ramon & Fremont.

Bala Vihar in the Bay Area was started in 1981 by Acharya Uma Auntie under the guidance of Pujya Gurudev. It has grown from a humble beginning of 6 children to over 2000 students spread across three locations today.

The Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra programs have been re-organized to serve children and youth. The classes are arranged according to the school system – Kindergarten through High School (K-12). We do not place children in class by age. The grade in which the child is enrolled in school is the consideration for admission to Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra.



Several Indian languages are also taught as part of this program.

Please note, however, that registration to just language classes is not supported. Students have to be enrolled in and attend Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra classes to be eligible for language class. In other words, to register for language classes, students must first register in Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra classes and attend them.

  • San Jose: Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu
  • Fremont: Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu
  • San Ramon: Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu
Note: The languages offered may change from year to year.
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