Although a typical day at Royal is in no way what one would call typical, the day flies by in a swirl of time tables and books. The school is kept abuzz with activity as the entire community is on the move. From teachers reprimanding students, excuses for unfinished homework and forgotten books, at Royal, it is accepted that it’s no simple task to manage a few thousand energetic youth. It is accepted that these are what makes up an academic institution. What gives it life and gives the students a choice of path when they have to take one.
The primary focus of any educational institution is academics. Royal College is no different as the purpose of starting the Hill Street Academy back in 1835 was to provide a quality English education for the students of that community. Today Royal College has grown from its original 20 students to over 8400 students, who still walk through the Boake Gates looking for the best possible education. While co – curricular and extra – curricular activities are highly encouraged, academics has, is and always will be the primary focus of the students.
Academics at Royal College is divided into four sections, namely the Primary Section (Grades 1 – 5), the Middle School (Grades 6 – 9), the Upper Middle School (Grades 10 & 11) and the Upper School (Grades 12 & 13). The grades from 1 – 11 have around 15 classes with roughly 45 students in each class. The Mathematics Section consists of 9 classes, 5 classes in the Science section, 7 classes in the Commerce section and 3 classes in the Arts section with roughly 35 students in each class. All grades have classes that offer syllabi in Sinhala, Tamil and English Mediums. Royal College follows the Government Education System. The day is divided into 8 periods of 40 minutes each. Students are provided with all the necessary facilities including Science and IT laboratories that provide them with an interactive learning experience. The students are provided with every opportunity to gain access to the best possible education and to excel in the respective stream they chose.