Besant Hill School

8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd or PO Box 850
Ojai, CA 93023-0930
Tel: (805)646-4343
Grades: 9-12 | 100 students
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Besant Hill School is located in  picturesque Ojai Valley, California.  This unique location, on 520 acres of private land, with breathtaking views in all directions, provides students with serenity as well as amazing local hikes.
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Besant Hill School is located in  picturesque Ojai Valley, California.  This unique location, on 520 acres of private land, with breathtaking views in all directions, provides students with serenity as well as amazing local hikes.
Painting, sculpture, drawing, and printing are just some of the visual arts taking place in our beautiful atelier. This art studio is designed to open up to the fresh air and natural lighting with lots of space for projects big and small. Other visual arts classes take place in our digital arts and ceramic studios.
Athletics and physical activity are integral parts of student life at Besant Hill School. Our school strives to provide meaningful athletic activities that will instill a passion for lifelong health and wellness in our students.  Team sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, and tennis. Our fitness program includes yoga, surfing, hiking, cross training, golf, weight training and dance.
Front of EOS dorm.
Our performance hall, the Zalk Theater, hosts school plays, musicals and music performances. It is also where we  gather three times a week for all school assemblies. The Zalk Theater's drop down screen and sound system provides a great venue to view movies and student films.
Catching an Ojai Valley sunset.
Dance class inside the Besant Hill School Zalk Theater.
The picturesque Topa Topa mountains can be seen from anywhere in Ojai and as far away as the Ventura coastline. Besant Hill School has a front row seat to the Topa Topa mountains as they turn bright pink and purple during sunsets, for what has become known to those who live and visit Ojai as the 'pink moment.'
Perched along the north side of campus, the girl's dormitory, or Phoenix dorm, looks out over the soccer field and mountain range beyond.   A common space with a wood burning stove for cozy cold evenings reading and chatting by the fire. On warmer days, the balcony is the perfect place to shoot the breeze with friends.
The Besant Hill School open house is a great opportunity to tour the campus, attend an assembly, meet teachers, attend classes and sample Chef Juana's  cuisine! Randy Bertin, Head of School, greets a perspective student.
Founded in 1946 by Annie Besant, Aldous Huxley, J Krishnamurti, Guido Ferrando, Robert Logan, Louis Zalk and Rosalind Rajagopal on 520 acres in the resort town of Ojai, California this boarding school community offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a cornerstone on creative expression, sustainability and divergent thinking.
Besant Hill offers 20+ art electives, competitive and noncompetative athletics, travel and experiential education programs, small classes and a 4:1 student teacher ratio.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported All
Year Founded 1946

Student Body

Total Students 100 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Besant Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 12 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Government, Human Geography, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $48,900
Tuition Notes 22500 Day 55600 International
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $11,000
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kristen Kaschub
Admissions Associate Terra Furguiel

Sports

Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Crossfit, Environmental Club, Gardening, Golf, Media Team, Music, Radio, Student Government, Swimming, Theater, Visual Art, Volunteer, Yoga Crossfit, Gardening, Golf, Media Team, Music, Radio, Swimming, Theater, Visual Art, Volunteer, Yoga, Amnesty International,
Environmental Club,
Student Government,

School Notes

  • As a community, our goal is to cultivate what is excellent in each student. Besant Hill School provides a small intimate learning environment where students are able to fully explore and express both their intellectual and creative abilities. With small classes, positive student/teacher relationships, and a quiet, rural location, we provide a safe and peaceful atmosphere for learning, study, contemplation, and self-expression. The mission of Besant Hill School is the development of each individual's intellectual and artistic abilities. Through awakening the spirit of inquiry, we encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. Our non-competitive community builds honesty, respect, compassion and responsibility. Our goal is to develop a lifelong habit of learning as embodied in our school's motto "Aun Aprendo", I am still learning.
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School Reviews

Besant Hill School has been an outstanding place for my son to attend high school. He was given a 1st class academic education, along with exposure to other cultures, arts and support in his development as a young man in today's world. He is ready to head off to college with as a confident, secure individual. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and teachers at BHS!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
The most caring environment. You can be whoever you are without being judged, and love is unconditional at Besant Hill. Support is always available. The best place in the world, and I 100% believe that
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 01/31/13

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