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
Founded in 1946 by Annie Besant, Aldous Huxley, J.
Krishnamurti, Guido Ferrando and Rosalind Rajagopal on 520 acres in the resort town of Ojai, California this boarding school community offers a vigorous college preparatory curriculum with a cornerstone on creative expression, sustainability and divergent thinking.
Besant Hill offers 20+ art electives, competitive athletics, travel and experiential education programs, small classes and a 4:1 student teacher ratio.

School Overview

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 Students 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 6 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses English,  Spanish,  Government,  Calculus AB,  Calculus BC,  Biology, 
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $47,950
Tuition Notes 22000 Day 53550 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


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Surf Team, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
Surf TeamTennis,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Environmental Club, Gardening, Music, Radio, Student Government, Theater, Visual Art, Volunteer Gardening, Music, Radio, Theater, Visual Art, Volunteer, 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.

Profile last updated: 12/09/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Villanova Preparatory School (2.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Montessori School Of Ojai (2.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Montessori School Of Ojai (2.2 miles away)
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School Reviews

1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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

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