The Thacher School

5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023-0930
Tel: (805)640-3210
Grades: 9-12 | 240 students
Thacher's 427 acres sit at the foot of the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California's idyllic Ojai Valley. Here, members of the girls' varsity soccer team stretch before an afternoon practice.
In courses designed for intellectual and creative expansion, students and teachers meet in seminar circles, studios, and laboratories to create a learning environment that is vigorous and supportive, galvanizing and nurturing.
Team sport offerings include football, volleyball, cross-country, tennis, basketball, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, and baseball. Students can also choose to participate in yoga, dance, rock climbing, and riding.
Twice a year, the entire school packs up and heads into the wilderness for a week of adventure, challenge, and bonding. Leaders offer a variety of trips focusing on activities such as backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and sailing.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before lunch, the community gathers outdoors for Assembly, a time reserved for announcements, presentations, and acknowledgements. The spontaneous spirit of Assembly usually becomes fodder for discussion later in the day.
State-of-the-art dormitories incorporate as much of Thacher's beautiful outdoor space as possible.
Though most new students have had little or no experience with horses, each ninth grader spends the first year learning to care for and ride a horse. A long-standing tradition and central part of a Thacher education, the program teaches responsibility, problem solving, and grit in addition to riding skills and rewards participants with heightened self-confidence and awareness.
The Milligan Center for Performing Arts, a 450-seat auditorium, hosts three major stage productions each year as well as multiple performances by the dance ensemble, jazz band, Chamber Singers, and string orchestra. Thacher's vibrant studio art program offers courses in two and three-dimensional art, photography, ceramics, and wood design.
Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California.
The School serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience.
The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.
Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1889

Student Body

Total Students 240 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Thacher School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 2026
Average ACT score 30
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $50,550
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $36,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Bill McMahon


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Weil Tennis Academy & College Preparatory School (3.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Monica Ros School (1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Monica Ros School (1 miles away)
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