Besant Hill School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
Tel: (805)646-4343
8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd or PO Box 850
Ojai, CA 93023
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.
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 TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAll
Year Founded1946
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost Notes8000 ESL 6200 SAT Prep

Student Body

Total Students100 students
Student Body Typen/a
Students by GradeBesant Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Government, Human Geography, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$50,500
Tuition Notes23500 Day 57000 International
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$11,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKristen Kaschub
Admissions AssociateTerra Furguiel
Endowment Size$2 million


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Amnesty International, Environmental Club, Gardening, Music, Radio, Student Government, Theater, Visual Art, Volunteer

Arts and Music Programs:
Media Team

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Crossfit, Golf, Swimming, Yoga

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

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
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!
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5  1/31/2013
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
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The average private school tuition in Ojai, CA is $38,570 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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