Besant Hill School

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Besant Hill School Photo #1 - Besant Hill School is located in the Ojai Valley, on 500 acres of private land with beautiful vistas in every direction. Facilities include four dormitories, outdoor sports facilities including a new aquatic center, indoor theater, atelier, and classrooms nestled along winding paths and oak trees. We also have an eight acre organic farm.
Besant Hill School Photo #2 - Students arrive for Registration Day to begin the new school year!
Besant Hill School Photo #3 - Socratic teaching and emphasis on experiential learning create a stimulating environment where students learn how to think, not what to think.
Besant Hill School Photo #4 - Students on a science class field trip to a local beach is part of our Aun Aprendo Experience. Aun Aprendo, our school motto that means "I am still learning," is the basis of the opportunities provided to students for learning outside of the classroom.
Besant Hill School Photo #5 - Art class in our beautiful atelier. Visual arts courses include film, photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, printing, and more. Students benefit from field trips to local art galleries and museums in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
Besant Hill School Photo #6 - Our performance hall, the Zalk Theater, hosts school plays, musicals and concerts. It is also where we gather three times a week for our tradition of all school assemblies.
Besant Hill School Photo #7 - A typical lunchtime meal includes organic, seasonal produce provided by an on-campus farm which also allows for unique student learning opportunities and special collaboration between Besant Hill's executive chef and farmer.
Besant Hill School Photo #8 - Athletics and physical activity are integral parts of student life at Besant Hill School. We strive to provide meaningful athletic activities that will instill a passion for lifelong health and wellness in our students.
Besant Hill School Photo #9 - The Doornink Grove student and faculty housing overlooks an eight-acre farm and are a short walk from classrooms.
Besant Hill School Photo #10 - Besant Hill Schoo has a vernal pool, a seasonal pool of water that provides a habitat for distinctive plants and animals. It is one of only 10% left in California.
  • 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.

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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 Students108 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Besant Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
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$51,510
Tuition Notes23900 Day 58140 International
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$11,000
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKristen Kaschub
Admissions AssociateTerra Furguiel
Endowment Size$2 million

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Amnesty International

Club or Organization:
Environmental Club, Gardening, Golf, Radio, Student Government, Volunteer

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance, Media Team, Music, Theater, Visual Art

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Crossfit, Outdoor Education, Swimming, Weightlifting, 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 Location Miles Grades Students
  • Ojai
    Grades: PK-12 | 225 students
    2.6 miles
    220 West Lomita Ave
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805)646-8236
    2.6 PK-12
    225
  • Ojai
    Grades: PK-12 | 277 students
    3.1 miles
    723 El Paseo Road
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805)646-1423
    3.1 PK-12
    277
  • Ojai
    Grades: 9-12 | 257 students
    7 miles
    5025 Thacher Road
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805)640-3210
    7 9-12
    257
  • Ojai
    Grades: 9-12 | 220 students
    2.3 miles
    12096 N Ventura Avenue
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805)646-1464
    2.3 9-12
    220
  • Carpinteria
    Grades: 9-12 | 297 students
    11.3 miles
    1960 Cate Mesa Road
    Carpinteria, CA 93013
    (805)684-4127
    11.3 9-12
    297

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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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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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