Besant Hill School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
Ojai, CA 93023
Tel: 805-646-4343
  • 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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  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars   5/30/2013
    CU Boulder
    The sense of community at Besant hill is truly unique. I almost never felt homesick because I always felt at home. My teachers became my best friends, and my best friends became my brothers and. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Besant Hill School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus Pre-prof. Arts / College-prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1946 1910
Campus Size 520 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 104 students 298 students
% Students of Color
17%
20%
% International Students
40%
20%
% Students Boarding
86%
70%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1440 - 1870 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Respectful and Appropriate)
Casual
Average Class Size 9 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $2 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,900 $51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$22,500 $28,000
Tuition international students $55,600 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
25%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $11,000 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
50%
57%
Director of AdmissionsKristen Kaschub
Associate Director of AdmissionsTerra Furguiel

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
CoursesAdvanced Environmental Studies, Advanced Studio Art, Algebra II Honors, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Government, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History, Honors English

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 7 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 26 23
ExtracurricularsActing, Art Club, Ceramics Club, Crossfit, Dance Club, Digital Art, Environmental Sustainability, Film Club, Film Making Club, Golf Club, Hiking Club, History Club, Instrumental, Media, Music, Performing, Photography, Student Government, Studio, Surfing, Swimming, Theater, Voice, Weight, Weight Lifting,

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California, Santa Cruz 4
University of California, Santa Barbara 3
Cal State Poly Pomona 2
California Polytechnic State University 2
Evergreen State College 2
Michigan State University 2
Otis College of Art and Design 2
School of the Arts Institute of Chicago 2
University of California, Los Angeles 2
University of Southern California 2
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia / Language-based and Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
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