Ojai Valley School

723 El Paseo Road,
Ojai, CA 93023
Tel: (805)646-1423
Gr: (Boarding) 3-12 | 288 students
It is our goal to recruit intellectually curious, outgoing students who want to participate in all aspects of Ojai Valley School’s academic and extracurricular programs.
We strive to enroll students from all backgrounds whose talents, skills and interests will enrich the OVS community.
Through the development of a strong academic curriculum and with emphasis on study skills, confidence and leadership, students earn placement at select colleges and universities worldwide

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Ojai Valley School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 3-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1911 1907
Campus Size 195 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 288 students 300 students
% Students of Color 9% 18%
% International Students 20% 20%
% Students Boarding 40% 67%
Average SAT Score 1750 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 43% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Jr. Boarding Tuition (5/7 day) Grades 3-5: $43,700)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Varies per grade level: http://www.ovs.org/?id)
Tuition 5 day boarding $41,700 $36,870
% Students on Financial Aid 27% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $10,635 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 64% 57%
Director of Admissions Tracy Wilson  
Associate Director of Admissions John Valenzuela  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 15
AP Biology AP Calculus
AP Chemistry AP English
AP Environmental Science AP Geometry
AP Psychology AP Spanish
AP Statistics AP Studio Art
Honors English Honors U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 11 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 26 24
ExtracurricularsActing, Archery, Chorus, Community Service, Computers, Creative Writing, Cycling, Hiking , Horseback Riding, International Studies, Journalism , Kayaking, Kickboxing, Leadership, Performing Arts, Photography & Video, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Woodshop, Yearbook,

College Matriculation

Year: 2008-2012 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Chapman University 5
UC Los Angeles 4
UC Riverside 3
UC Santa Barbara 3
Boston College 2
Boston University 2
UC Berkeley 2
UC San Diego 2
University of Washington 2
Wellesley College 2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

    Founded in 1911, Ojai Valley School is recognized for its challenging academics and unique programs:
  • 100% college placement
  • Interscholastic sports
  • Outdoor education (trips to Yosemite, Escalante, the Lost Coast and Joshua Tree)
  • Equestrian program
  • Community service (includes a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico)
  • Fine and performing arts
  • International ESL and summer programs
  • A spectacular location 40 miles southeast of Santa Barbara and at the foot of the Los Padres National Forest ensures weekend access to beaches, lakes and mountains.
  • School accreditations: ACA, WAIC, WASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Barbara B. Smith (L35) - Ethnomusicologist, Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Hawaii
    • Robert Erburu (L46) - Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, Times Mirror
    • Michael Mondavi (L58) - Founder, Folio Wine Partners
    • Jeffrey Hyland (L63) - President, Hilton & Hyland, architectural historian and author
    • John Slavik (L66, U69) - Owner, Pinnacle Holdings, Inc.
    • Keith Carradine (U67) - Actor, composer, musician
    • David Lazarus (L74, U78) - American business and consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times
    • Bruce Sommers (L79) - President of Sincbox Media
    • Mari Holden (L84, U88) - 2000 Olympic silver medalist, cycling
    • Tiana Coudray (L02,U06) - 2010 winner, USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* division, Galway Downs International Horse Trials

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Villanova Preparatory School (0.8 miles away)
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