Ojai Valley School

723 El Paseo Road
Ojai, CA 93023
Tel: (805)646-1423
Gr: (Boarding) 3-12 | 269 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 college prep curriculum and with emphasis on study skills, confidence and leadership, students earn placement at select colleges and universities worldwide

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  • Review Class College Enrolled
  • Alumni Review #1 2011 University of California, Berkeley
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Ojai Valley School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 3-12 7-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1911 1909
Campus Size 195 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 269 students 295 students
% Students of Color 9% 19%
% International Students 20% 20%
% Students Boarding 40% 68%
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1834 - 2086 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics 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 19 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 43% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $2 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Jr. Boarding Tuition (5/7 day) Grades 3-5: $44,500)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Varies per grade level: http://www.ovs.org/?id)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$44,500 $37,000
% Students on Financial Aid 27% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $10,635 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 45% -
Acceptance Rate 64% 58%
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 19 16
AP Biology AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC AP Chemistry
AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature
AP Environmental Science AP Physics
AP Psychology AP Spanish
AP Statistics AP Studio Art: 2D
AP Studio Art: 3D AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP United States History AP World History
Honors English 10 Honors Geometry
Honors Spanish II


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 24
ExtracurricularsActing, Chorus, Community Service, Computers, 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, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2012-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Chapman University 5
New York University 3
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 3
Boston University 2
California College of the Arts 2
California Lutheran University 2
George Washington 2
Michigan State University 2
Occidental College 2
University of California, San Diego 2

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) - 2012 London Olympics, 2010 winner, USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* division, Galway Downs International Horse Trials

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Villanova Preparatory School (0.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • OjaiVillanova Preparatory School
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 646-1464
    0.8 mi | 250 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiBesant Hill School
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    0.9 mi | 100 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiOak Grove School
    220 West Lomita
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 646-8236
    1.4 mi | 215 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • OjaiThe Thacher School
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    4.7 mi | 240 students | Gr. 9-12
  • CarpinteriaCate School
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93014
    (805) 684-4127 ext 2
    13 mi | 270 students | Gr. 9-12
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