The Thacher School

5025 Thacher Road,
Ojai, CA 93023
Tel: 805-640-3210
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 240 students
Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school located 85 miles north of Los Angeles, California.
The School serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience.
The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.
Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.

Alumni Reviews
reviews
  Review school

Top 20 Placements:

All Schools | Similar Size Schools

Listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 333 schools) for:

Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
The Thacher School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1889 1907
Campus Size 427 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 240 students 300 students
% Students of Color 37% 18%
% International Students 12% 20%
% Students Boarding 90% 67%
Average SAT Score 2026 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1900 - 2160 -
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 10 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 18 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 78% 65%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $138 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$50,550 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,470 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 27% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $36,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 87% -
Acceptance Rate 13% 57%
Director of Admissions Bill McMahon  

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 31 24
ExtracurricularsAmnesty International, California Mathematics League, Chamber Singers, Cheese Club, Chorus, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Program, Computer Network Consultants, Cum Laude Society, Dance Ensemble, El Archivero (the yearbook), Film Society, French Club, Games Club, Gourmet Society, Gun Club, Indoor Committee, Instrumental Ensemble, Latin Club, Literary Society and Symposium, Mad Bomber Ski Society, Prefects, Radio Station, Sir Winston Churchill Debating Society, Spanish Club,

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school located 85 miles north of Los Angeles, California. The School serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life. Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.

  • School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SSATB

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Besant Hill School (3.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • OjaiBesant Hill School
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd or PO Box 850
    OjaiCA93023
    805-646-4343
    3.9 mi | 100 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiOjai Valley School
    723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA93023
    (805)646-1423
    4.7 mi | 269 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • OjaiVillanova Preparatory School
    (Catholic)
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA93023
    (805) 646-1464
    5.4 mi | 250 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiOak Grove School
    220 West Lomita
    OjaiCA93023
    (805) 646-8236
    6.1 mi | 215 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • CarpinteriaCate School
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA93014
    (805) 684-4127 ext 2
    17.7 mi | 270 students | Gr. 9-12
Recent Articles
What Makes Boarding School Special?
What Makes Boarding School Special?
Published June 22, 2014
Several things make boarding school special. The learning, the community, the sports. All these and more.
What are the characteristics of the best schools? We explore what makes some schools the best schools.
The ideas and suggestions offered here are aimed at the small to medium-sized schools which have limited marketing resources.
Request Information
I am a: Parent   Student  
Email:
Parent or guardian name:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Country of citizenship:
Student is:
Male   Female  
Currently grade:    Seeking entry grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Public   Private   Parochial  
Applying for financial aid?:
Yes   No   Don't Know  

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.

Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!