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.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 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 1908
Campus Size 427 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 240 students 300 students
% Students of Color 41% 18%
% International Students 13% 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

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 11 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% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $138 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,500 $47,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$35,400 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 28% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,900 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 87% -
Acceptance Rate 13% 58%
Director of Admissions Bill McMahon  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


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:

  • 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 Road
    3.9 mi | 100 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiOjai Valley School
    723 El Paseo Road
    4.7 mi | 269 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • OjaiVillanova Preparatory School
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    (805) 646-1464
    5.4 mi | 250 students | Gr. 9-12
  • OjaiOak Grove School
    220 West Lomita
    (805) 646-8236
    6.1 mi | 215 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • CarpinteriaCate School
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    (805) 684-4127 ext 2
    17.7 mi | 270 students | Gr. 9-12
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