The Thacher School

5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023
Tel: 805-640-3210
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 240 students
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Thacher's 427 acres sit at the foot of the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California's idyllic Ojai Valley. Here, members of the girls' varsity soccer team stretch before an afternoon practice.
In courses designed for intellectual and creative expansion, students and teachers meet in seminar circles, studios, and laboratories to create a learning environment that is vigorous and supportive, galvanizing and nurturing.
Team sport offerings include football, volleyball, cross-country, tennis, basketball, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, and baseball. Students can also choose to participate in yoga, dance, rock climbing, and riding.
Twice a year, the entire school packs up and heads into the wilderness for a week of adventure, challenge, and bonding. Leaders offer a variety of trips focusing on activities such as backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and sailing.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before lunch, the community gathers outdoors for Assembly, a time reserved for announcements, presentations, and acknowledgements. The spontaneous spirit of Assembly usually becomes fodder for discussion later in the day.
State-of-the-art dormitories incorporate as much of Thacher's beautiful outdoor space as possible.
Though most new students have had little or no experience with horses, each ninth grader spends the first year learning to care for and ride a horse. A long-standing tradition and central part of a Thacher education, the program teaches responsibility, problem solving, and grit in addition to riding skills and rewards participants with heightened self-confidence and awareness.
The Milligan Center for Performing Arts, a 450-seat auditorium, hosts three major stage productions each year as well as multiple performances by the dance ensemble, jazz band, Chamber Singers, and string orchestra. Thacher's vibrant studio art program offers courses in two and three-dimensional art, photography, ceramics, and wood design.
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 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1889 1910
Campus Size 427 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 240 students 295 students
% Students of Color 41% 19%
% 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 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 78% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $138 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,500 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$35,400 $27,525
% Students on Financial Aid 28% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,900 $20,465
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 AdmissionsBill McMahon

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 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, Foreign Students' Club, 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,

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 boarding school is Besant Hill School (3.9 miles away)
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  • Carpinteria, CACate School
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