Besant Hill School

8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
Ojai, CA 93023
At Besant Hill, it's about embracing and loving every aspect of who you are.You want to be cared for, allowed to grow, and free to be yourself in a culture of learning and respect.You want to be independent, creative and take risks.You want to become a lifelong learner who is adaptable to change and new learning.
At Besant Hill, you'll be able to unleash your full potential.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 100 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,275
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,295
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Besant Hill School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Attention
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Besant Hill School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1946
1906
Campus Size
520 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
100 students
320 students
% Students of Color
13%
25%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
67%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Respectful and Appropriate
Casual
Average Class Size
8 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
12
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
71%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$2 million
$28 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$64,275
(Tuition includes room and board fees)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,295
$35,000
Tuition international students
$71,400
$55,985
% Students on Financial Aid
25%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$20,000
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$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
50%
60%
Director of Admissions
Tracy How
Associate Director of Admissions
Terra Furguiel

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
12
17
Courses
Advanced Environmental Studies, Advanced Studio Art, Algebra II Honors, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Government, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History, Honors English

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
27
24
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Cooking Club, Environmental Sustainability, Film Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Acting, Art Club, Ceramics Club, Choir, Dance Activity, Dance Club, Digital Art, Language Enhancement, Playwriting Club, Prefects (Senior Student Leaders), SAGE- Students Affirming Gender Equality, STEM, Studio, Theater, Voice

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Crossfit, Outdoor Education, Peer Writing Center, Sandy Hook Promise, Surfing, Swimming, Weight, Weight Lifting, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 2021
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Lewis & Clark College
4
San Diego State University
4
Sarah Lawrence College
4
University of California, San Diego
4
University of California, Santa Cruz
4
University of Washington
4
Emerson College
3
New York University
3
University of California, Berkeley
3
University of Redlands
3

School Notes

  • As a community, our goal is to cultivate what is excellent in each student. Besant Hill School provides a small intimate learning environment where students are able to fully explore and express both their intellectual and creative abilities. With small classes, positive student/teacher relationships, and a quiet, rural location, we provide a safe and peaceful atmosphere for learning, study, contemplation, and self-expression. The mission of Besant Hill School is the development of each individual's intellectual and artistic abilities. Through awakening the spirit of inquiry, we encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. Our non-competitive community builds honesty, respect, compassion and responsibility. Our goal is to develop a lifelong habit of learning as embodied in our school's motto Aun Aprendo, I am still learning.
  • Besant Hill School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Besant Hill School cost?
Besant Hill School's tuition is approximately $64,275 for boarding students and $29,295 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Besant Hill School?
The acceptance rate of Besant Hill School is 50%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does Besant Hill School offer?
Besant Hill School offers 13 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country Running, Dance, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.
What is Besant Hill School's ranking?
Besant Hill School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small average class sizes and Low student:teacher ratio.
When is the application deadline for Besant Hill School?
The application deadline for Besant Hill School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Class of 2013
5.00
CU Boulder
The sense of community at Besant hill is truly unique. I almost never felt homesick because I always felt at home. My teachers became my best friends, and my best friends became my brothers and. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 100 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,275
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,295
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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