Besant Hill School - Review #1

Read more details about Besant Hill School on their 2023 profile page.
Besant Hill School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
I participated in volleyball, as well as being the manager for the basketball team. I performed in one music concert and one play at Besant Hill, and I was senior representative on my student government board.
College Enrolled:
CU Boulder
Home Town, State:
Norwich, VT

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 sisters. I became excited to go to class and learn every day for the first time in my life. Besant hill really turned me on to learning.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I lost a lot of weight and my depression. I grew into a human being I dreamed of becoming.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have talked to more kids from different countries.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The community and the relationships.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Don't be shy, just be yourself. Everyone will love you.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at our school are very adapting to each child's learning technique. There is so much help available for each student, that no one gets left behind. The classes are the perfect size for the teacher to have a personal relationship with each student, and it gives no room for slacking, therefore each student is pushed to work hard.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our school is a non-competitive school, therefore our athletics aren't as extreme as other schools. The only extremely competitive sport at our school is our basketball team, who went undefeated this year. Each student is required to take at least one semester of sports while at the school, and it gives each kid a great chance to exercise.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The visual arts, music, and theater programs at Besant hill are truly incredible. Even if a student doesn't have talent, the teachers are so talented that they bring out the artistic talent in each student. It is an incredible program.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how much the school offers for extracurricular activities.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life builds such a strong connection between the kids. We all become one big family.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was mostly grown on campus which i loved. I also loved how there were always different options for everyone.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Ojai is a somewhat boring town, but santa barbara and ventura are fun. I love santa barbara trips.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how everyone is one big family. There are no cliques or popular groups.

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AM
wake up
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
pre calculus
9:15 AM
10:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:45 AM
1:30 PM
AP English
2:45 PM
5:30 PM
10:30 AM
1:00 PM
Santa Barbara
11:00 PM
check in
12:00 PM
lights out
Read more details about Besant Hill School on their 2023 profile page.

Recent Articles

Preventing Teen Suicide
December 14, 2022
Preventing Teen Suicide
Teen suicide is the 3rd largest killer of young adults between the ages of 15-24. You and I can prevent it.
Free Boarding Schools
December 10, 2022
Free Boarding Schools
Thinking about sending your child to boarding school but are concerned that you can't afford it? Here are several free boarding schools as well as several schools that offer tuition-free educations for students from qualified families.
Is Your Skill Set Still On Release 3.0?
December 08, 2022
Is Your Skill Set Still On Release 3.0?
If you've been teaching for a while, and find yourself looking for a new position, an updated skill set will help make you competitive in today's job market.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 100 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $61,215
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $27,900
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update