5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023
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The Thacher School Photo #1 - 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.
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The Thacher School Photo #1 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #2 - "Education is not merely the making of scholars. It is the making of men and women. It is the training of the younger generation in the art of living for their own greatest good and the greatest good of their fellow citizens." -Sherman Day Thacher
The Thacher School Photo #3 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #4 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #5 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #6 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #7 - State-of-the-art dormitories incorporate as much of Thacher's beautiful outdoor space as possible.
The Thacher School Photo #8 - 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 Thacher School Photo #9 - 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.
The Thacher School Photo #10 - "Come west. Breathe deep. Let these books and these hills and these horses be your teachers." -Sherman Day Thacher
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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Students: 254 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,810
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,850
  • Acceptance rate: 11%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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Class of 2017
5.00
Pitzer College
The tight knit community is a really rare quality at high schools in general but especially boarding schools. The relationships with teachers and students is so close and the fact that there is very few. . .

Class of 2017
5.00
University of Montana
The horse department at Thacher is both unique and outstanding. Unique because the school strives to keep the cowboy culture alive with over 100 horses and a fully outfitted western riding center. It is outstanding. . .

Class of 2017
5.00
Yale
Thacher's community on campus is unlike any other, connections at the school go beyond merely knowing every student's name but having had interacted closely with everyone whether on a camping trip, in the dining hall. . .
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Top Rankings

The Thacher School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
The Thacher School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1889
1907
Campus Size
427 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
254 students
300 students
% Students of Color
44%
25%
% International Students
12%
20%
% Students Boarding
93%
70%
Average SAT Score
1450
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1260 - 1510
-
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
11 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
83%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$170.6 million
(June 2019)
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$62,810
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$43,850
$32,995
% Students on Financial Aid
29%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$47,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Acceptance Rate
11%
58%
Director of Admissions
Bill McMahon
Associate Director of Admissions
A.J. Yates

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
20
23
Extracurriculars
Prefects, Quilting, Sir Winston Churchill Debating Society, Spanish Club

Club or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Black Student Union, Cheese Club, Christian Fellowship Club, Indoor, Latinos Unidos, Literary Society, Multi-ethnic Student Union, Robotics Club, Spectrum, The Notes, United Cultures of Thacher

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Thacher Masquers

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness/Challenge Fitness, Thacher Pack & Spur Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2016
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Stanford University
16
New York University
12
Colorado College
11
USC
11
Claremont McKenna College
10
Columbia University
8
Dartmouth College
8
Tafts University
8
Universtity of Richmond
8
Duke University
7

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.
  • The Thacher School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SSATB
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Students: 254 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,810
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,850
  • Acceptance rate: 11%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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