Besant Hill School

Ojai, California, USA

High Schools for International Students
A beautiful high school dorm resting in the temperate California landscape, surrounded by stunning foliage and Cypress trees
  • Founded in


  • % of international students


  • Average Class Size


  • Student/Teacher Ratio


  • ESL Offered


  • AP Courses


  • 1 hour from Los Angeles
  • Nearest International Airport: LAX

Why students ♥ Besant Hill School

Besant Hill School is a private boarding school located on 520 acres in the resort town of Ojai, California, and is a great high school for international students. This residential community is located in the mountains, 30 minutes from California beaches, and offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum of creative expression and divergent thinking. Teachers employ multiple teaching methods in the classroom, such as the Socratic Method, Mastery Teaching, and Cooperative Learning. The school implements a model of education where students are taught how to think, and not what to think.


Core subjects: English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Arts.

AP Courses
  • Advanced Environmental Studies
  • Advanced Studio Art
  • Algebra II Honors
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Economics
  • English

ESL/Support Programs

  • ESL intermediate
  • ESL advanced
  • Environmental Science
  • Government
  • Human Geography
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • Honors English

Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
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Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball.


Clubs & Organizations


Amnesty International, Community Service, Dorm Proctors, Habitat for Humanity, Honor Council, International Clubs, Literary Magazine, Photography, Student Government, Student Publications, Yearbook, Yoga.


College Acceptance


University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Santa Barbara, Cal State Poly Pomona, California Polytechnic State University, Michigan State University, Otis College of Art and Design, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Reed College, Washington State University, California State University all campuses.

Housing and Dorms

The school offers on-campus housing in a welcoming environment. Teachers and their families also live on campus providing 24h care for the students. Beautiful, sunny, newly built dorms feature a pool, patio seating, living rooms, laundry. Students share mostly double bedrooms.

Host family

All host families are located within less than 1 hour from school campus.