Besant Hill School

California, USA

Co-ed, no religious
affiliation Boarding and Day School

  1. Founded: 1946
  2. Grades: 9-12 PG
  3. Number of Students: 110
  4. Average Class Size: 10
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: 12
  7. Min SLEP/TOEFL: None
  8. ESL: Yes

1 hour from Los Angeles
Nearest Airport: Los Angeles

About Besant Hill School

Besant Hill School is a private boarding school located on 520 acres in the resort town of Ojai, California. Nestled in the mountains just 30 minutes from California beaches, this residential community offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a cornerstone of creative expression and divergent thinking. Teachers employ multiple teaching methods in the classroom including the Socratic Method, Mastery Teaching and Cooperative Learning. Besant Hill School implements a model of education where students are taught how to think, not what to think, and where land is a laboratory for a sustainable planet.

University 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.


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

ESL/Support programs

  • ESL intermediate
  • ESL advanced


Foreign languages

  • French
  • Spanish


Studio Art, Art History, Digital Arts, Photography, Screenwriting, Film Production, Ceramics, Theatre, Music, Dance

Clubs and organizations

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


Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball.


Beautiful, sunny, newly built dorms feature a pool, patio seating, living rooms, laundry. Students share mostly double bedrooms.

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