Besant Hill School

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a small, elite boarding high school in Southern California where students receive unique personalized learning experiences and have a student-teacher ratio of just 4:1.

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Ojai, California
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Grades 9-12
August/September; January
Language Requirement:
Not Required
Cost of Attendance
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On-campus boarding
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Amerigo Select School
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Amerigo Signature School
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Why Study at Besant Hill School?
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A Small Boarding School in a Desired Location

Besant Hill School is located in Southern California, just 1.5 hours north of Los Angeles and 1 hour south of Santa Barbara. The 520-acre campus features academic, boarding and recreational facilities. Students live on a picturesque campus, with easy access to world-famous museums, amusement parks, leading universities and more.

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Strong Academic Offerings Where Students Get Individualized Attention

Students enjoy a unique Instructional Support Program (ISP) that is designed to help them develop learning strategies, organization and time management skills. They also receive both individual and small group academic support for their core classes. International students also have three levels of ESL, working closely with the school’s Director of International Student Programs, Director of Teaching and Learning and the College Counselor.

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Personalized Learning Experiences and Signature Programs Help Unleash Each Student’s Full Potential

The school offers a wide range of unique programs designed to help develop the whole student, beyond just academic learning. In the Capstone Program, Grade 12 students can take on unique, hands-on projects where they can explore their passions and interests. Through the Outdoor Education Program (OEP), students develop life skills at outdoor settings across California, where they’ll take part in activities like rock climbing, backpacking and whitewater rafting. The school also offers Experiential Learning and World Travel, with past trips going to Ecuador, Italy, Cuba, Greece, Australia and Nepal.

Study in Southern California

International students can attend a top school in Southern California, with easy access to incredible natural beauty, cultural opportunities and the city of Los Angeles.

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Ojai has a population of 7,540.
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Easy access to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and Burbank International Airport (BUR).
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Close to top-ranked colleges and universities, including California Institute of Technology (#7), University of California - Los Angeles (#15), University of Southern California (#28), University of California - Irvine (#33) and many more.
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Ojai, CA

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520 Acre

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