About Our School

Founded in Ojai, California in 1946, the philosophy of Happy Valley School, now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, is drawn from the vision of our founders. They believed that the environment which encourages the fullest development of student potential is one that affords the opportunity to explore creative as well as intellectual abilities. They believed that a school with a global community would cultivate understanding and promote world peace. Learn about our school by exploring the sections below.

Our Mission

The mission of Besant Hill School is the development of each individual’s intellectual and artistic abilities. Through awakening the spirit of inquiry, we encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. Our non-competitive community builds honesty, respect, compassion, and responsibility. Our goal is to develop a lifelong habit of learning as embodied in our school’s motto, Aun Aprendo—I am still learning.

Our Common Purpose

In 2013 we created a clear strategic plan for the next six years and published that plan in a document titled Our Common Purpose: 2013 – 2019. We are confident that the efforts devoted to our the students along with the beautification of our campus and expanding facilities will ensure that the time spent at Besant Hill is one of the best experiences that a high school student can have today.

School Facts & Statistics

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a private, coeducational college preparatory boarding and day high school located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California.  Our small student body, beautiful location, and dedicated faculty create a unique learning environment for each student to explore his or her passions within a supportive and diverse community.

Growth In Progress

We have already achieved many of the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. Campus improvements are ongoing, including the recent addition of four new faculty/student homes and an aquatic center.

School Magazine

Our school magazine, Aun Aprendo, is named after our school motto, which means “I am still learning.” In the editions below, you will find beautiful photos highlighting our beautiful California location along with articles, photos, links to video, save-the-dates, and more.