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. Find quick school facts, statistics, and a timeline of events below.

General Information

  • Year Founded: 1946
  • Grades Offered: 9-12, PG
  • Campus Location:
    Ojai, California (90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles)
  • Accreditations:
    Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Student Body

  • Total number of students: 100
  • 10 States represented:
    Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin
  • 22 Countries represented:
    Nigeria, China, Hong Kong, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Austria, Taiwan, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Panama, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Rwanda

Faculty

  • Total Faculty: 27
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 55%
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 1:4
  • Average class size: 10
  • Faculty who live on campus: 70%

Academics

  • Number of courses offered: 62
  • Foreign Languages offered: Spanish, French
  • Colleges visiting campus (2015-2016): 30+
  • Seniors who enrolled in college ( 2015-2016 ): 100%
  • Instructional support: Yes
  • English as a second language (ESL): Yes

Athletics

  • Team Sports:
    Basketball, Soccer, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Swimming
  • Intramural Sports:
    Golf, Crossfit, Yoga, Surfing, Dance, Aquatics

Recent Significant Dates

2016

Swimming Pool project is completed and named Lee Sanders Aquatic Center in memory of beloved 1960s alumnus. Read this news story.

2015

Swimming Pool project breaks ground. See Growth in Progress.

2014

Faculty/Student Housing completed along with many campus improvements.

2013

Construction of Faculty/Student Housing begins; School’s Strategic Plan, “Our Common Purpose” begins.

2012

”Portrait of a Graduate” established by Faculty/Staff curriculum committee

2011

Randy Bertin named Head of School; Oral History Project begins capturing alumni reminiscences and memories of HVS

2010

Completion of the Beato Atelier

2007

Happy Valley School renamed Besant Hill School of Happy Valley; School’s first strategic plan initiated.

View a complete timeline of significant events in our History & Heritage section…