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.
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. Our school community in working together in a
spirit of cooperation, not conformity, seeking to cultivate and express
what is excellent in each.
Intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry are the activating
factors in the educational process, and caries through throughout one's life. Active participation in school
community builds caring and responsible individuals, promoting lives of
integrity, awareness, and purpose.