School Facts & Statistics

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a private, coeducational college preparatory boarding and day high school located 85 miles north 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 facts and statistics below, and explore our website for details including our school's history, recent updates to our campus, photos, and video.

  • Year Founded: 1946
  • Grades Offered: 9-12, PG
  • Campus Location:
    Ojai, California (90 miles north of Los Angeles)
  • Accreditations:
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges; member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Student Body

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


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


  • Number of courses offered: 62
  • Foreign Languages offered: Spanish, French
  • Colleges visiting campus (2013-2014): 30+
  • Seniors who enrolled in college ( 2013-2014 ): 100%
  • Instructional support: Yes
  • English as a second language (ESL): Yes


  • Team Sports:
    Basketball, Soccer, Cross-Country, Volleyball
  • Intramural Sports:
    Golf, Fitness Training, Hiking, Yoga, Surfing, Dance
view of Besant Hill School campus
On 520 Acres in Upper Ojai
students walking to class
100 Students
patio dining in the Commons
Patio Dining in the Commons

Recent Significant Dates


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



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


  • "Portrait of a Graduate" established by Faculty/Staff curriculum committee




  • New Aquatic Center project breaks ground


  • New Aquatic Center completed and named the Lee Sanders Aquatic Center

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